Angry Arab, opposed to both the Salafist-and-U.S.-backed rebels and the sleazy Syrian government, is essential reading these days, if and only if you want a balanced approach to the dangerously sectarian Syrian rebellion and the government’s ferocious reaction. CNN and Al Jazeera, on the other hand, are I think definitely non-essential watching, unless you just like being bamboozled:
Saturday, March 03, 2012
This is rather explosive. You know how low Aljazeera has sunk when Syrian regime TV stations have a field day with the shoddy journalism and fabrication procedures of Aljazeera. It seems that people inside Aljazeera have leaked raw footage and pre-air reports to someone in Syrian regime TV. … The network is has been so bad that the law of diminishing returns apply here: the network has gone too far in its propaganda work that I can’t see any effectiveness in what they do. I mean, when they declare Friday after Friday that demonstrations “have finally reached” Aleppo and Damascus, and then repeat [the same thing] the following Friday, you know what you are dealing with. There have been too many lies and no attempts are even feigning professionalism anymore. … The footage that are being shown show staging of events of calling a civilian an “officer” in the Syrian army, of faking injuries and feeding statements to people before airtime, etc. Aljazeera seems to be writing its own professional obituary.
Regarding CNN’s coverage of Homs, the raw footage in the following video of ‘Danny the Syrian’ before and during a CNN broadcast with Anderson Cooper is hilarious, actually, but not as funny is the horribly bloody civil war being forced on Syria by external powers and their media:
(Have tried pretty hard by haven’t found the place that explains how to embed youtube videos here. Not that it’s a big deal. You know how to click on stuff.)
More from Angry Arab (the first paragraph I believe is referring to the video above):
It seems that Syrian regime had agents among the rebels; or it seems that the Syrian regime obtained a trove of video footage from Baba Amru. They have been airing them non-stop. They are quite damning. They show the correspondent or witness (for CNN or from Aljazeera) before he is on the air: and the demeanor is drastically different from the demeanor on the air and they even show contrived sounds of explosions timed for broadcast time. …
PS This is really scandalous. It shows the footage prior to Aljazeera reports: they show fake bandages applied on a child and then a person is ordered to carry a camera in his hand to make it look like a mobile footage. It shows a child being fed what to say on Aljazeera.
Lots more over there. Check it out. Okay, just one more, regarding the pathetically submissive (to the all-dominating media narrative) reaction by the left to Syria (link in the original):
The Left on Syria
Let me say this: OK, she is right. It is easy to argue that the Syrian regime is not Left and should not be supported by anyone on the Left. But she conveniently left out the other side of the equation: that the Syrian National Council is NOT Left either, and should not be supported by anyone on the Left.
PS For the life of me, I don’t understand (given what we know now), why anyone on the Left would be reluctant to criticize the Syrian National Council or any vehicle of the Ikhwan [the Muslim Brotherhood] in Syria.
I completely agree. And, of course, this is the same position the left should’ve taken on Libya, and mostly did take back in 2002-2003 on Bush’s Iraq invasion. Obviously no one ‘supported’ Saddam Hussein, but we on the left in unison opposed the U.S. invasion. What happened to that common sense? Faked CNN videos? Different President?