Nothing freezes people in denial of reality more than wishing that the reality wasn’t happening. I don’t want this to be true and so I will convince myself that it isn’t.
It is a global cliché that ‘you don’t believe what you read in the newspapers’, but most of those who say that then go on to do so and most people have no idea how deep the bias and mendacity goes.
One shining-light is former CNN reporter Amber Lyon who put her profession to shame in 2012 when she revealed by her actions that she is a real journalist in a mainstream media crawling with frauds, fakes, liars, cheats and sycophants. Lyon was an award-winning investigative reporter with the Criminal News Network and was trying to tell the truth about the tyranny and mass murder in Bahrain when she realised the true extent of the corruption at CNN – as with all the mainstream corporate news operations.
Lyon was sent to Bahrain in 2011 to cover the protests against the (self-proclaimed) ‘royal’ tyranny of King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa and the despicable dynasty that has ruled the country for more than 200 years (kept in power by Britain and, more latterly, America).
CNN did not want her to report the truth about the Bahraini regime, but as a rare proper journalist in the mainstream arena this is what she did. Lyon compiled interviews and evidence exposing the killing, imprisonment and harassment of peaceful demonstrators and how others were just disappearing. She did this despite extreme intimidation directed at her and her film crew by the Bahraini regime which included forcing them to the ground with guns at their heads. There were also vehement complaints.
Then Lyon realised that CNNi was being paid by the Bahrain regime to air propaganda ‘documentaries’ about the fascist state under the heading of ‘sponsored programming’ and the same was being done with countries such as China, Georgia and Kazakhstan.
CNN is preventing its own journalists from telling the truth about those countries by blocking their air time and insisting on tampering with their scripts. Lyon was also quoted as saying that the mainstream US media intentionally promotes propaganda against Iran to manipulate public opinion to support a military invasion.
==The Perception Deception – Part Two (Icke, David)
It is not that we lack empathy, for Americans are the most charitable people on earth. It is that our minds and hearts are manipulated and directed such that our deep well of empathy and charity is channeled towards only those ends that serve and support the ends of our empire.
We cry over one Syrian child drowned on the beach of a remote Greek Island, but give hardly a nod when former President Clinton’s Secretary of State acknowledges that up to 500,000 children may have died of starvation and lack of proper medicines in Iraq during his administration led embargo.
Except for those who independently seek the truth, Americans were denied the horrors of the pictures of post-war Fallujah, the recipient of America’s wonderful largess, the gift of tons of depleted uranium tipped weapons and its hundreds of years of grotesque birth defects and cancerous death.
So, through our imperial proxy, Saudi Arabia, we are starving children in Yemen, besides utilizing our spare arsenal of internationally condemned scatter bombs to maim and kill and perpetuate the region’s love of American generosity, but who cares.
We do not care for one reason, only one; the American crony capitalist fascist empire does not want us to care. And by imposing their will upon a mainstream press that has not truly been free since J.P. Morgan and friends took over the major newspapers in 1913 to assure the birth of the Federal Reserve and the inevitable entry into the looming European War. Our empathy, our attention and our very thoughts are captive of the most powerful propaganda machinery ever devised.
While the media was flooded with images of the starving children of Syria, the thousands of children suffering from Saudi Arabia’s U.S.-backed onslaught on Yemen made far fewer headlines.The mainstream media was eager to report on the struggle for survival in Madaya.
The mountain town near Syria’s southwestern border was once known as a popular resort destination in the Middle East, but its population is now reportedly being starved under a siege by the Syrian army.However, the actual situation is far more complex. The U.S.-supported, so-called “moderate” rebels including the Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaida, had first laid siege to the cities of Kefraya and Fua, leading to a retaliatory siege on Madaya by the Assad government.
Those same rebel groups were also, in turn, responsible for allowing the starvation in Madaya to continue by occupying the city and keeping humanitarian aid out of reach of the populace as a strategic tactic. Additionally, many images used in media reports on Madaya turned out to be fake or misleading.
Meanwhile, far fewer journalists are covering the large-scale starvation and displacement taking place in Yemen, a situation caused by a bombing campaign and blockade led by Saudi Arabia and its allies and backed by U.S. military aid. The Nusra Front, one of the groups responsible for skyrocketing food prices in Madaya, also has the backing of the Saudi government, like many of the rebel forces in the region.
The images of hunger-bitten children outraged the world and the stories told by their mothers are truly shocking. Madaya citizens told RT that the Syrian government had sent them aid, but they never got it because it was seized by the rebels, who sold humanitarian aid off to starving people at ridiculously high prices. A kilogram of rice was fetching as much as $250. Those filmed by RT – women, children and some men, mostly elderly and sick – were not allowed to leave Madaya because no agreement had been reached and all those people were forced to pick up their bags and go back to the town, where there is no food.