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forty two thousand americans die each year for accidents will be a thousand. seven hundred thousand people murdered and thirty two thousand will kill themselves cancer in all its forms kills five hundred sixty thousand of us here part disease is even more devastating it kills over eight hundred seventy thousand americans every year. more news today violence is once again flared up the fear these are the images the
world has been seeing from the streets of canada ash. shine corporations are offered a. time now to update you on all made news stories this hour the polls are closed in a landmark elections which following year of instability and violence the result will see less power for the president. as the country strive to become the first parliamentary democracy in central asia. mormons are gathered to remember the victims of the plane crash which killed the polish president six months ago russian city. six people died in the tragedy including many of poland's top officials.
and of the round up of the week the war in afghanistan enters its tenth year and making it one of the longest in u.s. military history this year is already the deadliest for nato troops in a decade of calm. plus the soyuz spacecraft arrives at the international space station after friday's blast off from the baikonur cosmodrome crew made up of two russian cosmonauts and a nasa astronaut to stay there and. you know shop of all of us should be with you in less than half an hour from now as the news continues in the meantime an award winning documentary about the u.s. media coverage of the invasion of iraq which is being criticized for ignoring the brutal realities of the conflict on the ground that's our special report next. coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to
allied bombing began about one pm eastern friday nine pm in. the precision guided assault lit up the skies striking government buildings the u.s. hopes regime change for the iraqi people. the mass media coverage in base nothing. with excitement and enthusiasm their war coverage was a spectacular show of explosions and awesome left injury and their obvious support
for the bush administration was remarkable to me. as in our recent filmmaker i wanted to understand how they can present war this way and i started to search for real information through independent media and their investigations i discovered the silence stories. this is what really happens when we drop bombs.
and this is not dealt with by any of the people who are leading us on whether it be mr blair or who's an experience of war of television or whether it be mr bush or trying to serve his country we have lost touch with the essence of war with what it is war is at its core death the celebration of our own military prowess what is that it is necrophilia war is a poison america will seize every opportunity. in pursuit of peace. and the end of the present regime in iraq. would create such an opportunity. war is about self aggrandizement all these abstract terms like patriotism and glory that. after thirty seconds of combat are rendered hollow and ridiculous we live in a society where the mainstream media are constantly involved in numbing in
anaesthetics in preventing us from being in touch with the human realities just by distraction the media politics of changing the subject putting forward images that are disconnected from human realities the myth making nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. flags bits of colored cloth that governments use forced to shrink wrap people's brains and then a ceremony to bury the dead to go to war. meeting whether it's war against iraq war against afghanistan go to war anywhere means that you do not consider the lives of other people as important as the lives of the people in your country. it means that you don't consider that the children of iraq have an equal right to life as our children before the invasion only these photographs of this target on saddam hussein's far head but it would be
a much more accurate to see that target on the forehead of a little iraqi girl because that's who dies and for the overwhelming number of people who die in a war are innocent civilians here and there are signs i think a tyrant world war i. ask what they are and what's happened since we were in school you see everyone running from there you're looking at it do it is angry a lot of worry and even school is not a because we have the president of the exercise or. the sirens practice that around the iraqi service jerry if we believe that people have the same right to life we could make war if we believe that the people in africa asia and everywhere else have the same right to the life liberty and the pursuit of happiness as we would be taking billions and billions of dollars for war and we'd be using it for for medicine and food and we would no longer be a military superpower which is a disgusting thing to be really and we would become
a humanitarian superpower in the world. as the war began i was pregnant with my second child and horrified to think what was going to happen to the people in the. i was part of what seemed to be the biggest anti-war movement of our times as millions of people around the world took to the streets and said no to war.
despite the massive global demonstrations and the corporate media ignored and minimized the protests no signs of protests like the signs of the policy based upon a focus group. the silence dissent and free speech there are still several thousand of these antiwar protesters roaming around the streets of manhattan so anything could happen and anti-war demonstrators tried to shut down san francisco's financial district again this morning when you think the spring see that here that's pepper spray tracy i'll guarantee you they have cans of paper sprays you can see quite a stream once the war against saddam begins we expect every american to support our military and if they can't do that to shut up we heard of course the usual antiwar
slogans the same rhetoric we've heard before no solutions simply slogans being shouted by most of those protesters and those like susan sarandon the corporate media took an active role in the purse for war and clear channel the radio conglomerate and a major contributor to the bush campaign even organize pro-war rallies and encourage confrontations between the peace movement and the pro-war demonstrators. the media outlets quick to portray them as anti-gay and. anything i'm jodan and i'm tracey barry thank you for being with us tonight protesters burned old glory holed up. they can just simply create chaos at rush hour in contrast to the corporate coverage of the protests independent media were out in the streets and organized special broadcast to give people
a place. program where the largest ever collaboration of progressive broadcast media the march itself just a part of what's become the most massive diverse global peace movement in history well the corporate media in the us continues to build the illusion that us citizens are united for war it is very clear that more than a million people in new york today joining millions of people around the world have completely destroyed that myth and are saying yes to peace and no to bush but the corporate media is eager to wage war. the troops at the ready welcome everybody and this is you're worried a weary poise for war and we are eight who are generally think will be a war by the end of the week i do i do i just don't see any way we can stretch out the diplomacy given the attitudes we've heard broad but it certainly feels that way
here as well expect we'll be spending some time together this week thank you for more than half the people were opposed to the invasion they were for more diplomacy and inspections yet if you look at the two week period around colin powell giving his address at the united nations fairness and accuracy in reporting did a study of the four major nightly newscasts n.b.c. a.b.c. c.b.s. and the p.b.s. news hour of the three hundred ninety three interviews down there were only three with antiwar representatives almost four hundred that doesn't represent mainstream america i mean i would say that the antiwar movement cuts across the whole political spectrum. and it's not a fringe minority it's not a silent maturity it's the silenced maturity silenced by the. media.
attack in the united states over the last twenty years there's been a merger movement big companies have merged become bigger there's also been a merger of showbiz and news because that means that show biz values entertainment value is have infiltrated into news presentation high production values fast paced graphics music all of this is a way to try to focus people's attention by using techniques that are associated with entertainment and now during this war we had merely taman military entertainment a way in which the war was covered as if it was a sporting event if we jump in and take a quick look of what the game plan will be and this was our shock and awe gameplay and you can see we're still coming from all three directions idea here is to get. squads infantry squads a group of ground pounders if you will into harm's way safely if you well this well armed it also has an offensive capability doesn't it does have offensive capability
weapons on the side of the vehicle itself and also designed to protect the troops as they go into battle and then deploy them out to take objectives you know awesome fighting force all right was the way in which the war was sold because political ways of understanding conflict might lead to a debate so you want to d. politicize the presentation and keep it on the tactical level keep it on these are our boys they're in danger with what they did today it's in this wonderful i. mean. we will know. and we. trust a person. on usenet. it's really undermining a political culture in the country and it's also leading to a tremendous amount of political polarization so that media which is basically has
a constitutional protection in america you know in its bill of rights for first amendment freedom of the press well that's about having the media play the role of a watchdog power but the media has become a lapdog you know it's become part of the system it was symbolized during the war in iraq where the military commander tommy franks in his plan referred to the media not as the fourth estate you know a separate autonomy as sector outside of government but as the fourth front of the war the fourth front you know part of the war integrated into it embedded in the release of the seventh cavalry regiment has crossed the border from kuwait and is wrong across the desert toward baghdad. the shock in all of this raining down to three thousand or so cruise missiles that is the beginning of the massive battle plan the sequencing to use the military term has not yet started and may not start
for many hours to calm journalists toward certain questions who what where when how and why and why i was in the ask the whole like why are we doing this do we have to do this is there an alternative to doing this george bush not finding weapons of mass destruction in iraq. expose more than the bush administration it exposed a media that acted as a conveyor belt for the lies of the administration a former top iraqi side is says baghdad is almost certainly making chemical and biological weapons the site is claims iraq has mobile why i did wrong the countryside media monopoly militarism they go together and that unholy relationship has to be challenged has to be broken. to sue you understand the motivation behind the corporate news coverage we have to
make salmon who owns the media or not all sides corporations with interest in the entertainment industry and in the military industrial complex control eighty percent of our media they decide what information we get and their choices are driven by profit and their political agenda we have a system with only one side of the corporate side advertising agency side the the television network side those commercial forces are doing all the talking and on the other side is almost zero as entry becomes essentially impossible and the markets become more under the control of major corporations they can't just give information they have to somehow get consumers to the right here to watch on fox a network america trust fair and balanced. which means they have to convince consumers to buy their product. identical read it which means you have to match a good replacement but one of the effects is that you hit the for the media is to
get. it's part of the general corporatization of america than most of the industrial world so you get huge mega corporations controlling what's produced and that tends to reinforce the pressures towards reflecting the interests of the business world and of course the interesting state which is very closely related to the business world and the very distinguished. and he'll did you hear that big sigh of relief on wall street straight couldn't have been more relieved that finally the uncertainty about war was not placed by some chart tells a story that the president would talk. likely to drop on baghdad within days the markets up some hundred points mark still more on march north for stocks so there is pressure to the to conform to impose the doctrines and
beliefs and attitudes that are conducive to state corporate power getting rid of saddam hussein will help spread peace and democracy throughout the middle east the president promised that the u.s. will see to it that iraqis are allowed to choose a new and better later and the u.s. will also protect iraq's oil from sabotaged by saddam hussein the row with news media in times of war is all about propaganda it's couched in terms of supporting our troops paying attention to the commander in chief explaining to the public what is being won how the bad people are being punished for their deeds and of course that doesn't come out of a vacuum because before or coverage is pre-work coverage this whole process of agenda building what we could call waiting flagstones on the path to war and that's a very methodical and you go back and you look at every war of the last several decades there was the media build up to the war people the pentagon the white.
house understand very well that as much as any military technology and the bombers any missiles and a satellite guidance systems you need to mean to prepare the ground we have taken these actions because intelligence reporting indicates that well al qaeda and those sympathetic to their cars are still a principle threat the principle threat. iraqi state agents iraqi surrogate groups other regional extremist organizations and ad hoc groups were disgruntled individuals may use this time period to conduct terrorist attacks against the united states. in our interest either here or abroad we were led from this entire war from the beginning even until now with a series of wise and it wasn't just about weapons of mass destruction you know it was about how long it would take and how the iraqi people would view it and whether
it was working or not and that the only reason that there's resistance is because we're winning and the lights at the end of the tunnel and on and on and on and frankly speaking evidence on the ground is contrary to that but if the american people don't know it they can make an independent judgment americans in particular are the number one target audience in the world for propaganda it matters what americans think because we can change the system here so it's important that the media function as a weapon of mass distraction to keep people's attention away from what's really going on that's the problem with these corporate media types you know even when they're educated and have some degree of talent and able to break through their own son nick sound battery of limitations so it's it's like they have become masters of newspeak you know the language and orwell's one thousand nine hundred eighty four
newspeak was specifically does. oh and by the party to diminish thought to be limited the possibility of your developing any kind of critical thinking constantly repeating the message you hear that all the time stay on message the war on terrorism the evil doers bring them to justice this is about moral clarity where you are right now or are. you going to be trigger happy and so that creates this kind of war momentum which is designed to manufacture consent americans who are watching a very different war from the rest of the world not only that the viewpoints were uniform we were hearing the same experts the same points of view across the spectrum there was very little debate very little difference which was really justified as you're either with us or against us so the fact that the american people rallied behind the president supported the war not surprising the people can
always be proud to do the bidding of the leaders that's easy all you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger it works the same in any country the official story is essentially you know they the evil doers hate us why because we're the beacon of freedom and democracy and this story case closed that's all you need to know american citizens there's no history there's no context as your background and it's crucial to deny that there's any connection between terrorism and us foreign policy and economic policy and globalization and you're see the corporate controlled media going nowhere near those issues the media. can be the most powerful force media. or the most powerful and stick to shands on earth right now because they're the way we come to understand each other if we don't know each other personally they're the way we come to understand the world