This blog was started to counter Western Media Bias. But overtime, I realized it’s not about “bias” – but also misinformation – or disinformation. Getting to the bottom of it requires not only facts but also attacking the most cherished ideologies of the West.
At times we succeeded, but for the most part, I think we fell short – way short.
Now – we have found an unlikely ally in the U.S. President. With “fake news” “mainstream” reporting now much in the public eyes, I see finally some Americans – even some parts of the U.S. media – at least alternative voices such as infowars.com, counterpunch, Norm Chomsky, “truth in media,” naturalnews, and Lew Rockwell – waking up.
Here is an article from Global Research that I like titled Joining the Dots: Why the Establishment Hates Donald Trump.
There is so much I can write drawing from real life examples about how crazily dishonest yet effective Western media is. I will have to find time…
Chinese herbal medicine and tea set
A couple of weeks ago, Tu Youyou became the first Chinese national to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine “for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.” (Tu had already won the Lasker Award a few years ago for the same work, and had described her work this way.) There were cheers and hopes that with the prize, more people would become aware of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and the tremendous amount of work being put in to update the ancient arts with modern science and technology.
But very soon in the West, I see popping up everywhere “straw man” arguments .
First, there is the line of attack that goes something like this: so what if Dr. Tu found one drug from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that turned out to work. That per se doesn’t validate the whole tradition. As this Daily Kos post noted: Read more…
Ron Paul has a sizable following which agree with his view that senseless wars or “humanitarian” interventions around the world actually undermine peace and future prospects for the United States. (Believe it or not, some paper even called Ron Paul “dangerous.”) While few, there are other U.S. politicians who hold similar views. Back in 2001, then Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D), GA, boldly sponsored a forum to criticize the West and the U.S. for having “set in motion a policy of oppression, destabilization and tempered, not by moral principle, but by a ruthless desire to enrich itself on Africa’s fabulous wealth.” The full proceedings are still available here, at From The Wilderness Publications. So our readers may piece this all together, Ray, in his recent article, “Debunking Myth of China exploiting Africa Again!” shared with us a debate where Deborah Brautigam, Professor in the School of International Service at American University and Stephen Chan, Dean of Arts and Sciences at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) handily beat their opponents spouting Western media narratives in how China is supposedly exploiting Africa.
The following image (h/t DJ) came via Zee M Kane (editor at The Next Web) of CNN cropping out an
Israeli [see Citizen comment below] U.S. soldier’s assault rifle. Some say the rifle is not pointed at the head of the enemy soldier. I think its hard to tell. But that’s really irrelevant. What CNN did with the crop is to tell a lie. This is not unlike the bullshit this same network pulled for example in cropping out violent rioters in the 2008 Lhasa riot with bricks in hand. Nor is it different from them using fake photos taken from other events. [Update]Also as some of you have noticed, look at Aljazeera’s crop. What the heck is happening with journalism?! [Update Nov 21, 2011: See Allen’s response to Citizen comments these might have been hypotheticals and not real. Sorry folks. Given CNN’s lies in the past, I was eager to jump to the conclusion.]
CNN crops to alter narrative
[Update October 11, 2011 for reasons here and here: There are some in] the English language ‘China’ blogosphere having a cow over a recent China Daily editorial by CHEN Weihua criticizing the U.S. media for lack of coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Chen is correct in pointing out this phenomenon. I find it ridiculous these bloggers are criticizing Chen while ‘prominent’ Americans all over have been saying the same thing! A reader at the WSJ summarized it the best: Read more…