Mainstream Media (MSM) censorship and self-censorship are appalling realities in the Western Democracies, political systems that have been described as Murdochracies by outstanding expatriate Australian journalist John Pilger because of the domination of Western media, public perceptions and politics by the Murdoch News empire.
Thus The Age recently published an article by Australian media academic Hamish Ford entitled “WikiLeaks gives old media a shot in the arm”, about renewal of journalism through WikiLeaks. (The Age, 16 December 2010). . http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/contributors/wikileaks-gives-old-media-a-shot-in-the-arm-20101216-18yt7.html ). The Age published 26 comments from readers (all but 1 anonymous) but evidently did not want its readers to read my submitted but not published comment:
“Good article that nevertheless, like WikiLeaks, media and politicians, fails to note the real scandal of the WikiLeaks saga, specifically that while WikiLeaks is properly lauded for publishing hundreds of thousands of US-linked diplomatic opinions, this obscures the outrageous non-reportage by the Mainstream media of the actual horrendous human consequences of US imperialism. Violent deaths and non-violent avoidable deaths in the US War on Terror now total 8 million, the breakdown being 2.5 million in Iraq, 4.9 million in Afghanistan and 0.8 million (3,000 Australian) from US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry.
In her important novel "The Lacuna" (lacuna meaning a gap or absence) Barbara Kingsolver has Russian Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky (Lev) and his assistant Van have the following discussion about media (part 3, p159, Faber & Faber, London, 2009 edition) : ""But newspapers have a duty to truth", Van said. Lev [Trotsky] clicked his tongue. "They tell the truth only as the exception. Zola [French novelist of "J'accuse" fame] wrote that the mendacity of the press could be could be divided into two groups: the yellow press lies every day without hesitating. But others, like the Times, speak the truth on all inconsequential occasions, so they can deceive the public with the requisite authority when it becomes necessary." Van got up from his chair to gather the cast-off newspapers. Lev took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes. " I don't mean to offend the journalists; they aren't any different from other people. They're merely the megaphones of other people" (Google "media ignoring horrendous US crimes").
Silence kills and silence is complicity.” [10, 11].
This site is dedicated to documenting Mainstream Media censorship.
. Climate Emergency: : What Top World Scientific Experts Say: https://sites.google.com/site/yarravalleyclimateactiongroup/climate-emergency-what-top-world-scientific-experts-say .
. Climate Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/climategenocide/ .
. James Hansen, “Storms of my Grandchildren” (Bloomsbury, London, 2009).
. Palestinian Genocide: http://sites.google.com/site/palestiniangenocide/ .
. Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide: http://sites.google.com/site/iraqiholocaustiraqigenocide/ .
. Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide: http://sites.google.com/site/afghanholocaustafghangenocide/ .
. Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide: https://sites.google.com/site/muslimholocaustmuslimgenocide/ .
. Gideon Polya, "WikiLeaks scandals and media ignoring horrendous US crimes", Countercurrents, 4 December 2010: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya041210.htm .
. Hamish Ford, “WikiLeaks gives old media a shot in the arm”, The Age, 16 December 2010: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/contributors/wikileaks-gives-old-media-a-shot-in-the-arm-20101216-18yt7.html .
. Barbara Kingsolver, "The Lacuna" (Faber & Faber, London, 2009).
. Gideon Polya, “Censorship and genocide ignoring by Australian mainstream media and WikiLeaks”, Countercurrents, 17 December 2010: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya171210.htm .
The Mainstream media “feed” to the public variously involves Mainstream journalists, politicians and academics who are variously involved as ”presstitutes” in censorship, self-censorship, lying by commission and lying by omission in the interests of the dominant neoliberal, pro-One Percenter Establishment.
Journalists in the Mainstream media are subject to the will of the media owners as described in “Manufacturing consent” by Professor Edward Herman and Professor Noam Chomsky.
Politicians are subject to the party line and the dominant narrative established by corporation-owned Mainstream media and the Establishment . Government-funded public broadcasters like the UK BBC, Canadian CBC and Australian ABC are subject to heavy pressure to more or less stick to the dominant, pro-One Percenter narrative, the “more or less” smearing out as so-called “balance” .
Universities are repositories for scholarly expertise but increasingly corporatized universities in collaboration with neoliberal governments help commodify the truth and regulate acceptable truth in accordance with the dominant narrative in Western democracies that have become Plutocracies, Murdochracies, Lobbyocracies, Corporatocracies , Kleptocracies, and Dollarocracies in which Big Money purchases people, politicians, parties, policies, public perception of reality, political power and hence more profit. Thus, by way of example:
(1) University education can and should be free but this is resolutely ignored by the Mainstream journalists, politicians and academics (see Gideon Polya, “Free University Education Via Accredited Remote Learning – All Education Should Be Free For All”, Countercurrents, 31 January, 2016: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya310116.htm ).
(2) There is massive censorship and self-censorship in universities that is resolutely ignored by the Mainstream journalists, politicians and academics (see Gideon Polya, “Current academic censorship and self-censorship in Australian universities”, Free University Education: https://sites.google.com/site/freeuniversityeducation/academic-censorship ).
(3) Several generations of British Mainstream journalists, politicians and academics have overwhelmingly ignored the WW2 Bengali Holocaust in which the British with White Australian complicity deliberately starved 6-7 million Indians to death for strategic reasons in the 1942-1945 man-made Bengal Famine, with Australia withholding food from starving India from its huge wartime grain stocks and as many as 0.3 million starving Bengali women and girls subject to civilian or military sexual abuse (see Gideon Polya, “Australia And Britain Killed 6-7 Million Indians In WW2 Bengal Famine”, Countercurrents, 29 September, 2011: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya290911.htm ; N.G. Jog, “Churchill's Blind Spot: India” (New Book Company, Bombay, 1944); Gideon Polya , “UK Zionist Historian Sir Martin Gilbert (1936-2015) Variously Ignored Or Minimized WW2 Bengali Holocaust”, Countercurrents, 19 February, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya190215.htm ; Gideon Polya, “Australia And Britain Killed 6-7 Million Indians In WW2 Bengal Famine”, Countercurrents, 29 September, 2011: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya290911.htm ; “Bengali Holocaust (WW2 Bengal Famine) writings of Gideon Polya”, Gideon Polya: https://sites.google.com/site/drgideonpolya/bengali-holocaust ; Gideon Polya, “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in biological sustainability”, now available for free perusal on the web: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya290911.htm ).
(4) Variously as UK or US lackeys Australians have invaded 85 countries with 30 of these atrocities being genocide as defined by the UN Genocide Convention, but these genocides are ignored by the assertedly authoritative, 2-volume, “The Cambridge History of Australia” (Gideon Polya Review: “The Cambridge History Of Australia” Ignores Australian Involvement In 30 Genocides”, Countercurrents, 14 October, 2013: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya141013.htm ).
The evil of Mainstream media support for the Iraq War is
established by the 2.5 million Iraqi dead from violence or war-imposed
deprivation since the illegal, war criminal US Alliance invasion of Iraq
in 2003 and the 12 million Muslim deaths since 1990 due to
violence or war-imposed deprivation in the Neocon American and Zionist
Imperialist-promoted US War on Muslims (see "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim
). The Mainstream media and BBC role in selling the false arguments for war
is being repeated today in relation to SYRIA as explained below.
UK journalist Louise Boyle published s report entitled “U.S. backed plan to launch chemical attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime” inn the UK Daily Mail’s Mail On-line on 29 January 2013. The report was “pulled” by the Mail but survives in archived form (see: Louise Boyle, “U.S. backed plan to launch chemical attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime”, Mail On-line, 29 January 2013: http://web.archive.org/web/20130129213824/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270219/U-S-planned-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-Syria-blame-Assad.html ). However this report in the Daily Mail evidently incorrectly implicating a UK company in Qatari “war excuse” gassing plans was withdrawn by the Daily Mail and according to Global Research: “It is our understanding that the Daily Mail report was removed following a libel suit launched by Britam Defense and Intelligence against the Daily Mail” (see “Britain’s Daily Mail: US backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria”, Global Research, 26 August 2013: http://www.globalresearch.ca/britains-daily-mail-u-s-backed-plan-to-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-on-syria/5346912 ). Non-involvement of this British company does not mean non-involvement of Qatar, the Saudis and the US in the recent atrocity. Thus Russia, Iran, the UK House of Commons and many others remain unconvinced by the US claims that the Syrian Government was responsible (e.g. see “Saudi Prince Bandar behind chemical attack in Syria: report”, Teheran Times, 31 August 2013: http://www.tehrantimes.com/middle-east/110424-saudi-prince-bandar-behind-chemical-attack-in-syria-report , “Evidence indicates that Syrian Government did not launch chemical weapon attack against its own people”, Global Research, 24 August 2013: http://www.globalresearch.ca/evidence-indicates-that-syrian-government-did-not-launch-a-chemical-weapon-attack-against-its-people/5346804 , Stephen Gowans, “Accusations continue, but still no evidence of a Syrian military gas attack” in Global Research, 24 August 2013: http://www.globalresearch.ca/accusations-continue-but-still-no-evidence-of-a-syrian-military-gas-attack/5346851 , “Syria: Putin rubbishes chemical attack claims”, Guardian, 31 August 2013: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/31/syria-un-weapons-inspectors-leave , “Syrian envoy alleges rebel gas attack, demands U.N. investigate”, Reuters, 28 August 2013: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/28/us-syria-crisis-un-investigation-idUSBRE97R18F20130828 ).
Just like the "Gulf of Tonkin incident", the "Iraqi WMD" and the "9-11" lies (see “Experts: US did 9-11”: https://sites.google.com/site/expertsusdid911/ ), the serial war criminal US Government is still lying and doing "false flag operations" for war. Thus the US Center for Public Integrity and its affiliated group, the Fund for Independence in Journalism revealed that the Bush Administration told 935 lies about Iraq between 9-11 and the illegal; and war criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003 (see “Study: Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war”, CNN Politics: http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/01/23/bush.iraq/ ). 12 million Muslims have died since 1990 due to violence or war-imposed deprivation in the Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist-promoted War on Muslims (see "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide": https://sites.google.com/site/muslimholocaustmuslimgenocide/ ). The Zionist-dominated US Government is not just killing Muslims - an estimated 1.3 million Americans die preventably each year linked to the fiscal perversion of committing circa $10 trillion to Apartheid Israel and killing Muslims abroad rather than keeping Americans alive at home (see Gideon Polya, “One million Americans die preventably annually in USA:, Countercurrents, 18 February 2012: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya180212.htm and Gideon Polya, “American Holocaust, millions of untimely American deaths and $40 trillion cost of Israel to Americans”, Countercurrents, 27 August 2013: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya270813.htm ).
A search of the endlessly lying and censoring BBC, its endlessly lying and censoring Australian equivalent the ABC (both “ABC News” and “the entire ABC site”) and the endlessly lying by commission and omission, ABC-spruiked, taxpayer-funded, Australian universities-backed website The Conversation revealed ZERO (0) reportage of this matter as established by searches of the BBC in the relevant period for the terms “Louise Boyle:”, “Mail On-line” and “plan to launch chemical”.
Mainstream media, BBC and ABC censorship of the likelihood that the gassing attack in Damascus was a US-backed false flag operation to go to war on a lie (as in Iraq in 2003) is being reported widely (see Newsvine: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2013/08/29/20250282-us-planned-to-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-on-syria-and-blame-it-on-assad , “Boycott Murdoch media”: https://sites.google.com/site/boycottmurdochmedia/ ; “Censorship by the BBC”: https://sites.google.com/site/censorshipbythebbc/ ; “Censorship by The Conversation”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by ; “Mainstream media censorship”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/home ; “Mainstream media lying”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammedialying/ ; “Censorship by The Age”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by-the-age ; “Censorship by ABC Late Night Live”: https://sites.google.com/site/censorshipbyabclatenightlive/ and "Censorship by ABC Saturday Extra": https://sites.google.com/site/censorshipbyabclatenightlive/censorship-by-abc-sat ; "Censorship by The Guardian Australia":