|by Shenali Waduge||on 12 May 2013|
Presstitute is a term coined by Gerald Celente (Press + Prostitute) and has been defined by the Urban Dictionary as “a member of the media who will alter their story and reporting based on financial interests or other ties with usually partisan individuals or groups”. An alternate definition is one who “screws” the general public by intentionally submitting false or misleading information to the Press. Yet another definition is “an individual reporter or news broadcaster, or a media news group, who reports to be unbiased, but is in fact tailoring their news to suit someone’s goal (usually corporations or big business political affiliates)”.
What is implied is that such journalists or writers are neglecting their fundamental duty to report impartially. Is this the media freedom they are demanding?
We need not repeat how powerful media is – he that controls media can use it for political advantage, money and power. When we know that politicians lie, is it difficult to fathom that media lies as well? If politicians lie because of two factors – money and power, the same syndrome affects media as well.
You are far better informed if you do the research on your own – the internet is a good tool; a bit of time spent is worthwhile
There is no such thing as an “independent press” – not many on a payroll would dare to go against corporate policy. People are actually paid to keep honest opinion to themselves. Very few would dare challenge the status quo because there are plenty of others to take over. Purchasing reporters is nothing new and has been happening for decades. Even the CIA has acknowledged that it has thousands of journalists on its payroll, including foreign reporters.
When Governments like US, UK, and other Western nations make allegations and accusations about human rights, freedoms, war crimes, etc, no western media cares to cover the atrocities committed by these very nations following military interventions, illegal weapons and bombs used, how infrastructure is purposely targeted, and babies are born deformed or disabled. US media supports US interventions because media is owned by companies who gain from defense contracts. So wherever there’s a war – they enter to make theprofits. These links are never disclosed by media or reporters. Where is the unbiased reporting?
It is no different in Sri Lanka. How often have LTTE NOT been accused as “terrorists” by our own people, who prefer instead to say “allegedly committed by LTTE”. Many have been paid to ensure they do not refer to LTTE as terrorists and now other fundamentalists in Sri Lanka funded by petrodollars are busy denigrating the majority populace in Sri Lanka. If purchasing of reporters takes place in countries where they boast of media freedom like the US, can we not say that it takes place in Sri Lanka and that there are plenty of such presstitutes?
Governments in Sri Lanka have always had only the State media at its disposal, but the number of opposition channels and mediums far outnumber the handful available with the Government. Naturally these mediums end up creating a very bleak scenario based on what their owners pay them to do.
The Government may have banned a few websites, but the fact that a handful of people openly ridicule the country, openly align with terrorists and have spoken at foreign and local stages in support of LTTE with no consequences to themselves shows there is far more freedom for media in Sri Lanka than in the US. Imagine if the same bandwagon of local personages would ever be allowed to do the same in the US and destabilize America as they attempt to do in Sri Lanka! Would US ever allow its citizens to go and talk on Al Qaeda stages, or write malicious articles one after the other against the President of the US or send emails round the world making stories about the First Family?
When the head of CNN says there was ‘almost a patriotism police’ after 9/11 and when the network showed [things critical of the administration’s policies] it would get phone calls from advertisers and the administration and big people in corporations were calling up and saying, ‘You’re being anti-American here.’
You can be sure that intelligence keeps a close tab on everything and everyone in the interest of the nation as whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says the Government has ordered the media NOT to cover 9/11, while Sibel Edmonds says “there will be phone calls going out to the media saying “don’t even think of touching it, you will be prosecuted for violating national security”. So if America can do so, why can’t other countries?
This is where other “journalists” may like to do some self-evaluation.
Lies of Foreign Media
There are plenty of lies of Mainstream Foreign Media; the West is guilty because it controls the world’s media and ensures the world listens and watches what it desires. The foreign mainstream media can target countries as enemies, show the world they are developing nuclear arsenals, claim terrorists are going to attack, create false flag events – there is just about nothing they cannot do and they are enough people who are paid and willing to be part of the lies and bias. Examples of lies using manipulated pictures and scenes creating scenarios with their own crew members “acting” to show a situation of danger abound. Their imagination for creating lies knows no bounds.
An example of how America lies can be seen in the story titled “She was fighting to the death” by Susan Schmidt and Vernon Loeb, Washington Post, April 2003. This was a story about Jessica Lynch, alleged to have been shot by Iraqi forces after an ambush; initial reports said she was stabbed to death. But Jessica in fact had no gunshot or knife wounds – so why did they lie?
Then there is Amber Lyon, a former Emmy Winning CNN journalist. Her revelation was shocking to say the least. “CNN is paid by the US government for reporting on some events, and not reporting on others. Obama Administration pays for CNN content” (Oct 2012). Now that is news? How come it got little publicity and none at all in Sri Lanka? Amber Lyon was ordered to report fake stories, delete unfriendly stories adverse to the Obama administration. CNN and CNN International are paid by foreign and domestic Government agencies for specific content.
In March 2011, a four-person CNN team left for Bahrain to cover the Arab Spring and interviewed dozens of people tortured by Government forces, whose families disappeared, activists imprisoned; it video-graphed government forces shooting at unarmed demonstrators. Bahrain has a US-backed regime. So CNN International never broadcast the documentary because the Bahrain Government had paid them not to. That’s democracy for you. Today six media companies control 90% of America’s media
CIA’s Operation Mockingbird enlists journalists to work as agents and was exposed in a book “The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence” by two ex-CIA agents. The US Senate launched an investigation by the Church Committee, “The United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities” but the Commission was stopped and report buried. Now that’s democracy!
The CIA admitted having reporters on the payroll in 1982. There are said to be thousands of American and foreign journalists on CIA payroll – gathering intelligence, serving as go-betweens; editors and reporters shared notes with CIA; some were even awarded awards as distinguished reporters and other such accolades. Foreign correspondents play a significant role as they are given VIP treatment by host nations and have the perfect opportunity to develop ties amongst politicians, government officials, military etc which develop into “personal” relationships with the other side divulging too much information for the sake of friendship. Often locals end up becoming “foreign agents” and we can easily count those in Sri Lanka. The NGO nexus works in the same fashion as do the new Evangelical movements.
Where is the credibility? How many of Sri Lanka’s English newspapers function in the interests of the country and how many editors and journalists may be on an alternate payroll is a question that needs to be answered given the coverage they give to cause disharmony in the nation.
The extent to which the American public is brainwashed is clear from the way the majority continue to think Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, that the 9/11 attackers were from Afghanistan, and that the whole world was against the US – they would not believe that the jihadists were created by the US, that Osama and Saddam were on US payroll and most Third World secessionist movements are led by the US! The truth is out there but they listen to CNN
Many of America’s media are members of the Council of Foreign Relations which includes politicians, district judges, Supreme Court judges, etc. CFR has a three-tier system comprising the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission and the CFR. They decide who will be leaders, politicians and what the news is (what we need to know). Politicians are mere functionaries and they soon get bumped off – does Patrice Lumumba ring a bell?
Ten per cent of the staff in the Trilateral Commission comprises Obama’s staff. The Council of Foreign Relations’ Brzezinski is President Obama’s top foreign policy advisor, while the Rockefellers fund Obama’s political and election campaigns. CFR’s Henry Kissinger gave Obama his first job after leaving college. The gist is that multinationals and secret societies combined with media on their payroll – the truth never emerges.
The ugly relationship between Governments, multinationals and media is seen by the manner in which laws are created or repealed, where culprits never make the news, where the crooks are shown as martyrs and philanthropists and not much good news makes the news because the plan is to always show a country at the brink of collapse.
Not surprisingly people we think as epitomes of justice are not immune either – there are enough of scandals inside the Judiciary of any nation that discounts their efforts to appear lily white.
There are people aware of the truth, but they are silenced by others labeling them racist, extremist, fascist, hate mongers etc. We have to find the way to shut down the ‘powers’ that control these people. People need to spread the truth and not depend on the media that gives the wrong picture/story. Courage is all that is needed.
Some fundamentals need to be understood: No President should fear public scrutiny for in questioning the regime’s actions people draw a better understanding and with that comes support or opposition. All Presidents must be aware that many did not vote for them, so they cannot expect the entire country to approve everything they do. They must respect this and explain why they take the decisions they do without taking decisions irrespective of what the people think.
The people of Sri Lanka must spend more time researching the news for themselves and drawing their own conclusions because what the media says is certainly not what happens in reality.