October 6, 2011
We like to believe that there once was a time, an age of Woodward and Bernstein, when facts mattered and journalists would not dare go global with a completely fabricated, custom-made piece of fiction designed to stoke the fires of war. If there was such a time, it’s definitely not now.
Two weeks ago, once respected charity Amnesty International, claimed that it had “uncovered evidence” of an 18-year-old girl in Syria named Zainab al-Hosni, whose mutilated body was body had been decapitated and the arms and skin removed. Before long this story spread like wild fire, circulating throughout the multi billion dollar global mainstream media empire.
Yesterday, the real bombshell dropped. It’s official: Zainab al-Hosni was back from the dead, and being interviewed on Syrian TV, stating, “I came to the police station to tell the truth. That’s what I say to those lying channels – I’m now still alive, not dead”.
So Zainab al-Hosni has magically reappeared- in the flesh, proclaiming she is indeed alive, much to the horror and embarrassment of US Ambassador Susan Rice, who hung most of her unsuccessful UN sanctions attempt against Syria on a series of fabricated media stories like this one.
Rice stormed out of the UN security council meeting after China and Russia vetoed the US-backed resolution condemning Syria’s crackdown on anti-government protests.
The lies that were created through clever editing, zero fact checking and yellow journalism are striking. Here is a brief sample of CNN’s creative video fantasy which ran on September 28, 2011:
Call it creative communication, call it PR, or call it propaganda. One thing is crystal clear today: the US, its allies and its media partners including a highly compromised Amnesty International, CNN, the BBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, AOL and its newest edition to the western propaganda matrix- Al Jazeera, will say and publish just about anything as long as it dovetails with the received foreign policy goals coming out of Washington and Whitehall.
For those who haven’t been paying attention over the last four years, Al Jazeera has slowly become a middle east extension of the BBC, as well as Washington’s trusted desert media lapdog. The network’s head offices in Doha, Qatar are just down the road from US CENTCOM– military command and control, so you can only imagine who’s buying lunch.
Unsurprisingly, Al Jazeera also did their bit in spreading convenient disinformation about alleged ‘brutal’ death of Zainab al-Hosni, instead of reporting on what was actually happening in Syria.
Amazingly, only one global media network chose NOT cover the faux death of Zainab al-Hosni with such western vigor. That network was Russia Today (RT). Nor did Infowars.com run with the story. We were aware of it but did not cover it, as it was suspected to be somewhat of a bogus tale designed to push Syria closer to a confrontation with NATO.
RT now reports on NATO’s Al-Hosni disinfo debacle:
The mainstream media’s quick reaction often costs it in terms of fact-checking. As human rights groups continue to sound the alarm over multiple arrests and killings in Syria, one high-profile victim has made an amazing reappearance.
Zainab Al-Hosni was hailed as the flower of Syria, the symbol of the suffering under President Bashar Assad’s brutal regime. At least that is what much of the Western media said after her apparent butchering by security forces.
Several Western media outlets were quick to report Zainab Al-Hosni’s gruesome death – apparently the first woman to be killed in government custody.
Human rights groups like Amnesty International jumped on the bandwagon too, reporting Al-Hosni had been tortured, murdered and mutilated. It even claimed her mother found the body in a morgue last month. All assertions the group is now being forced to backtrack on.
“We will endeavor to be more cautious and phrase things a little bit more nuanced,” Amnesty International spokesperson told the BBC.
The state broadcaster says the interview is to dispel what it labels fabrications by foreign media to serve Western interests.
It is stories like this that have been used to prop up calls from the US, Britain and France for UN sanctions to be slapped on Syria, but their foundations are now looking shakier than ever.
Some video footage shows allegedly unarmed pro-Assad civilians being targeted by gun-toting rebels, whom the West views as peaceful opposition. It seems as Western media only looks in one direction.
“This notion that the US is part of this pro-democracy regime is ridiculous. They’re jumping on that bandwagon as an opportunity to get out in front of it and create this deceptive appearance, while at the same time they’re supporting the dictatorships that are aligned with them and the UN that are part of their empire,” claims Jacob Hornberger from the Future of Freedom Foundation.
Here is another prime example of the power of propaganda coming out of the US and Europe, used as a tool to sway public opinion and influence foreign policy as a result. As RT has very astutely pointed out, real video footage showing unarmed pro-Assad civilians being targeted by heavily armed gun-toting rebels.
Just like in Libya, the so-called “rebels” in Syria are hardly unarmed peace-niks carrying bouquets of flowers. In Libya, in the first days of the civil war back in Jan 2011, the protesters were armed and set fire to government buildings and police stations- hardly the stuff of a romantic Arab Spring in the Magreb. Nonetheless, the West and its obedient media disinformation machine began to pump out the lies, as the ‘International Community’ and its freedom lobby cried out, “Gaddafi is gunning down his own people.”
In many cases, these rebels are armed, violent, well financed and have some links to shadowy, corporate-sponsored ‘Pro Democracy’ foundations in the US, aka “Google’s Revolution Factory”. Cetainly, this was the case in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.
Readers and viewers should be asking themselves right now, ‘Who should I trust? Can I really trust CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera or Amnesty International anymore- and more importantly, are they compromised by powerful Western influences and intelligence agencies?”
Today should really act as a wake-up call for any media consumers who still remain on the media fence.