For those of you who pay attention to the news, the United States have stepped up drone strikes recently, including many in Yemen. It is interesting to observe how the U.S. and British media report on such strikes and their damages. CNN headlined those killed as, “militants.” Reuters, “suspected militants.” Bloomberg, “Al-Qaeda Suspects.” U.K’s BBC, “militants.”
Except, according to Press TV, an Iranian-based station, “US drones kill mostly civilians in Yemen.”
So, what is the real truth? Difficult to know isn’t it? However, as FAIR.org recently argued, the U.S. mainstream media are basically letting U.S. government officials decide who the casualties are and never bother to find out:
The tendency to let government officials determine who is killed in drone strikes only underscores the lack of interest when others try to put faces to collateral damage. When Yemeni journalist Farea al-Muslimi testified before Congress about the suffering that drones had inflicted upon people in his country, it was not even considered newsworthy to mainstream media (FAIR Blog, 4/24/13).
For those of you who live in the U.S. or U.K., have you wondered where are the footage of bombed out apartment buildings or charred bodies? Do you see dead bodies of Yemeni children? Why not? That’s because the “free” mainstream media there are propaganda machines.
Furthermore, search on Facebook or Twitter to see how popular are stories about innocent Yemeni civilians being killed by the drones. Not very popular is it?
So, the truth is, “free” media is nothing but empty talk. “Free” Internet is that same sort of nonsense that brings no fairness nor justice to the victims and sufferers. Above all, “democracies” are the most clever propagandists in our world. They invade and break international law as they please with full (duped) public support.
Don’t get me wrong. I do think America has the right to engage al Qaeda or any of her enemies. What I don’t think is right is, in doing so, going about it with such callousness of others’ lives. If the American public sees and understands foreigners as fellow human beings, they would hold American ruling elites much more to account.