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The media war against Israel [Melanie Phillips nails it!]
melanie phillips ^ | August 30, 2006 | melanie phillips

Posted on 08/30/2006 11:31:25 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia

The media war against Israel

Early in the recent Lebanon war, the blogosphere revealed the fabrication of images by Reuters, whose reputation is now in shreds among those dwindling numbers in the western mainstream media who still acknowledge there is such a thing as the truth. Since then, the nature and scale of the various frauds perpetrated by the media during that war put those doctored Reuters pictures into the shade. The western media are no longer merely producing questionable professional practices in reporting a war. They are now active participants in it — and on the wrong side of history.

One of the very few politicians to voice concern at this phenomenon is Australia’s foreign minister Alexander Downer, who said:

What concerns me greatly is the evidence of dishonesty in the reporting out of Lebanon. For example, a Reuters photographer was forced to resign after doctoring images to exaggerate the impact of Israeli air attacks. There were the widely-reported claims that Israel had bombed deliberately a Red Cross ambulance.

In subsequent weeks, the world has discovered those allegations do not stand up to even the most rudimentary scrutiny. After closer study of the images of the damage to the ambulance, it is beyond serious dispute that this episode has all the makings of a hoax. Yet some of the world’s most prestigious media outlets, including some of those represented here today, ran that story as fact - unchallenged, unquestioned. Similarly, there has been the tendency to report every casualty on the Lebanese side of the conflict as if a civilian casualty, when it was indisputable that a great many of those injured or killed in Israeli offensives were armed Hezbollah combatants.

My point is this: in a grown-up society such as our own, the media cannot expect to get away with parading falsehoods as truths, or ignoring salient facts because they happen to be inconvenient to the line of argument - or narrative - that particular journalists, or media organisations, might choose to adopt on any given controversy or issue.

Can anyone imagine the British Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, saying this? Of course not. The level of anti-Israel, anti-American madness has reached such a pitch in Britain that any similar expression of alarm at the manifestly blatant mendacity in the reporting of the Middle East has simply become unthinkable. Yet thanks to the efforts of the blogosphere — notably Little Green Footballs, Powerline, Zombietime and EU Referendum, we can see that the behaviour of the western media during the Iranian/Syrian/Hezbollah war against Israel has constituted a major, world-wide scandal, and one which has the capacity to derail the efforts of the west to defend itself.

The major incidents of apparent media fraud are these.

* The claim that Israeli aircraft intentionally fired missiles at and struck two Lebanese Red Cross ambulances performing rescue operations, causing huge explosions that injured everyone inside the vehicles. This claim, which gave such incendiary traction to the lie that Israel deliberately targeted civilians, was repeated by ITV News, Time Magazine, the Guardian, Boston Globe, The Age, NBC News, the New York Times and thousands of outlets around the world.

Zombietime, however, convincingly exposed this claim as a fraud. It is worth reading its analysis in full in order properly to grasp both the enormity of the libel and the way it was not only uncritically accepted but gleefully embellished by respected media outlets, whose journalists either didn’t know or care that they were transmitting an outright fabrication. Anyone with even the most cursory knowledge of the kind of missiles used by the Israeli air force would grasp immediately that the hole in the roof of the ambulance whose picture went round the world could not have been caused by such a missile. If a missile had indeed hit it there would have been no roof remaining to inspect; nor would there have remained an ambulance. Yet the rest of the ambulance in the pictures, although damaged, was pretty well intact — and the allegedly seriously injured ambulance driver not only was pictured with minor injuries, but even these had miraculously disappeared without trace in pictures taken a few days later.

In short, the whole claim was patently risible. As Zombietime revealed, the hole was almost certainly made by an air vent in the roof. It was part of the ambulance. There was no attack on the ambulance. The whole claim was a lie, a hoax, a fraud. Yet this lie has gone round the world, been ‘shown’ on TV, been embellished by familiar trusted commentators and thus has attained the status of unchallengeable truth. But it is a lie.

Now the Red Cross has rebuked Australian Foreign Minister Downer for relying on an ‘unverified’ blog for his claim. As Little Green Footballs observes, this was the same Red Cross which — as LGF previously reported — once the ‘unverified’ blog started using those vanishing journalistic attributes such as eyesight and brain activity to state the overwhelmingly obvious, quietly removed from its website the high-resolution image of the ambulance that had allegedly been struck. For if these pictures were indeed a lie, then the Red Cross itself is squarely in the frame for disseminating it.

* The claim that Israel fired a missile which hit a Reuters vehicle and wounded two cameramen. One was a Reuters employee, Fadel Shana; the other, Sabbah Hmaida, was described by Reuters as working for a ‘local news website’; although as Little Green Footballs noted, he was also reported variously as working for

1) a local news web site, 2) an Arabic network, 3) Palestinian Media Group, and 4) Dubai TV

— and now Caroline Glick has revealed in the Jerusalem Post that he was actually working for none other than Iran.

But as Powerline has reported here, here, and here, pictures of this Reuters vehicle suggest that it was not hit by anything remotely resembling a missile. There was a modest and rusty gash in the roof and a windscreen that was shattered (although even that is in doubt in another picture). That was it. As with the Red Cross claim, the notion that such damage was consistent with a missile strike is simply ludicrous.

* The claim that the Israelis deliberately perpetrated a massacre of civilians at Kana. Apart from the fact that the initial claimed casualty rate here was subsequently all but halved by the Red Cross (to 28), there is significant evidence that many of the most harrowing pictures of the victims, which did so much to turn public opinion against Israel in this war, were staged. EU Referendum has now assembled a compendium of its considerable investigative efforts over three weeks entitled The Corruption of the Media, which it has submitted to the Press Complaints Commission. Again, the whole thing repays study. In summary, it says:

…many of the incidents recorded in visual form by the media were indeed staged. In fact, we feel we can go further. In our view, the bulk of the relief effort at Khuraybah on 30 July was turned into a perverted propaganda exercise. The site, in effect, became one vast, grotesque film-set on which a macabre drama was played out to a willing and complicit media, which actively co-operated in the production and exploited the results.

EU referendum concludes:

…what we do see from Qana is the sheer scale of the staging - not the occasional picture of the many. The majority seems to have been either posed or staged, or both. Given the large AP team present, this suggests that we are looking at more than just a rogue photographer - the malpractice seems institutionalised as normal practice.

And even more devastatingly:

In defence of the media, if it can be considered thus, one can only postulate that staging scenes such as these is so common a practice, and so deeply embedded in the whole fabric of photo-journalism (and not just locally in the Middle East), that no one at the incident saw anything wrong with what transpired. Either that or, so familiar were they with the techniques used that they simply did not register what was happening. As for the others, in their air-conditioned offices, hundreds and thousands of miles away from the action, did they care one way or the other? After all, Shane Richmond of The Daily Telegraph implied, the greater truth was being served. ‘Is the child dead?’, he asked. ‘Was the child killed by Israeli bombs?’ Thus, did he say: ‘If so, the picture illustrates the story. If the picture does not alter the truth of the story, we’re not being disingenuous. And the truth of the story is this: Israeli bombs killed several civilians in Qana, many of whom were children.’ That is the nearest to an admission we have that it is acceptable to stage photographs.

In short, much of the most incendiary media coverage of this war seems to have been either staged or fabricated. The big question is why the western media would perpetrate such institutionalised mendacity. Many ancillary reasons come to mind. There is the reliance upon corrupted news and picture agencies which employ Arab propagandists as stringers and cameramen. There is the herd mentality of the media which decides collectively what the story is. There is the journalists’ fear for their personal safety if they report the truth about terrorist outfits. There is the difficulty of discovering the truth from undemocratic regimes and terrorist organisations. There is the language barrier; there is professional laziness; there is the naïve inability to acknowledge the depths of human evil and depravity; there is the moral inversion of the left which believes that western truth-tellers automatically tell lies, while third world liars automatically tell the truth.

But the big answer is that the western media transmit the lies of Hezbollah because they want to believe them. And that’s because the Big Lie these media tell — and have themselves been told — about Israel and its place in history and in the world today has achieved the status of unchallengeable truth. The plain fact is that western journalists were sent to cover the war being waged against Israel from Lebanon as a war being waged by Israel against Lebanon. And that’s because that’s how editors think of the Middle East: that the whole ghastly mess is driven by Israel’s actions, and that therefore it is only Israel’s aggression which is the story to be covered. Thus history is inverted, half a century of Jewish victimisation is erased from public consciousness, victims are turned into aggressors and genocidal mass murderers turned into victims, and ignorance and prejudice stalk England’s once staunch and stalwart land.

That’s why the fact that hundreds of thousands of refugees from the north of Israel fled to the shelter of strangers in the south; that within one third of Israel, those too poor or old or handicapped or disadvantaged to seek refuge elsewhere were forced to live in shelters for a month in great hardship; that the entire economy of northern Israel was effectively shut down for a month; that thousands of rockets were fired at northern Israel, hundreds every day, many times more than were daily fired at Britain during the Blitz — that’s why none of this was reported in Britain (where as a result such facts, when now related, are received with open-mouthed astonishment) because journalists were told to ignore it all since that wasn’t the story their editors wanted. Israel’s victimisation simply was not, could not, be the story. The only story was Israel’s aggression. But that story is a Big Lie. So a host of lies were transmitted to support it.

Certain conclusions are now inescapable. First, hatred of Israel and the irrationality associated with that hatred have now reached unprecedented proportions within Britain and the west. Second, with a few honourable exceptions the mainstream media are no longer to be believed in anything they transmit, either in words or pictures, about the Middle East. It is only the blogosphere which is now performing the most elementary disciplines of journalism: to aspire to objectivity, to separate facts from prejudices, to apply basic checks to claims being made by partisans to a conflict, and to be particularly wary of those with a proven track record of lying. Third, the mainstream media must now be regarded as active accessories to the war being waged against the free world and therefore as a fifth column in that world – an enemy within. Fourth, the impact of the lies and distortions transmitted by the mainstream media in inflaming the already pathological hatred of the west within the Arab and Muslim world is incalculable. Fifth, the mainstream media’s vilification, demonisation and delegitimisation of Israel, based on outright fabrications and malevolent distortions, is imperilling the very existence of the country that is the front line of defence of the free world. Sixth, that vilification is also imperilling the safety and well-being of Jewish communities around the world, subject now to the double victimisation of attack by Islamists and attack by non-Muslims for belonging to a Jewish people that refuses to submit passively to a second attempt at genocidal slaughter and instead fights to defend itself.

To date, as far as I can determine, not one mainstream editor or proprietor has acknowledged this corruption of the western media. The scale of this corruption now threatens to have a lethal impact on the course of human history. Hatred now drives not just the jihadists but their western dupes, too. Truth and freedom are indivisible. The deconstruction of the former inevitably presages the destruction of the latter. This is the way a civilisation dies.


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1 posted on 08/30/2006 11:31:31 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: abb; Grampa Dave

Ping! This is a must read IMHO.


2 posted on 08/30/2006 11:32:37 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
To date, as far as I can determine, not one mainstream editor or proprietor has acknowledged this corruption of the western media.

Herein lies the real tragedy: even when proven invalid, they stick with their 'Fake but Accurate' line.
3 posted on 08/30/2006 11:41:30 AM PDT by Sundog (In a world without Walls or Fences, who needs Windows or Gates?)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

It's scary too because now I see and hear young punks of about 20 years old or so who are virulent anti semites and hate Israel.


4 posted on 08/30/2006 11:41:58 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian (Formerly Ashamed Canadian - thank you Stephen Harper!)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia


Impossible, we all know the media is run by the conservative corporate establishment.

(/sarcasm)


5 posted on 08/30/2006 11:44:36 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: Salem; SJackson; Alouette; F15Eagle; RoadTest; M. Espinola; ZULU; unionblue83; backhoe; ...

Ping!


6 posted on 08/30/2006 11:54:17 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (Mid East Ceasefire = Israel ceases but her enemies fire)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Truth and freedom are indivisible.

I just felt the need to repeat one of the most important statements in this well written article.

7 posted on 08/30/2006 11:59:37 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: RhoTheta; quin

Bump for later.


8 posted on 08/30/2006 12:01:56 PM PDT by Egon (We are number one! All others are number two... or lower.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

I've been in England since early July and the anti-Israeli bias in the MSM is unbelievable, far worse than anything in the US. The television coverage here, particuarly by the BBC, makes it absolutely clear that they have taken sides in the conflict, they always get an anti-American comment into every broadcat too just for good measure. I can't wait to get back to live amongst the lightweight liberal wankers of Massachusetts, it's like being stuck behind enemy lines out here...lol.


9 posted on 08/30/2006 12:09:23 PM PDT by Geronimo
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

10 posted on 08/30/2006 12:12:26 PM PDT by Gritty (The corruption of our media now may have a lethal impact on the course of history-Melanie Phillips)
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To: Geronimo
I bet you never thought you'd be happy to get back here to good old Boston huh?

For some additional insight into why things are so bad in Europe (especially UK TV) check this out at LGF:

LGF Exclusive: How Much Does It Cost to Buy Global TV News?

11 posted on 08/30/2006 12:16:03 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: Convert from ECUSA
Our comfort is in His Words and in Him

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble, and He knoweth them that trust in Him. Nahum 1:7

The fear of man bringeth a snare, but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. Prov 29:25

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, thought war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. Psalm 27:1,3

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not, I will help thee. Isaiah 41:13
12 posted on 08/30/2006 12:25:12 PM PDT by Esther Ruth (Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper!)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Great article from LGF, should be required reading over here...Isn't it crazy how the press and tv in the UK can make even the People's Republik of Cambridge seem like a desirable place to live?


13 posted on 08/30/2006 12:34:41 PM PDT by Geronimo
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To: 1st-P-In-The-Pod; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; af_vet_rr; agrace; albyjimc2; Alexander Rubin; ...
FRmail me to be added or removed from this Judaic/pro-Israel/Russian Jewry ping list.

Warning! This is a high-volume ping list.

14 posted on 08/30/2006 1:01:35 PM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 35-38)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Absolutely superb!


15 posted on 08/30/2006 1:10:47 PM PDT by jigsaw (Islam Electric: "We Take Good Things From Life.")
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To: Alouette

I have said this on previous posts, it so important we remember that this is a historical fact.

One of the things I think we all forget is that the world wide media was heavily penetrated by the Soviets. Quite a few "journalist" in the world were either educated in the Soviet block, or recruited by the Soviets. The leftist media is alive and kicking with it's anti-American agenda. We need to be active in this battlefront, we cannot secede the marketplace of ideas to either the leftist or the Islamists. Unfortunately, we have a fifth column here in the US with the media and universities. Anybody interested about the KGBs target of the media, read this book:

The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB


16 posted on 08/30/2006 3:12:45 PM PDT by fatez (What's the use of unity if you are going down the wrong road?)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
As posted, this was missing some valuable links and useful formatting. Let's try again ...
August 30, 2006
The media war against Israel

Early in the recent Lebanon war, the blogosphere revealed the fabrication of images by Reuters, whose reputation is now in shreds among those dwindling numbers in the western mainstream media who still acknowledge there is such a thing as the truth. Since then, the nature and scale of the various frauds perpetrated by the media during that war put those doctored Reuters pictures into the shade. The western media are no longer merely producing questionable professional practices in reporting a war. They are now active participants in it — and on the wrong side of history.

One of the very few politicians to voice concern at this phenomenon is Australia’s foreign minister Alexander Downer, who said:

What concerns me greatly is the evidence of dishonesty in the reporting out of Lebanon. For example, a Reuters photographer was forced to resign after doctoring images to exaggerate the impact of Israeli air attacks. There were the widely-reported claims that Israel had bombed deliberately a Red Cross ambulance.

In subsequent weeks, the world has discovered those allegations do not stand up to even the most rudimentary scrutiny. After closer study of the images of the damage to the ambulance, it is beyond serious dispute that this episode has all the makings of a hoax. Yet some of the world’s most prestigious media outlets, including some of those represented here today, ran that story as fact - unchallenged, unquestioned. Similarly, there has been the tendency to report every casualty on the Lebanese side of the conflict as if a civilian casualty, when it was indisputable that a great many of those injured or killed in Israeli offensives were armed Hezbollah combatants.

My point is this: in a grown-up society such as our own, the media cannot expect to get away with parading falsehoods as truths, or ignoring salient facts because they happen to be inconvenient to the line of argument - or narrative - that particular journalists, or media organisations, might choose to adopt on any given controversy or issue.

Can anyone imagine the British Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, saying this? Of course not. The level of anti-Israel, anti-American madness has reached such a pitch in Britain that any similar expression of alarm at the manifestly blatant mendacity in the reporting of the Middle East has simply become unthinkable. Yet thanks to the efforts of the blogosphere — notably Little Green Footballs, Powerline, Zombietime and EU Referendum, we can see that the behaviour of the western media during the Iranian/Syrian/Hezbollah war against Israel has constituted a major, world-wide scandal, and one which has the capacity to derail the efforts of the west to defend itself.

The major incidents of apparent media fraud are these.

* The claim that Israeli aircraft intentionally fired missiles at and struck two Lebanese Red Cross ambulances performing rescue operations, causing huge explosions that injured everyone inside the vehicles. This claim, which gave such incendiary traction to the lie that Israel deliberately targeted civilians, was repeated by ITV News, Time Magazine, the Guardian, Boston Globe, The Age, NBC News, the New York Times and thousands of outlets around the world.

Zombietime, however, convincingly exposed this claim as a fraud. It is worth reading its analysis in full in order properly to grasp both the enormity of the libel and the way it was not only uncritically accepted but gleefully embellished by respected media outlets, whose journalists either didn’t know or care that they were transmitting an outright fabrication. Anyone with even the most cursory knowledge of the kind of missiles used by the Israeli air force would grasp immediately that the hole in the roof of the ambulance whose picture went round the world could not have been caused by such a missile. If a missile had indeed hit it there would have been no roof remaining to inspect; nor would there have remained an ambulance. Yet the rest of the ambulance in the pictures, although damaged, was pretty well intact — and the allegedly seriously injured ambulance driver not only was pictured with minor injuries, but even these had miraculously disappeared without trace in pictures taken a few days later.

In short, the whole claim was patently risible. As Zombietime revealed, the hole was almost certainly made by an air vent in the roof. It was part of the ambulance. There was no attack on the ambulance. The whole claim was a lie, a hoax, a fraud. Yet this lie has gone round the world, been ‘shown’ on TV, been embellished by familiar trusted commentators and thus has attained the status of unchallengeable truth. But it is a lie.

Now the Red Cross has rebuked Australian Foreign Minister Downer for relying on an ‘unverified’ blog for his claim. As Little Green Footballs observes, this was the same Red Cross which — as LGF previously reported — once the ‘unverified’ blog started using those vanishing journalistic attributes such as eyesight and brain activity to state the overwhelmingly obvious, quietly removed from its website the high-resolution image of the ambulance that had allegedly been struck. For if these pictures were indeed a lie, then the Red Cross itself is squarely in the frame for disseminating it.

* The claim that Israel fired a missile which hit a Reuters vehicle and wounded two cameramen. One was a Reuters employee, Fadel Shana; the other, Sabbah Hmaida, was described by Reuters as working for a ‘local news website’; although as Little Green Footballs noted, he was also reported variously as working for

1) a local news web site, 2) an Arabic network, 3) Palestinian Media Group, and 4) Dubai TV

— and now Caroline Glick has revealed in the Jerusalem Post that he was actually working for none other than Iran.

But as Powerline has reported here, here, and here, pictures of this Reuters vehicle suggest that it was not hit by anything remotely resembling a missile. There was a modest and rusty gash in the roof and a windscreen that was shattered (although even that is in doubt in another picture). That was it. As with the Red Cross claim, the notion that such damage was consistent with a missile strike is simply ludicrous.

* The claim that the Israelis deliberately perpetrated a massacre of civilians at Kana. Apart from the fact that the initial claimed casualty rate here was subsequently all but halved by the Red Cross (to 28), there is significant evidence that many of the most harrowing pictures of the victims, which did so much to turn public opinion against Israel in this war, were staged. EU Referendum has now assembled a compendium of its considerable investigative efforts over three weeks entitled The Corruption of the Media, which it has submitted to the Press Complaints Commission. Again, the whole thing repays study. In summary, it says:

…many of the incidents recorded in visual form by the media were indeed staged. In fact, we feel we can go further. In our view, the bulk of the relief effort at Khuraybah on 30 July was turned into a perverted propaganda exercise. The site, in effect, became one vast, grotesque film-set on which a macabre drama was played out to a willing and complicit media, which actively co-operated in the production and exploited the results.

EU referendum concludes:

…what we do see from Qana is the sheer scale of the staging - not the occasional picture of the many. The majority seems to have been either posed or staged, or both. Given the large AP team present, this suggests that we are looking at more than just a rogue photographer - the malpractice seems institutionalised as normal practice.

And even more devastatingly:

In defence of the media, if it can be considered thus, one can only postulate that staging scenes such as these is so common a practice, and so deeply embedded in the whole fabric of photo-journalism (and not just locally in the Middle East), that no one at the incident saw anything wrong with what transpired. Either that or, so familiar were they with the techniques used that they simply did not register what was happening. As for the others, in their air-conditioned offices, hundreds and thousands of miles away from the action, did they care one way or the other? After all, Shane Richmond of The Daily Telegraph implied, the greater truth was being served. ‘Is the child dead?’, he asked. ‘Was the child killed by Israeli bombs?’ Thus, did he say: ‘If so, the picture illustrates the story. If the picture does not alter the truth of the story, we’re not being disingenuous. And the truth of the story is this: Israeli bombs killed several civilians in Qana, many of whom were children.’ That is the nearest to an admission we have that it is acceptable to stage photographs.

In short, much of the most incendiary media coverage of this war seems to have been either staged or fabricated. The big question is why the western media would perpetrate such institutionalised mendacity. Many ancillary reasons come to mind. There is the reliance upon corrupted news and picture agencies which employ Arab propagandists as stringers and cameramen. There is the herd mentality of the media which decides collectively what the story is. There is the journalists’ fear for their personal safety if they report the truth about terrorist outfits. There is the difficulty of discovering the truth from undemocratic regimes and terrorist organisations. There is the language barrier; there is professional laziness; there is the naïve inability to acknowledge the depths of human evil and depravity; there is the moral inversion of the left which believes that western truth-tellers automatically tell lies, while third world liars automatically tell the truth.

But the big answer is that the western media transmit the lies of Hezbollah because they want to believe them. And that’s because the Big Lie these media tell — and have themselves been told — about Israel and its place in history and in the world today has achieved the status of unchallengeable truth. The plain fact is that western journalists were sent to cover the war being waged against Israel from Lebanon as a war being waged by Israel against Lebanon. And that’s because that’s how editors think of the Middle East: that the whole ghastly mess is driven by Israel’s actions, and that therefore it is only Israel’s aggression which is the story to be covered. Thus history is inverted, half a century of Jewish victimisation is erased from public consciousness, victims are turned into aggressors and genocidal mass murderers turned into victims, and ignorance and prejudice stalk England’s once staunch and stalwart land.

That’s why the fact that hundreds of thousands of refugees from the north of Israel fled to the shelter of strangers in the south; that within one third of Israel, those too poor or old or handicapped or disadvantaged to seek refuge elsewhere were forced to live in shelters for a month in great hardship; that the entire economy of northern Israel was effectively shut down for a month; that thousands of rockets were fired at northern Israel, hundreds every day, many times more than were daily fired at Britain during the Blitz — that’s why none of this was reported in Britain (where as a result such facts, when now related, are received with open-mouthed astonishment) because journalists were told to ignore it all since that wasn’t the story their editors wanted. Israel’s victimisation simply was not, could not, be the story. The only story was Israel’s aggression. But that story is a Big Lie. So a host of lies were transmitted to support it.

Certain conclusions are now inescapable. First, hatred of Israel and the irrationality associated with that hatred have now reached unprecedented proportions within Britain and the west. Second, with a few honourable exceptions the mainstream media are no longer to be believed in anything they transmit, either in words or pictures, about the Middle East. It is only the blogosphere which is now performing the most elementary disciplines of journalism: to aspire to objectivity, to separate facts from prejudices, to apply basic checks to claims being made by partisans to a conflict, and to be particularly wary of those with a proven track record of lying. Third, the mainstream media must now be regarded as active accessories to the war being waged against the free world and therefore as a fifth column in that world – an enemy within. Fourth, the impact of the lies and distortions transmitted by the mainstream media in inflaming the already pathological hatred of the west within the Arab and Muslim world is incalculable. Fifth, the mainstream media’s vilification, demonisation and delegitimisation of Israel, based on outright fabrications and malevolent distortions, is imperilling the very existence of the country that is the front line of defence of the free world. Sixth, that vilification is also imperilling the safety and well-being of Jewish communities around the world, subject now to the double victimisation of attack by Islamists and attack by non-Muslims for belonging to a Jewish people that refuses to submit passively to a second attempt at genocidal slaughter and instead fights to defend itself.

To date, as far as I can determine, not one mainstream editor or proprietor has acknowledged this corruption of the western media. The scale of this corruption now threatens to have a lethal impact on the course of human history. Hatred now drives not just the jihadists but their western dupes, too. Truth and freedom are indivisible. The deconstruction of the former inevitably presages the destruction of the latter. This is the way a civilisation dies.


17 posted on 08/30/2006 3:38:31 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (We are but Seekers of Truth, not the Source.)
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To: ThePythonicCow
The first link was damaged in transcription. Here it is fixed, in context:
One of the very few politicians to voice concern at this phenomenon is Australia’s foreign minister Alexander Downer, who said:

18 posted on 08/30/2006 3:43:31 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (We are but Seekers of Truth, not the Source.)
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To: ThePythonicCow
Dang - three more links with the same trailing space mutilation. The fixed links, in context, again:
Zombietime, however, convincingly exposed this claim as a fraud.

But as Powerline has reported here,

EU Referendum has now assembled a compendium of its considerable investigative efforts over three weeks entitled The Corruption of the Media,

The original Melanie Phillips posting had trailing space character on these links, which is harmless, but my Firefox "View Source" transcribes that space to the hex escape code sequence "%20", which broke the links. Sorry.
19 posted on 08/30/2006 4:01:35 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (We are but Seekers of Truth, not the Source.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
As I read over these details more -- my anger rises.

This sort of treasonous news reporting is how we lost the Vietnam War, and it is well on its way to costing us both the wars we are now engaged in, against the Islamo-Fascists, and the Marxist-Leftists (which includes most of the Democrat party's leaders, the drive by media and our Universities professors of various liberal arts subjects.)

Un-bleeping-real.

As Melanie Phillips concludes:

The scale of this corruption now threatens to have a lethal impact on the course of human history. Hatred now drives not just the jihadists but their western dupes, too. Truth and freedom are indivisible. The deconstruction of the former inevitably presages the destruction of the latter. This is the way a civilisation dies.

20 posted on 08/30/2006 4:44:37 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (We are but Seekers of Truth, not the Source.)
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To: Blue Highway

powerful


21 posted on 08/30/2006 6:00:19 PM PDT by perfect stranger (I need new glasses.)
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To: Convert from ECUSA

Thanks.

Excellent article.

Any news org with integrity should refuse the type of manipulated access Hezbollah and the Palis provide and should not utilize the local photojournalists who have been shown time after time to be corrupt and part and parcel of the terror orgs.


22 posted on 08/30/2006 6:02:46 PM PDT by dervish
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
An awesome article and bit of narrative writing too!

And speaking of spoon-feeding the masses the choherent narrative they'll pay for, or in the late era of the MSM, sit through commericials for ... let us not forget The Yellow Kid of Hogan's Alley on whose ragged and droppy yellow shirt the whole of narrative journalism was built one cartoonish narrative after another.

23 posted on 08/30/2006 6:19:20 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Fred Nerks
bears repeating:
Zombietime, however, convincingly exposed this claim as a fraud. It is worth reading its analysis in full in order properly to grasp both the enormity of the libel and the way it was not only uncritically accepted but gleefully embellished by respected media outlets, whose journalists either didn’t know or care that they were transmitting an outright fabrication. Anyone with even the most cursory knowledge of the kind of missiles used by the Israeli air force would grasp immediately that the hole in the roof of the ambulance whose picture went round the world could not have been caused by such a missile. If a missile had indeed hit it there would have been no roof remaining to inspect; nor would there have remained an ambulance. Yet the rest of the ambulance in the pictures, although damaged, was pretty well intact — and the allegedly seriously injured ambulance driver not only was pictured with minor injuries, but even these had miraculously disappeared without trace in pictures taken a few days later.

24 posted on 08/30/2006 10:18:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

That's a very interesting item. I catch a good bit of lgf, but had managed to miss that. Thanks for posting.


25 posted on 08/30/2006 10:32:59 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

"Hatred now drives not just the jihadists but their western dupes, too."

I see this every day with the Leftists on a neutral forum I'm on.


26 posted on 08/30/2006 10:38:35 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Tolik

Ping


27 posted on 08/30/2006 10:46:56 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; Interesting Times; GreyFriar; SeraphimApprentice

Absolutely excellent! With a very few exceptions, the media is the enemy.


28 posted on 08/30/2006 10:59:49 PM PDT by zot (GWB -- the most slandered man of this decade)
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To: SunkenCiv

http://www.zombietime.com/fraud/ambulance/

The Red Cross Ambulance Incident - images at link.


29 posted on 08/30/2006 11:05:35 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (ENEMY + MEDIA = ENEMEDIA)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Yet some of the world’s most prestigious media outlets, including some of those represented here today, ran that story as fact - unchallenged, unquestioned

These same people never give Israel or the USA the benefit of the doubt, much less let their acts go unchallenged or unquestioned! They are both guilty before proven innocent.

30 posted on 08/30/2006 11:11:29 PM PDT by ladyinred (Leftists, the enemy within.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Just ask any of them why they got into journalism. They got into it to change the world. Journalists by and large are marxists. You'll note that the most balanced and unbiased reporting is from the sports media. They got into it because they loved sports. Hmmm...


31 posted on 08/30/2006 11:18:34 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Cutting to the chase, it's all about global, French-style socialism - - the kind of secular welfare state socialism that the Democrats want to bring to America. The linear "thinking" among the left goes like this:

1. Capitalism, self-reliance, individual liberty and personal responsibility are perceived as Republican values.

2. Republicans control all branches of government in America.

3. Therefore, whatever Republicans do must be belittled, mocked, smeared, and spun in the public mind as "bad". "Right" and "wrong" have nothing to do with it. The Republicans must be defeated in order to move the socialist agenda forward.

4. Bush and the Republican have undertaken a war against terror, so this effort must be belittled, mocked, smeared, and spun in the public mind as "bad". (Silently, the left wants Bush's America to lose the war on terror, but in lieu of that the left would be delighted if Bush was forced to retreat with his tail between his legs.)

5. Israel is now engaged in it's own high profile war against terror and is therefore seen by the left ("the left" includes the Democrats, the global socialists, and their shills in the liberal "mainstream" newsrooms of the NY Times, the networks, Reuters, AP, and most of the European press) as an ally of Bush and the Republicans. That is, Israel's aggressive military action adds credibility to Bush's aggressive military action and seriously damages the efforts of the left to paint Bush as a "go-it-alone" cowboy who is "out of touch", etc. The war on terror is for real and Israel has reminded the public of that reality.

6. Since Israel is perceived as an ally of Bush in the war on terror its effort must now, as with Bush's effort, be belittled, mocked, smeared, and spun in the public mind as "bad". (Again, the Republicans must be defeated in order to move the socialist agenda forward and Israel, perceived to be an ally of Bush, stands in the way.)

This completes the circle.

And that is why the liberal "mainstream" newsrooms of the NY Times, the networks, Reuters, AP, and most of the European press hate Israel.


32 posted on 08/30/2006 11:35:33 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

"My point is this: in a grown-up society such as our own, the media cannot expect to get away with parading falsehoods as truths, or ignoring salient facts because they happen to be inconvenient to the line of argument - or narrative - that particular journalists, or media organisations, might choose to adopt on any given controversy or issue."

Thanks to the internet, now when the lying mediots due the only thing they are capable of, lying, fauxtography and fauxnes, they are caught and exposed.

The corporate culture of these vile organizations is based on lying to those those buy and pay for their product.


33 posted on 08/31/2006 4:35:26 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic lies/wet dreams posing as news.)
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To: Richard Poe; Tony Snow

Is George $oreA$$ paying for these lies, fauxtography, and faux news?


34 posted on 08/31/2006 4:37:24 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic lies/wet dreams posing as news.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
My point is this: in a grown-up society such as our own, the media cannot expect to get away with parading falsehoods as truths, or ignoring salient facts because they happen to be inconvenient to the line of argument - or narrative - that particular journalists, or media organisations, might choose to adopt on any given controversy or issue.

BINGO

35 posted on 08/31/2006 4:40:37 AM PDT by GOPJ (Raoul's First Law of Journalism: BIAS = LAYOFFS)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; All

Phillips' book, Londonistan, is devastating and extremely elegantly written. All should read it.


36 posted on 08/31/2006 4:41:11 AM PDT by Remole
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To: zot; PajamaTruthMafia; Interesting Times; SeraphimApprentice

Thanks for the Ping and posting the article.

Just remember the new slogan of the media "I love individual Jews, but hate zionist Israel and all of its occupants." Thus they can self delude themselves.


37 posted on 08/31/2006 4:43:38 AM PDT by GreyFriar ( (3rd Armored Division - Spearhead))
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; FreedomPoster; Lando Lincoln; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; Valin; King Prout; ...
Melanie Phillips:

Certain conclusions are now inescapable.

To date, as far as I can determine, not one mainstream editor or proprietor has acknowledged this corruption of the western media. The scale of this corruption now threatens to have a lethal impact on the course of human history. Hatred now drives not just the jihadists but their western dupes, too. Truth and freedom are indivisible. The deconstruction of the former inevitably presages the destruction of the latter. This is the way a civilisation dies.


Nailed It!
Moral Clarity BUMP !

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38 posted on 09/01/2006 6:53:57 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

bttt


39 posted on 09/01/2006 7:47:22 AM PDT by kalee
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To: Tolik

Thanx for the ping. I agree, she nailed it!


40 posted on 09/01/2006 10:40:31 AM PDT by GoLightly
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To: Tolik

Excellent article. Thanks for the ping.


41 posted on 09/01/2006 12:48:43 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Tolik; potlatch; ntnychik; Smartass; Boazo; Alamo-Girl; PhilDragoo; The Spirit Of Allegiance; ...

bump ping


42 posted on 09/01/2006 2:00:01 PM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: untrained skeptic
[T]here is the moral inversion of the left which believes that western truth-tellers automatically tell lies, while third world liars automatically tell the truth.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
-- 2 Timothy 4:3 & 4 NASB

The hour is upon us.

43 posted on 09/01/2006 6:15:04 PM PDT by HKMk23 (HEY! It's past 8-22-2006 and that Knickersinawad jerk is overdue! I want Armageddon or a refund!)
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