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Political Class Tells Journalists to Cheer for Terrorists in Syria

The journalists in turn spread the propaganda across the nation and get the American people to cheer for terrorists.

Why would anyone cheer for terrorists?

There is a larger context to this question that I don’t have space in this post to get into. For our purposes let’s restrict our viewpoint to Syria. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton announced to the world that Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, “had to go.” From that point on, he has been regarded as the primary villain by the U.S. government in that region of the world, even after we were all “surprised” by the rise of ISIS and their tortures, rapes, and killings.

As far as the U.S. government is concerned, it is better to arm Jihadists to fight Assad than to support Assad’s secular regime that tolerates and protects religious minorities (including Christians).

But so what? The media is independent! They should tell us what is really happening.

Yet Stephen Kinzer writes in the Boston Globe that the media isn’t actually independent at all when it comes to news from foreign lands.

Under intense financial pressure, most American newspapers, magazines, and broadcast networks have drastically reduced their corps of foreign correspondents. Much important news about the world now comes from reporters based in Washington. In that environment, access and credibility depend on acceptance of official paradigms. Reporters who cover Syria check with the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and think tank “experts.” After a spin on that soiled carousel, they feel they have covered all sides of the story. This form of stenography produces the pabulum that passes for news about Syria.

The upshot, according to Kinzer, is that we are being told that it is bad for the people there that Assad’s forces are taking the city of Aleppo from the “rebels” who have been holding the city. That is an insane perspective.

For three years, violent militants have run Aleppo. Their rule began with a wave of repression. They posted notices warning residents: “Don’t send your children to school. If you do, we will get the backpack and you will get the coffin.” Then they destroyed factories, hoping that unemployed workers would have no recourse other than to become fighters. They trucked looted machinery to Turkey and sold it.

The mainstream press usually tells us none of this because they are dependent on our sociopathic political class. That same class is responsible for creating ISIS and yet no one has been arrested and tried for sponsoring terrorism.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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