Jobs @ MG
Mainstream media sustain partners in crime
By Jason McQuinn, Tom Wheeler, Chuck Munson
|Which is more likely in mainstream U.S.
media during a heavily-covered Israeli-Palestinian summit at Camp David
setup to establish a long-elusive ‘peace in the Middle
East"?Learning the devastating history of Israeli treatment of the
Palestinians or learning the details of every supersonic Concorde flight
incident over the last 30 years? Any reader of the U.S. press or viewer of
U.S. television can tell youth at ferreting out the safety history of the
airliner of the super-rich, the Concorde, was an infinitely higher
priority for the North American media than revealing even the most
elementary facts about the lengths the state of Israel has gone to expel,
dispossess, exploit and dominate the Palestinian people.
Like the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984,
corporate-owned, mainstream media in North America know that altering the
historical record in defense of U.S. policy is most effective when the
public is kept in the dark concerning the entire historical context
If people never learn how conflicts began, how they are maintained, whose
interests they serve, and what is actually happening to the people
involved there is little chance that they'll question the pronouncements
of the U.S. media or the U.S. government as they systematically distort
and falsify the meaning of the ‘peace process’ organized by President
While the Camp David negotiations were in session, I made a point of
reading a wide variety of corporate media reports, especially from Time,
Newsweek, the New York Times and the Washington Post. And what did I learn
» Certainly not that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled
or fled in terror from their own land when the state of Israel was formed
» Nothing about all of the systematic Israeli human rights violations
against Palestinian civilians practiced for the last fifty years.
» No mention at all of the many violations of U.N. directives, like that
of Resolution 242, which long ago called for a peace settlement on
pre-June 1967 borders. * Nor any references to ongoing arrests,
harassment, killings or (officially-sanctioned) torture of Palestinians.
» Nothing about the forced dispossession of Palestinians of their lands
and homes which openly continues to this day, including the bulldozing of
individual homes and entire villages, orchards and olive.
Instead the focus of mainstream media propaganda was always on either the
supposedly ‘serious compromises’ (International Herald Tribune, July
27, 2000) and concessions offered by the Israeli occupiers of Palestine,
or on the Palestinians' ungrateful ‘intransigence’ and refusal to
‘compromise’ in the face of benevolent U.S. and Israeli power.
It was never even noted in the vast majority of mainstream media that the
Israelis have failed to offer to comply with any of the numerous U.N.
resolutions they continue to violate with impunity (due to continued,
strong U.S. government support). No major U.S. newspaper or television
station asked why Israel refuses to return all stolen Palestinian land,
but instead continues--even during the summit--to steal more. Mainstream
U.S. media won't explain why it is that Israel refuses to allow the return
of all expelled Palestinian refugees as required by international law, or
why Israel doesn't withdraw completely from the illegally-occupied West
Bank and Gaza Strip, or why Israel continues to demolish Palestinian
homes, etc. Yet the Palestinians, and especially Yasser Arafat (the
official Palestinian figurehead kept in power with the support of the
Israelis and the U.S. government), are blamed almost unanimously in the
media for failing to give away everything demanded by the Israelis,
including huge segments of occupied West Bank land and the entire city of
It is apparently not important for American media to mention that the U.S.
and Israeli governments, acting as partners in international crime, are
employing the whole ‘peace process’ show as a means of imposing an
obviously unfair settlement on the long-suffering Palestinian people.
Whether they like it or not, the powerless Palestinians will continue to
be pressured to submit by the military might of two of the most powerful
armed forces on earth. And by the intentional decisions of mainstream
media most people in the U.S. will never even realize what is actually
happening. In Orwell's 1984, all of the inconvenient historical truths
contradicting officially-approved accounts were thrown ‘down the memory
hole’ of the Ministry of Truth where they were burnt and irrevocably
forgotten. In contemporary North America it is impossible to burn all
historical records, but the U.S. government and the corporate media have
such a monopoly stranglehold on mass communications that their ‘memory
hole’ functions nearly as effectively as that of 1984's Ministry of