The Disinformation War in the Media

I’ve lost all faith in the media. On one side they don’t actually do much journalism anymore, they are cowed into not reporting information that has not been deemed ‘declassified’ so they are left reporting press releases and Facebook status updates and they are always ready to take credit when they ‘investigate’ a lead on Twitter. Andy Carvin, the senior strategist at NPR, recently ‘debunked sloppy reporting’ about possible Israeli-made weapons in the civil war in Libya. Oh, by the way, it’s a full scale civil war. It’s not a protest, uprising, opposition, rebellion, it’s a full scale civil war that is functioning as a proxy war between regional super powers but you won’t hear about that in the news either.

An image surfaced in Facebook of a mortar shell used by Ghaddafi forces on the rebels with a insignia that to me immediately looked as a ‘star of david dangling from a parachute.’ I don’t read Arabic, but it seems that those that posted the image are claiming this to be irrefutable proof that the Libyan government are using Israeli munitions on its people. Andy Carvin took it amongst himself to prove this wrong using his journalism degree by just reposting the link on his Twitter account. LOL. This is is journalism in the age of social media, putting up your twitter account and reposting links. You can read the timeline of how Andy Carvin unearthed the fact that the shell is “most likely British made” and the graphic is probably an iconography describing the purpose of the shell. The icon of what seems like the star of David depicts indicates that it’s a flare.

Mortar Shell in Libya

Mortar Shell in Libya

If you look closely at the image in question, you can deduce the function of the shell from the label and icons on the shell. It reads “81 mm M ILLUM PARA L 20A L2Y.” The shell even includes the lot number. Anyone with common sense can know that this image doesn’t necessary mean that Israeli is backing or has backed the Libyan government.

Even thought this seems like common sense, it’s apparently not common sense for journalists like Andy Carvin who is taking credit of his ‘findings’ and social media mad hatter skills of Twitter, Google, and Facebook to ‘debunked sloppy reporting’. What is sad, is that he doesn’t dig deeper than these shallow findings. For one, from the ‘intelligence chatter’ that I am picking up, a great many of the rebel fighters think they are rebelling against their government because they have been told that it’s backed by Israel. The propaganda of this image in pro-Arab Facebook groups and Andy Carvin’s investigated journalism seems to confirm this. Someone is telling the rebel fighters that Israel is involved. The question is who is feeding this anti-Israel and anti-Ghaddafi propaganda to the rebels? Andy Carvin should also following up on why we are actively involved in Libya’s civil war but do very little to prevent the massacres taking place in the Ivory Coast.

Retweet December 2010

Here I am reblogging some retweets for the past month that broken down by subject matter. Some of these tweets also cover events that occurred in December 2010. If you like to follow along, befriend xwoop and lolprez and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Got Gov?

  • Bailouts, tax cuts, and deficits.
  • You don’t need a wikileak to know that the coordinated attack on wikileaks is by a covert government agency.
  • Do you think there is an office pool in some CIA break room to see when Julian Assagne will be neutralized?
  • The US has a policy to not negotiate with terrorists, but it is also known to fund and train them.
  • Since US forces can’t find Osama in Afghanistan, the TSA is searching in American travelers’ underpants.
  • We are enslaved in the name of freedom.
  • It’s not a free country, it’s a credit country.
  • Lady Liberty is a crack whore for oil.
  • I don’t want something that needs to be approved by a regulatory body in my body.
  • Constitutional monarchies are largely ceremonial, so is the constitution.
  • Some people in the current administration want to replace freedom with feardom.
  • for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FEARDOM!

Politricks

  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Read The Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act of 2010.
  • Whenever someone says that they are backed by “irrefutable facts” they are making it up.
  • Whenever someone says that they have the smoking gun, ask for the smoking gunman.
  • There is a three party system in American, the Republicans, the Democrats, and Annonymous.
  • No one respects your political views, not even those you vote for.
  • One dollar, one vote.
  • We the sheeple.
  • Once elected, they ain’t effective.
  • Hope don’t float.
  • If they outright lie while campaigning what don’t you think they lie about once elected?

Econemy

  • Designed by Apple in California. Manufactured by Foxxcon in China.
  • More money more bills.
  • Some kids play baseball, other kids make the baseballs for $2/day.
  • Saying a corporation is too big to fail is like saying you are too big to eat.
  • The capitalism trumps innovation.
  • Martin Luther King JR’s estate charges academic authors $50 for each sentence of the “I Have a Dream” speech that they reprint.
  • “Sensory trademarks” include a duck quacking (AFLAC), a lion roaring (MGM), yodelling (Yahoo!), giggling (Pillsbury).
  • 91 pending trademarks bear Donald Trump’s name, including “Donald J. Trump the Fragrance” and “Trump’s Golden Lager.”
  • Micro lenders only leads to micro loan sharks.

Propagandon’t

  • NPR: National Propaganda Radio @NPR
  • Nationalism needs an enemy.
  • If you are listening to this you are the resistance.
  • Noticed that http://OFA.BO/ resolves to @BarackObama’s campaign website. BO is the TLD for Bolivia. What happened, Barack.ly wasn’t free?
  • Are news networks embedded in the military or the military embedded in the news network?
  • Censorship is only bad when it’s done by another country, it’s good for the homeland when it’s done by your country.
  • Suspicious Activities Report is the new world order witch hunt.
  • There is a lot of chedder in the intel for terror arrests in xmas by interstate corporate sponsored eggtremists.
  • Notice how ‘terror arrests’ sounds a lot like ‘terrorists.’
  • What ever happened to all that talk about Global Warming? It’s so cold that all of NY and parts of hell have frozen over.
  • There are conspiracy theorists, and there are conspiracy engineers.

Question

  • Is the Internet half empty or half full?
  • Inception is a movie about implanting an idea someone’s mind through their dreams, what idea was implanted while watching the movie?
  • Is good the enemy of great?
  • If the Swiss army knife has all those blades, how does the Swiss army thank look like?
  • Whatever happened to Brownie the brown nose reindeer?
  • Which is better, a Star Wars or Lord of the Ring movie marathon?
  • What is your soundtrack to 2010?
  • When everyone thinks differently at the same time, is it really that different?
  • If you could invent a new holiday what would it be?
  • Which is worst a flake or a fake?
  • Why so serious?
  • What is your favorite Christmas movie?
  • Can you fake authenticity?
  • Is it racist to have a white sale on black Friday?

Randumb

  • The world is the world’s greatest theme park, go out for a ride.
  • It’s been raining for a week now that everything is soaking wet. I think I need to go to work in a wet suit.
  • There is a reason why the term committed is both used to describe a long term relationship and your state in a insane asylum.
  • People will always have an opinion even when they don’t have a thought.
  • Life is not like a box of chocolate, it’s more like a can of worms.
  • Natural endorphin is a natural gateway drug.
  • My experience and background is broad and multi-trans-dimensional.
  • I’m the CEO of my blog.
  • People make me laugh. people + lol = peoplol.
  • Shift happens.
  • I have a mind altering migraine in the membrane.
  • Embarrass always ends with an ASS.
  • Let a thousand tweets retweet.
  • They see me tweetin, they hatin.
  • The future was here.
  • Three Little Words: I don’t care!
  • Let my people dance!
  • Novelty is not long lasting.
  • Having an out of body OMG moment.
  • I CAN HAZ ZZZZZzzzzz….
  • Space is so random.
  • I love how my hair is styled when I wake up.
  • Sex is the new love.
  • Love is not the cure, it is the disease.
  • There is no ease in dying from a disease.
  • Effort > Excuses
  • Happily ever now!
  • Happily ever after is a lie.
  • Love is straight.

Overheard

  • OH: A little hazard pay never hurt anybody.
  • OH: my fingers are getting in the way of my typing.
  • OH: That’s a hype thing to do.
  • OH: xmas wrapping paper is so expensive, that is your xmas present.
  • OH: You are so messy you are a mess.
  • OH: All I did was open it and it turned on by itself.

Ideatron

  • Million Dollar Idea: Fortune cookies with ads and coupons instead of pseudo eastern philosophy.
  • Million Dollar Idea: ads on the side of metal detectors, such as stores, airports, etc.
  • Million dollar idea: caffeinated stem cells’ juice.
  • Million dollar idea of the day: BBQ tofu!
  • Million Dollar Idea: Bacon Juice
  • I can’t wait until e-ink can be used in clothes. Can you imagine your t-shirt design changing based on emotional state?
  • I’mma paint the curve in front my house red. I don’t know why my neighbors always parking their jalopy in front my house.

In Da Future

  • In the future, cartoons will deemed pornographic because cartoon character don’t have pants and are often naked.
  • In the future, the FBI will tap your Facebook wall, Foursquare check-ins, Twitter status updates, and Yelp reviews without a search warrant.
  • In the future, a realist will be called a cynic.
  • In the future, all electronic devices will have a secret root user and root kit pre-installed.

Self Serving Censorship in the Media

Two things happened this week that speaks volumes of the double standards and double talk of the press and how they function to spread FUD in the populace as an instrument of the Ministry of Misinformation. The first revelation was the firing of Juan Williams by NPR. Juan Williams was a long time correspondent and news analyst a the NPR was fired after he appeared on the Fox News television show The O’Reilly Factor when he spoke about his views about Muslims who wear middle eastern clothing. In particular the soundbite used by all news outlets is the following, “I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried.” He said a lot more than just that, this one quote was pulled out from larger discussion about how America is not at war with Islam or Muslims, but neither side listens to the context, just the out of context blurb about some garb. The firing of Juan Williams comes less than a month after Shirley Sherrod from the USDA by the administration when a video of her came out that took a speech where she admitted that at one point she had racist attitudes towards a white farmer. Shirley was speaking to an all black audience about something that happened years prior, and she was the whole context of her speech was about how she herself overcame those racist tendencies against. The political correctness police is just as bad as the secret police in making examples of those that honestly speak their mind.

The other event that shed light into the incompetence of the news media is the wikileaks release nearly 400,000 documents. Let me be clear and first state that by no mean would I ever want any service men or women to be harmed by the release of these documents. That being said, they are fighting in Iraq for transparency and democracy and to keep the American people in the dark of what is happening in Iraq is a disservice to those serving there. If this was 1970 and these document were housed in some closet in the Watergate hotel and if Julian Assange worked for the The Washington Post he might have won the Pulitzer Price for uncovering the truth in Iraq. Even with journalists embedded with the military, the news media is blind or turning the other way to keep the American population misinformed