President Ronald Reagan meeting with media magnate Rupert Murdoch in the Oval Office on Jan. 18, 1983, with Charles Wick, director of the U.S. Information Agency, in the background. (Photo credit: Reagan presidential library) Robert Parry is among the great investigative reporters and journalists writing today. His web site “Consortium News” features some of the most incisive writers and commenters to be found on the web. His 6000 word article The Victory of ‘Perception Management’ is a masterpiece of summarizing a vast amount of information ranging from “Iran Contra” to the current Syria and Ukraine crises. The comments which follow his article on “Consortium News” add to the information. I had attempted to summarize his article but it is so rich, I decided to reproduce it completely.
Ukraine Svoboda march from The Nation Paul Krugman is one of my economist heroes. However his interpretation of recent non economic events is sometimes profoundly wrong. His Putin bashing column today is one of those occasions. Krugman, unfortunately, is often as susceptible to US main stream media hype and propaganda as any other American, about subjects in which he is not an expert. As an antidote I have 1. Copied a May 2012 article (below) by Krugman’s fellow Princetonian Stephen Cohen, the premier US expert on recent Russian history. 2. Below that I have referenced a more recent article (June 30 2014) by Professor Cohen on the facts of the USGovt/UkraineFascist coup ousting the corrupt but legally elected Ukrainian President, and the silence of the US media about the Nazi fascist element of the new Ukrine government.
(2600 words) John Pilger on “Invisible Government”, US and UK media and propaganda
For the last seven decades the USGovt has covertly bribed local politicians and editors, planted false stories in local media, created false flag attacks to discredit its enemies, engaged in sabotage and economic blockades to affect elections or cause “regime change” in nations which were not sufficiently “free market” oriented. Measured by the criteria of opening up markets to Transnational Corporations, these “acts of war” were, (with the exception of Cuba, certain Islamic and Eastern European nations eg Ukraine) hugely successful. The biggest success was the implosion of the USSR in 1989.
I have followed the Ukrainian crisis quite closely. I am also familiar with the history of the secret Ukranian and Byelorussian Nazi teams hired by the CIA and (then NATO) to destabilize European countries which showed any tendency to elect a “populist” government. I will be blogging about these teams in future posts. Google Wikipedia “Gladio” and “Gladio Italy” for background. The USGovt is using the successors of these fascist organizations to destabilize Ukraine and to sow terror in the Ukrainian population.
Seldom has a propaganda exercise been so obvious, so measured, and so quickly effective as this particular manipulation of this particular public and this particular President, about this particular war. Within twelve months the American people have been moved from a position of wanting to pull out of Iraq, and not wanting another war, towards now wanting war throughout much of the “Levant”.
In 1988 a US destroyer shot down an Iranian airliner in the Persian Gulf, killing 290 people. This year a Malaysian airliner was shot down flying over Ukraine with the loss of 288 people. In the article below Professor Gusterson compares: The US Govt, (Reagan Administration) lies, and the US Main Stream Media echoing them, about the US military shooting down of Iranian airlines flight 655 in 1988 with The US Govt, (Obama Administration) probable lies, and the US Main Stream Media echoing them, about the (as yet unknown) circumstances surrounding the shooting down of Malaysia Air lines flight 17 in 2014.
From time to time I will publish a relatively short, modestly documented post which I intend, at some future time, to expand and use in my “historical backgrounders” series. This post is one of them.
It is easy to claim that US Main Stream Media has become an organ of the state whose news items and op eds are chosen to engineer the consent of the American people to the foreign policies of the USGovt, or to hide from them the effects of those policies. It is quite another thing to provide facts to back up that claim. This is the first of my posts to do just that, and to try to provide some measure of US MSM mendacity.
A short post on the NYT approach to reporting news when the news which does not reflect well on the USG or the US Military: FAIR (founded by Jeff Cohen) is an organization which challenges the US MSM on their Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting. They recently called out the NYT on NYT’s avoidance of the word ‘Torture’ to describe the activities of USG agents (Item 1) and the lack of a mention of a Report on Torture published by Amnesty International (Item 2).