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Firecracker reasons for war in Iraq, or a box of fizzers?

May 6th, 2005 · No Comments

nocracker.jpgCRACKER: Iraq has weapons of mass destruction!
Oh, wait, um…
CRACKER: Iraq has ties to Al Qaeda!
Oh, wait, um…

CRACKER: Iraq can strike the US in 45 minutes!
Oh, wait, um…
CRACKER: Iraq is buying yellowcake from Niger!
Oh, wait, um…
CRACKER: Iraq wanted weapons of mass destruction!

Oh, wait, um…
CRACKER: Iraq must become a democracy and spread it through the Middle East!
Oh, wait, um…

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FOX Jazeera?

April 12th, 2005 · No Comments

aljazeera.jpgAl Jazeera isn’t for sale yet, but according to recent reports, its sale is on the cards.

During the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, Western journalists were often ’embedded’ with the troops of the world’s only superpower (and its allies). Meanwhile, Al Jazeera was on the streets ’embedded’ with the people on the receiving end of the fire, broadcasting footage that often revealed the human consequences of the conflicts.

If Al Jazeera is sold, such raw reporting might not be the priority of the new owners. For example, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Network’s internal memos demonstrate that when the US is the perpetrator, the violence of war is deliberately kept off-air.

Iran and Syria are still considered ‘Axis of Evil’ nations by the US and ‘conflict’ continues in Iraq. Over the coming years, citizens of Western democracies will continue to evaluate the actions of our governments and their military choices in the Middle East. In the near future, however, footage of the consequences of those choices might be in even shorter supply.

More info:

Auction Alert! Al Jazeera For Sale

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Category: Media Mayhem