Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NYTimes - All the News We Get Told To Print

You might recall my post the other day entitled U.S.- Pakistan Tensions Hotting Up in which I suggested we might want to pay a little more attention there.

Below are a couple of links to more info you can check out.
Pakistan Judge Orders Arrest
U.S. Diplomat Could Bring Down Pakistani Govt
Guardian claims U.S. diplomat was a Spy
American Held in Pakistan Worked With CIA

For those more inclined to follow Dancing with the Stars or American Idol here is the Davis story quickly.
  • American named Ray Davis shoots 2 Pakistanis 4 bullets in each no misses.
  • Davis claims they were robbing him and was in a rented car not a diplomatic vehicle.
  • Davis phoned for help, escape car killed a motorcyclist and bailed on him.
  • Drivers of escape vehicle are now out of Pakistan and back in U.S.
  • Davis arrested with Beretta, Glock hi cap mags, ammo, cell and sat phones 5 total.
  • Pakistan says there were ISI agents tailing him as he was sharing nuke weapon info with Al-Qaeda
  • U.S. claimed he was a diplomat and sent John Kerry to bail him out (Kerry returned empty)
  • Pakistan claimed he was CIA with special forces task force 373 charging hime with double murder.
  • Administration claimed he was diplomat and nothing more.
I share this with you to get you up to speed because Glenn Greenwald of Salon magazine has quite the piece out detailing how our newspapers have become nothing more than propaganda organs for our government.

In Greenwald's piece The NYT's Journalistic Obedience, which you should be sitting down for, he states that:

"Yesterday, as I noted earlier, The Guardian reported that Davis -- despite Obama's description of him as "our diplomat in Pakistan" -- actually works for the CIA, and further noted that Pakistani officials believe he worked with Blackwater. When reporting that, The Guardian noted that many American media outlets had learned of this fact but deliberately concealed it -- because the U.S. Government told them to: "A number of US media outlets learned about Davis's CIA role but have kept it under wraps at the request of the Obama administration."

Now it turns out that The New York Times -- by its own shameless admission -- was one of those self-censoring, obedient media outlets. Now that The Guardian published its story last night, the NYT just now published a lengthy article detailing Davis' work -- headlined: "American Held in Pakistan Shootings Worked With the C.I.A." -- and provides a few more details:

The American arrested in Pakistan after shooting two men at a crowded traffic stop was part of a covert, C.I.A.-led team of operatives conducting surveillance on militant groups deep inside the country, according to American government officials. . . . Mr. Davis has worked for years as a C.I.A. contractor, including time at Blackwater Worldwide, the controversial private security firm (now called Xe) that Pakistanis have long viewed as symbolizing a culture of American gun slinging overseas.

But what's most significant is the paper's explanation for why they're sharing this information with their readers only now:

The New York Times had agreed to temporarily withhold information about Mr. Davis’s ties to the agency at the request of the Obama administration, which argued that disclosure of his specific job would put his life at risk. Several foreign news organizations have disclosed some aspects of Mr. Davis's work with the C.I.A.. On Monday, American officials lifted their request to withhold publication, though George Little, a C.I.A. spokesman, declined any further comment.

In other words, the NYT knew about Davis' work for the CIA (and Blackwater) but concealed it because the U.S. Government told it to. Now that The Guardian and other foreign papers reported it, the U.S. Government gave permission to the NYT to report this, so now that they have government license, they do so -- only after it's already been reported by other newspapers which don't take orders from the U.S. Government.

Go and read Greenwald's entire piece.

Yet more proof of what lapdogs the mainstream media has become.

Idiot bloggers huh? Sure.
Give me an idiot blogger over an obedient mainstream lapdog any day of the week.

Maybe the vaunted New York Times and it's lucky sperm club helmsman Arthur Sulzberger should change the paper's motto from 'all the news that's fit to print' to something more appropriate. Hey, how about something like 'all the news we get told to print'!
Now that's more like it !

What was it founding father Thomas Jefferson once said? Oh yeah I remember now;

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

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