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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hysterical Corporate Media Fueling War Fervor, Xenophobia in 24/7 Cycle

 "There is no doubt the Republicans are getting ready to launch a full blown campaign of paranoid bloodlust which, if successful, would have devastating consequences." —Heather Digby Parton, Salon

""The outpouring of no-context, ahistorical sympathy after 9/11 helped pave the way for a violent reaction that killed in Iraq alone roughly 150 times as many people as died in Lower Manhattan that day—an opportunistic catastrophe that did more to mock than avenge those deaths," Naureckas argued.Political analyst and media critic Heather Digby Parton, writing at Salon on Tuesday, agreed that the media has been complicit in pushing problematic foreign policy. "It was well documented that during the run-up to the Iraq war there was tremendous pressure coming from the executive suite of the news networks to cheerlead for the administration," she argued. "Those who resisted were marginalized and fired if they refused to go along. It's unlikely that the word went forth on Saturday that reporters should get on a war footing and issue demands that the president use 'the greatest military in the world' to 'take out these bastards.' But they don’t have to say it explicitly do they? Everyone knows the drill." [...]

"With that knowledge and understanding that we should look at what the French president is saying when he calls for—and I quote—a 'pitiless war'," she said. "Who will die next....given that it seems that the French government is unfortunately going to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. government?" "Hundreds upon hundreds of Iraqis have been dying in Iraq every month since the U.S. invasion in 2003," she said. "That recognition is criticial. Because we need to understand ISIS was born out of Iraq. ISIS was not born out of Syria. It was born from the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. It was that anger, that humiliation, that destruction of Iraq, that fueled the environment that led to ISIS.""

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/11/18/hysterical-corporate-media-fueling-war-fervor-xenophobia-247-cycle