Sanitizing news and suppressing what’s most important is bad enough. Imagine compounding it by producing infomercials for despots. CNN stands accused. More on that below.
It’s well known that Western major media represent wealth and power interests. Fox News is a Republican party house organ. It also reflects Rupert Murdoch’s worldview.
It features demagoguery, managed news, scandal, sleaze, and warmongering. It’s prototypical presstitute media. Famed journalist George Seldes (1890 – 1995) denounced it in books like “Lords of the Press.”
He called them “the most powerful force against the general welfare of the majority of the people.” He exposed their tactics long before Project Censored and Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting.
(FAIR) once called Fox News “the most biased name in news….with its extraordinary right-wing tilt.” Viewing it is like watching “a Harlem Globetrotters game (knowing) which side is supposed to win.”
It’s hard-right, pro-business, pro-war, pro-occupation, anti-populist, sleazy and biased. It combines the worst of yellow journalism with juiced-up infotainment and junk food news.
It’s a mouthpiece piece for Republican extremism. It long ago stopped pretending it’s legitimate. It mocks real journalism. It’s not tolerated on air.
Britain owns and operates BBC. It scrupulously follows government marching orders. It backs its imperial and neoliberal agenda.
Media Lens is an antidote to misinformation. Last July, co-editor David Edwards headlined “Blocked By The BBC,” saying:
On October 6, Fars News Agency headlined “Ex-CNN Reporter: CNN Bribed by Dictators to Censor Realities.”
Amber Lyon said “CNN gets paid by despotic regimes to produce and broadcast what she referred to as ‘infomercials for dictators,’ saying that the sponsored content of such pieces aired on CNN International ‘is actually being paid for by regimes and governments.’
Bahrain’s monarch paid CNN blood money to suppress information on its brutal crackdowns. Lyon went public and told all.<
On October 3, Russia Today (rt.com) headlined “Bahrain buys favorable CNN content,” saying:
Amber Lyon explained. RT interviewed her. She said she “created a lot of documentaries for CNN that didn’t air internationally.”
They should have, but CNN suppressed or sanitized them. She spent time in Bahrain. She witnessed state terrorism firsthand. She videotaped it. It wasn’t aired internationally. She learned “Bahrain was actually a paying customer for CNN.”
Favorable content was created. “Even though CNN says its content is editorially independent Bahrain can affect that – what we’ve seen with that documentary not airing and also with the constant struggle I had at CNN to get Bahrain coverage, accurate coverage of the human rights abuses on-air while I was there.”
“What CNN is doing is they are essentially creating what some people have termed ‘infomercials for dictators.’ And that’s the sponsored content that they are airing on CNN International that is actually being paid for by regimes and governments.”
“And this violates every principle of journalistic ethics, because we’re supposed to be watchdogs on these governments.”
“We are not supposed to allow them to be a paying customer as journalists. And that’s the issue here – that CNN is feeding, then, this propaganda to the public and not fairly disclosing to the public that this is sponsored content.”
It’s not just Bahrain. CNN does the same thing for Saakashvili’s Georgia and Kazakhstan. Instead of getting correspondents to report accurately, viewers are systematically lied to.
The self-styled “most trusted name in news” reports managed news misinformation and willful lies. Disturbing truths are suppressed. Regime friendly accounts substitute. What viewers most need to know isn’t broadcast.
Lyon took great risks in Bahrain. She dodged her minders. She went to villages and witnessed atrocities firsthand. She videotaped it. She saw injured patients run out of hospitals. Birdshot targeted them.
Ambulance drivers who helped them were beaten. Coming back, she and her producer were accosted. About 20 masked men with machine guns stopped them. They tried to erase videos they found.
She and her producer concealed some discs in their bras. They managed to get them out of the country.
“You can imagine Bahrain’s surprise when we got back to the US and this content was airing on CNN, and right after that is when the phone calls started coming into the network complaining about me and trying to get my coverage off the air.”
CNN and other scoundrel media vilify Syria and Iran unjustifiably. At the same time, they suppress horrific atrocities committed by US allies. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are two of the worst.
CNN International also lied. It calls its editorial and commercial operations “completely separate.” Lyon, of course, knows otherwise. So do RT viewers who followed their reports. They explained what everyone needs to know.
Stephen Lendman’s Blog
Posted: Sunday, 14 October 2012