Global Research, July 28, 2011
This past weekend, news outlets across the world have turned their lenses to focus on the horrific events that took place in Norway on Friday, July 22. The picture that emerges is of a lone gunman opening fire at a children's camp (latest figures indicate anywhere between 76 and 93 deaths), following a bomb explosion that claimed at least 8 lives in the nation's capital of Oslo earlier that day.
Already we see mainstream media indiscriminately putting its spin of choice on this tragic event and, not surprising, buzzwords being tossed around casually without regard for truth or fact include everything from "Muslim terrorists" to the omnipresent propagandistic "war on terror".
In his article on "News Without Facts", Edward Teller lists several specific examples:
And the war on truth doesn't stop with mainstream media; it goes right to the top echelons of America's government. As Finian Cunningham wrote for Global Research this past weekend:
Such neglectful and downright manipulative reporting of a devastating event will undoubtedly be used in future to justify further US/NATO aggression against perceived "threats", long after the truth may be revealed and rumours exposed as false speculations.
But independent media like Global Research is also waging war; it is fighting to cut through the falsehoods and bring the truth to the public. We may not be able to fully stop corporate media from capitalizing on tragedies like what took place in Norway, or block the stream of disinformation spewing forth. But what independent media CAN do is deliver the truth, unclouded by corporate interests, and driven by the need to bring about real understanding. The goals are lofty but the need is paramount.