1 year nsnbc international; your daily independent
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : 25 February 2014, nsnbc international celebrates its first anniversary. A year ago, nsnbc was launched to create the foundation for international, regional and national, independent alternatives to, state, corporate and foundation funded media, propaganda, misinformation, disinformation and right-out fabrication aimed at manufacturing consent or dissent. nsnbc has survived the first year, at times barely, and at the cost of blood, sweat and tears, but it has become a success that has come to stay.
The transformation from blog to a daily newspaper, one year ago, was based on the recognition that any participatory political system will regress into nepotism, corruption, manipulative leadership instead of representation, and ultimately fascism and tyranny, unless the people have access to truthful information.
The research website of the “public accountability initiative” and its analysis on how so-called “mainstream media” used “commentators” to bias the public discourse, to accept, even to ask for an illegal aggression against Syria, demonstrates the urgency of establishing independent media as well as any thorough investigation into modern propaganda would do. The public accountability initiative’s report on media and the discourse about an “intervention” concluded:
- 22 commentators. The report identifies 22 commentators who weighed in during the Syria debate in large media outlets, and who have current industry ties that may pose conflicts of interest. The commentators are linked to large defense and intelligence contractors like Raytheon, smaller defense and intelligence contractors like TASC, defense-focused investment firms like SCP Partners, and commercial diplomacy firms like the Cohen Group.
- 111 appearances, 13 attempts at disclosure. These commentators made 111 appearances – as op-ed authors, quoted experts, or news show guests – in major media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg, and the Washington Post. Despite the commentators’ apparent financial and professional stakes in military action, major media outlets typically failed to disclose these relationships, noting them, often incompletely, in only 13 of the 111 appearances (see table below for media outlet breakdown).
- Varying types of conflicts of interest. In some cases, commentators have undisclosed industry ties that pose significant and direct conflicts of interest. In other cases, the undisclosed ties were less direct, but still suggest that the commentator has a financial interest in continuing heightened levels of US military action abroad. A number of consultants are included because their business relationships are foreign policy-focused and likely involve work for defense clients, though most do not disclose client lists. One consulting relationship highlighted in the report is with the Department of Defense – not an industry connection, but a significant conflict of interest.
- Largely supportive of military action. The commentators profiled have largely expressed support for military action in Syria, and many have framed the decision as an issue of national security. However, the opinions they expressed were not uniformly supportive of military action. Several commentators identified, such as Robert Scales, opposed military intervention outright
Listen to the extract of the United States House Intelligence Committee Hearing from 1975. Then read the public accountability’s report on media coverage of Syria, and ask yourself if you believe, that you can fulfill your rights and obligations as a citizen in a participatory political system, based on information as it is presented to you by mainstream media.
ABUSING YOUR BEST INTENTIONS, EMPATHY AND FEELING OF RESPONSIBILITY TO COMMITT PREMEDITATED MASS MURDER IN YOUR NAME.
At our core, we are fundamentally opposed to violence. All available research shows that human being as a social species, is fundamentally opposed to taking the life of a fellow human being. As a social species, we are deeply opposed to inflicting harm, and we are deeply opposed to injustice. Moreover, as a species, we care about one another and have the ability to use empathy and compassion, and we are fundamentally opposed to anyone who violates these humane features of ours.
Unless there are pressing social circumstances or pathology involved, unless there is gross, perceived injustice, unless we believe to act in self-defense, or unless we believe that killing an aggressor is absolutely necessary for preventing what best could be described as “innocenticide“, it is our nature to oppose war and violence.
To convince you that a war is just, justified, necessary or unavoidable, those who are systematically manufacturing your consent and complicity have to abuse your very best intentions, your empathy, your feeling of responsibility. In fact, when you are being manipulated into condoning an illegal act of war by playing on your very humanity, you become the victim, along with those who will be murdered in your name.
In 2012, the BBC, illegally used a photo of victims of a US bombing raid on Iraq, and sold it to the public as “victims of a massacre on civilians, committed by the Syrian Army”. Italian photographer, Marco Di Lauro, exposed the BBC, for using his photo for anti-Syrian propaganda. An investigation later concluded that the victims of the very real massacre in al-Houla, Syria, predominantly were families known to reject the subversion of the country with the help of foreign mercenaries. Examples of this and similar nature can be found in all so-called mainstream media, in all countries.
As editor of nsnbc international, I consider it my obligation to help you and all of our readers, everywhere, to empower yourselves, to cease being a victim of the abuse of everything that is good, humane and precious in yourselves, so you can make informed and responsible choices. The manipulation must end.
In the beginning of this article I wrote that nsnbc has survived the first year, at times barely, and at the cost of blood, sweat and tears, but it has become a success that has come to stay. At closing, let me say a few words about this.
- Advertising revenue can barely cover our expenses for servers and phone bills. This will change as we reach a growing number of readers. Meanwhile, we urgently depend on you, taking responsibility for your daily independent news, by donating when and as much as you can and find appropriate. The donate button is in the right hand column on every page on our website. So far, I have financed most of our expenses personally. At times this has driven me, literally, to the brink of starvation. I would greatly appreciate if you chipped in.
- In September 2012, even before we launched nsnbc as a daily newspaper, we launched a joint investigation into the Turkish government’s release of terrorism-convicted al-Qaeda members to fight in Syria. The investigation was launched in cooperation with PRESS TV and Al-Alam journalist Maja Nasr. Maja Nasr was shot by a sniper in Damascus, while reporting from the scene of a terrorist attack. Our investigation into his death led us to conclude that the attack was premeditated, prepared, and carried out to stop the investigation.
For my part, I say, that we cannot let the murder of journalists stand. Neither can we let it stand that so-called mainstream media abuse you and your best intentions and values to make you condone that, what violates the very best in yourself.
nsnbc international will be here on 25 February 2015. Hopefully, in 2015 we can expand to create regional editions with more and more detailed coverage from more countries and a strengthened team of contributors and editors. In part, our success depends on you. As far as I am concerned, nsnbc international is here to stay, and we are here to become the mainstream.
Thank you for reading nsnbc international and for taking the time to inform yourselves.
Christof Lehmann¨- Editor-in-Chief, nsnbc international.
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