MSM Newspeak

March 18, 2007

The Brit and US MSM are masters of suppression and selection – here are the latest examples.

George Orwell based 1984 on the Nazis and Communists, which used their MSM to distort history:

‘Eurasia is the enemy. Eurasia has always been the enemy’.

The few thousand people that produce our news use the same technique. Here’s the story behind the Fox News headline:

    7 GIs Die in Iraq

    U.S. military announces deaths of more troops in Iraq, including four killed by a roadside bomb while patrolling western Baghdad

Most Iraqis believe life is better for them now than it was under Saddam Hussein, according to a British opinion poll published today.

The survey of more than 5,000 Iraqis found the majority optimistic despite their suffering in sectarian violence since the American-led invasion four years ago this week.

One in four Iraqis has had a family member murdered, says the poll by Opinion Research Business. In Baghdad, the capital, one in four has had a relative kidnapped and one in three said members of their family had fled abroad. But when asked whether they preferred life under Saddam, the dictator who was executed last December, or under Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, most replied that things were better for them today.

Only 27% think there is a civil war in Iraq, compared with 61% who do not, according to the survey carried out last month.

By a majority of two to one, Iraqis believe military operations now under way will disarm all militias. More than half say security will improve after a withdrawal of multinational forces.

That’s consistent with the 7-year successful counter-insurgency campaign in Malaya, which was supported by the bulk of the population. There are two points missing from the story: in Arab society, “family” is the extended family of hundreds. And all nations we’ve freed have sought our withdrawal – what’s the point of freedom if you’re occupied?

But for Fox News, what matters is our casualties, not our victory.

Meanwhile, the Brit papers are quite silent on this cave-in (WSJ, $):

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday ruled out peace talks with the Palestinians, saying contacts will be limited to humanitarian issues until the new coalition government explicitly renounces violence and recognizes Israel’s right to exist.

Speaking at the weekly meeting of his Cabinet, Mr. Olmert said he would boycott the new government and urged the international community to follow suit. The Cabinet overwhelmingly endorsed Mr. Olmert’s position…

But Norway announced it would lift sanctions, and Britain and the U.N. also signaled flexibility.

So this is Blair’s shameful legacy – lining up with the corrupt UN and useless Norwegians against a people facing destruction.

Still, at least Brit voters don’t know about it.