By Grace Reid
June 21, 2005

I need your help with US media tracking on some very important issues:
1. RAF Bombing to Goad Saddam Into War.
This was first reported to dKos by Welshman on the 29th of May. That was Michael Smith.
Today we have another article on the same subject by Norton Taylor RAF bombing raids on Iraq no-fly zone defied Foreign Office legal advice, say Lib Dems,12956,1510847,00.html.
It has been 30 days and this story has NEVER been reported in the US media. (I do mean mainstream, and not blogs, and not alternative news like Alternet, Common Dreams, or Iraq Occupation Watch.
2. The operative term to articles to track US media is "illegal""war""Iraq" in that order. Google your little hearts out and try to find US media coverage of the story of the day. If you get tired of looking, try contrasting UK articles on the same terms. You could try, if you're really ambitious from May 1, 2005, when the Downing Street Minutes were first published in the UK Sunday Times.
3. I need articles, especially op-eds from US mainstream media in three categories:
• Top Notch -- This would be Bob Herbert's Truth & Deceit"

• Middle of the Road -- These would be articles that say, "We knew the war was illegal, so what?" "Is there any substance to the allegations contained in the Downing Street Minutes?" along those lines.

• Outrageous Bushthink. This would be Dana Milbank's June 17, Democrats Play House to Rally Against War."
To break through media blackout. To bring the news to the US, (via the UK, if necessary) To counterattack falsehood with fact, to expose the illegal war as it was developing and reported in the US. Ultimately the goal of this project is to bring a speedy end to the war in Iraq through the public becoming more aware of the insidious origins of the illegal war of aggression against Iraq.
Pick a target area, and dates to work within (Google lets you search between certain dates) when you get your list, find US sources for stories, then a list of UK stories.
For op-eds bring them right back here.
An idea of how this media blackout has been working is given in the following diary:
"The reason the New York Times and the Washington Post don't want to investigate the DSM leaks is because they were fully complicit in 'fixing' the intelligence."
Dearlove's Briefing, Booman23; June 18, 2005.
Once to Every Man and Nation
Comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood,
for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision,
offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever,
'twixt that darkness and that light.
Then to side with truth is noble,
when we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit,
and 'tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses
while the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue
of the faith they had denied.
Though the cause of evil prosper,
yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold,
and upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow,
keeping watch above His own.
-- James R. Lowell
Published on Decem¬ber 11, 1845
in protest of America's war against Mexico
Thanks to DulceDecorum who gave me courage when I was worn out.


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What the definition of "FIXED" is:

The Hardball show last night (6/20) was a well-orchestrated set-up right
out of the office of Karl Rove.

The pressure on the MSM has become too great to continue on with
the "ignore it and downplay it" strategy, so now Karl has sent forth
the "play it up, then discredit it" strategy, giving the MSM permission
to let themselves off the hook for following the prior failed strategy,
while still towing the line for the Emperor.

Conspicuously absent for this charade was the show's host,
Chris Matthews, which in and of itself speaks volumes about attempting
to downplay and/or discredit their purported "Downing Street Special."
An obvious requirement was to interview the author who broke the
original DSM story, to set a context for the attack that was sure to follow.

What in fact did follow was pure theater, as desigend by the show's
booking agent and scripted to perfection in advance. Save that entire
video as the clearest example yet of the Corporate Media's (General
Electric's in this case) desire to quell all dissent surrounding the Administration's Lies.

Rather than following the talking-head template of booking two
individuals who offer opposing points of view, the booking agent
recruited two CIA lapdogs who (SURPRISE!) ultimately arrived at the
same conclusion...that the Downing Street Memo and other supporting
documentation represent noting more than a "tempest in a tea pot!"

Before the segment even began, I already knew how it would end.
The story behind how this program was "manufactured" is all the
evidence the American public would need to understand how the
media manipulates reality to serve the Ruling Class.

Investigate the media! Reveal the truth of how and why these two
talking heads were booked and briefed, and by whom.

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