A follow up to yesterday’s post on CNN yanking Bahrain documentary.
Most reader’s here likely get their news from alternative sources, not major corporate
state sponsored media. For those who may have suspected CNN was not on the up and up, an ex-CNN reporter Amber Lyon sheds light on her former employer in an interview on Prison Planet. Before you shoot the messenger or discount the source, listen to her words, not so much the hosts: CNN Exposed! Caught Producing “State Sponsored News” in Bahrain.
CNN is producing paid propaganda and passing it off as news to unsuspecting viewers, paid for by foreign governments, often Islamic dictators.
Another source gets to the funding, via CNN International Suppresses iRevolution
On 19 June 2011 at 8pm, CNN’s domestic outlet in the US aired iRevolution for the first and only time. According to Lyons, the documentary was deliberately aimed at an international audience. Yet despite receiving several prestigious journalism awards, and despite the dangers their own journalists and their sources endured to produce it, CNN International (CNNi) still refuses to broadcast it.
In March 2012, Lyon was laid off from CNN as part of an unrelated move by the network to outsource its investigative documentaries. Last month the investigative journalist, who has more than 20,000 followers, began tweeting about CNN’s blatant censorship. “CNNi’s refusal to broadcast ‘iRevolution,’” she tweeted on August 16th, “baffled producers.” Linking to the YouTube clip of the Bahrain segment, she added “the censorship was devastating to my crew and activists who risked lives to tell [the] story.”
The following day, a representative of CNN’s business affairs office called Lyon’s acting agent, George Arquilla, and threatened that her severance payments and insurance benefits would be immediately terminated if she ever again spoke publicly about “iRevolution” or spoke negatively about CNN.
Greenwald believes the call is inked to a massive, well funded PR campaign the Bahraini Royal family has undertaken to improve its global image. As reported by Bahrain Watch, the regime has spent more than $32 million in PR fees since the Arab Spring began in February 2011. One of the regimes largest contracts was with the Washington DC firm Qorvis Communications. As Time reported last November, Qorvis also does extensive PR work for Bahrain’s close allies, the Saudi royal family.
Keep in mind these are liberals now calling out CNN for their paid propaganda, so you know it’s bad.
During the violent street protests in France one month ago , the prince said, Fox News ran a banner at the bottom of the screen that said “Muslim riots.”
“I picked up the phone and called Murdoch … [and told him] these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty,” al-Walid said.
“Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots.”
There’s an even longer list of prominent U.S. media and academics that were paid to promote Libya to unsuspecting U.S. audiences as well: Libya recruited brother of U.S. intel chief, media to help Gadhafi’s image in U.S.
The Libyan opposition has released a confidential memorandum that described a campaign that included top academics and journalists to improve the image of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in the United States.
Among those said to have been recruited for the campaign was the brother of then U.S. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte.
Libyan sources said the plan, obtained from opposition elements in Tripoli, was implemented and journalists from leading U.S. publications as well as academics were invited to Libya in 2008, Middle East Newsline reported. They said some of the subsequent stories, which reflected Tripoli’s complaint over its relationship with the United States, were published in such newspapers as the New York Times and Washington Post.
In all, 12 people were flown to Libya from July 2006 through June 2007. They included former Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee chairman Richard Perle, historian Bernard Lewis, author Francis Fukayama as well as journalists Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zakaria.
“Nicholas Negroponte briefed his brother and other senior officials in the White House upon his return from Libya,” the memo said.
“We will provide operational support for publication of positive articles on Libya in these publications,” a July 2006 memo by Monitor said. “For example: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Weekly Standard, National Interest, Public Interest, Foreign Affairs etc. We will identify and encourage journalists, academics and contemporary thinkers who will have interest in publishing papers and articles on Libya.”
All these outlets continually tell us there is no threat from sharia or Islam. To suggest so is racist. It’s only a matter of time before we find out that politicians, government agencies and media outlets have been paid to promote the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda.
Just for knowing, the presidential debates will be moderated by shills from PBS, ABC, CBS and you guessed it, CNN.