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The ‘objective’ news network PBS has been (and still is) engaging in the media propaganda war against the Syrian government, from perpetuating the myth about Syrian Migs attacking rebel fighters to calling the Syrian rebels “underdogs,” the Public Broadcasting Service is perpetuating the disinformation campaign surrounding the events in Syria.

On July 25th, PBS Newshour host Judy Woodruff interviewed Youssef Amrani, Morroco’s minister delegate for foreign affairs. In the interview, Woodruff bought up the topic of diplomacy, specifically within the framework of the UN Security Council, with Amrani stating that he wanted more sanctions and the like on the Assad regime. When Amrani stated that he thought the UN “should work with the opposition” to find a solution to the crisis, Woodruff responded by saying

Well, that brings me to the question. One of the reasons the U.S. and other countries have been reluctant to get involved, to support the opposition is because they don't know what a successor government is going to look like. We just saw in that report al-Qaida starting to show up among the opposition. (emphasis added)
Such statements are utter and outright fabrications! The US and other countries have been quite involved in supporting the opposition and Al Qaeda is not “starting to show up” in the opposition as Woodruff would like viewers to think, but rather have been there for quite some time.

In regards to the US supporting the Syrian rebels, this was first acknowledged in December 2011 on the site The American Conservative where former CIA analyst Philip Giraldi wrote an article in which he stated that “the CIA and U.S. Spec Ops are providing communications equipment and intelligence to assist the rebel cause, enabling the fighters to avoid concentrations of Syrian soldiers.” Most recently, it was reported on August 1st that President Obama “has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.”

The US government has known that Al Qaeda has been among the Syrian rebels as in February 2012, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper stated that “Members of Al Qaeda have infiltrated Syrian opposition groups.”

Thus, the US government has been supporting the rebels since late last year and has been working with Al Qaeda (albeit indirectly) to topple the Syrian government, yet PBS seems to be concerned only with spouting lies.

In the same interview, when Woodruff asked Amrani “How can you be sure that the next government won't be as repressive as this government?,” Amrani replied by saying “Listen, we had some experiences in Libya, in Tunisia, in the Maghreb, that were successful.”

It is quite interesting that he cites Libya as a “success” as that nation, after being overrun by US-NATO backed fighters, has been plagued by violence in recent months. It makes one wonder what the minister thinks “success” actually means.

In an interview on July 26th, Judy Woodruff interviewed Kelly McEvers, a journalist from National Public Radio, after she had “just completed a weeklong reporting trip to northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border, where she visited a number of towns currently under rebel control. In the interview, McEvers was asked about the Syrian rebels. After her description of them, Woodruff stated the the rebels were outgunned to which McEvers responded

Exactly. They are so outgunned right now. They're basically operating with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades and homemade bombs.

That's another key component to their sort of arsenal right now. That's how they deal with regime tanks.

But when you talk about a fully equipped army with tanks, artillery, mortars,  
helicopters, and now we have seen jets being employed in this fight by the regime's army, you can see that the rebels are definitely the underdogs here.
(emphasis added)

This myth that the Syrian rebels are outgunned is but another fabrication. It was reported on August 2nd that the Syrian rebels were using a captured tank in the battle for Aleppo. This is not the first time this has happened as in February, the International Business Times presented a video on Youtube which showed the rebels using a tank against the Syrian military. The use of fighters jets is also a myth that is based on a single tweet from BBC correspondent Ian Pannell. The magazine The Aviationist did a report on the alleged incident of Syrian air force MiGs attacking the rebels and found that the plane in question was an L-39 “a combat trainer” which “could be used for reconnaissance purposes.” Yet, even if the Syrian regime was using fighter jets on the rebels, the rebels most likely wouldn’t have a problem as they now have surface to air missiles. Despite this evidence, McEvers still feels the need to state that the rebels “are definitely the underdogs.”

Thus, the propaganda campaign of demonizing the Assad regime and praising the US-NATO backed rebels continues with the help of such ‘reliable’ and ‘centrist’ sources as PBS. The psyop against the public continues as the imperialists push ever closer to intervention in Syria.

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Comment Preferences

  •  maybe i'm mistaken (3+ / 0-)
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    Cynical Copper, shenderson, prfb

    but this reads like an apologist for the syrian regime.... probably not gonna fly.

    •  Reply (0+ / 0-)

      I am not apologizing for the Syrian regime. Just pointing out how PBS is lying. Attempting to say that I am an apologist for Assad is nothing but a sad attempt to get away from the actual information that was presented.

  •  Here's a balanced report from RealNews Network (1+ / 0-)
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    truong son traveler

    PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore.

    The civil war in Syria has been one of the more difficult stories for The Real News to cover. We don't have anyone on the ground there who we think is doing reliable reporting—not to say reporters aren't finding slivers or pieces of the truth, but not an overall view of it. It's very difficult to get analysis and takes on Syria that aren't propagandistic for one side or the other.

    What we know is you have the brutal and repressive Assad regime opposed by popular opinion throughout Syria, but not all of Syria, and opposed by outside forces, including the brutal and repressive Saudi regime and Qatari regime, and, of course, all within the geopolitical strategic aims of the United States vying with Russia and other outside powers, including Turkey and others. It's a very complicated situation.

    So to some extent at The Real News we kind of haven't been doing much, because we'd rather do nothing than just add to the noise and the propaganda. But today we make another attempt to try to understand the balance of forces, who's fighting, and where things are.

    So now joining us from London is Sami Ramadani. He's a senior lecturer in sociology at the London Metropolitan University and was a political refugee from Saddam's regime in Iraq. He's a frequent contributor to The Guardian newspaper and many other publications. And he now joins us from London. Thanks for joining us, Sami.

    More at The Real News
  •  About those captured tanks.. (4+ / 0-)

    Tanks are fucking delicate. You need parts and mechanics to keep them going. WHen the rebels capture one, they get a day or two of use out of it, and then they have to destroy it.

    So yes, they are still underdogs.

  •  "perpetuating Myth of Migs attacking rebels" (4+ / 0-)

    So I guess the UN is perpetuating that myth as well huh?

    Beirut — The Syrian military has deployed fighter jets to attack rebel positions in the northern battleground city of Aleppo, the United Nations confirmed Wednesday.

    U.N. monitors observed fighter jets firing over the southeast neighborhoods of Aleppo, a spokeswoman for the U.N. mission in Syria said via email.

    Amazing, first sentence of your diary and you already lost me.

    Follow Me on Twitter!!/ZeddRebel

    by TarantinoDork on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 09:16:02 AM PDT

  •  HRd for grotesque inhumanity (1+ / 0-)
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    Cynical Copper

    I'm tired of anti-imperialists who see people as worthless pawns just like the worst imperialists do.

    Mitt Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

    by Rich in PA on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 09:18:38 AM PDT

  •  Yeah sorry, have a donut today (2+ / 0-)

    The horrors the regime has inflicted to date are pretty well documented.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 09:29:33 AM PDT

    •  Reply (4) (0+ / 0-)

      Yet both sides have committed war crimes. Human Rights Watch accused the rebels of  a “catalog of abuses including ‘kidnapping, detention and torture of security force members, government supporters and people identified as members of pro-government militias, called shabiha.’”

      HRW also "received reports of executions by armed opposition groups of security force members and civilians” and that “Some of the statements collected suggest that certain armed attacks by opposition groups were motivated by anti-Shia or anti-Alawite sentiments arising from the association of these communities with government policies.”

  •  Some of the propaganda is faked (0+ / 0-)
    Snap! Syria pic faked, say bloggers
    03. 08. 12

    Newspaper bosses in Austria have been accused of faking a dramatic photograph of a family fleeing Syria's civil war-torn city Aleppo.

    The snap - published in the country's biggest selling Die Kronen Zeitung newspaper - shows a father cradling a child with a woman in a hijab beside him as they hurry through what appears to be the bombed out ruins of the city.

    It was being used to illustrate a story on people fleeing the city as government forces clash with rebels.

    But sharp-eyed bloggers at the socials news website Reddit noticed that while the family image was genuine, the background had been photo-shopped.

    The original photo - which first appeared on the European Pressphoto Agency’s website on July 26 - shows an ordinary family walking along an undamaged street.

    Critics have blamed the faking on a media desperation to show brutality on the part of government forces.

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