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Tell Me Lies: Europe Silences Iranian TV Channels

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Tell Me Lies: European Satellites Ordered To Drop Iranian Channels In Disregard of Free Speech

By Danny Schechter

New York, New York: Back in the 1960's, A British poet, Adrian Mitchell, one of the great bards of that era, wrote a poem that went on to become a stage show in the West End of London. It was called Tell Me Lies about Vietnam and represented one voice among millions in the world then opposing that War

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It was addressed, "To Whom It May Concern" and began with words that became its refrain:

"I was run over by the truth one day"

Ever since the accident I've walked this way"    

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So stick my legs in plaster"   

Tell me lies about Vietnam"

Years later, before his death, (and I was at the memorial service in London) he kept rewriting the last paragraph into what he called a remix. The poem took on a more global statement

That verse was a play on a children's song:  

"You put your bombers in, you put your conscience out"=

You take the human being, and you twist it all about  "

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  And then this line:  

"Tell me lies about --

"Iraq"Burma"Afghanistan"BAE Systems" Israel"Iran "

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