Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Lies, Damn Lies, and the Corporate Media

FAIR has a time line that reads as US conglomerate journalism's worst misses in its coverage of the events leading to the Iraq War debacle. As I'm fond of mentioning, it didn't take a self-styled expert or media talking head to notice that something about all the war talk was rotten. Heck, any working stiff with a dial-up connection to the internet could have offered up that conclusion free of charge. In fact, these very pillars of the Fourth Estate (our establishment corporate media) refused to notice the stench of deception, instead playing the role of cheerleader as Bu$hCo beat the old war drums louder and louder. That's what they get the big bucks for.

That said, credit is due to those in the alternative media who were willing to call bullshit at a time when no one else had the gumption to do so (and props to Crossing the Line for doing precisely that):
This past weekend hundreds of thousands of prostestors took to the street to protest the fouth anniversary of the Iraq war. Today March 19th is the actual commemoration. This weekend seven more US service personnel were killed. Also the New York Times gave a half-hearted apology for its coverage of the war. Many in corporate media say that they made the right call based on the information at hand at the time. But why was it that so many in the Indy media circles didn't get on board. [snippage] How could lowly journalists such as Dahr Jamail, Ali Abunimah, Nora Barrows-Friedman, Amy Goodman and the like have the same information as the corporate media had and be able to debunk the ridiculous lies that the White House, Judith Miller and Co at the New York Times, FOX news, MSNBC, ABC, and CBS couldn't? The media watchdog group FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) has come up with a list of the most sensational lies that made up journalism in the run-up to the failed war in Iraq.
Remember this as the White House cranks up the war drums for the next big fiasco.

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