LYING BY OMISSION. Lying by omission is worse than lying by commission because at least the latter permits refutation and public debate

Lying by omission is worse than lying by commission because at least the latter permits refutation and public debate.

The most  appalling and dangerous examples of lying by omission involve the  ignoring of immense crimes against humanity such as holocaust (the deaths of huge numbers of people) and genocide  (defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Conventions as  acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”.


Holocaust is the destruction of a large number of people. The term was first applied to a WW2 atrocity by Jog in 1944 (Jog, N.G. (1944), “Churchill’s Blind-Spot: India” (New Book Company, Bombay)) in relation to the “forgotten” man-made Bengal Famine (6-7 million Indians - many of them Muslims in a "forgotten" WW2 Muslim Holocaust - deliberately starved to death by the British, 1942-1945). It was subsequently applied to the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) which was part of a horrendous WW2 European Holocaust (30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed in the Nazi German Lebensraum genocide).

 Unfortunately the racist Zionists (RZs) (who were complicit in the Jewish Holocaust by collaboration with the Nazis, opposing placement of Jewish refugees anywhere but Palestine and persuading Churchill to oppose the Brand scheme to save 0.7 million Hungarian Jews) have appropriated the term Holocaust to mean only the WW2 Jewish Holocaust to the exclusion of all other holocausts (see the testimony of outstanding humanitarian Jews Joel Brand: 
http://sites.google.com/site/jewsagainstracistzionism/brand-joel-exposing-zionist-complicity-in-nazi-mass-murder-of-hungarian-jews  and Lenny Brenner:   http://sites.google.com/site/jewsagainstracistzionism/brenner-lenni-exposing-zionist-collaboration-and-complicity-with-the-nazis ).

Genocide is very precisely defined in International Law as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group” as set out by Article 2 of the 1948 UN Genocide Convention: “In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

Generating refugees is also genocide. Thus racist  Britain generated 8 million Muslim refugees (and 10 million Hindu and Sikh refugees)  in its  "divide and rule" Partition of India in 1947. Today in 2015 and overwhelmingly generated by Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist  (NAZI) US Alliance war criminals and state terrorists, there are about 30 million Muslim refugees in the  world, the breakdown being 11 million Syrians, 7 million Palestinians, 5 million Iraqis, 2 million Somalis, 2 million Rohingyas, 1 million Pakistanis, 1 million Libyans,  and 0.5 million Central African Republicans (see  “Muslim Holocaust Muslim Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/muslimholocaustmuslimgenocide/ ).

Key to this internationally agreed, legal definition of genocide is “intent”. Thus the “intent’ of a serial killer is not abolished by his refusal to confess or otherwise explicitly declare “intent” – it can be clearly established simply by the evidence of sustained, remorseless actions leading to serial deaths. Likewise, for example, the sustained, remorseless actions (and inactions) of the British caused the deaths of 6-7 million Indians in 1943-1945 Bengali Holocaust (see the transcript of the 2008 BBC broadcast involving myself, Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and other scholars: http://www.open2.net/thingsweforgot/bengalfamine_programme.html ) ; the sustained British deprivation of its Indian subjects in the 2 century British  Indian Holocaust (1.5 billion excess deaths, or about 1.8 billion including the Native States, and about 20% of them Muslims) (see: http://mwcnews.net/content/view/26713/42/ ; http://mwcnews.net/content/view/31306/42/ ; and “Bengali Holocaust (WW2 Bengal Famine” writings of Gideon Polya”,  Gideon Polya: https://sites.google.com/site/drgideonpolya/bengali-holocaust  ).

Outstanding humanitarian Denis Halliday (who resigned after 34 years with the UN, including being UN assistant secretary-general, over the Sanctions  imposed on Iraq, characterizing them as “genocide”) on genocidal “intent to kill” in answering the question “Who, in your view, is primarily responsible for the deaths of those 500,000 children under five [under Sanctions]?” (2000): “All the members of the Permanent Security Council, when they passed 1284, reconfirmed that economic sanctions had to be sustained, knowing the consequences. That constitutes ‘intent to kill’, because we know that sanctions are killing several thousand per month. Now, of the five permanent members, three abstained; but an abstention is no better than a vote for, in a sense. Britain and America of course voted for this continuation. The rest of them don’t count because they’re lackeys, or they’re paid off. The only country that stood up was Malaysia, and they also abstained. But you know, by abstaining instead of using your veto, when you are a permanent member you're guilty because you’re continuing something that has this deadly impact. However, I would normally point the finger at London and Washington, because they are the most active in sustaining sanctions: they are the ones who will not compromise" (see: Denis Halliday, interviewed by David Edwards, “Half a million children under five are dead in Iraq – who is responsible. An interview with Denis Halliday - Former Assistant Secretary-General of The United Nations”, Media Lens, May 2000: http://www.medialens.org/articles/the_articles/articles_2001/iraqdh.htm ).

Outstanding anti-racist Jewish American scholar Professor Jared Diamond in his best-selling book "Collapse” (Prologue, p10, Penguin edition) enunciated the "moral principle, namely that it is morally wrong for one people to dispossess, subjugate, or exterminate another people", an injunction that is grossly violated by racist Zionist (RZ)-run Apartheid Israel and by  its racist, genocide-committing and genocide-ignoring US Alliance backers. Thus the Zionist-perverted and Zionist-subverted US Alliance is involved in a genocidal Zionist-promoted US War on Muslims (aka the US War on Terror, Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide) in which  32 million Muslim deaths from violence (5 million) or imposed deprivation (27 million) have been associated with US Alliance invasions of 20 countries since the US Government’s 9-11 false flag atrocity that killed about 3,000 people. The remorseless, ongoing Palestinian Genocide (2 million Palestinian deaths since the mid-1930s from violence, 0.1 million, or imposed deprivation, 1.9 million) and the remorseless , ongoing  Zionist-promoted Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genocide remind one of the racist  American saying The only good Indian is a dead Indian” that is often attributed to American General Phil Sheridan in the context of the 19th century North American Indian Genocide ( Gideon Polya,“Paris Atrocity Context: 27 Million Muslim Avoidable  Deaths From Imposed Deprivation In 20 Countries Violated By US Alliance Since 9-11”,  Countercurrents, 22 November, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya221115.htm; “Experts: US did 9-11”: https://sites.google.com/site/expertsusdid911/ ; “Muslim Holocaust Muslim Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/muslimholocaustmuslimgenocide/ ; “Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide”: http://sites.google.com/site/afghanholocaustafghangenocide/ ; “Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide”:http://sites.google.com/site/iraqiholocaustiraqigenocide/ ; Gideon Polya, “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”, that includes a history of every country from Neolithic times and is now available for free perusal on the web: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/   ; “Palestinian Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/palestiniangenocide/2015-update ).

 

Lying by omission with existential implications relates to ignoring the nuclear weapons., poverty and climate change threats that threaten the world with horrendous mass mortality. A nuclear exchange would wipe out most of Humanity (current population about 7 billion) , successively through the initial instantaneous destruction of cities, subsequent deaths from burns and  radiation sickness from radioactive fallout, and  finally  through a “Nuclear Winter” decimating agriculture, photosynthesis and photosynthate-based life in general. Poverty kills – thus UN Population Division data indicate that about 17 million people already die avoidably each year from deprivation in Developing Countries (minus China ) on a Spaceship Earth with One Percenters in charge of the flight deck. 9 years ago global avoidable deaths totaled 16 million per year. In  2009 the WBGU, which advises the German Government  on climate change, estimated that for a 75% chance of avoiding a catastrophic 2C temperature rise, the world must emit no more than 600 billion tonnes carbon dioxide (CO2) before zero emissions in 2050. Unfortunately the global greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is so high that the World has now  in 2017 exceeded this terminal budget (see “Nuclear weapons ban , end poverty & reverse climate change”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/nuclear-weapons-ban;  “Are we doomed?”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/are-we-doomed ; “Methane Bomb Threat”: https://sites.google.com/site/methanebombthreat/ ;"Too late to avoid global warming catastrophe": https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/too-late-to-avoid-global-warming; Gideon Polya, “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”, that includes a history of every country from Neolithic times and is now available for free perusal on the web: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/   )

Lying by omission, climate genocide, omnicide and terracide. Both Dr James Lovelock FRS (Gaia hypothesis) and Professor Kevin Anderson ( Deputy Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester, UK) have recently estimated that only about 0.5 billion people will survive this century due to unaddressed, man-made global warming. Noting that the world population is expected to reach 9.5 billion by 2050 (UN Population Division) , these estimates translate to a climate genocide involving deaths of 10 billion people this century, this including roughly twice the present population of particular mainly non-European groups, specifically 6 billion under-5 year old infants, 3 billion Muslims in a terminal Muslim Holocaust, 2 billion Indians, 1.3 billion non-Arab Africans, 0.5 billion Bengalis, 0.3 billion Pakistanis and 0.3 billion Bangladeshis. Already 16 million people (about 9.5 million of them under-5 year old infants) die avoidably every year due to deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease – and man-made global warming is already clearly worsening this global avoidable mortality holocaust. However 10 billion avoidable deaths due to global warming this century yields an average annual avoidable death rate of 100 million per year ( “Climate Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/climategenocide/  ). Yet thanks to lying by omission by Mainstream journalist,  politician, corporate and academic presstitutes, atmospheric CO2 is now at a dangerous and damaging record level (405 ppm CO2) and is increasing at a record rate ( 3 ppm CO2 per year). Ditto the greenhouse gas methane (CH4) – increasing leakage of CH4 in the Arctic represents a huge threat to Humanity “Methane Bomb Threat”: https://sites.google.com/site/methanebombthreat/ ).

Genocide ignored yields genocide repeated. Holocaust ignored yields holocaust repeated (see  Gideon Polya (2008), “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in biological sustainability”, G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2008 edition that is now available for free perusal on the web: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/  ).  

This website is an alphabetically organized compendium of facts and opinions in relation to lying by omission.


JASSON. Allen Jasson (outstanding Australian humanitarian writer and activist) on Mainstream media fake moral outrage re Trump (2017): “In the Mainstream Media (MSM) there presently is an imposing impression of international uproar and moral outrage suggesting the imminent demise of a newlyelected President. Nothing like it was observed when pomp and circumstance was afforded the state visit to the UK of George Bush junior, mired in the blood of Iraqis and pungent with the stink of lies and deceit.

It has already been noted in the alternative media that while Trump has allegedly infringed upon the rights of people from these ‘mostly Muslim countries’ it was Bush who was bombing them, killing civilians, murdering women and children, whole families, turning weddings into village bloodbaths, destroying infrastructure, schools, hospitals, water-treatment plants. Never was it mentioned in the MSM that it was an illegal, immoral, aggressive and violent war initiated on a pack of obvious lies for the interests of his OIL-rich friends among the “haves and have-mores”. They felt content to squabble over whether The Lancet got the numbers right.

The conjuring tricks that create these illusions of international uproar and outrage suggestive of something imminent are only possible in the echo-chamber owned, operated and precisely orchestrated by the Corporate Mainstream Media…

Fake news there may well be in the alternative media, but it’s nothing compared to the systematic fake news of omission, distorted emphasis and spin that is the hallmark of the MSM. Misled by the preoccupation with Israel’s right to defend itself the swill-digesting public is presumed not to be interested in Israel’s application of vast airpower and military force to the persecution of a million Palestinians held under siege in Gaza.

The fake controversies over anti-Semitism are standard cover for the ongoing criminal activities of the recidivist Jewish State of Israel in the theft and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian land that has gone on for almost 7 decades. The possibility that some obscure author lied about the holocaust is apparently more newsworthy than the shocking inhumanity, genocide and human rights violations undertaken in the occupied Palestinian Territories on a scale that easily qualifies as utter lawlessness. According to the MSM it is ‘our democratic values’ that must be upheld in the parliament, not the ‘populism’ that is all-pervasive among the masses and ‘our moral values’ are exhibited in using diplomacy to make ‘gradual progress’ in defending human rights in barbaric dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia when they murder civilians in neighbouring countries using British-made weapons and planes” (Allen Jasson, “Trump, the media and muddled morals” MWC News, 9 February 2017:  http://mwcnews.net/focus/politics/63669-media-and-muddled-morals.html )  .


KENEALLY. Tom (Australian writer of fiction and nonfiction) (2016): “It was well established, he [Father Frank Docherty] would say on later Sundays, that against the proposition of St Paul ‘s that the greatest commandment was love, the fact that in South Africa there prevailed a regime which denied proper human status to the majority of its residents was an outrage. And having inherited our land from an indigenous race , whose dispossession we had not yet faced [1968], we should neither imitate apartheid nor fail to condemn it. It was one of the counsel of Christ that no government should legislate to exalt one race over another. Yet only when the world was persuaded to condemn apartheid would it end. Indeed, Frank said, it would be interesting to ask if we in Australia would ourselves have passed an apartheid law had there been many more Aboriginals than whites” (Tom Keneally, :Crimes of the father”, Vintage, Sydney, 2016, Chapter 16, “Maureen Breslin remembers Humanae Vitae, 1968”, page 158).

[Editor’s note: Indigenous Australians were treated appallingly and were not even counted as Australians  until a  1967 a Referendum was passed with 92% support for the question: ” DO YOU APPROVE the proposed law for the alteration of the Constitution entitled— 'An Act to alter the Constitution so as to omit certain words relating to the People of the Aboriginal Race in any State and so that Aboriginals are to be counted in reckoning the Population”. Passage of this Referendum allowed the counting of Aborigines and the passage of laws relating to Aborigines by the Federal Government. The 1975 Racial  Discrimination Act outlawed racial discrimination (notably the notorious and popularly dubbed White Australia Policy.  However the Northern Territory National Emergency Response (the Intervention)  in 2007 involved the racist suspension of  the 1975 Racial  Discrimination Act in relation to NT Aborigines. The Aboriginal  Genocide and Aboriginal Ethnocide continue. Turnbull Australia ranks second after Trump USA as a supporter of Apartheid Israel.]


KINGSOLVER. Barbara Kingsolver (American novelist, essayist , poet and author of “The Poisonwood Bible” and other powerful works) explores Mainstream, media lying by omission in her great novel "The Lacuna" (lacuna meaning hiatus, blank, missing part, gap, cavity, or empty space) which has  Russian Communist revolutionary and theorist Leon Trotsky (Lev) and his secretary Van having the following discussion about media (2009): ""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" … [Trotsky observes to his assistant Shepherd] “Soli, let me tell you. The most important thing about a person is always the thing you don't know”” (Barbara Kingsolver, “The Lacuna”, Faber & Faber, London, 2009, part 3, p159 ).

 

PILGER. John Pilger (2012): “History is buried with the dead and deformed of Vietnam and Bhopal. And history is the new enemy. On 28 May, President Obama launched a campaign to falsify the history of the war in Vietnam. To Obama, there was no Agent Orange, no free fire zones, no turkey shoots, no cover-ups of massacres, no rampant racism, no suicides (as many Americans took their own lives as died in the war), no defeat by a resistance army drawn from an impoverished society. It was, said Mr. Hopey Changey, "one of the most extraordinary stories of bravery and integrity in the annals of [US] military history". The following day, the New York Times published a long article documenting how Obama personally selects the victims of his drone attacks across the world. He does this on "terror Tuesdays" when he browses through mug shots on a "kill list", some of them teenagers, including "a girl who looked even younger than her 17 years... How much longer must we subject ourselves to such an "invisible government"?  This term for insidious propaganda, first used by Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud and inventor of modern public relations, has never been more apt.  "False reality" requires historical amnesia, lying by omission and the transfer of significance to the insignificant. In this way, political systems promising security and social justice have been replaced by piracy, "austerity" and "perpetual war": an extremism dedicated to the overthrow of democracy. Applied to an individual, this would identify a psychopath. Why do we accept it?” (John Pilger, “History is the enemy as “brilliant” psy-ops become the news”, john pilger.com: 21 June 2012: http://johnpilger.com/articles/history-is-the-enemy-as-brilliant-psy-ops-become-the-news ).


POLYA. Gideon Polya (Australian scientist, writer, artist and humanitarian activist) (2017): “.Lying by omission is worse than lying by commission because at least the latter permits refutation and public debate. The most  appalling and dangerous examples of lying by omission involve the  ignoring of immense crimes against humanity such as holocaust (the deaths of huge numbers of people) and genocide  (defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Conventions as  acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”… Genocide ignored yields genocide repeated. Holocaust ignored yields holocaust repeated (see  Gideon Polya (2008), “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in biological sustainability”, G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2008 edition that is now available for free perusal on the web: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/  )” (Gideon Polya, Home, “Lying by omission”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammedialying/lying-by-omission ).

Dr Gideon Polya on Mainstream media fake news through lying by omission (2017):Fake news is simply a new, Trump-popularized descriptive for media lying that occurs in 2 basic forms, lying by omission and lying by commission.  Lying by omission is far, far worse than lying by commission because the latter can at least admit refutation and public debate. Western Mainstream media impose a huge burden of fake news on Western societies through entrenched and pervasive lying by omission. Indeed the most egregious and pervasive Mainstream media lie of omission is suppression of reportage of such lying by omission. The unimpeded, remorseless, corporate-dominated Mainstream media, politicians and pliant intellectuals are now going further, and variously threatening residual effective free speech and Alternative media on the basis of asserted fake news” (Gideon Polya, “Mainstream media: fake news through lying by omission”, MWC News, 1 April 2017: http://www.mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/64626-mainstream-media.html ).


SWANSON. David Swanson (author, activist, journalist, radio host,  director of WorldBeyondWar.org , campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org  and author of “War is a Lie”) suggests 7 December as Golden Age Day after Gore Vidal’s novel “The Golden Age” that describes the secret Anglo-American push for war against Japan in WW2:  “Golden Age Day should include public readings of Vidal's novel and the glowing endorsements of it by the Washington Post, New York Times Book Review, and every other corporate paper in the year 2000, also known as the year 1 BWT (before the war on terra). Not a single one of those newspapers has ever, to my knowledge, printed a serious straightforward analysis of how President Franklin D. Roosevelt maneuvered the United States into World War II

In The Golden Age [by Gore Vidal] , we follow along inside all the closed doors, as the British push for U.S. involvement in World War II, as President Roosevelt makes a commitment to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as the warmongers manipulate the Republican convention to make sure that both parties nominate candidates in 1940 ready to campaign on peace while planning war, as FDR longs to run for an unprecedented third term as a wartime president but must content himself with beginning a draft and campaigning as a drafttime president in a time of supposed national danger, and as FDR works to provoke Japan into attacking on his desired schedule. …

Joseph Rochefort, cofounder of the Navy's communication intelligence section, who was instrumental in failing to communicate to Pearl Harbor what was coming, would later comment: "It was a pretty cheap price to pay for unifying the country." The night after the attack, President Roosevelt had CBS News's Edward R. Murrow and Roosevelt's Coordinator of Information William Donovan over for dinner at the White House, and all the President wanted to know was whether the American people would now accept war. Donovan and Murrow assured him the people would indeed accept war now. Donovan later told his assistant that Roosevelt's surprise was not that of others around him, and that he, Roosevelt, welcomed the attack. Murrow was unable to sleep that night and was plagued for the rest of his life by what he called "the biggest story of my life" which he never told. Have a Meaningful Golden Age Day!” (David Swanson, “Golden Age of Pearl Harbor”, Countercurrents, 6 December, 2014: http://www.countercurrents.org/swanson061214.htm ).

 

WIKIPEDIA. Wikipedia states of lying by omission:  Also known as a continuing misrepresentation, a lie by omission occurs when an important fact is left out in order to foster a misconception. Lying by omission includes failures to correct pre-existing misconceptions. For example, when the seller of a car declares it has been serviced regularly but does not tell that a fault was reported at the last service, the seller lies by omission. It can be compared to dissimulation. An omission is when a person tells most of the truth, but leaves out a few key facts that therefore completely change the story” (“Lie”, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie ).


ZUESSE. Eric Zuesse (an historian and the author, most recently, of “They’re Not Even Close: the Democratic vs Republican Records 1910-2010” and of “Christ’s  ventriloquists: The event that created Christianity”) has commented incisively on “the most suppressed news of all - news about the news-suppression by the ‘news'-media” (2014): “ Recognize how extremely far from being a democracy today's United States has, in fact, become . This is the most shocking realization of all, because it's the most suppressed news of all - news about the news-suppression by the ‘news'-media…. That's how dire the condition of what used to be American democracy has now become. The biggest news-story of all is thus the one that is, and that will inevitably be, the most suppressed news-story of all: the news-suppression itself.  It extends from the major ‘news'-media to the alternative and even to the specialized ‘news'-media… He [Edward Snowden] raised the extremely serious question as to whether, and the extent to which, a government can lie to its public and still be a democracy. That's the question. How can the public have a government representing informed consent, if the ‘news' media are constantly, and systematically, lying about the most important things, and covering up that government's worst, most heinous, crimes? Yet, this is what Americans have today. The United States is thus no longer a model for any country except for a dictatorship. How likely is it that America's press will let the American public know this now-established fact? Something's wrong — and it's not people such as Edward Snowden (Eric Zuesse , “The Biggest Scandal In America Is Its Controlled Press”, Countercurrents,  4 December, 2014: http://www.countercurrents.org/zuesse041214.htm ).



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