ISRAEL’S PROPAGANDA MACHINE, WAGING WAR AGAINST ISRAELI’S “ALLIES”
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
In 1898, America went to war against Spain based only in misdirection by news organizations tied to the sugar industry. Cuba sunk into slavery and dictatorship, eventually becoming a 50 year enemy of America and the Philippine people immediately began a large scale national insurrection against American rule. “Waterboarding,” our current popular method of “non-torture torture” was invented during the Philippine insurrection to question “terror suspects.” Our history books report none of this, of course.
Newspapers learned that if real news didn’t serve the powerful financial interests that media owners have always been partnered with, they simply could invent their own news. Today’s stories about Iran’s nuclear ICBM threat against the United States, reported by Fox News, is outlandish, even as “yellow journalism” goes.
Frank Luther Mott (1941) defines yellow journalism as:
- scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news
- lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings
- use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudo-science, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts
- emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips (which is now normal in the U.S.)
- dramatic sympathy with the “underdog” against the system.
Apply this to television and you get Fox News.
Apply this to a nation, and you get the Israeli version of their own history and today’s world events.
JOURNALISM AND 9/11
Israel had their own “Bush administration” but worse, endlessly worse. The reason so many American’s insist they had been involved in 9/11 isn’t just the “dancing Israeli’s,” the Mossad film crew waiting to record the 9/11 planes hitting the twin towers and then dancing for joy. When police, after arresting them, found out they were Israelis, they were quickly spirited out of the country along with many others.
Fewer Americans noticed how quickly news stories seemed equally strange, people “randomly chosen” off the street explaining the science of the building collapses or, oddest of all, the announcement of the building 7 collapse while is was on the screen, virtually undamaged. Most of all, on 9/11 and for the years since, Fox News has continually worked up a hysteria meant to send American troops against any “commercial” threat to Israels gas and oil empire in central Asia.
9/11 went further than “yellow journalism.” 9/11 proved some “journalistic” organizations go both ways, camera or gun, whichever get the job done best.
USING CONTROL OF THE MEDIA TO DESTROY IRAN
As Admiral Mullen explained yesterday, Iran really can’t be attacked and has absolutely no ability to attack anyone else. But Fox News now has announced that Iran is planning on a nuclear attack on the United States and is building weapons for that. Fox is extrapolating from a low level Pentagon report that says that with “foreign help” Iran could build missiles, well, like the ones Israel just threatened to attack Western Europe with, except, of course, Iran didn’t threaten anyone and has no nuclear weapons. Fox never mentions Israeli threats, weapons or, in particular, much of what goes on in Gaza. Fox and their allied networks and newspapers around the world have been the voice of the Mossad for decades.
This quote was in the Department of Defense document, “unclassified” that Fox received. An “unclassified document” can come from any source. In this case, an unnamed source, possibly cleaning personnel.
“Iran continues to provide money, weapons and training to select Iraqi Shia militants despite pledges by senior Iranian officials to stop such support,” the report says. “Iran also offers strategic and operational guidance to militias and terrorist groups to target U.S. Forces in Iraq and undermine U.S. interests.”
Of course, as most know, the Iraqi government is, itself, Shia and the rebels actually Sunni. The Shia majority is the elected government and the militants are, generally, Sunni. Iran’s close relationship is with the government, the same government the United States has a close relationship with. Only one nation is served by this childish and erroneous statement, Israel.
REAL PROOF IRAN IS NOT AIDING INSURGENTS IN AFGHANISTAN OR IRAQ
Though Iran has not yet taken delivery of the Russian SA300 air defense system, it has huge stocks of shoulder mounted air defense missiles. None of these systems have ever gotten into the hands of insurgents in Iraq or Afghanistan, nor have they been used against the United States, although they could represent a serious threat to our helicopters there. Additionally, Iran is now manufacturing their own medium range system based on the American Hawk system, which the Reagan Administration supplied to Iraq during the Iran Contra scandal.
The advance American Hawk air defense systems were shipped illegally to Iran through Israeli arms traders working directly for the Reagan White House.
Michael Ledeen, a consultant of National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, requested assistance from Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres for help in the sale of arms to Iran. The idea behind the plan was for Israel to ship weapons through an intermediary (identified as Manucher Ghorbanifar)…. the U.S. would reimburse Israel with the same weapons, while receiving monetary benefits. The Israeli government required that the sale of arms meet high level approval from the United States government, and when Robert McFarlane convinced them that the U.S. government approved the sale, Israel obliged by agreeing to sell the arms.
At first, the Iranians refused to buy the arms at the inflated price because of the excessive markup imposed by Oliver North and Ghorbanifar. In February 1986, 1,000 TOW (advanced anti-armor) missiles were shipped to the country. In late July 1986, Hezbollah released another hostage, Father Lawrence Martin Jenco, former head of Catholic Relief Services in Lebanon. Following this, William Casey, head of the CIA, requested that the U.S. authorize sending a shipment of small missile parts to Iranian military forces as a way of expressing gratitude.
HOW A FOREIGN COUNTRY “BOUGHT” AMERICA’S AIRWAVES
Ever wonder how Fox got into the United States? It has been against American law for a foreign group to own a TV network here. However, House leader, Newt Gingrich pushed changes through that allowed what we have today, Fox News pushing America into war after war, organizing “tea baggers” and continually bleating for Israel, for Wall Street and for the GOP. Need we point out that Rupert Murdoch is Jewish, not significant in itself, but also the force behind Israel’s ultra-nationalist extremists.
The 1995 Murdoch Deal
You probably heard something about Newt’s book scandal. He was offered first $2.5 million, then $4.5 million by Harper Collins, a publishing company owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns the Fox TV network and newspapers and TV stations around the world. Murdoch has been having problems with a complaint by NBC that Fox is a foreign owned TV network, which is against US law.
In the past, Harper Collins has offered million dollar book contracts to several conservative politicians in countries where Murdoch was having regulatory trouble, including England (Margaret Thatcher, Jeffrey Archer) and China (Deng Xiaoping’s daughter). A week after the initial offer, Newt met with Rupert Murdoch – and Murdoch’s legislative lobbyist – to discuss politics, including the NBC complaint. As facts about the deal were made public, and even Republicans criticized him, Gingrich decided to give up the $4.5 million advance for a still-lucrative deal based on royalties.
Gingrich’s story kept changing through the controversy. First, Newt’s spokesman said that Murdoch knew nothing about Gingrich and the book deal. On Friday January 13, Newt’s spokesman admitted that Murdoch actually met Newt on a park bench the week before the deal was made, but didn’t talk about it. He also said he knew nothing about Murdoch’s lobbyist being at their meeting. The next day, he admitted the lobbyist was there, but claimed he didn’t say so because no one asked.
Newt also said repeatedly that the book wasn’t his idea; that a literary agent named Lynn Chu had sought him out and proposed it. After Ms. Chu said that Gingrich’s associate Jeff Eisenach called her first on Newt’s behalf, Eisenach and Newt’s spokesman admitted that was true.
The tradeoff would be for Fox to be “fair and balanced,” as long as it accepted only news approved by the Republican National Committee. In return, Israel got control of Fox News, the Wall Steet Journal, the New York Post to add to key figures in news groups around the world, a defacto “blackout” on fairness and a demonstrated ability to manipulate news, public opinion, legislation, elections and American foreign policy. More former senior American military officers are employed to “spin” phony world threats than “advise” defense contractors they used to negotiate against.
More of the Fox News “fair and balanced” spin is in the following statement from their article:
The report outlines Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities and developments saying it is “keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons,” which is consistent with what we’ve heard from a wide range of U.S. officials.
We could read this a number of ways. Let’s look at a few:
- Iran has no nuclear weapons program
- There is no nuclear weapons program in Iran
- Iran is not developing nuclear weapons.
- Iran could consider thinking about developing nuclear weapons but we have no reason to believe that.
- Fox News is dangerously biased and trying to push America into another illegal attack on another country Israel would like to see destroyed.
Fox News goes further to say:
The report says Iran’s military strategy is designed to defend against external or “hard” threats from the United States and Israel.
According to the criteria used by Fox News, 90% of Americans could be considered “Iranian agents.” We are all either fearful of the United States government or Israel or both. As of yesterday, 88% of Americans were willing to vote our own government out of existence. Anyone who doesn’t see the United States government as a “hard threat” has never filed a tax return. Anyone not afraid of Israel needs to look into a concentration camp named “Gaza.”
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS STATEMENT?
“You know very well, and the stupid Americans know equally well, that we control their government, irrespective of who sits in the White House. You see, I know it and you know it that no American president can be in a position to challenge us even if we do the unthinkable. What can they (Americans) do to us? We control congress, we control the media, we control show biz, and we control everything in America. In America you can criticize God, but you can’t criticize Israel…” Israeli spokeswoman, Tzipora Menache
WAR ON THE TRUTH AND MISDIRECTION
Is the statement above correct? Of course it is. Is there such a person as Tzipora Menache? No.
This is a statement planted to discredit those using it, a “poison pill” to be used by our “watchers” to discredit anyone who watches them. With total corporate control of our media, foreign control of our congress, Emanual Rahm next to the president, the GOP openly covering crimes for Goldman Sachs, the “Tea Baggers” working as dupes for Israel and Wall Street as part of a program to destabilize the US government in retaliation for failing to support a nuclear attack on Iran.
For every “free speech” website, a “lunatic fringe” site, sometimes ten, pop up overnight, always discrediting themselves, misdirecting protests, point the “other way” or drowning out the legitimate voice of those asking why Americans have been silenced. With Obama’spolicy of having law enforcement infiltrate the 9/11 Truth movement and other legitimate attempts to check runaway government authority being hijacked by powerful corporate interests, usually the AIPAC, defense, oil or financial lobbies, though their “think tanks” and public relations agencies, along with thousands of bloggers, pundits and “hangers on.”
HOW IRAN FIGHTS BACK
One way to tell how effective propaganda is can be tested simply. Tell a group of people the simple truth. If they call it “outlandish lies” it means that your misinformation program is working. Iran simply repeats the truth, a truth 80% of the world agrees with, and a majority of Americans, a majority growing smaller each day, is shocked at how insane it all sounds. This says nothing about Iran and speaks volumes about the state of democracy in the United States.
So many Americans are clamouring for change but fail to realize that they have change, the change they voted for and many fought wars for. They got change, change for the worse.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.