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Mainstream Media Contributor is a Terrorist Mouthpiece

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GUARDIAN, ATLANTIC CONTRIBUTOR ACTS AS A SYRIAN TERRORIST MOUTHPIECE ON TWITTER, AND IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT YOU'RE A RUSSIAN STOOGE


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Giving a sympathetic platform to a terrorist is reprehensible at best, downright criminal at worst, and definitely a bad look for a 'respected' media contributor. Oh, it's for bashing Assad and the Russians? Go ahead, then.

A funny thing happened recently on Twitter. A journalist who contributes to the Guardian, Foreign Policy and the Atlantic tweeted-in a long thread peppered with photos of Abu Mohammed al-Jolani, the leader of an Al-Qaeda branch in Syria-about "the force that dominates" Idlib.

Hassan Hassan's initial tweet coyly avoided mentioning that this force is Al-Qaeda in Syria.



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And no, its not just us Russian bots who say that Idlib is infested with Al-Qaeda: former US special envoy, Brett McGurk, deemed Idlib "the largest Al-Qaeda safe haven since 9/11."

The thread smacked of giving a platform to terrorist propaganda. After extensively quoting Jolani, Hassan weighed in with his own thoughts on the situation in Syria and his Al-Qaeda "rebels".


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Aside from whitewashing designated terrorists, the point of his thread was clearly a continuation of the anti-Russia hysteria corporate journalists are so rabidly devoted to.

These latest anti-Russia, anti-Syria headlines and tweets echo those which abounded when eastern Ghouta and Aleppo were being liberated from terrorists. Go to Aleppo now and you'll find a city that just celebrated Christmas and is rebuilding, and indeed rebuilding all over Syria, in areas once occupied by terrorists.

More importantly, liberated areas are no longer ruled by fanatics who imprison, torture, starve and assassinate civilians. Syrian women I interviewed earlier this year in Sinjar, Idlib, spoke of being tormented by terrorists in Idlib, and called for the Syrian army to liberate all of Idlib.


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But war propagandists don't care about those civilians"

Backslapping and Rebranding

The same corporate media vultures who bandy about self-righteously furious expressions for all things Russian and Syrian are normalizing terrorists in Syria, rendering ISIS into mere "militants", "fighting for survival", as was the case in a recent Washington Post ode to ISIS.


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Of course, when many on Twitter pointed out his xenophobia, he scrambled to reword.


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So the US and allies invaded Iraq under the pretext of fighting Al-Qaeda, largely destroyed that country, killed untold numbers of Iraqi civilians, maimed untold numbers more" and now the same designated terror group, Al-Qaeda, is suddenly a fuzzy li'l militant?

Likewise, a recent Bloomberg article describes the bandits ruling in Libya (with its slave markets - thanks, American humanitarian intervention!) as an "internationally recognized" government, and the terrorists heading there to create more chaos as Syrian "rebels".

Extreme Xenophobia

Unsurprisingly, when war propagandists get called out by thinking people, they deflect blame onto Russia. A perusal of replies to Hassan's tweets reveals many (non-Russian) people object to war propaganda and the platforms that propagate it.

Hassan gets a sticker for his efforts to do best in the Russophobia challenge. He went beyond merely hurling the same old unoriginal accusations at Russia, and denigrated the entire nation as "repulsive". Classy.


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But that's the thing about Twitter: no edits. The vitriol is out there, there's no undoing the racism.

Blatant war propagandists like him have, for years, acted as cheerleaders and whitewashed the civilian-murdering terrorists in Syria, slandered those of us who challenge war propaganda and bother to give platforms to civilians instead of terrorists, and relentlessly hounded Russian diplomats and media.

The Russophobia, and indeed xenophobia, has gotten preposterous. It is Russia that is actually helping Syria fight terrorism, it's Russia that also sends humanitarian aid, it's Russia that helps open humanitarian corridors for Syrian civilians, it's Russia that is aiding Syria in rebuilding, and it's Russian sappers who have done most of the demining of areas formerly occupied by terrorists.

And it is not Russia who financed, backed, and whitewashed terrorism: that honour goes to the US and its allies.

Increasingly, people on Twitter are calling the war orchestrators and their propagandists out. Of course,they must all just be Russian trolls, da?


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Eva Bartlett. Brave independent journalist. Goes where the corrupt mainstream media fears to tread. Mainstream media war propaganda is a war crime, and a hanging offence according to the Nuremberg Principles established at the end of WW2.

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Agreed. The media are guilty of war crimes and deserve the same punishment as those who made the policy. Those of us who are on to them should make it a priority to keep reminding them of this fact. If nothing else, it might keep a few of them awake at night.

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Amen.

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Very few mainstream media corporations are not fully worthy of a Goebbels award.

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I saw a bumper sticker on an old beaten down vehicle that read, My son is a soldier in the US Army.

In my apartment complex there are 3-4 units two of which display 3 x 4 foot "American" flags.

How in the world can such propaganda be undone? Looking around at my fellow dwelling companions, we are all in the 99%, working low wage jobs and driving 15+ year old vehicles and yet there are some sporting the flag and bragging about their son working for the largest terrorist organization history has ever known, all while our vehicles and jobs are deteriorating against massive MIC/fiat funding.

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Are you sure they are not US Post Offices? I keep trying to buy stamps from all my neighbors, but none they don't sell'em. lol.

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Propaganda:

"The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media." William Colby, former director of the CIA (1973-1976). As quoted in "Derailing Democracy: The America the Media Don't Want You to See (2000)", by Dave McGowan

When asked in a 1976 interview whether the CIA had ever told its media agents what to write, William Colby replied, "Oh, sure, all the time." "Understanding the Global News" by Jaap van Ginneken, p 97.

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar weekly salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes." John Swinton, a toast before the New York Press Club in 1953. Called by his peers "The Dean of his Profession", was the former Chief of Staff for the New York Times.

"We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected the promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the WORLD if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world-government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the National auto determination practiced in past centuries"--David Rockefeller in an address to a Trilateral Commissionmeeting in June of 1991

"We in the press like to say we're honest brokers of information and it's just not true. The press does have an agenda."

Bernard Goldberg, as quoted by Harry Stein in the June 13-19, 1992 TV Guide.

"In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press....They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. "An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnishedfor each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers." - U.S. Congressman Oscar Callaway, THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD FEBRUARY 9, 1917 - PAGE 2947 & PAGE 2948.

"Instead of three competing television networks called NBC, CBS, and ABC, what we really have is the Rockefeller Broadcasting Company, the Rockefeller Broadcasting System, and the Rockefeller Broadcasting Consortium." -Gary Allen, "The Rockefeller File," 1976

"We know in the not too distant future, a half dozen corporations are going to control the media. We took this step (merger) to ensure we were one of them"--Time Warner spokesperson.

"There's really five companies that control 90 percent of what we read, see and hear." - Ted Turner founder of CNN, Reuters, April 25, 2003

"I know the secret of making the average American believe anything I want him to. Just let me control television." - Hal Becker, media ''expert'' and management consultant, the Futures Group think tank, in an interview in 1981

"The world you believe exists, does not exist. We live in a form of The Matrix, not unlike the world portrayed in (the) movie. .... high government officials and international bankers are the elite who control all you see and hear as did the aliens portrayed in the movie. The news is a farce. As is the case with the financial institutions which are concentrated in the hands of the few, long ago the media was bought and paid for, ..... What you read and what you see on a daily basis is largely manufactured. You are being lied to, each and every day." - Christopher Mark, "Grand Deception: The Theft of America and the World," Part I

"Now it will be easy to carry on the fight, for we can call on all the resources of the State. Radio and press are at our disposal. We shall stage a masterpiece of propaganda." - Reich Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, in in his diary, February 3, 1933

" Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." - Joseph Goebbels, Time Magazine, Mar 27,1933

"Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th; malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty. To inflame ethnic hatred is to advance the cause of terror." November 10, 2001, Remarks by the President

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To United Nations General Assembly

"It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion." -- Joseph Goebbels, Speech Oct, 1933

"He who controls the medium controls the message. He who controls the message controls the masses." -- Paul Joseph Goebbels, Germany's Propaganda Minister

"Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." 1984, George Orwell, p. 309.

"The first rule of being a great propaganda system and why our system is vastly superior to anything in the old soviet Union is that people don't think they are being subject to propaganda . . . people don't think that . . . they are much easier to propagandize . . . and that's the genius of our media system. It's a system of ideology, of control, compared to an authoritarian system." - Media Critic Robert Machezny, quoted 12-9-04 on NPR's "Justice Talking"

"The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements -- I had no idea until then that you could not rely on [them]." --James W. Fulbright (1905-1995), Recalling his years as chairman of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee during Vietnam War, NY Times 30 Apr 85

"By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise." "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." "What good fortune for governments that the people do not think." -- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

"Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do." -- Bertrand Russell, "The ABC of Reality"

"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.""We have made the Reich by propaganda."-- Joseph Goebbels, appointed Germany's Propaganda Minister in the 1930's

"The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly: It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over." Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." (applause) George W. Bush, Greece Athena Middle School, May 24, 2005:

". . . . in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation(!) For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it(!), even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes....." -Hitler, Mein Kampf

"But let us not forget that violence does not live alone and is not capable of living alone: it is necessarily interwoven with the lie. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn Nobel Prize in Literature, talk given to the Sweedish Academy, 1970

"Why of course the people don't want war ... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." Hermann Goering, German leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitchand the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all."

- Unknown

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." -- commonly attributed to Sinclair Lewis

"We need a common enemy to unite us." Condoleeza Rice, Houston Speech, March 2000

"In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.." Thich Nhat Hanh, as quoted in "Engaged Buddhist Reader" By Arnold Kotler, p 106. "With the exception of the Dalai Lama, he is today's best known Buddhist teacher."

"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaeda. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity... the country behind this propaganda is the U.S." -- Robin Cook - Former British Foreign Secretary, excerpt from an Apr.-Jun. 2004 article by Pierre-Henry Bunel, a former agent for French military intelligence.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - H.L. Mencken. Writer. editor, critic (1880-1956) In Defense of Women (1918), Page 53 of the 1926 edition

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind." -- Edward Bernays, in his book "Propaganda"

"One of the least understood strategies of the world revolution now moving rapidly toward its goal is the use of mind control as a major means of obtaining the consent of the people who will be subjects of the New World Order." -- K.M. Heaton, From The National Educator

"It gives us a special, secret pleasure to see how the people about us are unaware of what is really happening to them. They gaze fascinated at one or two familiar superficialities, such as possessions and income and rank and other outworn conceptions. As long as these are kept intact, they are quite satisfied." -- Adolf Hitler, in "Hitler Speaks" by Hermann Rauschning, p. 192

".... Producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution." - Aldous Huxley, Tavistock Group, University of California Medical School, Lecture 1961

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