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Opinion Editorials, January 2011
Weapons of Murdoch's Mass Deception:
Time to Turn to Alternative Media
By Paul J BallesRedress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, January 10, 2011
Today, increasing numbers of people have become fed up with lies,
omissions and cover-ups by both governments and the mainstream media.
Today, conglomerates have bought up most of those news sources; and the number of major news sources has been reduced to six! These six control all the news reported in America and much of what gets reported in the UK and Europe.
Rupert Murdoch, one of the world's biggest media moguls, owns outlets in Australia (the Mirror), England (News of the World, the Sun and The Times, BSkyB), Asia (Star TV) and the USA (20th Century Fox and Fox TV).
Murdoch's News Corp. holdings now include a lion's share of the newspaper industry in Australia, plus about one-third of British newspapers; and in the US he has film and TV interests, newspapers, book publishers, sports teams, and much more. In Asia he owns Star Television.
According to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, concerns about Murdoch's media control in the UK had ministers from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's party discussing ways to limit Murdoch.
Secretly recorded tapes revealed that ministers from Clegg's group criticized policy and vowed to block Rupert Murdoch's plans to expand his media empire.
Business Secretary Vince Cable, a key Clegg ally and member of the Liberal Democrat Party, was stripped of responsibility for media competition issues after he was recorded boasting to undercover reporters that he had declared war on Murdoch.
Thousands of smaller media without the resources to get reportage directly rely on the major conglomerates for their news. Thus, small newspapers in Canton, Ohio or Exeter, England or Bahrain depend on the major news outlets for what they report.
This means they choose which news is important, which news they don't want reported, what kind of slant should be taken and who – among their owners and corporate advertisers – might be offended or pleased by what they report.
The recently revealed story of New York Times reporter David Rohde is an apparently justifiable example of press censorship.
On 22 June 2009, when news came that Rohde had escaped from his Taliban captors, few knew he had even been kidnapped, because for the seven months he and two Afghan colleagues were in the Taliban's hands, the New York Times kept that information under wraps.
Kelly McBride, who teaches ethics to journalists, says she was "really astounded" by the media blackout. "It makes me wonder what else 40 international news organizations have agreed not to tell the public."
What does the reference to "alternative" media mean? It refers to newspapers, magazines, radio or television that cover news that doesn't get reported or is under-reported in the mainstream media.
A number of reliable alternative sites include news and commentary related to international issues as well as accurate and fair perspectives on the Middle East:
In addition to websites that can be visited for their alternative views,
a number of writers can be relied on to report accurately and provide
revealing commentary avoided by mainstream media. To view articles, simply
type their names into a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing.
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