Corporate Controlled Media
Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim — even before an investigation — that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council — just one day after the crash! While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report. Read on…
The U.S. media’s Ukraine bias regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has been obvious, siding with the Kiev regime and bashing ethnic Russian rebels and Russia’s President Putin. But now – with the scramble to blame Putin for the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down – the shoddy journalism has grown truly dangerous.
Egyptian-American reporter Ayman Mohyeldin witnessed and reported the brutal Israeli killing of four young boys as they played soccer on a beach in Gaza City. He has now been removed completely from reporting on Gaza by a top NBC executive, who ordered Mohyeldin to leave Gaza immediately.
ABC News’ Diane Sawyer misidentified scenes of the aftermath of Israeli missile strikes in Gaza as destruction caused by Palestinian rocket fire. As Sawyer segued into the segment, she says, “We take you overseas now to the rockets raining down on Israel today as Israel tried to shoot them out of the sky.” Next to her is video footage not of Israelis or even Israel, but of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. Sawyer then incorrectly describes an image of a Palestinian family gathering belongings in the smoking debris of a missile-hit home in Gaza as “an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can.”
The mainstream media is aging and collapsing under the weight of its own hubris and arrogance. Now entirely formulaic in presentation and predictable in substance, the ‘major’ outlets of news, which are monopolized under only a small handful of corporations, serve the purpose of misleading the public on important issues and manufacturing consent for government and the oligarchs. Here is a list of 11 tactics used against the public by the mainstream media to coerce consensus, divide, conquer, ridicule and stifle truthful or meaningful conversation about the state of our world.
Abby Martin speaks with Charles Lewis, founder of the Center for Public Integrity and author of the book ’935 Lies: the Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s moral Integrity’ about how the CBS news magazine ’60 Minutes’ has become besieged by conflicts of interest and internal censorship.
Americans trust news media less than ever, according to a new poll by Gallup. Confidence in newspapers is less than half of its 1979 peak of 51 percent, while trust in television news hit a new low of 18 percent. Is this due to the rise of infotainment, media concentration or another reason altogether? RT’s Ameera David finds out by discussing the issue with Abby Martin, host of Breaking the Set, and producer Manuel Rapalo.
Heavy distortions and suppressions of information regarding current Ukrainian events are appearing in US media. You might wonder how so many different news sources could all completely avoid mentioning that the US government is consciously supporting two radical far-right parties, Svoboda and Right Sector, which are in control of key positions in the coup-installed new ‘government’ of the Ukraine. You might also wonder why almost all the US mass media news sources could conceal – with vague phrases like ”the sequence of events is not clear’ and similar techniques – the role of these extremist organization in murdering dozens of unarmed civilians in the past few days in southeastern Ukraine. The explanation is surprisingly simple: There aren’t numerous US mass media news sources at all; there are just five. Five giant corporations control 90 percent of US mass media. And direct links connect all five of these media conglomerates to the political establishment and the economic and political power-elites of the United States.
Glenn Greenwald reflects on the Pulitzer Prize, adversarial journalism and the corporate media’s response to his reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaked National Security Agency documents. “We knew that once we started publishing not one or two stories, but dozens of stories … that not just the government, but even fellow journalists were going to start to look at what we were doing with increasing levels of hostility and to start to say, ‘This doesn’t actually seem like journalism anymore,’ because it’s not the kind of journalism that they do,” Greenwald says. “It doesn’t abide by these unspoken rules that are designed to protect the government.”
The following are all relevant, fact-based issues, the “hard news” stories that the media has a responsibility to report. But the business-oriented press generally avoids them.
Turkish government officials were caught red-handed in a leaked audio planning a false flag terror attack as a pretext to invade Syria, but the mainstream media completely buried the key aspect of the story and made it all about Prime Minister Erdogan blocking YouTube. For more on the story, see: Turkey Plans False Flag Against Syria; Blocks Youtube, Twitter to Prevent Sharing of Leaked Recording
While cable news’ attempt to exploit missing planes to gain viewers may increase ratings in the short term, the Pew Research Center’s “State of the Media” report doesn’t paint a rosy picture of the health of the industry overall. CNN, FOX and MSNBC have been suffering declining primetime viewership as more consumers turning to online sources for news, while newspapers are shedding jobs in order to stay in the black. With questionable practices by cable news network’s becoming more prevalent, does the industry stand a chance against online media? RT’s Marina Portnaya offers analysis along with Lindsay France.
BBC ‘total fabrication from beginning to end’ of Syria ‘atrocity’. A video of a BBC interview with a doctor in Syria in the aftermath of a napalm-style attack was artificially dubbed to falsely make reference to the incident being a “chemical weapons” attack, a clip that represents “a stunning bit of fakery.”
In 1948, the Office of Policy Coordination, would would become the covert action branch of the CIA. It was under this program that Operation Mockingbird, a domestic propaganda campaign aimed at promoting the views of the CIA within the media, began. All in all, 25 major publications would provide cover for CIA operatives, with 400 operatives being a low estimate to the number of people employed by the operation. Journalists would plant fabricated stories, and cover international events with a purpose of casting the CIA’s agenda in a positive light.
Network news viewers are declining in unprecedented rates, from an average of 48 million nightly network news viewers in 1985 to 24.5 million in 2013, according to Pew Research analysis of Nielsen Media Research data. Young people aged 18-29 are the least likely to watch network news regularly (only 11 percent did so in 2012), and 49 percent of people in this age group say they never watch the news.