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Pot, Kettle, Black: State Department Tells Us How to Identify Misinformation
Steve Watson | August 31 2005
How can a journalist or a news consumer tell if a story is true or false? There are no exact rules, but the following clues can help indicate if a story or allegation is true.
We all need to be extremely grateful that the State department has it's own advice section on what we should and should not believe. I for one find it incredibly difficult to believe straight facts, even when they put the government in a bad light. Thank goodness that everything the government does and says is accurate. It is important to have a bench mark of truth against which we can formulate our beliefs.
Of course I am being sarcastic. The State Department cites websites such as Rense.com as "MISINFORMATION". The majority of material on Rense.com consists of mainstream media reports which are well written by good journalists, but are simply not seen on the nightly news. The majority of the subject matter on Rense is often also covered on Prison Planet and Infowars, so by attacking Rense as a source of "unreliable information", The State Department is also attacking us.
Let us go back a few months and highlight a story that quickly bloomed into a national scandal. The LA Times and the Boston Globe reported on how the government had spent millions of taxpayers dollars on the production of FAKE NEWS REPORTS. Yes that's right, ILLEGAL FAKE NEWS REPORTS on Medicare. Viewers were duped into believing that what they were seeing was a balanced news report when in actual fact it was covert Propaganda produced by the government.
''You think you are getting a news story but what you are getting is a paid announcement," said Susan Poling, managing associate general counsel at the Government Accountability Office. ''What is objectionable about these is the fact the viewer has no idea their tax dollars are being used to write and produce this video segment."
HOW DARE the government do this and then tell us how to identify unreliable information! The State Department even tell us how they do it:
Extremist groups, such as splinter communist parties, often publish disinformation. This can be especially difficult to identify if the false allegations are published by front groups. Front groups purport to be independent, non-partisan organizations but actually controlled by political parties or groups.
We have also reported on how this kind of activity is also going on in Britain as well as the US. Our so called free press is being paid to spread misinformation that suits the agenda of our governments.
Consider the source: Certain websites, publications, and individuals are known for spreading false stories
Two words - JEFF GANNON.
Earlier this year the story broke that The Bush administration
provided White House media credentials to a man who has virtually no journalistic
background, asks softball questions to the president and his spokesman in
the midst of contentious news conferences, and routinely reprints long passages
verbatim from official press releases as original news articles on his website.
This story was another national scandal that uncovered the fact that, more
so than any other media outlet, it is the government that disseminates misinformation.
Highly controversial issues - AIDS, organ transplantation, international adoption, and the September 11 attacks are all new, frightening or, in some ways, discomforting topics. Such highly controversial issues are natural candidates for the rise of false rumors, unwarranted fears and suspicions.
The State Department cites Organ Transplantation and harvesting as an "Urban Legend", saying there is no evidence for it. Here's a lengthy report on the subject by David J. Rothman, Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and History at Columbia University. Rothman says "in China officials profitably market organs of executed Chinese prisoners."
Here is a list of every mainstream media source you could think of reporting on the issue http://www.vachss.com/help_text/organ_trafficking.html
Oh and here is the State Department themselves covering the issue. http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/rm/2001/3792.htm
Remember "consider the source".
In March 1992, then-Russian foreign intelligence chief Yevgeni Primakov admitted that the disinformation service of the Soviet KGB intelligence service had concocted the false story that the AIDS virus had been created in a US military laboratory as a biological weapon.
The subject of the creation of the AIDS virus is in the 1969 congressional record House Resolution 15090 where scientists discuss making it. One physician mentions a government-sponsored research project that would create a "synthetic biological agent ... for which no natural immunity would have been acquired."
Dr Boyd Graves has relentlessly researched the synthetic origin of AIDS. Furthermore Nobel peace laureate and ecologist Wangari Maathai has gone on record as asserting that the AIDS virus was a deliberately created biological agent. The "Urban Legend" is the claim that AIDS comes from monkeys. If in doubt use the monkey theory, it works everytime - everything comes from monkeys because they are a bit like us.
Of course, according to the government, any theories that do not match the official line on the 9/11 attacks are a conspiracy. Strange here in this State Department report though how they only cite the most "out there" 9/11 theories such as the missile at the Pentagon and others that are simply meaningless and pointless. We have made it clear that we feel the missile theory does not hold water, yet it is interesting that several times Donald Rumsfeld has mentioned a missile hitting the Pentagon on 9/11. Slip of the tongue or MISINFORMATION?
How about the stand down of NORAD, the drills of flying aircraft into the same targets on the same morning, the admission from the WTC owner that Building 7 was deliberately demolished? How about the key issues on 9/11? Are they all conspiracy theories or Urban legends too or are they provable facts that simply get lumped in with the wacky misinformation? Remember "we must not tolerate any wild conspiracy theories regarding the attacks of 9/11".
Another example of a highly controversial issue is depleted uranium, a relatively new armor-piercing substance that was used by the U.S. military for the first time during the 1991 Gulf War.... most people believe that depleted uranium is much more dangerous than it actually is.
DU remains radioactive longer than the age of the
earth (estimated at 4.5 billion years).
Professor Yagasaki a physicist and well-respected nuclear radiation expert, from the
University of the Ryukyus, Okinawahas, calculated that 800 tons of DU is the atomicity equivalent to 83,000 Nagasaki bombs in a paper presented at the World Uranium Weapons Conference in Hamburg in October 2003. The amount of DU used in Iraq in 2003 alone was equivalent to nearly 250,000 Nagasaki bombs.
We have documented how the former head of the Pentagon's Depleted Uranium Project, Dr Doug Rokke, asserts that thousands of troops are sick and dying from illegal DU use.
The VA has determined that 250,000 troops are now permanently disabled, 15,000 troops are dead and over 425,000 are ill and slowly dying from what the Department of Defense still calls a mystery disease. How many more will have to die before action is taken?
Further eminent scientific minds such as Dr Keith Baverstock PhD; Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Kuopio, KUOPIO, Finland, who presented evidence to the European Parliament in June 2003 have gone public, stating how the evidence on DU is irrefutable and is being ignored.
Dr. James A. Howenstine is a board certified specialist in internal medicine who spent 34 years caring for office and hospital patients. He, among many others has spoken out about how another horrifying consequence of DU exposure is damage to sperm causing many severe deformities in the children born to veterans of the first Gulf War. A group of 251 soldiers from Mississippi, who all had normal babies before service in Iraq, were studied. Sixty seven percent of their post war babies were born with severe birth defects. These children were missing legs, arms, organs or eyes and had immune system and blood diseases. In some Gulf War veterans families the only normal children are those who were born before serving in Iraq. The Department of Defense denies any knowledge of birth defects in Gulf War I veterans.
Just one of the many pictures of the deformities that our governments' use of Depleted Uranium is causing to children. This is a mild example compared to many others that are simply too horrific to post.
Of course, many many Iraqi children continue to be born with deformities due to excessive DU use. The effects are simply horrific and for the Department of State to even suggest the effects are an urban myth is simply SICK.
Does the story claim that vast, powerful, evil
forces are secretly manipulating events? If so, this fits the profile of
a conspiracy theory. The U.S. military or intelligence community
is a favorite villain in many conspiracy theories.
In many cases we do publish stories that suggest the Intelligence communities and the government are manipulating events, covering up information and perpetrating evil acts. That is because, as you have seen here, in the majority of cases THEY ARE.
Why should we take advice on what to believe from a government that LIES continually, over and over again. A government that uses fake weapons dossiers and invented intelligence in order to invade and overthrow sovereign countries to forward their own agenda, whilst killing hundreds of thousands in the process?
Why should we listen to a government that puts out fake news casts and in many cases controls the information we see on our nightly news? More and more people are turning off the TV and coming to us for their news because they know what we report is more accurate and better researched.
This is why they are desperately trying to crack down
on the Internet and the free press, passing laws in order that they can
deem any anti-government stance as hate speech. It's time to see through
THEIR misinformation and turn off their false transmissions. WE are the
majority, WE are the mainstream, WE identify the misinformation.