This writer is not one of those who believes in conspiracy theories, anything but in fact, however what award winning journalist Amber Lyon is accusing CNN International of frankly doesn’t surprise me.
I’ve often defended over the years having worked in a newsroom that, for the most part editorial and news content as offered by the news media is straight forward with little bias.
However all that has changed over the years what with the advent of cable news channels which often become mass talking heads for one political side or the other such as MSNBC and Fox News.
CNN seemed to contain some balance in its news reporting and choice of covering topics and news but even that has changed over the past several years.
The other alphabet news leaders, CBS, ABC and NBC long before cable news came along were often called out for presenting in favor of one side over the other in regards to politics, not hard to believe as fact when many news anchors and reporters during those days, Dan Rather for example, would hob nob with the more liberal residents of the White House at invite only parties which of course the anchors and reporters always said does not influence their presentation of news and reporting.
But using the media hit a new high, or low depending on POV during the President George W. Bush administration when the media got swept up in the “weapons of mass destruction” reporting after 9/11 and as an excuse to invade Iraq which we as Americans followed along as blind-folded sheep because we believed, and in hind-sight now see it for what it was, propaganda which had been fed to us by the media and the administration to justify a war.
After all they wouldn’t lie to us.
So it is according to Lyon we, the sheep, are again being fed a line of propaganda this time in the case of Iran.
It behooves all to get their news from more than one source, to do some thinking about what you read and watch and attempt to filter all coverage to get to the truth.
No, perhaps Iran is no angel in the Middle East, but will we yet again become blind-folded sheep and be willing sideline participants as little by little this government (and Israel too) make the case for preemptive strikes against Iran which will become far more costly than the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
When our government can’t call an attack what it was, a terrorist attack, for days after the fact in Benghazi in which four Americans were killed, can we trust, just like the Bush administration, the current administration to be honest, the news media to present news without a biased angle and not lead the sheep with propaganda rather than truthful news without selective censorship.
Throw into the mix Lyon’s accusation of news media profit by government dictating what should be shown or not, we are traveling down a road to a slippery slope which ends with a perilous look into the abyss of another World War.
One in which there will be no winners with only scraps left behind for the survivors and a world which will plunged into economic chaos as not seen before.
Conspiracy theory, only if you believe in such things.
I’d prefer to call this a look at the reality of what happened before and could happen again.