MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

When George Bush arrived in Britain last week as part of his “farewell tour”, the real reasons for the visit were buried well out of sight. The tour was not, as the Guardian suggested, a mere “continental au revoir”. The purpose was to coerce Gordon Brown into raising troop levels in Afghanistan and to support toughened sanctions on Iran. Bush said pressure on Iran was necessary to “solve this problem diplomatically”, but warned: “Iranians must understand, however, that all options are on the table.” (

The remarks raised fears in London that Bush is “determined to take action against Iran before he leaves office in January,” the Independent reported.

Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), warned that any attack on Iran would transform the region into a “ball of fire.” Even from the West’s point of view an attack would be disastrous:

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Conflating inflation – when is a crisis not a crisis? When the BBC says it’s a ‘slowdown’ By William Bowles

20 June 2008 — Investigating Imperialism

Commenting on the pay deal struck between Shell’s tanker drivers totaling 14% over two years, a BBC ‘reporter’ during an interview with UK government minister John Hutton (BBC World News, 18 June 2008) made the following statement (not exactly verbatim but accurate as to content):

BBC: “But when other workers see the 14% pay deal, they’re going to demand the same which will surely set off an inflationary spiral?”

Hutton: “Oh yes, if we all start asking for 14% it will set off an inflationary spiral” – blah, blah, blah

So what’s wrong with this statement by the BBC ‘reporter’ (never mind Hutton’s inane response)? Aside from (conveniently) putting words into the minister’s mouth, the entire interview was more of a duet than an interview, with the BBC rewriting immediate history with a single phrase! The statement is an outrageous lie and one fed to the politician by a complicit BBC.

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Book Review: Why the Left doesn’t get it By William Bowles

15 June 2008

Book Review: ‘Deer Hunting With Jesus – Dispatches from America’s Class War’ By Joe Bageant

“Never experiencing the life of the mind scars entire families for generations.”

This is the hardest review I have ever had to write. Who am I writing it for seems to be at the heart of my dilemma. But let me say first that this book is a witty, insightful and sympathetic portrait of a world most of us are only aware of through cliché or stereotype. Who are we talking about? The so-called American Redneck.

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Media Lens: ‘Complicit Enablers’ – UK Media Ignore US Whistleblowers

11 June, 2008 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

In April 2006, George Bush bade farewell to his outgoing White House press secretary, Scott McClellan:

“One day he and I are going to be rocking on chairs in Texas talking about the good old days and his time as press secretary.” The Independent

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Anti-Empire Report, June 6, 2008 By William Blum

6 June 2006 —  Anti-Empire Report

Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life

The Empire — A Status Report

There are a number of expressions and slogans associated with the Nazi regime in Germany which have become commonly known in English.

‘Sieg Heil!’ — Victory Hail!
‘Arbeit macht frei’ — Work will make you free.
‘Denn heute gehört uns Deutschland und morgen die ganze Welt’ — Today Germany, tomorrow the world

But none perhaps is better known than ‘Deutschland über alles’ — Germany above all.

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I’m overwhelmed by the horror of it all By William Bowles

4 June 2008

I’ll be honest, the reason I haven’t been at all productive of late is because I felt so utterly depressed about the state of the world that I simply felt inadequate and overwhelmed by the task of writing. The fact that the world is controlled by a gang of psychopaths so utterly addicted to power that they’ll destroy everything in order to hold on to their ill-gotten gains is so overwhelming that it’s left me virtually speechless (no mean feat I can tell you).

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