A video report released by the BBC showed Syria’s insurgents occupying an apartment belonging to a Syrian police captain. The insurgents go through the captain’s personal belongings, sneering at his family photos. The video also shows them jumping into the captain’s swimming pool.
Afterwards, the footage shows a man with bruises from torture on his body. However, in a bid to depict a good picture of those who call themselves ‘Free Syrian Army’, the report claims that the prisoner was tortured by his previous captors.
The report also shows the insurgents trick the prisoner into thinking he is part of a prisoner exchange program. However, he is being used as an unwitting suicide bomber.
“What he doesn’t know is that the truck is the one that’s been rigged with a 300 kilo bomb”, says the report while admitting that forcing prisoners to become suicide bombers “would certainly be considered a war crime”.
However, the remote detonator does not work and the insurgents cannot explode the bomb at a government checkpoint as they planned.
Infowars said the BBC removed the report from its website within hours and attempts to reach the original article URL were greeted with a 404 Not Found page.
Moreover, it said that a You Tube version of the same video was removed, which the You Tube page for the video has said was due to a “copyright claim by British Broadcasting Corporation”.
Infowars says the reason offered is bogus because the video was uploaded by the BBC itself as evidenced by the screenshot below it.
Earlier in May, the BBC also used a picture of dead Iraqi children to depict a massacre in the Syrian town of Houla. The photographer of the picture said: “Somebody is using my images as a propaganda against the Syrian government”.
Infowars says that the BBC is trying to illustrate an acceptable picture of Syria’s insurgents who are “guilty of massacres, kidnappings, torture and other acts of brutality” and are “under the direction of Al-Qaeda”.
Media is big business but are its days numbered?
The popularity of the internet has people leaving the main stream and finding new sources for their news and information. The main stream media which was once a main stay and only source of information to the public is looking to survive and change and adapt and in doing so has to ask itself some tough questions, let’s look at media in general. What is the definition media? Or more accurately, how do media define us? What ways are the media pushing agendas are they agents of cultural change or servants to government?
The advancements in the technology that is now used by the media can be used as calibration marks for history’s major paradigmatic shifts.
Regis Debray proposes three historical ages of transmission technologies: the logosphere (the age of writing, technology, kingdom, and faith), the graphosphere (the age of print, political ideologies, nations and laws), and the newly born videosphere (the age of multimedia broadcasting, models, individuals, and opinions). Media is credited for shaping not only the information distributed and consumed, but manipulation of our powers of perception, our political, social and economic systems, and our general constructions of the truth.
The news they report is seen by many as truth and thus there is an inherent responsibility for the main stream media (MSM) to adhere to it.
Media and their wide-ranging effects have been around ever since humanity has been organizing into tribes and nations and developing methods of communication, from the neighborhood gossip to the first newspapers it has progressed in parallel with society.
The early twentieth century brought about major ideological changes that set the stage for media domination. The new social sciences: sociology, psychology, anthropology, effectively threw into question the fundamental meaning of human existence. The notion that human beings have malleable personalities largely constructed by the environment in which they develop the subjectivity of experience began to gain currency and scientific evidence. .This established the foundation on which the grandfather of media theory is based.
The explosion of new media particularly the Internet has caused new anxieties. The advent of the new digital media has brought the conditions of the old technologies into sharper relief, and made us suddenly conscious of our media environment. In the confusion of the digital revolution have we been lied to? Have we been sold false information? Have the media giants become to create the news rather than report it?
In recent years many large media corporations have been caught manipulating evidence of stories and fabricating stories. We see increasingly the bending of facts to match an agenda for their networks and the supporters of said networks. This obviously brings us on to the political influences in the media. Pressure and manipulation that can be enforced by governments that do not want certain information released or would rather have their own version of events aired.
We have seen many recent examples of msm caught out by their lies.
Media Caught Lying About “Secret Prisons”
Led by the Associated Press (AP), the media have falsely reported that President Bush acknowledged the existence of CIA “secret prisons” in a speech on Wednesday. News flash! The President never used the term in the speech.
But type in the words “secret prisons” in the Google search engine for current news and see how many hits you get in connection with the Bush speech. Some say Bush “admitted” or “confirmed” the existence of “secret prisons.” But notice that Bush’s acknowledgement, admission, or confirmation is never presented in quotation marks. That’s the tip-off that he didn’t say what the media claim he said. Our media lied.
Ready, aim…not fired!
AFP/Yahoo News (2007). Fell for hoax/lie. They Ran a picture of an elderly Iraqi woman holding up two bullets, with the caption claiming that those bullets were fired by coalition forces and hit her house. But she was holding up unfired cartridges, which could only have ‘hit her house’ if they were thrown by hand. Michelle Malkin: MSM propaganda watch: Ready, aim…not fired!
Wouldn’t bullets that punch through a house be at least a bit flattened or damaged?
Combat in Iraq.
Reuters, Lebanon coverage (2006). Staged photos of a burning tire dump; they claimed the scene of an Israeli bombing, Photoshopped bomb smoke, etc. This story used during the Lebanon-Israel conflict.
Reuters Russia’s North Pole coverage (2007). More fake photos/footage. “Reuters has been forced to admit that footage it released last week purportedly showing Russian submersibles on the seabed of the North Pole actually came from the movie Titanic.” The mistake was caught by a 13-year-old Finnish boy. [Wikipedia: Arktika 2007.]
The Syrian uprising.
The latest lie they have been caught with has been in Syria. The Kronen Zeitung Austria’s largest newspaper with a daily readership of around three million people. Yesterday, readers were treated to the image (on the top) of war-torn Aleppo, bombed out and desperate. Except one sharp-eyed Reader points out, that wasn’t the scene at all. It was just another Photoshop job.
Just to be clear, the family in the photograph is, in fact, in Syria; the original photo (on the bottom) came from the European Pressphoto Agency. But merely fleeing a city ravaged by guns and mortars apparently isn’t quite dramatic enough on its own. The editors of the Krone—as it’s commonly called—needed this baby to sing.
So we see the media today and in the past openly using new technology to sell lies. They use a technology that should be used for touching up images of models to manipulate public opinion and send us head first into situations that in actuality we know very little about.
They have been corrupted they have sold themselves out. This is why they are now drawing their last breaths.They have placed their eggs in the Western basket and signed on the dotted line for war.
Why people are turning away is because they see the truth, the same hands are being played again and again WMD’s human rights violations blah blah blah.
We see Syria following the path and plan that was so successful in Libya the eyes of the elites are on the prize and not on the game.
If they wish to survive they must go back to the truth, if indeed they ever told it!