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By now the Brian Williams "saga" has gone viral so bear with me while I reiterate some of the highlights --lowlights of the NBC "Nightly News" anchor lying about his being under fire in a helicopter and forced down during the initial days of the US invasion of Iraq.
Williams came clean to the newspaper "Stars & Stripes" after Sgt 1 st Class Joseph Miller, who was the flight engineer on the helicopter, had complained to the newspaper, "No, we never came under direct enemy fire".
Not only did Williams lie just one time about the incident, he'd done it numerous times over the years. Now acknowledging he lied he's compounded it saying he "misremembered it" and "I don't know what screwed up my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another".
"Misremembered it"! You have to be kidding. I guess if he repeated it enough his lie became the truth to him.
It's too bad this story will be seen as an isolated incident what with a major MSM figure lying to the public.
Actually it's just a distraction because the much larger issue is this: distortion, misinformation and lies are reported daily to the people by the entire MSM in the US and Europe.
That's the real story that needs to surface and become viral-ala Edward Snowden-and really be brought into the light of day.
It has happened of sorts in Germany but you won't find it mentioned in any American MSM media program or publication. In fact you won't see it reported in Germany either.
But on February 4 th the online ICH, "Information Clearing House" did publish, "Editor Of Major Newspaper Says He Planted Stories For CIA", a rather remarkable admission by Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, the former editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany's largest newspapers and now the publisher of "Whistleblower" magazine. Actually, Ulfkotte's story was first reported on Zero Hedge, "German Journalist Blows Whistle On How CIA Controls The Media" by Tyler Durden in October, 2014 after Ulfkotte gave an interview on RT. So it's not a new revelation.
Maybe the fact it was originally reported on RT and immediately considered propaganda in the west It didn't have the impact it deserved and wasn't reported in MSM. Essentially its been flying under the radar for months until ICH published it online.
But here's Ulfkotte's story. It seems his conscience got to him and in his October interview on RT said, "he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name". He also said, "the aim of much of the deception was to drive nations toward war." Further he goes on, "the corruption of journalists and major news outlets by the CIA is routine, accepted and widespread in the western media and that journalists who do not comply either cannot get jobs at any news organization or find their careers cut short".
Ulfkotte wrote a book, "Bought Journalists, How Politicians, Intelligence and High Finance Controls The Media" (Kopp 2014) that's available now only in German. It's a best seller in Germany yet cannot be reported on which he says, "characterizes the disconnect caused by CIA control of the western media."
"No German mainstream journalist is allowed to report about [my book]. Otherwise he or she will be sacked. So we have a best seller now that no journalist is allowed to write or talk about".
And its possible most here in the US haven't been privy to Ulfkotte's revelations that "he was taught to lie, to betray and not tell the truth to the public. I'm ashamed I was a part of it. It was not right" and he feared "politicians were actively driving the world toward war."