.. publicly financed broadcasters ...
.. have one responsibility ...
.. to inform voters
Thesis/Subtitle: A rare occurrence of shocking honesty - why?
Corollary: Mass-murder most foul, for spoil, yet again.
Moral: Lies never needed for worthwhile projects.
[update 120618, 09:29]
Preamble: We are being lied to, not 'again' but still = continuously. The so-called 'private' = 'for profit' MSM *may* have some excuse (however feeble = 'maximising shareholder value,' meaning that IF lies increase profitability THEN said lies may be considered valid corporate strategy - even though otherwise *totally immoral*), BUT: *all* service providers should deliver honest products (here 'news'), and lies are - by definition - the exact opposite of honest. The shoe is on the other foot when it comes to publicly-financed broadcasters (= PFBCs); their one and only purpose is to inform the voters who pay for them and their product - only fully and honestly informed voters are enabled to make valid electoral decisions. Lying by public broadcasters is un- & anti-democratic and thus a contemptible crime against us, we the people.
BBC world news editor: Houla massacre coverage based on opposition propaganda
By Chris Marsden
15 June 2012
«As quietly as possible, BBC world news editor Jon Williams has admitted that the coverage of last month’s Houla massacre in Syria by the world’s media and his own employers was a compendium of lies.
It must also be pointed out that the BBC has not written a word regarding the June 7 report by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that the Free Syrian Army carried out the Houla massacre, according to interviews with local residents by opposition forces opposed to the Western-backed militia.»
Comment: Well done ICH & Mr Marsden; a victory for truth & justice.
*Confirming* article: (About 304 results (time of writing))
Reporting conflict in Syria
Post categories: BBC World News
Jon Williams | 16:23 UK time, Thursday, 7 June 2012
«In the aftermath of the massacre at Houla last month, initial reports said some of the 49 children and 34 women killed had their throats cut. In Damascus, Western officials told me the subsequent investigation revealed none of those found dead had been killed in such a brutal manner. Moreover, while Syrian forces had shelled the area shortly before the massacre, the details of exactly who carried out the attacks, how and why were still unclear. Whatever the cause, officials fear the attack marks the beginning of the sectarian aspect of the conflict.
In such circumstances, it's more important than ever that we report what we don't know, not merely what we do. In Houla, and now in Qubair, the finger has been pointed at the shabiha, pro-government militia. But tragic death toll aside, the facts are few: it's not clear who ordered the killings - or why.»
Comment 1; note: "Western officials told me ..." - this is of special interest; see my PS below. Williams uses it as 'proof' that what he is *now* reporting has credibility - but this could be, probably is a 'perfect' example of the 'appeal to authority' fallacy.
Comment 2: The actual 'key' here; note that Williams is admitting that the bbc's coverage was not truthful = contained lies. Note also that the AusBC's coverage paralleled the bbc's within nano-metres.
Comment 3: IF it were 'only' MSM+PFBCs lies THEN things may not be so bad, BUT: Look at what happened after the *alleged* Houla massacre (where the MSM+PFBCs did not do us the courtesy of using 'alleged') - the politicians, led by (to our shame) the Aus FM = Carr, began expelling Syrian diplomats, on the way to revving-up the (covert 'Western' war) against Syria, citing the massacre as the next, Oh so cynically so-called Benghazi-moment. Which, as we know, resulted in F+UK/NATO smashing Libya & lynching Gaddafi. (Funny that Libya isn't mentioned anymore. Maybe it's because its a bloody mess (worse than ever)...?)
Comment 4: Williams' "who .. or why?" is easily answered; the evil (US/NATO + quisling sponsored) forces attacking the people and structures of Syria = so-called 'rebels' (as if you haven't twigged). It is *perfectly* in these criminals' interest to create outrages, and then trying to pin responsibility for such on Assad&Co. On the other hand, seeing Saddam & Gaddafi both being lynched, it is simply *not* in Assad's interest to join that particular Conga line. Then see this:
Syrian forces accused of 'sexual torture'
By Alison Caldwell, staff
Updated June 16, 2012 11:03:09
«Syrian government forces have been accused of using sexual violence to torture men, women and children detained during the current conflict.
Human Rights Watch says it has interviewed 10 former detainees, including two women, who described being sexually abused or witnessing such abuse in detention.
This included "rape, penetration with objects, sexual groping, prolonged forced nudity and electroshock and beatings to genitalia," a statement said.»
Comment: The report is both outrageous and disgusting - just as designed. They (MSM+PFBCs led by our tyrannical rulers) did exactly the same as this in Libya, with the alleged 'Viagra accelerated rapes' - also fictions. They (the lying, psyop propagandists) do this deliberately = tell wicked lies to provoke outrage in the citizenry and thus 'manufacture consent' = more likely resigned acceptance. Then afterwards, after the mass-murdering for spoil is over and done with, when the lies may be exposed as such - it's just too late for the hapless victims, and the smashed countries that Afghanistan, Iraq & Libya now are, Syria rapidly becoming with Iran 'in the queue.'
Fazit: The MSM+PFBCs have *zero* credibility - except possibly with the ppp-dd'd = pushed propaganda paradigm dumbed-down citizenry, those with neither the time, desire *nor perhaps even the ability* to recognize the lies flooding out at us. Of course, those who would kill to steal have no scruples and lying is a required part of their m.o. = modus operandi. Clearly, no shame comes with no scruples, no (good) morals and certainly neither honour nor genuine intelligence - there is nothing at all smart, let alone élite about criminals. The uniformity of the MSM+PFBCs 'news' coverage and the lock-step coordination with our (non-representative, un- & anti-democratic = tyrannical) rulers is proof of a massive, criminal scam being perpetrated. For any ppp-dd'd readers, IF what our rulers were doing/planning were somehow in our interests THEN there may be some 'saving grace' (cynical pragmatism in support of horrendous crime) - but for proof of our rulers' incompetence & evil intentions, look no further than the economic system as developed (and bipartisanly = un- & anti-democratically implemented) from and since Thatcher & Reagan's voodoo economics 1st surfaced from the filthy swamps of the corrupt 'think-tanks' and academia. The US is effectively broke, its population increasingly impoverished as unemployment climbs, ditto for the EU, itself a deliberately created 'child' of US-pushed neoliberalism, all combined with crooked banksters. Aus escapes (temporarily), mostly by luck - which simply cannot = will not last forever.
PS The 'appeal to authority' fallacy = argumentum ad verecundiam. Q: Why do I cite Williams' usage as fallacious? A: Because in Syria, as in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, FYR (Former Yugoslav Republic = Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia etc.), Iraq/Kuwait, Iraq/Iran, going all the way back to Palestine 1947+ (= UNGA181 and subsequent vile Zionist = Israeli criminality, say), 'the West' has 'played' the rôle, not of knight in shining armour but that of complete *villain*. The quotes around 'played' are to indicate that murder for spoil is no 'game' - BUT the most serious of crimes, and when combined with invasion (*always* with aggressive 'expeditionary' forces) = Nuremberg-class = hang the perpetrators.
^ Update 120618, 09:29; PPS The propaganda just doesn't stop ...
Today's trigger article:
Civilians trapped as regime forces pound Homs
By Middle East correspondent Anne Barker and wires
Updated June 18, 2012 09:32:18
«A rise in violence over the last month, including two massacres that cost the lives of 200 Sunni men, women and children in villages near Homs and Hama, has prompted greater international condemnation.»
Comment: Barker, by hook or by crook (suspect the latter) - is one of AusBC's 'key' propagandistes, is well educated and has been employed by the AusBC for 20+ years - she should, by now, know 'all there is to know' about news. Yet she propagandises us, continuously. Any report by her about Iran is most likely to contain something like 'the West suspects Iran is building an A-bomb' (About 1,630 results).
The bbc's Williams has admitted - the "rare occurrence of shocking honesty" from my headline, that the Assad govt. was most likely *not* responsible for the Houla massacre - which prompted Barker's reported "international condemnation." But by including this detail without the correcting nuance, she shows no respect for the truth = her report contains lies (omitting essential detail = to lie by omission).
IF it were a single occurrence, THEN we might say "Oh, well" and 'move on' - but it's not, and not by a long chalk:
Barker: "Activists say ..."
Me: Barker's 'Activists' are almost (99%) invariably pro-'the West' = here anti-Assad, the exception 1% being if the activists are pro-Palestinian or otherwise pro-truth & justice.
Barker: "The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says ..."
Me: This is a one-person psyop based in London, is a full-time anti-Assad propagandist and thus has *zero* credibility. Again, an example of Barker the 'news-pro.'
Barker: "Opposition campaigner Abu Imad ..."
Me: Over and over, Barker quotes anti-Assad participants.
Barker: "... whose residents were among the first to take up arms."
Me: "taking up arms" against any 'Western' govt. = subversion & capital crime; imagine such happening in the US - they (Pentagon&Co) would go berserk. Oh, they already did - against a good part of the world; death-squads "El Salvador" Syria, via Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya (About 1,060,000 results); you could try this or this.
As noted, Barker is a news-pro, and should know better. As should the AusBC itself; both *prove* their bias. That this bias is pro-war, pro-injustice etc.; UNLESS the Aus people are similarly crooked and pro-war, pro-injustice etc. biased, THEN the AusBC/Barker bias is against what we, the people wish for; their bias = untruthful, un- & anti-democratic - and viciously criminal to boot.
the corrupt & venal MSM
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