Saturday, December 17, 2016

Why Do We Fall For FAKE NEWS??


I recently read an article about how the news (albeit 100% fake) is pushed down the throats not only of Americans, but most English speaking people.  How we're fed lie after lie about things that are happening on the other side of the planet, and unless the average citizen does some hardcore fact-checking, has no reason to dispute what is printed.


NYT Fake News on Aleppo

Written by Subject: Syria NYT Fake News on Aleppo

by Stephen Lendman

Daily NYT editions read like bad fiction, showing contemptible disregard for truth-telling, entirely absent where it's most needed - fake news substituting.

Coverage of America's presidential campaign turned The Times into a laughing stock, featuring advocacy instead of unbiased reporting. 

The so-called newspaper of record is a national disgrace, notably when America goes to war or plans one, supporting imperial aggression instead of denouncing it.

Its Syrian war coverage is abominable - all fake news all the time, including the just concluded battle for Aleppo. On December 13, it headlined "Assad's Lesson From Aleppo: Force Works, With Few Consequences," saying:

"For months, the bodies have been piling up in eastern Aleppo as the buildings have come down, pulverized by Syrian and Russian jets, burying residents who could not flee in avalanches of bricks and mortar."

Fact: "Russian and Syrian jets" suspended bombing eastern Aleppo in mid-October. No "bodies have been piling up" in streets, ICRC representatives on the ground confirming it.

The Times: "Cold, hungry and scarred by the deaths of loved ones, tens of thousands of civilians and fighters are awaiting buses to take them from their homes to uncertain futures."

Fact: Evacuation of all eastern Aleppo residents was completed on Friday. They're safe for the first time in four-and-a-half years - given hot food and medical care as needed, grateful to Syrian forces for freeing them from captivity, held under brutalizing conditions as human shields by US-supported terrorists.

The Times: "This is the Middle East that President-elect Donald J. Trump will face upon taking office next year, a region where jihadists have erased borders, Russia is ascendant, Iran has extended its reach through powerful militias and American allies are questioning how much they can rely on Washington."

Fact: America created and supports "jihadists" in Syria and elsewhere. Russia, Iran and Hezbollah intervened responsibly to combat them, at Assad's request. 

Wherever "Washington" shows up, mass slaughter, destruction and unspeakable human misery follow. It remains to be seen if Trump intends another way, or whether he'll continue imperial madness.

The Times: "The siege and bombardment of Aleppo…came after years of conflict in which Mr. Assad's forces attacked protesters, dropped exploding barrels on rebellious communities and used chemical weapons on their own people."

Fact: What rubbish! Liberating Aleppo involved a carefully planned military operation, waged against the scourge of US-supported terrorists - monsters responsible for gruesome atrocities, including cold-blooded murder, torture and use of chemical weapons.

Syria destroyed its CW stockpile under supervision of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ' representatives. No evidence links its forces with their use. Claims otherwise are fake news.

The Times: "The Syrian conflict did not begin as a civil war but as a popular uprising aimed at ousting Mr. Assad. He responded to protests with gunfire, detentions and torture. Many in the opposition took up arms to defend themselves and fight back…"

Fact: Syria is Obama's war, orchestrated by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, naked aggression against a sovereign independent country threatening no one.

A so-called "popular uprising" was staged, orchestrated in Washington, a pretext to launch naked aggression. No civil war exists, imported death squads used as imperial foot soldiers.

The Times is an instrument of state-sponsored propaganda - featuring fake news instead of the real thing. Abandon it or stay misinformed. The goes for all media scoundrels.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Also reading other 'uncompromised' News outlets (Not North American Mainstream Media), this was learned:

On December 16, the Russian military announced that eastern Aleppo had been fully liberated from militants and terrorists. However, according to Moscow, Syrian government forces are still fighting “isolated pockets of militant resistance.”

Nearly 3,500 militants from eastern Aleppo have surrendered to the Syrian government, while thousands have seized the chance to leave through special corridors with light weapons. The evacuation was partly halted on Friday after militants tried to leave the city with heavy weapons, which is not permitted under the agreement allowing them to exit eastern Aleppo.
Konashenkov (Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov),
On December 16, the Russian military announced that eastern Aleppo had been fully liberated from militants and terrorists. However, according to Moscow, Syrian government forces are still fighting “isolated pockets of militant resistance.”

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Konashenkov noted that the liberation of Aleppo had effectively opened a new “window of opportunity” to introduce a cessation of hostilities, “not only in the Aleppo province,” but also in other regions of Syria, while stressing that “a desire to negotiate with all parties to the conflict directly ‘on the ground,’ except for terrorist groups,” is key to speeding up the peace process in the war-ravaged state.
Attempts to replace this “hard work” with conferences in “cozy Western capitals,” talking to “high representative committees,” or sending in some monitoring group is “useless and a dead end,” he said.
“The sooner it is realized in Paris, London, and Washington, which are so far not even capable of sending humanitarian aid to Syria, the sooner there will be peace,” Konashenkov concluded.
noted that the liberation of Aleppo had effectively opened a new “window of opportunity” to introduce a cessation of hostilities, “not only in the Aleppo province,” but also in other regions of Syria, while stressing that “a desire to negotiate with all parties to the conflict directly ‘on the ground,’ except for terrorist groups,” is key to speeding up the peace process in the war-ravaged state.
Attempts to replace this “hard work” with conferences in “cozy Western capitals,” talking to “high representative committees,” or sending in some monitoring group is “useless and a dead end,” he said.
“The sooner it is realized in Paris, London, and Washington, which are so far not even capable of sending humanitarian aid to Syria, the sooner there will be peace,” Konashenkov concluded.
I'll bet you won't hear that on the 6 o'clock news tonight.




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