CNN, AP use 9/11 families to foment support for occupation of Afghanistan

Of course, propaganda that justifies the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq is not new. But with President Obama's recent decision to send 30,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan, more propaganda is being issued to generate support for the occupation. Obama's speech placed Bushian emphasis on the "we didn't start this" meme, returning 9/11 to the propaganda foreground.

Case in point: CNN has an article today titled "For 9/11 families, finishing job in Afghanistan is personal." The headline is misleading, since not all 9/11 families have had the same response to that tragedy. For example, The Family Steering Committee found serious deficiencies in the 9/11 Commission Report.

The Associated Press has a more measured headline for its story on the Afghan "surge": "9/11 families back Afghan surge, but some are wary."

Interestingly, a New York CBS affiliate expresses no such unanimity from the 9/11 families: "Families of 9/11 victims torn over troop surge."

I saw the CNN headline today...

Cynthia McKinney refers to the media as the "special interest media." Ray McGovern calls them the "Fawning Corporate Media." I think based on their actions over the last 10 or so years, just the word "media" has become something negative.

The cover-up of 9/11 has pitted 9/11 family members against one another, and it is shameful, but most likely EXACTLY what the "powers that be" hoped for. Everything is about division. Left/Right, Democrat/Republican, Liberal/Conservative, LIHOP/MIHOP...

Anything that helps them "divide & conquer."

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? The facts speak for themselves.

Speaking of the media...

There was a recent NY Times article (11/21/09) on the press in Japan which, incredibly, without any trace of irony or self-awareness, included the following criticism:

'Japan’s new government is challenging one of the nation’s most powerful interest groups, the press clubs, a century-old, cartel-like arrangement in which reporters from major news media outlets are stationed inside government offices and enjoy close, constant access to officials. The system has long been criticized as antidemocratic by both foreign and Japanese analysts, who charge that it has produced a relatively spineless press that feels more accountable to its official sources than to the public. In their apparent reluctance to criticize the government, the critics say, the news media fail to serve as an effective check on authority.'

Yes, that appeared in the New York Times!


Speaking of the media...

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? The facts speak for themselves.