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Audio News Releases (ANRs) are also produced. Radio stations air them. Public airwaves are used fraudulently. 

Government officials produce fake news. They're broadcast the same way on television and radio. Issues are promoted like imperial wars and homeland neoliberal policies.

Journalists shill for power. They're paid government employees. They support programs they should condemn. Viewers, listeners, and readers are none the wiser. 

On-the-take journalism pays well. Tax dollars buy public deception. FCC officials turn a blind eye. They do nothing. AJ Liebling (1904 - 1963) said, "People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news." It's the same on television and radio.

Manipulating public opinion is policy. Truth is suppressed. Misinformation infests airwaves and fills broadsheet space like crabgrass besets lawns.

Censorship is policy at CNN. So is producing infomercials for despots. Bahrain dirty money bought it. The Al Khalifa monarchy is one of the world's most ruthless regimes. It's a case study in despotism. It's one of the worst. State terrorism is policy.

Since winter 2011, it waged war on its own people. They've braved security force attacks with tear gas, beatings, rubber bullets, live fire, arrests, torture, disappearances, and imprisonments.

Nonviolent men, women, children, doctors, journalists, human rights activists, and foreign observers are targeted. Western governments turn a blind eye. They offer support, not condemnation.

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Media scoundrels are no better. Ongoing state terror is suppressed. Practically nothing about Bahrain is reported. CNN's the exception. Former reporter Amber Lyon exposed how it buys favorable content.

On October 6, Fars News Agency headlined "Ex-CNN Reporter: CNN Bribed by Dictators to Censor Realities," saying:

Amber Lyon said "CNN gets paid by despotic regimes to produce and broadcast what she referred to as 'infomercials for dictators,' saying that the sponsored content of such pieces aired on CNN International 'is actually being paid for by regimes and governments.' "

Bahrain's monarch paid CNN blood money to suppress information on its brutal crackdowns. Lyon went public and told all.

On October 3, Russia Today ( headlined "Bahrain buys favorable CNN content," saying:

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Amber Lyon explained. RT interviewed her. She said she "created a lot of documentaries for CNN that didn't air internationally."

They should have, but CNN suppressed or sanitized them. She spent time in Bahrain. She witnessed state terrorism firsthand. She videotaped it. It wasn't aired internationally. She learned "Bahrain was actually a paying customer for CNN."

Favorable content was created. "Even though CNN says its content is editorially independent Bahrain can affect that -- what we've seen with that documentary not airing and also with the constant struggle I had at CNN to get Bahrain coverage, accurate coverage of the human rights abuses on-air while I was there."

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