Reporting on the War

A lot has been said about the American press and it’s unwillingness to report anti war or anti administration news. The complete absence of news about the Winter Soldier hearings is a perfect example. The MSM also avoids stories about the abhorrent treatment our veterans receive, their homeless rates, suicide rates, etc. Pictures and video from the war zones are heavily censored and, although the vast majority of common Americans are against the war, we sure don’t hear much from them.

It’s almost as if people are afraid to speak out.

There is a conspiracy of information control in America and it is perhaps the most threatening and dangerous thing that has evolved out of the Bush presidency. Speak out against policy (a constitutional right encouraged by the founding fathers) and risk being discredited and humiliated by the right wing minority.

It has gotten to the point where we must depend on the foreign press (and the blogs) to get a true picture of what is going on in our own country and in the war. In the case of the war, if the reporters are embedded with the US military they are safer but they only get to see what is allowed.

Some reporters have chosen to go it alone. But they do so at great personal risk, not only from the militias but from the coalition as well. Over the next few days, unless my Alzheimer’s kicks in, I’m going to post a few of their reports.

How you protect the people from harm by firing rockets at them is a little beyond me.

cross posted at The Impolitic

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4 Comments on “Reporting on the War”

  1. Buffalo Says:

    I am a little surprised by this. All I hear is how the MSM reports only anti war and anti administration news.

  2. expatbrian Says:

    Only the right has that unfounded complaint. Not only was Winter Soldier ignored (participants noted the absence of any newsmen from the big three stations) but how much did you see about the anti war demonstrations which took place all over the world on the 5th anniversary?

    It was well reported at BBC and probably in Canada. On google news, which is a compilation of all major news sources, there was absolutely no mention at all.

  3. Buffalo Says:

    I heard a couple of stories on Canadian TV when my m-i-l was watching the evening news. What was on the news in the states I don’t have the slightest idea.

  4. irgen Says:

    You forget to say that those ‘minority right wings’ also control most of the news media. So what was reported was part lies and part truth; the truth part are what they want to portray to the gullible public.

    The whole truth will not set you free; it’ll only enslave and control our lives, physically and mentally.

    Thanks Brian.

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