Media & Wars
The behavior and reporting of the media has seen dramatic changes in the last 50 years. The casualty of this change has been the TRUTH. Media information is communicated by way of voice, images, and words with the most important medium being the Television due to it being the only media to provide all three. Until now that is. The owners of media sources have always determined the interpretation / biases of the final reporting. This is quite normal and indeed healthy as long as basic principals are not broken, as it provides debate according to the fundamental beliefs of each distributor. Unfortunately there has been a massive reduction in corporations controlling the media due to companies being bought out by the bigger networks.
This growth can be put down to ‘following the rules’ as opposed to following good journalistic and business values. These ‘rules’ include not rocking the boat with the political institutions capable of black listing you over night. This goes on at all levels starting with the owning elite, who’s agendas we have seen throughout this site, filtering down to the journalist who have families and mortgages to support!
‘In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called “alarmist” for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote “in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media” — controlling almost all of America’s newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market.
In 2004, Bagdikian’s revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations — Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) — now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric’s NBC is a close sixth.’
We have irrevocably seen how WARS are the greatest source of generating corporate profits. As to achieve this end public perception is paramount. For a country to send its youth again and again to fight these bloody wars and for the required trillions to fund them media coverage has to be very carefully controlled. Particularly the constant grey areas surrounding the commencement of these wars.
As we have seen modern day wars are waged by first creating the scenario and then waiting / stage handling the ‘touch paper moment’ giving the elite the required public perception to carry out their goals. Bearing this in mind one can understand their total reliance on the media to send out the ‘right’ version of events. Obviously once these wars begin the requirement for stage handled press becomes even more important.
As to explain this at first hand I attach a couple of very interesting documentaries made by independent journalists who have themselves worked for the networks. The first, ‘The war you don’t see’ is a British take by John Pilger on the way news, & specifically wars, are portrayed in the media. Interestingly we will see that the BBC follows the same rules as the private companies.
‘The war you don’t see’
The second film is a US take on the same subject, ‘WMD Weapons of Mass Deception’ showing that whether dealing with the Republicans or Democrats, or CBS, FOX, CNN, NCB, or ABC the ‘rules’ are always the same, as at the end of the day money has only one colour.
‘WMD Weapons of Mass Deception’
Outfoxed Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism Journalists experiences at FOX news.
‘Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public’s right to know.’ More reviews here
Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land.
‘Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites–oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others–work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported. Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how–through the use of language, framing and context–the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel’s PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics.
The Isreali occupation of Palastinian land since 1967 is one of the longest & bloodiest affairs in modern history. The occupation, as a result of the 1967 Six Day War fought between Israel and Syria Jordan and Egypt, was for the purpose of protecting Israelis borders. As a consequence, UN resolution 242 was passed calling for Israel to withdraw from (the) occupied territories. This resolution and its translations is shrewd in controversy and has led to over 40 years of conflict. History has seen peace agreements signed since 67 and certain diplomatic relations improve.
Israel however still occupies Palestinian land, controlling the everyday movements of Palestinians in their own land, whilst building ILLIGAL towns and Berlin type walls as to ensure, bit by bit, they take over its total control.
In resume the Isrealis are using the occupation to take over, from the inside out, someone elses internationally recognised land. The way the press has portayed this story has greatly effected public opinion which is detailed in the film. Bearing in mind the resentment this whole episode in world history has generated it is a VERY IMPORTANT story to get right.
On this site we have seen that there are a few very powerful people and their corporations dictating governmental policy. Bearing in mind that the few remaining mainstream media companies belong to this elite HOW COULD news reporting described in these documentaries be any different?
Listen again to a resumen of the incredible audio recording of JFK speech made before the American Newspaper Publishers Association where he warns the press of the secret societies that are the real power in global affairs. Although much of this was directed towards Russia his meaning is clear. Bearing in mind the information now available to us this could be one of the most important speeches EVER MADE.
JFK FORESAW TODAYS WORLD OVER 50 YEARS AGO.
ITS TIME TO ACT
We need to bring back democracy to the media outlets. How do we do this? Well the internet has already started, now what we need to do is :-
- Wake up the general public to the media reality that exists today.
- Understand its negative influences on our lives,
- Understand how it will get much worse if change is not made now.
- Understand the ‘numbing effect’ on our ‘realities’ most of the TV programs served up on prime time TV have on us.
- Become critical thinkers, not relying on mainstream media outlets for our news.
- Stop the institutions attempt to control the internet, (which will come as the first 5 points become a reality).