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|"The war of propganda"|
|10/14/01 at 17:15:50|
|Some interesting excerpts from Chris Blackhurst's article "The war of |
propaganda" appearing in today's The Independent newspaper:
1) Downing Street and the military chiefs have never had it so good. Almost
the only information the press has to go on is supplied directly from the
allied commanders. We are told what they want us to know.
2) Journalists are relying on the government line: data processed by Glasgow
University's media monitoring unit indicates a marked tendency for the early
evening news bulletins to follow the agenda set by Mr Blair and Mr Bush.
3) There is no one to check the veracity of allied briefings, of claims of
successful hits against military installations.
4) The first night of attacks involved 15 bombers, 25 strike aircraft and 50
sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles. At the following day's briefing the
press was told that 85 per cent of the "ordnance" ( a word beloved of
militarists) had hit their targets successfully. What happened to the other
15 per cent? Assuming that each bomber dropped one bomb and each aircraft
fired one missile that would make more than 13 bombs and missiles that did
not reach their intended destination. Where did they go? Assume that 13
bombs and missiles hit Britain during the night: what sort of story would
that make? But there is just silence.
5) Anyone who probes too hard, who refuses to swallow the daily
spoonfeeding, is seen as being anti-British. So it is that we are shown
"before and after" pictures of what we are informed is a Bin Laden training
camp, even though Mr bin Laden's camps have almost certainly been empty for
Full article here:
|Re: "The war of propganda"|
|10/15/01 at 10:25:34|
The first casualty of war is the truth.
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