U.S. Media Misleading
"Misperceptions, The Media and The Iraq War," October 2003 by University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) Research Center Study. Knowledge Networks in Menlo Park, Calif. conducted a poll of approximately 10,000 people in the U.S. to determine the frequency of misperceptions concerning the news coverage on the Iraq War.
Questions focused on whether Iraq was involved with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, whether Iraq was supporting al-Qaeda terrorists, whether weapons of mass destruction have been found, and whether world opinion was for or against the U.S. invading Iraq. The reality is that no links between the Iraqi government and al-Qaeda terrorists have ever surfaced and no weapons of mass destruction have been found. In general, world opinion about the U.S. invasion of Iraq is overwhelmingly negative or non-supportive.
The study found that nearly two-thirds of Americans had vast misperceptions about the war. For example, in one poll, 68% said they believed that Iraq played an instrumental role in 9/11. "In the run-up to the war with Iraq and in the postwar period, a significant portion of the American public has held a number of misperceptions that have played a key role in generating and maintaining approval for the decision to go to war," stated the study.
The study also noted that "the extent of Americans' misperceptions vary significantly depending on their source of news:
In 2002 a study of 116 mainstream US papers by Jim A. Kuypers titled "Press Bias and Politics: How the Media Frame Controversial Issues", Kuypers demonstrated that those who expressed points of view further to the left of editors were generally ignored, whereas those who expressed moderate or conservative points of view were often actively denigrated or labeled as holding a minority point of view. Kuypers study showed that when political leaders, regardless of party, spoke within the press-supported range of acceptable discourse, they would receive positive press coverage. If a politician, again regardless of party, were to speak outside of this range, they would receive negative press or be ignored. Naturally, editors are hand picked by the owners of the media outlet:
According to former Fox News producer, Charlie Reina, "The roots of Fox News Channel's day-to-day on-air bias are actual and direct. They come in the form of an executive memo distributed electronically each morning, addressing what stories will be covered and, often, suggesting how they should be covered."
“An internal memo from ABC Radio Networks to its affiliates reveals scores of powerful sponsors have a standing order that their commercials never be placed on syndicated Air America programming that airs on ABC affiliates…. The list, totaling 90 advertisers, includes some of largest and most well-known corporations advertising in the U.S.: Wal-Mart, GE, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, Bank of America, Fed-Ex, Visa, Allstate, McDonald's, Sony and Johnson & Johnson. The U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Navy are also listed as advertisers who don't want their commercials to air on Air America.” (http://www.fair.org/images/ABCmemo.pdf)
Control of the media ultimately falls where the money lies. There is no greater control of money than the control of the money supply, which in the U.S. and many other nations, falls in the hands of the owners of the privately held Federal Reserve Bank. Furthermore it can be demonstrated that the Federal Reserve Bank has employed it's influence to crash the market allowing insiders to buy up the crashed stocks of corporations.
George Orwell originally wrote a preface for his book “Animal Farm”, which focuses on British self censorship. "The sinister fact about literary censorship in England is that it is largely voluntary. ... [Things are] kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that ‘it wouldn’t do’ to mention that particular fact." As if to prove the point, the preface itself was censored and is not published with most copies of the book.
"In journalistic circles it is a pleasing custom to speak of the Press as a ‘Great Power’ within the State. As a matter of fact its importance is immense. One cannot easily overestimate it, for the Press continues the work of education even in adult life. Generally, readers of the Press can be classified into three groups: First, those who believe everything they read; Second, those who no longer believe anything; Third, those who critically examine what they read and form their judgments accordingly. Nowadays when the voting papers of the masses are the deciding factor; the decision lies in the hands of the numerically strongest group; that is to say the first group, the crowd of simpletons and the credulous. … With ruthless determination the State must keep control of this instrument of popular education and place it at the service of the State and the Nation." Adolf Hitler's MEIN KAMPF
See also Worldwide Press Freedom Index
See also Blair Calls For Chinese Style Net Controls In the UK
Declares war on "pernicious conspiracy theory" media coverage
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair has savaged online media today in a speech in which he declared war on the free press by hinting at new restrictions on internet journalism and suggested that the media should be brought more into line with the government.
Blair complained that the media was too "feral" (i.e. not tamed by the government) and referring to online journalism stated:
"In fact, the new forms can be even more pernicious, less balanced, more intent on the latest conspiracy theory multiplied by five."
This is an outright call for a crackdown on the free press. Blair is out in the open here saying the media is too independent of the government, he is admitting that the freedom with which the media, especially online, is now operating is hurting his government and its agenda.
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