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Media Fabrication of War Not New

In 1898, Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal were arguing for American intervention in Cuba. Hearst is reported to have dispatched a photographer to Cuba to photograph the coming war with Spain. When the photographer asked just what war that might be, Hearst is reported to have replied, "You take the photographs, and I will provide the war". Hearst was true to his word, as his newspaper published stories of great atrocities being committed against the Cuban people, most of which turned out to be complete fabrications.

On the night of February 15, 1898, the USS Maine, lying in Havana harbor in a show of US resolve to protect her interests, exploded violently. Captain Sigsbee, the commander of the Maine, urged that no assumptions of enemy attack be made until there was a full investigation of the cause of the explosion. For this, Captain Sigsbee was excoriated in the press for "refusing to see the obvious". The Atlantic Monthly declared flat out that to suppose the explosion to be anything other than a deliberate act by Spain was "completely at defiance of the laws of probability".

Under the slogan "Remember the Maine", Americans went to war with Spain, eventually winning the Philippines (and annexing Hawaii along the way).

2001-2002: America and the UK collaborate to "prove" that weapons of mass destruction were being produced by Iraq, including fabricated reports, denials by investigators, a possible assassination of an investigator in the UK, and media hype.

By 2003, the Americans and British people were almost unanimous in their support of an invasion of Iraq. Anyone who tried to point out the economic reason of the war (oil) were dismissed as conspiracy crackpots.

In fact, the media had much to do with propagandizing for war in both Afghanistan and Iraq, much as they had done during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Even the Kosovo War was heavily propagandized, with Roma Gypsies being decimated by both the Kosovo militants, who were supported by young Albanian males from America, and the Serbians, who were supported by Communists, drug dealers and thugs.

Today, even recent mass murders are propagandized. The Cho Seung-hui case is a prime example. Very few people are picking up on the slogan "Ismail Ax" in red ink on Cho's arm.

Instead, they are playing up on the "weird and creepy loner" angle.

Another example is the recent Newtown shootings. It's my contention that Adam Lanza had behavior similar to "hikikomori" especially social isolation.

In light of revelations made about him, Lanza's actions remind me more of an angry child, in a fit of jealous rage, than a killer who coldly calculated the deaths of innocent children.

Even despite carrying two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle, he shot himself before using all his ammunition precisely because of same reasons Marc Lepine, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Kimveer Gill, and Seung-hui Cho did so: to prevent the hell of a murder trial.

Just as the mass media fabricates the weird and creepy loner to explain these mass school killings, so too did it fabricate weapons of mass destruction (WMD) before invading Iraq.

In doing so, mass media is but a propaganda tool of the State.


Steve said...

Kenneth Eng is an author for our times, and "Dragons: Lexicon Triumverate" is a novel for our times. Concerned with heady concepts like the nature of reality, logical evolution, and how dragons are totally wicked sweet, Eng's book is a tour-de-force of barely-constrained fetishism, and an observant reader can imagine precisely when Eng's hands left the keyboard to begin frenetically masturbating over his own furious fantasies of being a mighty scaled warlord and totally slaughtering tons of humans. Basically what you wind up with is a fantasy novel as penned by your average MySpace user; disjointed, full of ridiculous concepts and pseudo-intellectual rhetoric, all wrapped up in a tight bundle of self-righteousness and topped off with a delicious cherry of incoherence.
-- Clearly, dragons are superior to pathetic white and black humans, because they can wield metal., March 9, 2007; Hooper_X "ruder than you, most likely." (THE LAND OF SKA AND HONEYS), Amazon plug of Eng's book

Steve said...

This post is satirical.

I actually did not find the evidence piling up to be funny at all, but shocking and mind-numbing.