Monday, January 14, 2008

Media Did Pentagon's Bidding In Fake Naval 'Provocation' With Iran

Military propagandists played the obedient and worthless media like a cheap violin

"Gareth Porter: Well, this alleged crisis or confrontation on the high seas is really much less than what met the eyes of the American public as it was reported by news media. And the story really began from leaks from the Pentagon. I mean, there were Pentagon officials apparently calling reporters and telling them that something had happened in the Strait of Hormuz, which represented a threat to American ships and that there was a near battle on the high seas. The way it was described to reporters, it was made to appear to be a major threat to the ships and a major threat of war. And that's the way it was covered by CNN, by CBS and other networks, as well as by print media.
So I think that the major thing to really keep in mind about this is that it was blown up into a semi-crisis by the Pentagon and that the media followed along very supinely. And I must say this is perhaps the worst -- the most egregious case of sensationalist journalism in the service of the interests of the Pentagon, the Bush administration, that I have seen so far."


Blogger spooked said...

the media aren't merely lackeys in all this-- they are active "perpetraitors".

14/1/08 5:57 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Back during the run up to the Iraqi invasion, when fascist lackeys took their cue to whip up support for the upcoming war crime, local Clear Channel stations around the country sponsored rallies complete with refreshments and music. They then had their news teams go and cover them as if they were newsworthy spontaneous events.

14/1/08 8:52 PM  

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