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"What CNN is doing is they are essentially creating what some people have termed 'infomercials for dictators.' And that's the sponsored content that they are airing on CNN International that is actually being paid for by regimes and governments." 

"And this violates every principle of journalistic ethics, because we're supposed to be watchdogs on these governments." 

"We are not supposed to allow them to be a paying customer as journalists. And that's the issue here - that CNN is feeding, then, this propaganda to the public and not fairly disclosing to the public that this is sponsored content."

It's not just Bahrain. CNN does the same thing for Saakashvili's Georgia and Kazakhstan. Instead of getting correspondents to report accurately, viewers are systematically lied to.

The self-styled "most trusted name in news" reports managed news misinformation and willful lies. Disturbing truths are suppressed. Regime friendly accounts substitute. What viewers most need to know isn't broadcast.

Lyon took great risks in Bahrain. She dodged her minders. She went to villages and witnessed atrocities firsthand. She videotaped it. She saw injured patients run out of hospitals. Birdshot targeted them.

Ambulance drivers who helped them were beaten. Coming back, she and her producer were accosted. About 20 masked men with machine guns stopped them. They tried to erase videos they found.

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She and her producer concealed some discs in their bras. They managed to get them out of the country.

"You can imagine Bahrain's surprise when we got back to the US and this content was airing on CNN, and right after that is when the phone calls started coming into the network complaining about me and trying to get my coverage off the air."

CNN and other scoundrel media vilify Syria and Iran unjustifiably. At the same time, they suppress horrific atrocities committed by US allies. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are two of the worst.

Viewers are systematically lied to. They're denied real information. RT said Bahrain issued a statement. It denied Lyon's accusations. It lied saying so. That's how despots operate.

CNN International also lied. It calls its editorial and commercial operations "completely separate." Lyon, of course, knows otherwise. So do RT viewers who followed their reports. They explained what everyone needs to know.

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Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

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