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Democracy Now Described as ‘Criminal Cheerleaders’ for Bloodshed in Syria

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[ Ed. note – Once there was a time when Democracy Now! was considered the go-to program for reliable alternative news, views, and information. Sadly, this doesn’t seem to be the case any more. That, at any rate, is the take you are likely come away with after reading the very informative article below by Vanessa Beeley.

Specifically, Beeley focuses on a recent Democracy Now! segment hosted by Nermeen Shaikh during which two guests she interviewed promoted the US propaganda line about Russia and the Syrian “regime” bombing hospitals. Toxic remarks of this nature drag on for some 20 minutes as Shaikh fails to challenge their assertions or to ask for evidence. You might think her failure in this regard is a lone, chance aberration in what otherwise has been a steady and consistent streaming of “progressive” programming coming out of Democracy Now.

But alas, Beeley documents instances in which similar narratives have been promoted on the show in the past, including a segment that aired in October in which the program hailed the White Helmets as “rescue workers saving thousands of lives,” this while at the same time touting a Netflix documentary on the Western-funded group.

The documentary was released during the lead-up to the announcing of this year’s Nobel Prize winners, and a number of mainstream media outlets took pains to promote it. You can go here to access a Wall Street Journal report on the White Helmets that was posted on the same day the documentary was released by Netflix, and you can go here to view Democracy Now’s segment on it. Ironically, the latter program includes the documentary’s trailer, aired in its entirety, which takes up more than two minutes of the segment’s air time!

Odd, is it not, to find Democracy Now and the Wall Street Journal basically on the same page promoting a Western-backed organization that has been linked to terrorists operating in Syria? We seem to be swimming in a massive disinformation campaign that cuts across the entire spectrum of media, from mainstream to “alternative,” or what was once considered such and probably to a great many still is.

Perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of Beeley’s article is an email exchange with Democracy Now News Producer Laura Gottesdiener, who apparently gives more credence to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights than to journalists like Beeley, who have reported on the conflict from inside Syria.

Below is an excerpt from the article. ]

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By Vanessa Beeley | November 26, 2016

“A closer look at what Goodman’s “Democracy Now” is reporting on Syria shows that the purported critical broadcaster has become a purveyor of Western government propaganda. While the mainstream media’s propaganda function is obvious to the informed public, Goodman’s “Democracy Now” plays a more subtle role. Camouflaged with the trappings of critical, independent journalism, “Democracy Now” serves to sow powerful seeds of misinformation in a way that the “compromised” mainstream media cannot.” ~ Finian Cunningham 2012

“As the United Nations says nearly 1 million Syrians are living under siege and the last remaining hospitals in eastern Aleppo have been destroyed.” ~ Democracy Now! November 2016

Last night, Democracy Now! released a report that was breathtaking in the saturation of NATO aligned propaganda in this one segment out of their almost six year criminal, media campaign against Syria and the sovereign will of its people. In the first line alone, we have the ubiquitous and now hugely discredited description of the “last remaining hospitals in eastern Aleppo”.

The East Aleppo “last hospital” litany has become synonymous with corporate media lies. It’s duplicitous and misleading use is clearly demonstrated by this short video collection of the many mainstream media reports on the “last hospital” rendering these corporate media accounts questionable and far from credible.

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15 thoughts on “Democracy Now Described as ‘Criminal Cheerleaders’ for Bloodshed in Syria

  1. Lies are never discarded, even when exposed as lies. They are used again and again in Iraq, Libya and now Syria. I am now waiting to hear about those incubators from which babies are ripped and thrown on the floor, this time by the Syrian army, I mean the ‘regime.’ Please let me know when that comes up, I don’t want to miss it.

    • Ah, yes, the great “incubator” hoax in which the daughter of of a Kuwaiti emir claimed to have seen Iraqi soldiers disconnecting newborn babies from incubators, thereby providing justification for the Iraq war. So far as I’m aware, the only country in the world with a track record of deliberately bombing hospitals is Israel. Funny how that seems to get lost in all the anti-Russia propaganda being spewed out these days.

  2. as long as i can remember, democ now a deceiver like rest of npr except for car guys. sorta like chomsky. some good to slip by lies

    • When you think about it, 5-D, compromised alternative media have a greater capacity to deceive even than the mainstream. Most people distrust the mainstream media, but disseminating propaganda through the “alternative” media gives it an air of legitimacy that it otherwise wouldn’t have.

  3. What did I miss in your blog? You are questioning their facts but not listing the sources of your own facts. What’s the point?

    • The quote is from a right-wing media research center. Beeley supplies a link in her article. I do not know whether it is factual.

  4. CONFUSION IS THE ART OF JUSTIFICATION WHILE THE SUFFERING GOES ON AND ON, SIMPLY BECAUSE ESTABLISHED MORAL AUTHORITY IS NO LONGER EFFECTIVE . IT IS OVERWHELMED BY EXEPTIONALIST DICTATORIAL POWER’S ILLICIT SELF INTEREST, PROTECTED BY IMPLANTED HIDEN, FALSE, DISTRUCTIVE MEANS.
    WHILE (TRUE) SOLIDARITY BETWEEN REBUTTAL, REMEDIAL ELEMENTS, ARE TOO FRAGMENTED TO BE OF ANY MEANINGFUL EFFECT.

    • Confuse people enough and you can justify anything–I think you’ve hit on a major truth here. One which, unfortunately, the evil world powers also apparently have hit upon.

  5. With the recent humiliation of corp western media,is dawning on both neo liberals and neocons just how much they are Hated??,the doctrine of neo liberal-belief in ,”humanitarian war”,is now found to be bankrupt dishonest ,amoral and now rejected, to think you can bomb democracy into people and to impose the one size fits all development model with no account of history, culture,or custom..

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