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article imageOp-Ed: Are the big US news networks guilty of impartial reporting?

By Andre C James     Jul 29, 2011 in World
Using the recent massacre of almost 100 people in Norway by a right-wing Christian extremist as a test case, it becomes evident that the US news networks are guilty of biased reporting and possibly propaganda.
When news of the terror attack hit the networks, CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News were already alluding to Muslim extremists as perpetrators of the attacks. The Washington Post and New York times were already publishing articles asking readers to ponder questions like, “What did Norway do to them?” or “Innocent Norway…”
However, when Anders Breivik, a self-styled right-wing Christian Crusader, confessed to the killings, the major networks either stopped reporting on the story or focused on headlines like “Terrorist responsible for Norway attacks is not a Christian‎” (Washington Post 07/28/2011) and “Do Norway Killings Signal Change in Europe's Attitude Toward Islam?” (Voice of America 07/28/2011).‎
Clearly this selective reporting and editorial is part of an overarching strategy on the part of the major news networks in the US, to create the perception that Muslims are terrorists and that Islam in general breeds terror. In doing so, they reinforce and justify the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan. Wars which have since been proved to be unjustified - started on false pretexts and have in 10 years killed hundreds of thousands innocent civilians and thousands of US and allied forces.
So the question one asks is why would news networks support US government foreign policy, suppress dissident reporting and specifically target certain Arab and Asian countries?
With News International, the British arm of FOX parent company, News Corp, in the spotlight with its involvement in a phone hacking scandal, many of the inner workings of the global media machine have been exposed.
News Corp is majority owned by none other than Rupert Murdoch, its Chairman and CE. Second to Murdoch is Jose Maria Aznar, president of the Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis. Aznar was prime minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004 and in 2010 he founded the “Friends of Israel Initiative”, whose goal is to ''counter the attempts to delegitimise the State of Israel and its right to live in peace within safe and defensible borders''.
News Corp, is a behemoth of a company and has a hand in cinema, television, cable network programming, direct broadcast satellite television, integrated marketing services, newspapers and information services, book publishing and other media-related assets. In the United States, the holdings of News Corp include Dow Jones & Company, the Wall Street Journal, 20th Century Fox, the Fox Broadcasting Company, SKY Italia, Harper Collins Publishers, MySpace,, Beliefnet, and Rotten Tomatoes.
Daily, it shapes public perception and drives the opinion of billions of people on current world events. It has the power to create and destroy public personalities and institutions. It’s no wonder that whenever ambitious politicians and the like associate with Murdoch or have his vocal support, later become presidents of countries and corporations or presidential aides or spin doctors.
The truth is many people are unable to critically analyse information by comparing various sources. In reality, people will believe anything you tell them if it’s repeated often enough. And that’s the magic trick of vast media conglomerates. They sell the same thing over and over again and ensure that the golden thread of half truths and whole lies weaves its way around the minds of the masses.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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