Media Silence Is Deafening…

While some media sources still struggle to tell us what is going on, other more widely viewed media such as the Fox network, ABC, NBC, CBS MSNBC, etc. are notably silent. What has happened to the media?

When bush announced that he not only knew, but approved of the torture of prisoners of war, although he brands them as terrorists, the media was eerily silent… Was it that the media masters didn’t approve? Why, when bush admitted he knew all about his top advisers and staff meeting on torture, did the media ignore this? What are they trying to tell us? There are those in the media who are not bowing to the masters though. They are speaking out…


Helen Thomas Challenges Bush Admin on Use of Torture

said it does not torture, but recent reports show that key
1 min 35 sec

conferences a few months ago, and you have said over and over again, we do not torture. Now he has admitted that he did sign off on torture, he did know about it. So how do you reconcile this credibility gap?

MS. PERINO: Helen, you’re taking liberties with the what the President said. The United States has not, is not torturing any detainees in the global war on terror. And General Hayden, amongst others, have spoken on Capitol Hillfully in this regard, and it is — I’ll leave it where it is. The President isaccurate in saying what he said.

Q That’s not my question. My question is, why did he state publicly, we do not torture —

MS. PERINO: Because we do not.

Q — when he really did know that we do?

MS. PERINO: No, that’s what I mean, Helen. We’ve talked about the legal authorities —

Q Are you saying that we did not?

MS. PERINO: I am saying we did not, yes.

Q How can you when you have photographs and everything else? I mean, how can you say that when he admits that he knew about it?

MS. PERINO: Helen, I think that you’re — again, I think you’re conflating some issues and you’re misconstruing what the President said.

Q I’m asking for the credibility of this country, not just this administration.

MS. PERINO: And what I’m telling you is we have — torture has not occurred. And you can go back through all the public record. Just make sure — I would just respectfully ask you not to misconstrue what the President said.

Q You’re denying, in this room, that we torture and we have tortured?

MS. PERINO: Yes, I am denying that.

I’m having issues with this conversation. Anyone else? Denyability is one thing, but lying is another.

When the scandal was exposed of that the military had made mouth pieces of the supposed military analysts, media coverage was absent. Were they embarrassed? They should be. Are there no ethics involved in being a journalist anymore? How come we are only seeing the spin that dubya wants us to see???

So, here is another story I almost missed because of media silence, the silence that is growing deafening…

Mario Uribe Seized After Failed Bid for Political Asylum at Costa Rican Embassy
By Juan Forero

Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, April 23, 2008; Page A12


Authorities on Tuesday arrested former senator
Mario Uribe, a cousin and close ally of President Álvaro Uribe, for alleged ties to death squads in a widening inquiry that has implicated nearly a quarter of Colombia’s Congress.

The arrest of the former senator, who built a formidable political movement that helped his cousin win the presidency in 2002, comes during an institutional crisis that has tarnished a country closely allied with the United States.

As the result of investigations that began in 2006, 32 members of Congress have been arrested and about 30 others are being formally investigatedfor ties to paramilitary groups that killed thousands of civilians, infiltrated state institutions and trafficked cocaine to the United States.

Preliminary investigations have begun against dozens of others, including the president of Congress, Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez, who was implicated last week.

With the legitimacy of Congress at rock bottom, lawmakers have been locked in a series of heated debates over how to reform the 268-member body and punish those parties whose members have been linked to paramilitary groups.

Now, wouldn’t you think with dubya pushing a trade agreement so hard with Colombia that we would see this type of news in the media? Wouldn’t it be a good thing to know what is going on with those whom we intend to trade with??? Well, one would thinks so… One would think…

The media’s silence is deafening.. Have journalists come to the point where no news is news? Is it wiser to say nothing contrary to government desires than to print the truth? What of those who are so desparately trying to warn us?

And then there was this, barely a blip on the news bump…

Administration Set to Use New Spy Program in US

by Spencer S. Hsu

The Bush administration said yesterday that it plans to start using the nation’s most advanced spy technology for domestic purposes soon, rebuffing challenges by House Democrats over the idea’s legal authority.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department will activate his department’s new domestic satellite surveillance office in stages, starting as soon as possible with traditional scientific and homeland security activities — such as tracking hurricane damage, monitoring climate change and creating terrain maps. (justmytruth: and possibly those bio-implants?) 8)

Sophisticated overhead sensor data will be used for law enforcement once privacy and civil rights concerns are resolved, he said. The department has previously said the program will not intercept communications.

(justmytruth:Have I got some beach front property for you!!!)

“There is no basis to suggest that this process is in any way insufficient to protect the privacy and civil liberties of Americans,” Chertoff wrote to Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Jane Harman (D-Calif.), chairmen of the House Homeland Security Committee and its intelligence subcommittee, respectively, in letters released yesterday.

“I think we’ve fully addressed any body’s concerns,” Chertoff added in remarks last week to bloggers. “I think the way is now clear to stand it up and go warm on it.” (justmytruth:Um, Try again here. This blogger is an unbeliever…)

His statements marked a fresh determination to operate the department’s new National Applications Office as part of its counterterrorism efforts. The administration in May 2007 gave DHS authority to coordinate requests for satellite imagery, radar, electronic-signal information, chemical detection and other monitoring capabilities that have been used for decades within U.S. borders for mapping and disaster response.

I didn’t see any other articles on this, or only one other, the original one. This is one from CommonDreams.org which links to the original. Don’t you think this is strange? Given the government’s track record on spying, I think we all ought to know that they are planning something on this scale, don’t you? Or am I totally off base here?

If the government is interfering with scientists to the point where many are quitting, is it the same with journalists? Or is it something more sinister such as what is happening with Comcast and its interfering with those accessing web information?

It’s enough to make you wonder how much are we missing? How much is the media not reporting? The silence is deafening…

Will freedom return to the press? Who can say. Will responsible journalism return? I know the voices of some of them are trying disparately to be heard, but they are hard to find. You have to look. You have to know that you can’t depend on mainstream media anymore to let you know what is happening. I wonder how those in mainstream media feel? I’d sure like to hear from one of them at least. I worry about them. To the silent voices, we miss you… Come back and tell us your news again.

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~ by justmytruth on April 25, 2008.

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