Media 118: Assange witness lied – mainstream media’s ‘propaganda by omission’
Media Lens reports that a major witness in the US case against Julian Assange recently admitted fabricating key accusations in the indictment against the Wikileaks founder.
An extensive article in Stundin, an Icelandic newspaper, published on 26 June, reported that Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, a former WikiLeaks volunteer, admits making false allegations against Assange after being recruited by US authorities.
in a sane world this would have been headline news everywhere, with extensive media coverage on BBC News at Six and Ten, ITV News, Channel 4 News, front-page stories in the Times, Telegraph, the Guardian and more. The silence is quite extraordinary; and disturbing. Caitlin Johnstone (Consortium News) described it as a ‘weird, creepy media blackout’.
She points out that, though Reuters recently published an interview with Assange’s fiancé Stella Moris and Evening Standard had a recent article on Assange’s plans to marry Moris in Belmarsh, as did Deutsche Welle, this one story been blacked out completely.
Caitlin sees Western mass media outlets as propaganda – observe the way things are reported and the way things are not reported: “They are owned and controlled by wealthy people in coordination with the secretive government agencies tasked with preserving the world order upon which the media-owning plutocrats have built their kingdoms, and their purpose is to manipulate the way the mainstream public thinks, acts and votes into alignment with the agendas of the ruling class”.
Media Lens has often observed that the establishment media relentlessly warn of the insidious nature of ‘fake news’: a claim that does have a seed of validity. But they see state-corporate media themselves as being the primary purveyors of fake news.
The author of ‘News’, Tim Coles, comments: ‘Whenever people in power tell you that fake news is undermining democracy, they really mean that alternative sources of information are challenging their grip on power.’
Media Lens sums up, “In fact, the most dangerous component of ‘MSM’ fake news is arguably propaganda by omission. In ostensible ‘democracies’, the public cannot make informed decisions, and take appropriate action, when the crimes of ruling elites are kept hidden by a complicit media”.