Jan 5, 2020

BREAKING: Corporate Media Is Helping The GOP With Their Lies On Iran The Way They Did With Iraq

1. Iran Flashback: TRAITORS! The Daily News Calls The GOP What They Are... TRAITORS!
2. Iraq Flashback: Corporate Media's Iraq War Coverup: Incontrovertible Proof Of Network News & The Beltway Media Covering Facts About The Iraq War For Their GOP Masters
3. Jon Stewart Interviews Judith Miller About The Iraq War & We Get An Idea Of What's Wrong With The Media (They're In Denial. They Think They Are Reporters)
4. Dick Cheney Said Iraq Was A 'Black Hole' In 1994 & 'Easily Conquerable' In 2002, Contradicting Himself. Media Blows Story. (In military actions the media tends to support the liars)
5. Why Do News Outlets Bring On Non-Scientists To Argue Against Science? (An obvious example of how media regularly skews the perception of factual science in the public's mind to favor GOP lies)
Related: Seth Meyers: Trump And His Allies Are Lying In The Exact Same Ways The Bush Administration Lied Us Into A Catastrophic War In Iraq Nearly 17 years Ago

How can media push any narrative from proven liars such as Trump and the GOP? (asks Vox) . This post documents the media's brand new betrayal of the public trust as they did with Iraq and pretty much every war since WW2 (at least, this is how it begins and how a false, lie filled, narrative is promoted and then truth/facts that come out later are ignored). It begins with assurances, without proof, that everything is being done for the peoples good. And then the people involved are glorified as heroes

Media Matters: Despite all the lies, television pundits assert no reason to doubt what the Trump administration says about Iran

Even though the Trump administration has spent years lying to the American public, television pundits assert there is no reason to doubt the administration’s claims about Iran and the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
No matter which way you slice it, Trump and his administration routinely lie about the facts. And before Trump took office, the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War were sold to the American people based on lies. (You can go further back if you wish, I won’t stop you.)
And yet, despite all the lies, pundits on cable news repeatedly said today that they have no reason to doubt what Trump administration officials are saying regarding Soleimani’s assassination. None of these people provided any evidence to support their claims.

At least Charlie Brown occasionally showed some awareness that Lucy would pull the football away.

Media Matters: Revelations from the Afghanistan Papers underscore the need for a media skepticism on Iran

Just last month, The Washington Post published investigative reporter Craig Whitlock’s bombshell report exposing dark truths about the war in Afghanistan. The six-part series offered a blistering look at the disparities between what the U.S government knew to be true and what it told the public. This evidence -- along with the long history of the government lying to justify armed conflict -- should give journalists pause when considering how they cover escalating tensions with Iran.
“U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable,” Whitlock wrote in the project’s opening, based on government documents with interviews of “more than 400 insiders.”
“If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction … 2,400 lives lost. Who will say this was in vain?” Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, the White House war czar for Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013, is quoted as saying in one of the documents Whitlock obtained. 
“Several of those interviewed described explicit and sustained efforts by the U.S. government to deliberately mislead the public, Whitlock wrote. “They said it was common at military headquarters in Kabul -- and at the White House -- to distort statistics to make it appear the United States was winning the war when that was not the case.”
As Media Matters reported at the time, network nightly news broadcasts largely ignored Whitlock’s report. Neither ABC’s World News Tonight nor NBC’s Nightly News covered the story in the days after it broke, while CBS Evening News devoted a single segment to it on December 9. Now, less than a month removed from the publication of concrete evidence that the U.S. government has been lying to the American people about an ongoing $2 trillion war that’s taken the lives of tens of thousands of Afghan civilians and more than 2,400 U.S. service members, we appear to be on the brink of another nebulously defined armed conflict, this time with Iran.
As news organizations cover this unfolding event, the public can only hope that publishers and broadcasters have learned to treat the government’s messaging and justification with due skepticism. Unfortunately, there's already cause for concern.

Media Matters: Mainstream news outlet headlines uncritically and recklessly repeat Trump administration’s justification for strike against Iranian military leader

After the United States military carried out a drone strike at the behest of President Donald Trump that killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a key Iranian military figure, major mainstream news outlets unquestionably repeated the Trump administration’s purported justification for the attack in their headlines.
Soleimani was killed while traveling in a convoy near the Baghdad International Airport on January 2 in a move that will have widespread repercussions throughout the Middle East, including the possibility of outright war with Iran. On January 3, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posted on Twitter an overarching justification for the strike, saying it warded off “imminent threats to American lives.” Later, on CNN, Pompeo refused to disclose what those imminent threats were when asked about the statement.
Having apparently learned no lessons from the buildup to the Iraq War, when mainstream media outlets helped build a drumbeat for the war on the basis of false claims from the George W. Bush administration, major news outlets uncritically repeated Pompeo’s claim -- even though he and the administration he works for lack credibility and are already offering mixed public justifications for why the strike took place. 
Mainstream outlets routinely repeat claims from the Trump administration without context or skepticism. This latest round of uncritical headlines follows a major revelation last month, which was largely ignored by network news, that the U.S. government systematically spread false public information about the state of the war in Afghanistan.
Here is how some major news outlets framed the Trump administration’s claims:
CNN.com’s splash page:
“Pompeo: Airstrikes disrupted an imminent attack”
“Strike on Soleimani disrupted an 'imminent attack' and 'saved American lives'”
 “Strike on Soleimani disrupted an 'imminent attack' and 'saved American lives'”
“Pompeo: Soleimani killed due to 'imminent threats to American lives'”
“Pompeo says attack that killed Iran military leader Qasem Soleimani was in response to 'imminent attack'”
“Pompeo Says U.S. Killed Iranian Commander to Prevent 'Imminent Attack'”
“Pompeo says Soleimani strike disrupted ‘imminent’ attack”
“Pompeo: US strike on Iran's Soleimani 'saved American lives,' disrupted 'imminent attack'”

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