ISIS — we all know, now, through the horrific carnage in Paris (and Lebanon).
But what the heck is Journalism of Exclusion?
Let’s talk about it.
Only recently, John McCain praised ISIS, and took pictures with the terrorist group’s top leaders. New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, NBC, and other major media did not report it, let alone publish photos that are now easily available online.
Even today, after the Paris (and oh yes, Lebanon) massacres, they did not report that Obama govt. and a Republican congress have been in continuous touch with ISIS, and nobody is held accountable for their support and praise of the terror group. U.S. and Western “liberal” media pretend they did not know.
Not too long ago, New York Times reporter Judith Miller cooked up a so-called Weapons of Mass Destruction story, which the globally-feared paper printed on its front page for weeks, where defying all journalistic standards, it used one (and only one!) globally discredited source named Ahmad Chalabi.
The report validated Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld to begin the Iraq genocide.
New York Times never bothered to mention that Chalabi was a paid CIA agent, a fact they disclosed only weeks ago, in a Chalabi obituary.
Now, let’s talk about the 2016 U.S. elections, that will decide the fate of an entire world and its people.
NYT, Washington Post, CNN, NBC and such powerful, global media never mention that Hillary Clinton is supported by (1) Monsanto, GMO corporation responsible for a massive number of farmers’ suicides in India, (2) Goldman Sachs, one of the primary culprits behind the 2008 economic crash, (3) Wal-Mart, corporation responsible for the destruction of American manufacturing jobs, and (4) private prison corporations that make huge profit by putting blacks and immigrants in American jails.
The above are all examples of Journalism of Exclusion.
I am a student of Noam Chomsky, but I don’t know if he has ever used the term “Journalism of Exclusion.” I have been using it, and asking my politically conscious and courageous friends to challenge big media head on. Only this fierce yet nonviolent challenge can save us from another generation’s time of mass deception and stolen democracy.
The current, global terrorism — both ISIS and American — finds its roots and refuge in this mass deception and the pretense of a free press and open democracy.
Do we want to put up with this violence, lies, and exclusion?
Brooklyn, New York