PRO-WAR PROPAGANDA IN MEDIA: How far would the establishment go to sway public opinion in favor of war?
21st Century Wire says…
The BBC’s Panorama boasts itself as, “The world’s longest running investigative reporting TV show”, which would normally mean something, but not a whole lot considering what it tried to pass-off as real journalism on August 29, 2013…
As the drums of war were beating their loudest that fateful Thursday, the BBC’s flagship ‘investigative’ programme Panorama, aired a special report filed as Syria crisis: Incendiary bomb victims ‘like the walking dead’ – purporting to show the alleged aftermath – of an alleged “napalm” bomb attack – on an alleged school(a villa?) somewhere near Aleppo, Syria, where the alleged victims were dramatically rushed to an alleged ‘special hospital’(a villa?).
The number of apparent inconsistencies, anomalies, inserted audio, scripted acting and other outright fabricated aspects contained within this Panorama ‘documentary’ are quite astonishing – quite simply too long to list here, so it’s best that viewers take a look – and judge for themselves. A number of prominent voices, including the former British Ambassador Craig Murray, have branded this Panorama production as “fake”. Expect the criticism and condemnations to mount, as the public slowly begin to get their heads around this level of lying their way to war by powerful mainstream media organs like the BBC.
George Galloway, UK Member of Parliament adds, “Well, the Bush and Blair Corporation (BBC), as it became in the run-up to the Iraq war, has almost entirely lost its reputation for journalistic integrity. A full inquiry must be launched into why the BBC used a piece of material which was not just wrong but was falsified, and falsified with the purpose of propelling our country into war. That’s not what the British public pays its BBC licence fee for, so that it can be tricked into a war.”
Note especially the scene in the upstairs room full of young male “zombie chemical weapons victims” (image, above) and note the signal which was given after which all of the actors sprung into action. It’s quite possibly the worst piece of staged propaganda ever broadcast since CNN’s fake blue screen bombing raids in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War.
Watch the original, incredibly poorly staged, made-for-tv dramatic production which still sits on the BBC’s website here.
Watch the full version here (go to 34:34 mark to see dramatic ‘zombie victim scene’):
Reporter Daniel Bushell describes the Panorama debacle as nothing less than “stunning fakery”.
Watch his detailed report here:
This latest war propaganda stunt echoes another Panorama creation, Death in the Med, where the BBC programme spun the story of the ill-fated Gaza Flotilla aid mission where Israeli forces attacked a peaceful mission to Palestine and killed passengers on board. Critics cite Panorama’s willful ignorance and pro-Israel spin, with producers failing to take into full account the eyewitness testimonies of survivors on board the aid mission, instead opting to tell a skewed version of events by clouding Israeli injustices against innocent passengers who were murdered by invading IDF forces in international waters.
Tony Rooke bravely took the BBC to task over their reporting of the collapse of WTC Building 7 on Sept 11, 2001 - 20 minutes in advance of the actual collapse. A Horsham court found in favour of Rooke regarding his position that he would not pay his TV license to an organization which had prior knowledge of a terrorist event. See Rooke’s full story here:
Here is the BBC report Rooke is referring to. Notice WTC Building 7 behind the BBC correspondent in the upper right hand corner of the screen:
The very sensitive timing of this staged Panorama piece was most certainly designed to sway public opinion in favour of British military intervention in Syria. Luckily for the public (and the world at large), Parliament saw sense on the day of the vote, and the war was off. But considering the current development in UK government, with MPs are now pushing for legislation to decriminalise BBC licence fee evasion, there’s no more appropriate time than now to also raise the question: what should happen to the BBC if the broadcaster is caught knowingly deceiving the public – in full breach of its public charter, as appears to be the case with this pro-war production shot in Syria, thrust upon the entire British public at such a pivotal moment?
It’s no surprise that the BBC is still in full denial mode over this embarrassing Panorama ‘Chemical Weapons’ doc – despite the surge of public complaints (like this one) and criticisms it has received over it. A number of online journals have criticized this, as well as other examples of the BBC’s stunning flexibility when it comes to reporting the truth in matters of war, especially in relation to any NATO international conflicts. Some of those detailed reports can be seen here, here and also here.
Few are surprised by this wall of silence, especially after the BBC has yet to come clean regarding its reasons for covering up knowledge of its own serial pedophile employee, Sir Jimmy Savile, and why it chose to posthumously celebrate his life in a Christmas special – even after knowing full well the nature of the monster they had nurtured. The answer to both question may be the same – the BBC has no genuine oversight and appears to be in charge of monitoring its own conduct and standards – in a word, it is unaccountable.
Read the BBC reply to one complaint here – their attempt at answering the allegations regarding their unreal Panorama ‘Napalm/Chemical Weapon’ piece, saying ‘oh, it’s perfectly normal’ and proceeds to cynically try and blind the public with broadcasting science and ‘the art of editing’ (see BBC reply to complaint via link above).
When it comes to the issue of war, why does the BBC have such difficulty acting as an honest broker of the truth?
How can the BBC rightly retain its lofty mantle after deceiving the license paying public on such a grand and destructive scale?
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From Savile to Syria: BBC in Breach of Charter Again with Staged Panorama ‘Chemical Doc’
March 24, 2014 By 16 Comments