[Ssf] Fallujah: murder televised on TV
spodulike at freeuk.com
spodulike at freeuk.com
Fri Nov 12 13:08:45 GMT 2004
I think one of the problems is the pressure the BBC get put under.
There was an interesting discussion on Radio 5 where they pointed out
that while some people don't like the term 'insurgents' they are
continually fed the li(n)e 'terrorists' by government and military. I
think at the moment the state is winning the media war. Props to http://
www.medialens.org/ for helping people tug the media around.
Mainstream media will always be in a difficult position in that when
finding an 'objective middle way' it ignores that truth is truth and
murder is murder, there's no middle way on that.
> I also heard two US helicopters got taken out today!
> As for Dave's comment I can't say I'm exactly surprised. The BBC are
> constantly lying in attempts to justify the war.
> Here's an interesting example from an Indymedia article
> BBC is Legitimising Mass Slaughter of Fallujah:
> The BBC's lunchtime news anchor, Anna Ford, opened today's news with
> this solemn announcement:
> "Iraq's prime minister, Iyad Allawi, has said he has given American
> and Iraqi forces the authority to clear Fallujah of terrorists."
> (Ford, BBC 1, 13:00 News, November 8, 2004)
> Almost everything in this statement is false: Allawi is not the
> legitimate prime minister of Iraq, he is an American-installed stooge.
> Allawi did not give authority to US forces to attack Fallujah - +they+
> are the authority in Iraq, Allawi is their mouthpiece. The US goal is
> not to "clear Fallujah of terrorists"; it is to crush Iraqi
> to US control of their country.
> SUGGEST ACTION...
> The fact that such a senior figure at the BBC should reply at
> length shows just how defensive broadcast journalists are when
> of presenting the establishment view of current events. They really
> feel they are "good people" providing "impartial" reports (see below).
> This pressure on the media is very important. I would urge people to
> visit the MediaLens website regularly and when you see a news
> or current affairs programme which particularly infuriates you (where
> to start?), write to the jounalists and editors involved (MediaLens
> provides email addresses). You will be surprised how often you get a
> reply (but not by how often you do not!). Send copies of all your
> emails and any replies you receive to MediaLens: editor at medialens.
> Dan> Have you seen what else is going on around Iraq? -
> Dan> US-led troops find three Iraqi contractors and an Iraqi taxi-
> Dan> Falluja believed to be held as hostages
> Dan> At least 17 people are killed in a car bomb in a busy Baghdad
> ng area
> Dan> Masked insurgents in northern Mosul attack several police
> Dan> loot weapons and ammunition, before setting at least two of them
> Dan> fire. The attacks prompt US strikes against suspected rebel
> Dan> Kirkuk Governor Abdulrahman Mustafa escapes an assassination
> Dan> the northern city, but several people are injured in the bomb
> Dan> his convoy.
> Dan> Can we call it a 'descent into chaos' yet? Nah! As Laura Bush
> Dan> truly believe that Iraq is becoming a democracy." Hey, perhaps
> Dan> believe enough! And anyone that doesn't believe, well... we can
> Dan> shoot the fuckers!
> Dan> Dan
> Dan> dave thompson wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >> I have just witnessed a murder on tv and on Sky news
> >> at least, the journalist condoning the murder..
> >> dt
> >> During the battle for Fallujah, they showed a marine
> >> saying, =93I=92ve just injured one, he=92s between the two
> >> buildings=94. At that moment another marine walks over
> >> to the gap between the two houses, he then climbs on a
> >> forty four gallon drum aims his gun at the injured
> >> Iraqi and fires one shot.
> >> The Sky reporter: the veteran David Chater, whose
> >> report incidentially did not include the caveat, that
> >> it was 'compiled under U.S military restrictions' just
> >> says something like: 'they cannot risk suicide bombers
> >> blowing themselves up'
> >> I am writing to them for the transcript unless someone
> >> on here knows exactly what he said.
> >> So there we have it, a major crime, a wounded man
> >> executed and then endorsed by a British TV journalist
> >> And they call it a war for civilisation...
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