The Consequences of Media Failure: Demopaths Setting the Global Agenda

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The Consequences of Media Failure: Demopaths Setting the Global Agenda


An examination of just how badly CNN failed to accurately cover the flotilla incident — repeating nonsense when better information was available — and the ramifications.
June 8, 2010
- by Richard Landes

The latest explosion of anti-Israel rage, driven by the Muslim world and echoed by both the MSM and the international diplomatic community, raises important questions. How is it that in a world where North Korea and South Korea may go to war, Iran may get nuclear weapons, and jihadis are killing fellow (non-) Muslims by the dozens in mosques and hospitals, Israel’s killing of nine streetfighting jihadis sets the international agenda?

Amidst the many elements contributing to the sight of a world gone mad, I’d like to focus here on the role of the media.

For some time now, critical observers have warned about the “halo effect” that “human rights” NGOs have benefited from even as they were taken over by radical political activists who had strong links to jihadi organizations and individuals. This halo effect works in two directions: it extends to the “allies” of these hijacked NGOs (“peace activists”) and also to the MSM which tends to convey the “testimony” of the NGOs as reliable news. All of this comes to a grotesque climax in the flotilla affair.

Let’s begin with an interview CNN’s Rosemary Church conducted with a “peace activist,” Osama Qashoo.

As a flotilla of boats heads towards Gaza to break the blockade, CNN has anchor Rosemary Church perform an interview with a participant from one of the boats, “Free Gaza” activist Osama Qashoo. The report has so many flaws, it’s hard to list and analyze them all. (For the entire interview, click here.)

Let’s focus on the main flaws.

The Nature of the Flotilla

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21 Responses to The Consequences of Media Failure: Demopaths Setting the Global Agenda

  1. incognito says:

    There are several reasons for this media behavior:

    1. Lazyness and incompetence — journalism education is not even close to what it used to be.

    2. 24hour need to fill airtime in competition with many others so anything that comes out is welcome

    3. Speed: no time to really assess what one gets, it’s put on the air instantly

    4. roneness to sensationalism (blood, war)

    5. Cowardice

    6. A western background does not prepare one for comprehending the level of outright lying that’s dominating in arab/muslim societies.

    6. Catering to what audiences want to hear (to attract them and advertising)

    Once all these combine the audience — which has neither the interest nor the capacity to develop its own judgment on these matters — gets indoctrinated with this way of seeing things and it must be continuously fed the same way, or their very minimal attention is lost.

  2. incognito says:

    Take, for example, the IHH. This is a group that even the Islamist government of Turkey found too radical for its taste, with ties to al-Qaeda and other organizations that target civilians (of all faiths) as a major tactic in their jihad.

    Careful. I’ve seen some believable references that the IHH has been used by AKP to win elections. There was one which claimed that the AKP could not wiin elections without IHH.

    Knowing now what we know of Erdogan and his moves, it is not impossible to discount the possibility that the AKP govt exploited that earlier problems with IHH to strike a not very visible political alliance where they form the soldiers of Erdogan’s effort to Islamize Turkey and become the leader of the muslim world.

  3. incognito says:

    One more thing: TV MSM “journos” are utter ignorants, chosen for how they look and how “tough” they seem to be in their body language, but not their knowledge and ability to reason. They have no capacity to judge when they are fed lies, so they must rely on the “general thrust” of line of the moment — Israel is the problem — when they present or interview. Remember the memos at CNN?

    The situation may be different for print media, where cowardice and bias are stronger factors.

  4. incognito says:

    Just as I predicted:

    Obama to Offer More Aid to Gaza Despite Benefits for Hamas
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/137966

    ‘Israel agrees to ease blockade’
    http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=177929

    They keep resurrecting Hamas each time it falls.

  5. Eliyahu says:

    Don’t forget that the Geo Bush I administration saved yasser’s repulsive life back in about 1991 when his plane crashed somewhere in the Sahara and yasser would have died if the US had not rushed an emergency medical team to the middle of the Sahara [somewhere between Libya and Sudan] in order to save him. Likewise, after French troops had been sent to Lebanon in Sept 1982, one of the ministers responded to a parliamentary question about that in the French National Assembly. The minister explained that French troops had been sent to Beirut to save the lives of the “palestinian” leadership which was “threatened with destruction.” Here it is likely that the USA sent troops/marines to Beirut for the same purpose as the French troops had been sent, although the US gave the pretext for its move as concern for civilians [blah blah]. So yasser had already been saved deliberately by Western powers in 1982.

    The fact that US marines and French troops were massacred in Beirut was secondary to the importance of saving the “palestinian” leadership.

  6. incognito says:

    Eliyahu.

    Yes, as I said, saved for the umpteenth time.

    They saved Arafat when he was still a terrorist and destroyed Lebanon. And they saved Hamas several times, before and after they took Gaza. In fact, it was Rice that forced Abbas and Sharon to have elections, despite both of them advising against it.

    In fact, the only reason Hamas rule Gaza is the US. And the only reason they are still there is the west’s funding. And you know what: what the US is doing now is administering the coup de grace to Abbas. I mean, once the blockade is lifted, what pal will stick to Abbas and Fayyad? Only the corrupt ones.

    Terror and killing jews works like a charm. Why on earth do they wonder why Abbas keep threatening to return to violence? One of these days they will.

  7. Cynic says:

    incognito,

    With regard to #4, like I said before: the West rushes to resuscitate the Palestinians when they do something stupid and get “hurt” so sustaining the the attrition being waged against Israel year after year.

  8. Cynic says:

    incognito,

    In fact, the only reason Hamas rule Gaza is the US.

    And the only reason that Arafat was around to launch the Oslo blood letting was because the US went along with Europe, during Bush the elder’s administration (James f-j Baker), in forcing Arafat on the Israelis as the only legitimate Palestinian they could negotiate with.

  9. E.G. says:

    Cynic,

    Thanks. The picture Guy Bechor draws seems a bit over-”optimistic” but at least it can be considered as an indicator of the trendS.

  10. Richard Landes says:

    i had the following email exchange with someone who wrote:

    Rich, You’re acting like CNN is Al-Jazeerah or something. When a nice Jewish girl like Andrea Mitchell can tell Chris Matthews that “Netanyahu is a liar” – I think you’re fighting a losing battle there, bud. Methinks thou doth protest too much. Look, the truth is a bitter pill to swallow. And, the truth is the commandos came on board like a goon squad with murder on their minds. Why? Because Israel thought they could get away with it as they always do. Confiscate the cameras, terrify and lock up the witnesses, doctor the videos and blanket the American airwaves with smooth-talking PR types like Michael Oren. And, still it didn’t work!

    Ha!, Rich, what does that tell you? #1. The Goldstone Report has been very impactful. Dersh’s smears fell flat. The goyim think he’s a stinker. And, #2. No one buys Israel’s bullshit anymore. I doubt even diehards like you do. My advice? And, I say this with no malice: Find another cause, get laid, ’cause Israel’s going down and you and a 1000 like you ain’t gonna save it. Emmis

    I responded:

    On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 12:28 AM, Richard Landes wrote:
    thank you for your comment.
    i’d really appreciate it if you’d post this at my website at the posting about this article.
    http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2010/06/08/the-consequences-of-media-failure-demopaths-setting-the-global-agenda/
    i’ll be happy to respond there.

    To which he responded:

    No interest in posting it anywhere except for my own personal use. Your CNN diatribe was so comically anxious that one could only respond in the tone of a vulgar early 60′s Borscht Belt comedian. You can either find it instructive or not, I could care less.. Sooner or later, the U.S. will be forced to drop Israel hard. No one could argue with a straight face that Israel’s not a terrible strategic liability now. General Jones, Petraeus – they’ve been making that case for months.

    I actually think we have the anatomy of a useful infidel here… the smarmy self-confidence, the Schadenfreude, the firm belief that there’s no malice in this, the complete inability to see the sword that hangs over his head as he rejoices in the downfall of those he thinks are his enemy. It would just be pathetic if it weren’t so suicidally dangerous.

    RM

    r

    On Jun 10, 2010, at 8:53 AM, Ranier Mack wrote:

  11. E.G. says:

    RL,

    You forget the haughtiness.
    That’s useful infidels’ interpretation of the faithfuls’ supremacism.

  12. Cynic says:

    Can somebody tell me what is meant by this in #11
    When a nice Jewish girl like Andrea Mitchell can tell Chris Matthews that “Netanyahu is a liar” …

    Chomsky was birthed by a Jewess, so was Soros and a host of other characters who consider netanyahu to be a lot worse than a liar.
    And a Brazilian journalist married to a “Jewess” considers Bibi in his speech about the Turkish flotilla to be arrogant.
    So what is the point?

  13. Richard Landes says:

    More from RM

    You got it backwards, Rich. I think General Petraeus would regard you as the useful infidel.You offer unwavering support for a country that’s HARMING OUR SOLDIERS. 9/11 was provoked by support for Israel. You probably danced after the attack. 3,000 dead. And, you enjoyed it. What ruin, what blindness, what shameful. anti-Americanism. How can you even call yourself a Jew? Jews used to stand for justice, for honor. What do you stand for? The average German during the Nazi time thought of himself and his country as the victims of the conspiracy of “international finance Jewry” (“das internationale Finanzjudentum” and of encirclement (Einkreisung) by foreign powers.You’re that “good German” in reverse. I recommend you take a look at what country you’re living in and be grateful you’re even allowed to spew your bilious lies. You strain to hurt America and Americans? Why? Ask yourself that? I’m sorry, bud, but America was not meant to be a satellite for any country, least of all a murderously racist “Settler State”.

  14. E.G. says:

    RL,

    I guess this is not a friend of yours, so the diminutive “Rich” has a rather different sense, less protocol and more “Protocols”.

    The rest too is Streicher compatible, with some of the Soviet twist. Or is it the Mufti twist?

  15. incognito says:

    And the only reason that Arafat was around to launch the Oslo blood letting was because the US went along with Europe, during Bush the elder’s administration (James f-j Baker), in forcing Arafat on the Israelis as the only legitimate Palestinian they could negotiate with.

    Just like they are forcing Israel to deal with Hamas too. Just watch.

    Truth be told, though, while the US did want Israel to talk to the PLO, Israel has more responsibility for Oslo than the US. It was the Peres-Rabin duo’s work.

  16. incognito says:

    The Turkish opposition apparently is having a field day with the videos.

    I don’t buy all the stuff about secularists and AKP losses in Turkey.

    Even if there is some vocaliation by the opposition and secularists if you read articles by Turkey specialists and more serious their analysis of the sociopilitics in Turkey, it is clear that AKP is Turkey is gona and will become worse rather than better.

    Turkey Invites Nasrallah, Who Fears IDF will Kill Him En Route
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/137999

    ‘Turks planning flotilla court case’
    Ankara, Hamas reportedly pushing to bring Israel before ICJ.
    http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=178061

  17. incognito says:

    Can somebody tell me what is meant by this in #11

    It means that he does not go by substance and reality, but by “authority” when that authority conforms with the dogma in his head. Had Mitchell defended Israel, he would have accused her of being an unreliable jewish source.

    More from RM

    It’s a good example of how scapegoating is a desperate attempts to escape realization that the US is kaput through its own self-destruction. He completely reverses reality in order to avoid admitting that through financial shenanigans, unnecessary wars, corruption of institutions, gullibility and ignorance of its population it has brought itself down the drain. The jews did it is such an no-cost easy way out.

  18. obsy says:

    The Ballad of Mack the Rapier is out of tune. Are there people who do believe that the USA are controlled by Israel and at the same time reject the idea of an international finance Jewry?
    I thought, in fantasy land, the latter is the means by which the former is achieved.

  19. incognito says:

    Are there people who do believe that the USA are controlled by Israel and at the same time reject the idea of an international finance Jewry?

    Are you serious?

  20. obsy says:

    incognito,

    Yes, serious.
    Do American Jew-haters use different arguments?

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