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The CBS Ambush (scumbag MSM alert)
Strategy Page ^ | 9/20/06 | Bay

Posted on 09/20/2006 6:32:23 AM PDT by pabianice

Remember the "Arab street," that riot-in-the-road featuring flammable Israeli flags, Saddam Hussein posters, clenched fists and chants threatening "Death to America"? The street may have lacked pavement and a fire hydrant, but it had beaucoup television cameras.

Flames, clenched fists and death threats -- a heart-pounding collage of sensational imagery and rhetoric. What more could a TV exec need to attract audience eyeballs?

Recall the talking heads who told us in 1990, after Saddam invaded Kuwait, that "the Arab street" was going to rise en masse, as an ur-proletariat, which would support Saddam against the West. If you need documentation, check out a few old PBS "NewsHour" transcripts.

But the mass rising didn't happen. Why? Because the Arab street was, to a great extent, the creation of television cameras. Political operatives -- no doubt many on Saddam's payroll -- knew they could attract the sensation-hungry camera crews and use the media to project the operatives' preferred "image of anger."

Twenty-first century Islamo-fascist terrorists, however, have refined the model and moved beyond an image of anger to a new form of prepared global ambush that integrates murder, terror and instant media.

The ambush technique coordinates blood-spilling violence with sensational imagery and rhetoric using a dispersed network of media operatives, guerrillas and terrorists. Networked, Coordinated Blood-spilling plus Sensationalism -- hence the technique's acronym: the CBS ambush.

Since May 2005, we've seen the CBS ambush employed effectively on three notable occasions, the latest being Pope Benedict's remarks at Regensburg University.

In May 2005, Newsweek ran its phony Guantanamo Bay prison "Koran flushing" story. Violent riots broke out in several predominantly Muslim countries. The riots in Afghanistan attracted particular attention. Indian military analyst Bahukutumbi Raman wrote that those riots were incited by "well-organized agents of the Hizb ut-Tahrir terror gang."

The Newsweek story gave the terrorists an emotion-laden "grievance trigger." The ambush consisted of violent riots and a prepared deluge of anti-American propaganda. The vicious riots not only attracted further global media coverage, but also intimidated Muslims who oppose terrorist organizations and their violent interpretation of Islam.

In September 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a series of editorial cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad. The cartoons attracted political protests and several violent threats, but the cartoons were no international cause celebre. In fact, an Egyptian newspaper published several of the cartoons in an article condemning the Jyllands-Posten.

But in January 2006, waves of orchestrated, coordinated violence broke out in predominantly Muslim nations and in Muslim neighborhoods. The terrorists and political operatives promoted a "clash of civilizations" propaganda line, with the cartoons as the "grievance trigger."

Pope Benedict's Regensburg ruminations provided another CBS ambush trigger.

Benedict -- in a speech that examined historical relations between Muslims and Christians -- quoted the Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus, a ruler whose empire consisted of little more than the city of Constantinople. Muslim Turks had all but dismembered his realm. Manuel II, engaged in a dialog with a Muslim Persian scholar, challenged the Persian to show him "just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

An imprudent quote by a man on a global podium? Yes -- particularly since popes blessed several sword-bearing Crusades. It is, however, a defensible quotation in the context of an academic lecture. The pope pointed out the dialog between Manuel II and the Persian examined "the truth of both (religions)." But context doesn't matter when triggering a CBS ambush, only the superficial trace of historical grievance and the energy of emotional slight. The "distributed" violence following the media magnification of the pope's remarks included firebombing Christian churches (in several Muslim countries) and the execution-style slaying of a Catholic nun who worked in a hospital in Somalia. A hospital administrator said her murder was "not a random act."

Executing a CBS ambush requires the implicit cooperation of sensationalist media -- media that delight in emotional slights and rarely probe beyond the superficial. Until that implicit cooperation ends, the Islamo-fascists will continue to exploit this productive stratagem, achieving propaganda victories designed to ignite a "clash of civilizations" and brutally intimidate their Muslim and non-Muslim opposition.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: arabstreet; cbs; cbsnews; danratherbiased; iraq; mediabias; powerghraib; saddamhussein; saddamites; seebs; viacommie; yellowjournalism
What assholes.
1 posted on 09/20/2006 6:32:24 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice
Perhaps some day the terrorists will go so far that even the Democrats and the media would decide to work in favor of the US.

Imagine how strong our country could be, if we were united in a fight for civilization.

2 posted on 09/20/2006 6:36:37 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: pabianice
I don't give a crap about the "Arab street". Those bloodthirsty barbarians were dancing in that same "street" on 9/11. I say they should all go to hell and rot there.
3 posted on 09/20/2006 6:37:55 AM PDT by chimera
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To: pabianice
Posted here:
The CBS Ambush
Good article though.

I also like "Iraq The Model"'s view:

When will we be ready to accept criticism?

(excerpt)

...One friend reminded me of the assassination attempt that targeted the former pope two decades ago wondering what the reaction of the pope was…as we all know he eventually visited the assailant and pardoned him.
No mosques were blown up and no speech of a clash of civilizations was made.
So why don't we admit that the "other" is better than us at responding rationally when criticized? Why don't we learn from others?
When we closed our ears to anything that doesn't match our beliefs and refused all criticism wasn’t that enough reason for the deterioration of our civilization? ...


4 posted on 09/20/2006 6:39:42 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: pabianice

I believe this tactic is beginning to backfire. It has become tedious to the most important audience in this macabre play, THE AMERICAN STREET, staged or not.

The enemy, instead of appearing inhumanly powerful, comes off juvenile and quite vulnerable, by reacting as they do to mere words and pictures. The whole idea of the suicide mission is to instill abject fear; how can we cower to the same people who we see on TV reacting with infantile hissy-fits?


5 posted on 09/20/2006 6:49:34 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: pabianice
An imprudent quote by a man on a global podium? Yes -- particularly since popes blessed several sword-bearing Crusades.

Huh? Imprudent? Horsecrap. It's imprudent not to speak the truth.

And you have a problem with the Crusades—that is, taking back territories, such as Jerusalem, put to the sword by jihad gangs? I don't. I do have a problem with wimps like you trying to avoid offending gangsters. It can't be done. The offense is always pretended—an excuse to justify doing the stuff they're yearning to do anyway.

And in this case, the gangsters are such losers anyway. Trying to be "prudent" in this situation is delusional.

6 posted on 09/20/2006 6:54:40 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: pabianice
An imprudent quote by a man on a global podium? Yes -- particularly since popes blessed several sword-bearing Crusades.

Sword bearing Crusades that saved Europe from the Islamo-Nazis.

7 posted on 09/20/2006 6:54:48 AM PDT by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: pabianice

By the way, by "you," I meant the writer of the piece, not you. Sorry!


8 posted on 09/20/2006 6:55:26 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: pabianice
Why is this a surprise? Same tactics were employed during the Balkan conflicts, sensationalism devoid of facts with the intent of molding public opinion. The MSMs count on public ignorance to insure their agenda comes across as legitimate.
9 posted on 09/20/2006 7:15:07 AM PDT by montyspython (Love that chicken from Popeye's)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"Perhaps some day the terrorists will go so far that even the Democrats and the media would decide to work in favor of the US. Imagine how strong our country could be, if we were united in a fight for civilization."

Sadly, many of us thought that 9/11 would (finally) be such a threshold moment that would awaken the Demagogic left to the perils faced by civilization under assault from Islamo-fascists ..... or the bombings in Bali, Madrid, London, etc..... or the unspeakable depravity of Beslan......but it's become clear that nothing short of nuclear warheads exploding (heaven forbid!!!) in US cities has any chance of getting through the to raving lunkheads of the DBM and the Demagogic Party.
10 posted on 09/20/2006 7:25:44 AM PDT by Enchante (There are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Drive-By Media)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"Imagine how strong our country could be, if we were united in a fight for civilization."

Imagine how strong our country would be if you could fire a "Magic Bullet" in the air that pass through the head of EVERY LIBERAL (COMMUNIST SOCIALIST BACKWARD THINKING LAWMAKER & SUPPORTER OF THIS LUNACY) you may not have too much "breaking fake news" but the country would instantaneously get better " over night ".
11 posted on 09/20/2006 7:34:34 AM PDT by PEACE ENFORCER
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To: Enchante
...but it's become clear that nothing short of nuclear warheads exploding (heaven forbid!!!) in US cities has any chance of getting through the to raving lunkheads of the DBM and the Demagogic Party.

I honestly wonder if even that would do the job. After the initial shock and horror, how long would it be before both the Democrats and the media would ooze back into the "It's all America's (and especially Bush's) fault" knee-jerk? Once one has acquired the habit of willed stupidity and deliberate obliviousness--and especially when both are powered by a large fund of unreasoning hatred--it's pretty hard to break.

It would also mean having to admit that one completely wrong, all along.

12 posted on 09/20/2006 7:38:43 AM PDT by Dunstan McShane
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To: pabianice; USF; Fred Nerks
THE ENEMEDIA


13 posted on 09/20/2006 7:57:44 AM PDT by jan in Colorado (The light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light;Jn3:19)
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To: pabianice
Here'e my preferred image of the "arab street":


14 posted on 09/20/2006 8:04:13 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democrats. French, but more cowardly.)
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To: pabianice
Executing a CBS ambush requires the implicit cooperation of sensationalist media -- media that delight in emotional slights and rarely probe beyond the superficial. Until that implicit cooperation ends, the Islamo-fascists will continue to exploit this productive stratagem, achieving propaganda victories designed to ignite a "clash of civilizations" and brutally intimidate their Muslim and non-Muslim opposition.

You're right, what as_holes.

15 posted on 09/20/2006 8:06:47 AM PDT by GOPJ (Muslim outrage would be taken more seriously if they weren't such arrogant hypocrites.)
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To: montyspython; pabianice; avg_freeper

The following thread follows the media manipulations of recent events:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1703870/posts

BBC, NY Times and Guardian Appear to Have Stage-Managed Muslim Anti-Pope Hatred


16 posted on 09/20/2006 8:07:20 AM PDT by khnyny (God Bless the Republic for which it stands)
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To: pabianice
This has been going on for a while and was parodied in this classic movie circa 1982.

The problem is that the parody and reality have become indistinguishable.

17 posted on 09/20/2006 8:15:38 AM PDT by anymouse
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING


18 posted on 09/20/2006 12:24:51 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: khnyny

This is not the first time the media has fanned the flames of war.

There is a term for this. Yellow journalism.

And the Hezbollah terrorists' "victory" over Israel was a prime example.

The "impartial" media is anything BUT.


19 posted on 09/20/2006 12:26:22 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: chimera

I agree my friend. I NEVER gave 2 flying craps about Muslims long before 9/1 . I dont give 2 damns about them now eithe r. Who the hell cares what some uneducated , 7th century throwbacks think about ANYTHING. They are the scumof the earth who contribute nothing to the planet . screw them


20 posted on 09/20/2006 12:30:09 PM PDT by sonic109
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To: weegee

You're right. I happened to catch part of "Hairball" last night with Chrissy Matthews. He was interviewing Frank Rich (NYT) on his new book. The interview was sickening in the amount of half-truths and downright lies. The transcript is a hoot, and if I had time right now, I'd post it, but I don't!


21 posted on 09/20/2006 1:41:45 PM PDT by khnyny (God Bless the Republic for which it stands)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Perhaps some day the terrorists will go so far that even the Democrats and the media would decide to work in favor of the US.

Imagine how strong our country could be, if we were united in a fight for civilization.

.....and imagine just how far the terrorists would have to go to make THAT happen.

22 posted on 09/20/2006 1:44:27 PM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: pabianice

"Remember the "Arab street," ...Nope.


But I do recall ABSCAM and fella named MURTHA....


23 posted on 09/20/2006 1:46:10 PM PDT by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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