Monday, December 12, 2016

Reuters: “Fake News” Poster Child

Reuters, AFP, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post and their individual CIA/ISIS Obama terrorist shills will all wind up in the dock at The Hague, individually an collectively  

By Phil Butler

In a moment of ironic clarity, Reuters reminds us what the Syrian city of Aleppo looked like before the country was torn asunder by civil war. With literary imagery exuding from every pour of the news service’s pages, ravaged Aleppo is framed as a place where centuries old minarets tower over a vast historic landscape. 

If a Reuters reader did not know better, he or she might even think author Dominic Evens and editor Larry King sit weeping real tears over an obliterated city. 

But Reuters effigies for the hell unhinged in Syria are a day late and a dollar short.

Now that Aleppo is being delivered from the so-called “moderate rebels”, it seems appropriate to catalogue just how tilted mainstream news has become over the last years. 

Here’s a window into how Reuters has gone from actual reporting, to parroting the US State Department line, and to all or nothing new fascist fantasies. Aleppo to Langley in Virginia, Moscow to Manhattan Thompson Reuters has become the “fake news” poster child.

Back in August of 2012 a brave photo journalists named Goran Tomasevic reported from his time embedded with the rebels in Aleppo. His unbiased photo log shows us a side of Reuters and mainstream coverage that disappeared afterwards. “18 Days with the Syrian rebels” shows up close the horrors and inconsistencies of war. This was long before the reality of US involvement in the civil war against Assad was revealed.

In brief, in September of 2013 something changed radically. Just as American President Barack Obama weighed options for possibly invading Syria over still more Weapons of Mass Destruction the country’s legitimate president supposedly deployed against his own people, news coverage in Syria was far more objective than today. Then something strange happened. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times pleading with the American people directly, in order to resolve a potentially disastrous situation diplomatically. After this point things in the media got very strange indeed. Just afterwards, Reuters was allegedly hacked by a group called the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), that supposedly posted “fake news” on various news service blogs and social accounts. 

SEA is thought to actually be an Iranian group that uses its hacking prowess to simply post dissenting or divergent stories on what they perceive are untruthful outlets. The larger point here is that America’s and the coalition’s roles in Syria became not only more evident, but finally desperate.

When teenage photographer, Molhem Barakat was killed in Syria we first began seeing imagery of the White Helmets organization. The Telegraph photo essay about him reveals the heroic overtones Barakat captured for Reuters in 2013. 

The Washington Post and dozens of other mainstream outlets would later use his touching and often extraordinary photographs to convey the plight of the rebels. From late 2013 through the middle of 2014 Reuters photographs and news stories ran hard with the White Helmets civil defense workers as saviors of Aleppo. 

Reuters was even accused at a point, of being complicit in “staged” photographs to depict the Syrian rebels in a positive light. Then when downstream media picked up Reuters photo packaging, the significance of “false reporting” took on new import, as CNN, Business Insider, BuzzFeed, Yahoo News and others disseminated the softer side of the rebels.

Throughout 2014 Reuters news reflected continually an anti-Assad bias. This report on ISIL oil revenues only tells readers part of the story of blackmarket oil, as we later found out when the Russian air forces began obliterating oil tankers crossing the Turkish borders in mass. Reuters makes ISIL’s oil operations sound miniscule, and there is no mention of Israel as a final destination either. 

Increasingly, Reuters reported the coalition line where American led bombardment of ISIL was concerned. As I said previously, it was not until Putin’s defense ministry televised killing ISIL on Youtube, that westerners got a whiff of what was really going on in eastern Syria and Northern Iraq. Also in 2014, Reuters reports filled western media with false notions like Qatar’s altruistic reasons for weighing in with the US on Syria. As we later learned though WikiLeaks, Qatar was funding and arming ISIL all along.

Then in 2015 the media misinformation circus took another turn. In this story from 2015 Reuters fills the public in on the Pentagon actually paying “moderates” in Syria, but the story stops short of being credible for its straight “reflecting” of Washington’s dogma and tone. Readers learning the Obama administration was paying $400 a month to jihadists was tempered in the conclusion the rebels had to sign a document promising to be humane. The story reads like a 6 year old’s logic of Lego put into play as news. Then in September 2015 the heat was turned up.

Obama State Department propagandist Kirby demoted for piss-poor lying skills

When Vladimir Putin sent in his air forces to deal with ISIL the US led coalition was caught on the ground. A year and hundreds of millions of dollars later, Coalition air strikes that hit nothing were revealed when the Russians destroyed convoys of ISIL oil tankers on TV. Interestingly, or I should say “amazingly”, not even Wikipedia’s account of Putin’s air war sheds light on this “televised” aspect of the Syria air war. Once Russia’s air forces began turning the tide in Assad’s favor, Reuters and the downstream media parroted the “war crimes” outcry. With mud on the faces of every media outlet from London to LA, the only strategy left must have been “all or nothing”.

Finally, news this morning from Reuters tells us of an “unnamed” U.S. official familiar with an alleged finding by the CIA, that Russia assisted Donald Trump in beating Hillary Clinton to the presidency. These super-spooks the western media is now citing were supposedly “clued” that Russia was involved because the preponderance of WikiLeaks discoveries were Clinton, DNC or Podesta focused.

Using the same sort of super sleuth dogma we’ve seen from Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator John McCain, and various agents of Obama’s administration, Reuters points to anyone with a dissenting opinion as “extremist”. If I did not know better, I’d be convinced we’re all back in the schoolyard being pointed at by the class bully. Instead of condemning Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party for election rigging and abuses of power in office, Reuters chooses to report CIA spooks too cowardly to show their faces or their evidence? Now that is extreme.

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ROLLING BACK THE EMPIRE: Brennan's Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat In Aleppo

President Trump will hopefully clean house on the CIA, with Obama, Brennan, Kerry and McCain winding up in the dock at The Hague War Crimes Tribunal  

By Mike Whitney

Syrian Army helicopters dropped leaflets on parts of eastern Aleppo on Sunday warning anti-government fighters to surrender while they still had the chance. 

Hundreds of jihadists have already laid down their weapons and surrendered while a hardline corps of deadenders continue to fend off the rapidly advancing army.

The situation is looking increasingly hopeless for the ragtag group of insurgents that have lost more than half the territory they held in just the last week. Every attempt they’ve made to break through Syrian Army lines has been repelled leaving them to defend a few shrinking districts where they will either surrender or die.

On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov delivered an ultimatum to the remaining militants that clarified the position of the Syrian government and its allies. he said:

“Those groups which refuse to leave eastern Aleppo will be treated as terrorists. By refusing to walk out from eastern Aleppo they will in fact go ahead with armed struggle. We will treat them accordingly, as terrorists and extremists, and support the Syrian army in its operation against such armed gangs.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry has made every effort to stop the fighting to protect US-backed jihadists that are trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

Unfortunately, a proposal that was accepted by both Kerry and Lavrov concerning the withdrawal of fighters in Aleppo, was rejected by higher-ups in the Obama Administration ending the prospects for a negotiated settlement. Lavrov expressed his frustration in comments to the media where he said:

“They have withdrawn their document and have a new one. Our initial impression is that this new document backtracks, and is an attempt to buy time for the militants, allow them to catch their breath and resupply. The same thing happened with our agreement of September 9. It’s difficult to understand who makes decisions there, but apparently there are plenty of those who want to undermine the authority and practical steps by John Kerry.”

According to Reuters, “the Syrian Foreign Ministry said it would now accept no truce in Aleppo, should any outside parties try to negotiate one.” Meanwhile, “Russia and China vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution on Monday calling for a week-long ceasefire.”

Simply put, this is the end of the line for the US-backed terrorists that have laid to waste much of the battered country and killed more than 400,000 people. And while Aleppo may not be the decisive turning point in the ongoing conflict, it does put all of the main population centers and industrial hubs back under regime control.

More important, the recapturing of Aleppo is a major setback for Washington and its jihadist-breeding allies. (US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar) US plans for redrawing the map of the Middle East to meet its economic and geopolitical objectives has been defeated by a courageous and determined coalition (Syria, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah) that has methodically routed or exterminated the foreign-backed opposition and reestablished both state security and the sovereign authority of the elected government to control its own affairs.

It's over for Brennan, Obama, Kerry, McCain and their CIA/FSA/ISIS terrorists

On Tuesday morning, AMN News reported that the Syrian Army had captured 85 percent of East Aleppo. Dozens of insurgents have been killed in sporadic fighting while hundreds more have surrendered. It appears that the battle of Aleppo is about to end and the Syrian Army is on the “verge of total victory.”

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