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Is U.S. Media Coverage of Ukraine and Syria Even WORSE than Its Coverage of Iraq?

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Over the last year, we’ve documented that – despite all of the mea culpas for horrible Iraq coverage – the U.S. media’s coverage of Ukraine and Syria is just as biased, superficial and pro-war.

Former Associated Press and Newsweek reporter Robert Parry – who broke several of the biggest stories regarding Iran-Contra, and recipient of the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984 -  writes of U.S. media coverage of the conflict in Ukraine is even worse than Iraq:

In my four-plus decades in journalism, I have never seen a more thoroughly biased and misleading performance by the major U.S. news media. Even during the days of Ronald Reagan – when much of the government’s modern propaganda structure was created – there was more independence in major news outlets. There were media stampedes off the reality cliff during George H.W. Bush’s Persian Gulf War and George W. Bush’s Iraq War, both of which were marked by demonstrably false claims that were readily swallowed by the big U.S. news outlets.


But there is something utterly Orwellian in the current coverage of the Ukraine crisis, including accusing others of “propaganda” when their accounts – though surely not perfect – are much more honest and more accurate than what the U.S. press corps has been producing.


There’s also the added risk that this latest failure by the U.S. press corps is occurring on the border of Russia, a nuclear-armed state that – along with the United States – could exterminate all life on the planet. The biased U.S. news coverage is now feeding into political demands to send U.S. military aid to Ukraine’s coup regime.


The casualness of this propaganda – as it spreads across the U.S. media spectrum from Fox News to MSNBC, from the Washington Post to the New York Times – is not just wretched journalism but it is reckless malfeasance jeopardizing the lives of many Ukrainians and the future of the planet.

Media coverage of Syria is also  arguably worse than of Iraq.

After all, the American media trumpeted false claims about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction.  But – with Syria – the American media is studiously ignoring the fact that:

Of course, the corporate media is always pro-war and pro-empire.  But now the large “alternative” media outlets – such as Drudge and Huffington Post – are also beating the war drums as loudly as they can.

So you’ll hear scary stories that terrorists in Syria are a threat to the U.S.  … but you won’t hear that the U.S. has been planning regime change in Syria for 20 years straight (and see this), or that the U.S. and its allies are the ones who pumped up those terrorists in the first place.

You’ll be told that Russia will start World War 3 if we don’t launch a military campaign in Ukraine … but you won’t hear that that the U.S. has planned on taking control of Ukraine since 1997, or that the former Ukrainian Security Chief alleges that the new neo-Nazi government was behind the sniper attacks which turned the West against the old regime in the first place.

You won’t hear any of that when the media is trying to sell a war …

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Fri, 04/18/2014 - 08:02 | 4672518 Welshman
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If the fed can/are printing money all the time is it not possible they have bought lots of gold?

Or is it not worth what people think?

Basically iam saying if gold is the future surely they have bought shit loads of it.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:48 | 4672493 Big Brother
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Fortunately, there's Russia Today (RT), Aljazeera English, and BBC America.  I know no single media outlet is perfect, but cleanest of dirty shirts and laundry and all that.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:28 | 4672464 rsnoble
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Fuck US media you'll be lucky to get a warning over incoming nukes, not that it would do a lot of good.

"The US economy collapsed overnight"................that's the one i'm waiting on lol.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 02:15 | 4672274 basho
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european media is totally russophobic, tv and printed. they censor comments posted on forums. totally ignore letters to the editor. CH is bad DE is worse eg Die Zeit or Der Spiegel. BBC is a basket case.

it's hilarious to watch the talking heads stumble all over themselves when their pompous remarks backfire on them. steinmeier, merkel, tusk, barrelosa, van pompous and especially rasmussen are disgustingly juvenile. and these are the people in charge of the world OMG

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:49 | 4672430 AUD
Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:17 | 4671871 bugs_
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It seems that the Democrats have no plan to secure the peace either!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:03 | 4671835 Soul Glow
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My buddy that I can discuss this with wrote to me, "More people need to be paying attention!"

I couldn't have put it better.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:36 | 4671732 surf0766
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How many times have they defended his red lines.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:38 | 4671724 dexter_morgan
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Only in that there is less contrarian coverage since it's their guy calling the shots now.

Where is Cindy sheehan these days? Is she boycotting out front of bath houses Hyde Park mansion? If she is, it sure ain't getting any coverage. Where's the street corner (SEIU) anti-war protesters that were all over during the last regime's war?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:07 | 4671602 Pee Wee
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You retards are studying the propaganda arm of a Fascist police state like even one thing matters besides obfuscation and insulation of those making the decisions to go to war.

Maybe W can paint a picture of the twin towers so MSBS doesn't run out of "news."

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:47 | 4671375 Kina
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And of course the media oligarchs love war in their failing industry...it sells papers/views.. gives them an added reason to be. So they won't mind at all in hundreds of thousands die... if it helps their business.


Probably the Huffington Post realised if they didn't get on 'lets have a big war agenda' their viewers would go elsewhere.....they are whores like the rest...no longer alternative media....in fact very much now days suck off Obama media.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30 | 4671298 Son of Captain Nemo
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"Is U.S. Media Coverage of Ukraine and Syria Even WORSE than Its Coverage of Iraq?"...

No.  It's the same, only it's an "Iraq" this time with 75,000 nuclear warheads!

Fixed it!!!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:27 | 4671281 Reaper
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60+% believe Obama lies on important issues. The alternate media needs to Pavlovian train the sheeple to associate Obama and the media with the words lie and die. Repeat at the beginning and at the end, Obama lies. Why die? The sheeple brain will then always associate Obama with the words lie and die.

In 1984, it was: War is peace. Freedom is slavery. In 2014, there are new thoughts to implant: Obama is lying. McCain wants war. The media is lying. Why die for Obama? Why die for McCain? Why die in the Ukraine?

Indoctrination of the stupid can be used by both sides.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:25 | 4672411 Farqued Up
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Only ONE side in tag-team "Wrasslin'", but you make a great point.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:25 | 4671081 Welshman
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Online newspapers here in the uk like the guardian, mail and sky news that allow comments the public have gone 180 on there views and calling bull shit on there biased reporting.

Is it not the same in america?

I seen a video where mcain gets cut down by an american regarding there bull saying 90% of americans dont want anything to do with syria! I thought mcain was going to get lynched by the audience :)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:27 | 4671279 Aussiekiwi
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We have to go to war with Russia to stop them giving states referendums on who is to govern them, duh, its the democratic thing to do.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:24 | 4671079 Welshman
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Online newspapers here in the uk like the guardian, mail and sky news that allow comments the public have gone 180 on there views and calling bull shit on there biased reporting.

Is it not the same in america?

I seen a video where mcain gets cut down by an american regarding there bull saying 90% of americans dont want anything to do with syria! I thought mcain was going to get lynched by the audience :)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:22 | 4671077 Welshman
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Online newspapers here in the uk like the guardian, mail and sky news that allow comments the public have gone 180 on there views and calling bull shit on there biased reporting.

Is it not the same in america?

I seen a video where mcain gets cut down by an american regarding there bull saying 90% of americans dont want anything to do with syria! I thought mcain was going to get lynched by the audience :)

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:04 | 4671361 fleur de lis
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That the media is utterly devoid of geopolitical/historical knowledge about any part of the world is normal for them and indeed predictable. That they yammer on about what they have been instructed to say is expected.

What I don't understand is why military leaders listen to them after all the bogus evidence of the last decade or so which should alert them to the fact that they are nothing short of waterboys for the NWO. Why would they consider sending their men and women into a meat grinder for a clutch of leaders who cannot see past their bankbooks?

The NWO is made up of nerds and chickens who would get killed in a bar fight but think nothing of sending others--their betters by the way--into harm's way and the real possibility of being torn to shreds by hostile fire. The military need to start asking for evidence that troop movements have something--anything--to do with our Constitution. 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:31 | 4670948 Flying Wombat
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Here's great perspective on the media's Ukraine coverage from Robert Perry, who was among the few that broke open the Iran-Contra scandal story and paid dearly for speaking truth to power:


Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:18 | 4670908 free_lunch
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“The issues are too important to be left for the voters.”
? Henry Kissinger



Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:09 | 4670886 free_lunch
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“It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.”
? Henry Kissinger

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:57 | 4670865 kchrisc
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If Sandy Hoax and Boston "Boom" are indeed fake, then you have your answer.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:24 | 4672013 DavidPierre
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School Safety Expert Threatened for Questioning Sandy Hook


Wolfgang W. Halbig doesn't believe anyone was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, and he's looking for some answers. So many answers, in fact, that he was paid a visit by some police investigators telling him to back off.

Mr. Halbig isn't your average "conspiracy theorist." He's worked in public education as a teacher, dean, assistant principal, principal of an alternative school and as the Director for School Safety and Security for the Seminole County Public Schools, a school district of approximately 65,000 students.

A former Florida State Trooper and United States Customs Inspector, Mr. Halbig was invited by the U.S. Department of Justice to train over 3,500 school police officers, school superintendents and school principals. He travels the country providing presentations and keynotes to a variety of school board associations and conferences and is a nationally-recognized school safety and security expert and consultant, who has provided safety training and school assessments for more than 4,000 school districts nationwide.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:56 | 4670861 FeralSerf
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The media's job is to herd livestock. They will say and do whatever they and their masters believe is most effective to do said herding. The coverage and the truth are of no consequence unless they happen to aid in said herding.

We have met the livestock and they is us.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:45 | 4670844 lakecity55
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Uhh, yes.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:42 | 4670832 Ifigenia
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Who is Michael Meiring? a friend of David Headley?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:36 | 4670817 goneYonder
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When you eat real food, drink water without flouride, exercise your body, humbly seek the Truth within, you see right through this shit like x-ray vision.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:50 | 4670990 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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"I first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love... Yes, a profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I — I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence. I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women, er, women sense my power, and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women, Mandrake...but I do deny them my essence."

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:43 | 4670835 Evil Peanut
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damn straight 

I'd hasten to add smoking copious amounts of herb 

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:41 | 4671524 Umh
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So that's how you found your avatar.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:30 | 4670797 kurt
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Watch Charlie Rose's interview of Christine LaGarde of the IMF. Watch carefully when the subject turns to inflation/deflation. They both trade a serious suppressed smirk verging on hilarity, insider devilry. These two demon gatekeepers, having a moment of glorious Overlordship, on the record for anyone who dares to look, seriously it verges on reptilian shape shifting. Certainly these people are playing their part in the blood sacrafice of the middle class. Keep in mind they're both Bilderberg CFR.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:44 | 4670836 Ifigenia
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and Charlie Rose is a zio-jew

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:27 | 4670786 Omen IV
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Unequivocally correct!

The most disappointing is the NYT - - the reporting not only has been wrong  but the facts limited and the subjecitve  interpretation a joke

The Ukraine will end as Russia winning the  Federation organization and the EU getting the debt, the west and the fascists

for the USA we lose the reserve currency as Russia and China go into overdrive for new world currency and protecting many many countries that will come to them so that the IMF doesnt destroy their soverenty via the PPT and other Obama games   

we are at a cross rounds of bankruptcy of the USA 100 year business model which europe followed and lost - countries and banks are off the air

China & Russia will win this round and the USA is going to a complete upheaval by 2016 - classic overreach

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:44 | 4670613 Philalethian
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Thanks, GW. Nice art too.

The lame stream media is more responsible for misdirecting and dis-informing the American People, than any weapon of mass-distraction ever unleashed on the innocent public in the history of the world. The sad thing is, even though everybody knows the lies and propaganda is spewed out on the nightly church mind-control TV, people still suck it up like heroin addicts to the filthy lies and dis-information like it is the very life breath itself.

Some day the electric power will shut off and man's values will be back in the heart, not in the pocket as it has historically been for so long. Only then will the real awakening to salvation begin.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch:



Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:57 | 4671959 disabledvet
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I've actually come to enjoy the Flight ME 370 coverage of late. "Beyond parody"...it's almost soothing in a way.

"This is Wolf Blitzer. Screw you Crossifire!"

I mean there is True Beauty in something totally made up actually. this is well beyond mere contrivance. As far as we know the Flight never existed and every video feed of people weepeing, etc...is from some other tragedy "just cobbled together to change the subject...to something entirely subjective actually."

"And still it grinds out" like Gigantic Electron Globule Man... swallowing up all the BureauBots in its path.

"How is one to conduct a war when all the media is abuzz about something that probably never existed in the first place?"

I mean we can ditch the whole "biased" meme that's fer sure. We're not even in pursuit of reality anymore!


yee haw!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:34 | 4670568 lindaamick
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Why in the world does anyone; media or government employee, want to start WWIII?

Are these people so demented that they can not see EVERYONE LOSES IN WAR.


Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:47 | 4672492 Ned Zeppelin
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On the contrary, there is lots of money to be made. Ask dick cheney. See Dylan's Masters of War for further information on this topic.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:03 | 4670866 intric8
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"Over the last year, we’ve documented that – despite all of the mea culpas for horrible Iraq coverage – the U.S. media’s coverage of Ukraine and Syria is just as biased, superficial and pro-war."

Its called agitation propoganda (agitprop). In the old days, you'd see it in film, music and the other arts, like back in 1947 when hollywood was conditioning the viewing public to fall in love with communism. Nowdays, they just get straight to the point.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:30 | 4670942 Golden Rule
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I was reading the other day that FDR adoringly and publicly use to refer to Stalin as Uncle Joe...

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:12 | 4670472 q99x2
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Fortunately most young families don't have TVs.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:39 | 4671520 Umh
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How old are you?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:11 | 4670470 the grateful un...
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the media has no idea who or what al qaeda is. this is that old sherlock holmes story that he solved by knowing it was an inside job because the dog didn't bark. or to put it another way, does anyone know the name of Chinese secret police, their CIA or KGB? ever heard anyone in the news speak about it? woof

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:47 | 4670985 shovelhead
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Wei See Yu?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:10 | 4670438 Emergency Ward
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Come on you metro-fascist talking head,
Barry O needs you to whip up some dread.

Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
next stop Ukrainestan.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:02 | 4670434 kurt
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I absolutely agree with every word but am cautious about anything dripping out of the CFR's hoary hole.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:56 | 4670410 fooshorter
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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:32 | 4670305 Duc888
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You really can't fault them.    They're doing exactly what their owners are paying them to do.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:22 | 4670518 Ariadne
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proliferating permawar

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:55 | 4672438 Farqued Up
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Eternal war for eternal peace. See Spot run, see Spot pack up the pack and head off to war.

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