The Jimmy Dore Show
Former Employee BLASTS "Democracy Now" For Pushing Establishment Propaganda
Apr 16, 2021
Jimmy and Aaron Maté discuss how Democracy Now! —once an outspoken leftist/anti-imperialist news & commentary resource—has steadily degenerated to become another platform for many of Washington's warmongering deceptions. Indeed Democracy Now! is currently a pale reflection of its former self, notes Jimmy Dore, arguing that Amy Godman has simply sold out. DN! is now repeating the same CIA/State Dept lies found on all establishment media, from NYTimes to CNN and NPR/MSNBC, etc., not to mention the big networks. They all act as stenographers to power, facilitators of criminal US foreign policy. And at DN! these days not only are establishment flunkies allowed to soak up precious airtime with their blatant disinformation, but worthwhile guests like John Pilger or Seymour Herst are blacklisted, or derided. Maté, though as usual cogent and spot on in most of what he says, cuts Amy Goodman some slack, arguing she has been duped. Jimmy vigorously disagrees, and so do we. After a lifetime of denouncing the empire, leaving Pacifica, and making some lucrative deals with entities inimical to her mission as an anti-imperialist journalist, it's naive to think she can be fooled or confused by the true political identity of today's major players and their actions overseas. Below, an eloquent exposé of Democracy Now! collaboration with the empire, provided by Tony Cartalucci. The focus of this excerpt is Pres. Assad's putative crimes (the favorite is "gassing his own people" and Assad's "brutal repression"), a charge orchestrated by the infamous White Helmets, a UK-created disinformation outfit widely used by the Western media, and amplified by the ludicrously named Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
All the News that’s fit to manufacture in aid of Empire.
She’s good on some issues, but others…my stars. H/t to Tony Cartalucci on Twitter (3-parts) for the heads-up.
“Inside Syria’s Secret Prisons”: A Harrowing Account of How Assad’s Torture Machine Crushed Dissent’, democracynow.org, May 16, 2019
From the transcript:
‘A shocking exposé by the New York Times looks at how Bashar al-Assad’s government has jailed and tortured tens of thousands of Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 128,000 people have disappeared. They are presumed to be either dead or still in custody. The group estimates almost 14,000 individuals have died under torture. The detentions are continuing even as the fighting winds down. More than 5,600 Syrians were reportedly arbitrarily detained last year in a 25 percent jump from the previous year. While the Syrian government has denied running a secret torture and detention program, more evidence — including internal Syrian government documents — has emerged showing the extent of the torture program. A United Nations panel has said the conditions in the prison —including the paucity of toilet facilities, rampant illness, minimal and rotten food, and the absence of medical treatment — are tantamount to “extermination.” We speak with the report’s author Anne Barnard. She’s a reporter at The New York Times and a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.”
CFR? Okay, Amy; what.ev.er. You can read or watch the rest for what it’s worth, but cripes, as I’d remembered it the NY Times had been forced to admit that the Syria Observatory for Human Rights (as it was called back in the day) was one guy in the UK who’d never stepped foot into Syria.
But although the name of the Chief Dude has changed, the psyop sure hasn’t.
From RT.com on Oct. 2, 2015: ‘Who is behind Syrian Observatory for Human Rights? Nimrod Kamer investigates for RT’
“Since the start of the Moscow anti-ISIS campaign Russia has started featuring in its reports as well – and it was quickly picked up by major Western media outlets. One of the latest wires from the Observatory that “Russian warplanes [killed] 30 civilians in Homs including women and children” quickly made it into major news sources.
“To the degree people choose to believe social media, they can be my guest. But quite contrary to what [US Secretary of State John Kerry] has said, it is a notoriously unreliable tool upon which to base judgments,” former CIA officer, Ray McGovern told RT.
‘I am not a media organization’ – Rami Abdel Rahman
RT decided to investigate who the man behind the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is and why the media outlet is so popular with MSM. Well-known journalist and prankster Nimrod Kamer took up the job.
The two-bedroom Coventry home of Syrian immigrant Rami Abdel Rahman has been the organization’s base and the source of information for major mainstream media on anything Syria-related from the past four years, including the death toll.
Nobody quite knows who Abdel Rahman has on the ground in Syria, but information just keeps flowing on and on, usually in a dramatic fashion and with little detail.”
Here’s the 3-minute+ video.
On the The Syrian Network for Human Rights’ about us page, the claim is that the agency was started in 2011 ‘upon the initiative’ of Mr. Fadel Abdul Ghany, who is now the chairman of the ‘board of directors’. As I can’t copy/paste from their site, you may be ticked to learn ‘who and what they depend on’ for their reports, although I’ll volunteer that they seem to be much like bellingcat and other online investigative serices. Here’s their most recent Tweet; note the White Helmets.
— Syrian Network (@snhr) May 22, 2019
To show how effective agitprop is, especially if it affirms confirmation bias, and remember, this is just days after MSM totally ignored the suppressed OPCW report on ‘the gassing of Duma’ was really faked by the White Helmets:
‘US ‘sees signs’ Damascus ‘may’ have used chlorine in Idlib, threatens ‘quick & appropriate’ response’, RT.com, May 21, 2019
“In a statement on Tuesday, Washington alleged that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is likely to be found responsible for allegedly using chlorine to attack civilians in militant-controlled areas of Idlib province.
“We continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19, 2019,” the statement says.
Despite the evident uncertainty, the State Department adopted the habitually threatening stance against Damascus.
“We are still gathering information on this incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will respond quickly and appropriately.”
The State Department’s claims of a ‘new’ chlorine incident, uncorroborated so far, follow a fresh warning by the Russian military of a terrorist plans to stage a false-flag chemical attack in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
^5000The mainstream imperialist media lie CONSTANTLY. Literally 24/7. And it's getting worse.
All of them do it: radio, tv, the newspapers, the movies. The internet. No exceptions.
The corporate Big Lie is pervasive and totalitarian. CBS does it. NBC does it. ABC does it.
CNN does it. FOX does it. NPR does it. And of course the NYTimes and WaPo do it.
Thousands of "diverse" voices telling you the same lies. Enough to convince anyone.
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