Media Lens: A Match Made In Heaven – President Obama And The BBC’s John Simpson

4 November 2014 — Media Lens

Sometimes a piece of propaganda is so glaring you almost have to splash cold water on your face to make sure your eyes are not deceiving you. Take a bow John Simpson, the grandly titled ‘World Affairs Editor’ of BBC News. You don’t earn a moniker like that by offending the global power elite. But is it really necessary to genuflect before US President Barack Obama as Simpson did in a recent article masquerading as informed commentary?

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The Establishment – Andrew Marr And Owen Jones

14 October 2014 — Media Lens

Picture the scene: No.10 Downing Street, September 16: ‘a gentlemen’s-club-style reception room, given factitious poshness by two marble pillars’. The event: a book launch party hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron himself to ‘mark the publication’ of a political novel, ‘Head of State’, by the BBC’s senior interviewer and former political editor, Andrew Marr.

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‘Disgustingly Biased’ – The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre

24 July 2014 — Media Lens

Soon after Malaysian Airlines MH17 crashed near Donetsk, Ukraine on July 18, killing 298 people, the BBC website quickly, and rightly, set up a ‘LIVE’ feed with rolling reports and commentary on the disaster. This was clearly an important and dramatic event involving horrific loss of life with serious political implications. The public would, of course, be searching for the latest news.

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A Tale Of Two Titans – Jon Snow of C4 News And Jeremy Bowen of BBC News

11 July 2014 — Media Lens

On July 4, Independence Day in the United States, Channel 4 News broadcast a Jon Snow interview with Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State and presumed presidential candidate. For a self-proclaimed ‘pinko liberal’ like Snow, this was a glorious opportunity to ask hard-hitting questions about US foreign policy and Clinton’s own role in shoring up the American Empire.

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BBC revealed UK plan to attack Syria

5 July 2014 — Voltaire Network

In its Newsnight show of 3 July 2014, the BBC revealed that in early 2012 the government of David Cameron came close to validating a plan against Syria crafted by Lord David Richards, then the Chief of the British Armed Forces General Staff [1].

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Liquid (Bomb Plot) Lies Revisited By Craig Murray

3 July 2014 — Craig Murray

There never was a liquid bomb plot. It was proven in court not to exist. It was a fabrication of the minds governing a Pakistani torture chamber.

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Blair: Bombing Iraq Better. Again By David Cromwell and David Edwards

16 June 2014 — Media Lens

Over the weekend, the British media was awash with the blood-splattered Tony Blair’s self-serving attempts to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. The coverage was sparked by a new essay in which Blair claimed that the chaos in Iraq was the ‘predictable and malign effect’ of the West having ‘watched Syria descend into the abyss’ without bombing Assad. Blair advocated yet more Western violence, more bombing:

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UK SEP National Secretary interviewed on BBC Daily Politics

4 June 2014 — WSWS

On Monday Chris Marsden, the National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in the UK, was interviewed on the BBC 2’s Daily Politics show.

The interview, with journalist Jo Coburn, was in response to the SEP’s official complaint that a previous May 21 interview with Marsden on the show ended with interviewer Giles Dilnot, “suggesting that the SEP is a violent organisation that would kill journalists.” (See, “SEP European election candidate Chris Marsden interviewed on BBC 2’s Daily Politics”)

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Thinking The Right Thoughts By David Cromwell & David Edwards

15 May 2014 — Media Lens

There are always convenient news-hooks on which corporate journalists can hang their power-friendly prejudices about the West being ‘the good guys’ in world affairs. Channel 4 News is not immune from this chauvinism. For example, Matt Frei introduced a report about last month’s elections in Iraq with this propaganda bullet:

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The right-wing nationalism of the United Kingdom Independence Party By Jordan Shilton

19 April 2014 —WSWS

The promotion of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in the lead-up to the European elections in May is part of a strategy within ruling circles in Britain and across Europe to move politics sharply to the right. (See “France’s new government: A political turning point for Europe” )

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China and the Crisis of Crisis Theory By Heiko Khoo

14 April 2014 — SolidarityEconomy.net via  China.org.cn

The recent BBC documentary called “How China Fooled the World” presented by Robert Preston claims that China’s economy is about to collapse. The program starts well: correctly showing that China’s state-owned enterprises dominate the economy and shape its development. However, it fails to adequately consider the advantages of this system of public ownership.

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The Neverending ‘Wakeup Call’ By David Cromwell and David Edwards

2 April 2014 — Media Lens

The new report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is clear that the impacts of climate change are likely to be ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible’. Impacts include droughts, floods, heat waves, endangered species, crop failure, food insecurity, famine and even war.

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Controlling the Lens: The Media War Being Fought Over Ukraine Between the Western Bloc and Russia By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

27 March 2014 — Global Research

The BBC and CNN versus RT

Governments and major corporations control or, at least, try to manipulate public opinion and discursive processes through mass media communication. They also wage information wars through the use of mass media communication. Like other geopolitical events, this is the case concerning the Ukrainian anti-government protests and the proceeding February 2014 coup in Kiev. This information war is a contest where the international news networks and major newspapers act as armies, the weapons being used are the media, and the frontline is the interactive space known as the public sphere. Radio frequencies, air waves, satellite feeds, social media, cellular or mobile phone uploads, communication networks, and the internet are all part of the war.

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Video: Media ‘Staged’ Syria Chemical Attack

24 March 2014 — Truthseeker

BBC ‘total fabrication from beginning to end’ of Syria ‘atrocity’. CIA caught infiltrating CNN, and Operation Mockingbird is back. The Truthseeker interviews, UK Member of Parliament George Galloway; Illinois University Professor of International Law Francis Boyle; investigative reporter John Helmer and ordinary Syrians.

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