What You Should Know about The
And What You're Not Learning from
Auugust 4, 2008
The Associated Press is a monstrous contradiction.
On one hand, the 162-year-old, corporate-media collective feigns
high concern for accuracy, objectivity, and other journalistic
principles; on the other hand, it operates at the expense of same.
By way of its being a corporate collective,
its top priority is to maximize revenues of its members. While
this is not an illegal goal in and of itself, no corporate enterprise
should be able to get away with accomplishing that goal at any
cost and by any means, including deception and flat-out lies.
Too many people in the world are fooled
by AP's self-styled image of being the most trustworthy source
for breaking news the world over. Sure, it is the world's largest
and most widely-distributed news service; but in light of certain
patterns of shoddy and sometimes blatantly fraudulent reporting,
this only makes it the most dangerous and subversive.
Here are a few facts you may not know
about the "largest and most trusted" news service:
1. The Associated Press is the largest
mouthpiece for the U.S. government and the Military-Industrial
Complex in their militaristic enterprise known as the "War
Have you ever noticed that, when AP releases
tallies of Iraq War statistics, nearly all AP's sources come from
the U.S. government and government-affiliated think tanks and
NGOs? Who else has more motivation to lie about the illegal carpet-bombing
and occupation of Iraq? Is it not odd that in most cases, their
stats are greatly at odds with the consensus of independent sources?
AP released a July 26 headline, "Analysis:
US now winning Iraq war that seemed lost," wherein unproven
U.S. government talking points are stated as facts, while the
dubious way in which the so-called war was carried out are omitted.
(See this brilliant satirical review of the apple-polishing report.)
In that report, the neocons and their
media mouthpieces declare that the U.S. is "winning"
in Iraq. But did you know that just a few years ago, the U.S.
government - ahem - "lost" hundreds of thousands of
automatic weapons and munitions on heavily-guarded, shrink-wrapped
pallets? Where is AP when those turn up on the battle field?
Did you know that the U.S. government
has been arming, and literally buying the loyalty of, tens of
thousands of Sunni fighters - the "awakening groups"
- many of whom were supposedly members of "al-Qaeda in Iraq"
who have since turned against U.S. forces? And that their actions
amount to a campaign of fratricidal ethnic cleansing?
Did you know that the U.S. presence in
Iraq is a belligerent occupation? Not if you've been getting your
news from AP all this time.
AP is never bothered by the issue of legality
when it comes to the U.S. occupation. Heck, it's not even an occupation
anyway. It's a "war" of "liberation" against
"terrorists" and "al-Qaeda" (according to
"U.S. officials"); both of whom apparently carry name
tags or have the words "al-Qaeda" or "Iran"
tattooed on their foreheads.
Only the neocons and other supporters
of the so-called war on terror believe that an organized militant
group named al-Qaeda actually exists, at least in its alleged
Why won't AP ever tell us how U.S. officials
corroborate their assertions that those killed on the battle field
were in fact what they claim they were? Why do so many Americans
believe these baseless assertions? Because AP and other corporate
media trumpet them as if they were facts.
2. The conscience of AP is its board of
directors; on that board sits tabloid mogul Rupert Murdoch, president
and CEO of News Corporation, which owns Fox News, among many other
With very few exceptions, all media outlets
represented by the AP BoD assume pro-war, pro-Israeli, and pro-unitary
Executive stances in their editorial positions.
Did you know that Murdoch's major holdings
- Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, the
New York Post, etc. - openly advocate violent insurrection in
Iran, preemptive war against non-aggressing nations, the use of
torture, the denial of due process and habeas corpus, and even
nuclear-first strikes against Iran and Syria?
Did you know that the U.S. government
is giving away hundreds of millions in U.S.-taxpayer dollars to
U.S.-designated terrorist groups such as the Mujahideen-e Khalq
(MeK) and Jundallah, for insurrection and general terrorist operations
in Iran - and that News Corporation (via Fox, the WSJ, etc.) employs
Alireza Jafarzadeh, who promotes illegal regime-change in Tehran
by the MeK, which is already carrying out its illicit activities
in Iran? AP has uncritically reported Mr. Jafarzadeh's fraudulent
agitprop without revealing these criminal conflicts of interest.
Did you know that fellow aggressive corporatist
vulture, Sam Zell, sits on the AP BoD as well? And that both Murdoch
and Zell have publicly expressed disregard and disdain for honest,
conscientious journalism, in favor of lying to the public in order
to maximize revenues? This type of journalism is perfectly acceptable
to the conscience of the worlds "most trusted source of independent
news and information."
Did you know that, if hauled off the International
Criminal Court (ICC) today, Mr. Murdoch and most of the ideological
monsters he hires as pundits and anchors could be tried for incitement
to war crimes and crimes against humanity under the Nüremberg
Principles and other international laws?
Not if you've been getting your news from
3. AP's West Jerusalem bureau is a mouthpiece
for the hard-line, genocidal Israeli government and its illegal
The bureau's editorial staff is comprised
of Israelis who live in Israel Proper, and Jewish immigrants who
are living as illegal settlers in the Palestinian West Bank. Perhaps
this helps to explain why the real terrorists, and their daily
attacks on Palestinians, are never revealed by AP or any other
major news source. No wonder so many Americans have no idea who
is the illegal occupying state (Israel) and who are the occupied
Consider this: The Jerusalem bureau releases
all AP reports dealing with news originating out of the region.
Editorial duties are solely in the hands of Israelis. Add to that
the fact that NO news gets out of the Israeli-Occupied Palestinian
Territories (IOPTs) without passing through Israeli military censors,
and you may begin to realize why Palestinian suffering is concealed
by The Associated Press and other corporate news media.
Did you know that the army touted as the
"most moral army in the world" is actually one of the
most immoral? Did you know that AP refused to run a story about
the terroristic assault and battery of Palestinian journalist
Mohammed Omer at the hands of some of those uniformed Israeli
thugs? Or that when they finally ran the story - two weeks later
and after constant barrage of requests - it read like an Israeli
government press release, practically blaming the victim and exonerating
Did you know that the state of Israel
has NO legal claim over East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Golan
Heights (Syria), or the Sheba Farms (Lebanon), and that any Israeli
presence in the Palestinian side of the 1967 Green Line is illegal
under international law?
Did you know that Israel's intentional
destruction of Gaza's only power plant in June 2006; it's restrictions
on Palestinian movement; its cut-off of humanitarian aid, fuel,
imports, and exports; and its lockdown of Gaza's fishing industry
constitute collective punishment and a belligerent occupation?
Did you know that as a result of the current,
two-year-long, Israeli-U.S.-E.U. blockade of Gaza, hundreds of
Palestinians of all ages have died for lack of medical care, food,
potable drinking water, and electricity? Did you know that those
responsible for imposing the blockade would easily be found guilty
of every war crime in the book?
Not if you read AP.
Did you know that Israeli soldiers are
blackmailing sick and dying Palestinians - bullying them into
collaborating with Israel at the cost of being able to travel
in and out of Gaza to receive adequate (sometimes, life-saving)
medical care? Did you know that thousands of Palestinians are
held as political prisoners without formal charges? And that scores
of them are women, children, and elderly? And that they are routinely
Did you know that the 8-meter-high concrete
separation wall in the West Bank is illegal according to the International
Court of Justice (ICJ), and that the wall intentionally separates
Palestinians from their land, their jobs, each other, and the
outside world? Did you know that Israeli politicians have admitted
Not if you've been reading AP. Instead,
you're led to believe that it's a "security fence" or
"security barrier"; the legality and morality of which
is "disputed" or "controversial" or just an
"inconvenience" to the Palestinians. According to AP
and corporate media, the Palestinian territories under illegal
Israeli occupation are actually "disputed" territories
- a notion with which only the most fringe of society (neocons,
Zionists, AP BoD, etc.) agree.
Did you know that the Israel army has
been targeting charitable and educational institutions in the
West bank; closing down and ransacking orphanages, food kitchens,
mosques, Nablus' city hall, medical centers, shopping malls, and
beauty salons; destroying valuable furniture and equipment; vandalizing
public and private property; and that Israeli officials are even
bragging about it?
Did you know that all the above atrocities
perpetrated against the defenseless, starving, and illegally-occupied
Palestinian population constitute every war crime and crime against
Not if you read AP. According to AP's
Jerusalem editors, the Israeli Army is simply carrying out security
operations in self-defense. How do they know? Israel officials
said so. But who corroborates their testimony? U.S. officials.
4. AP perpetuates neocon-Likudnik lies
about Iran's nuclear program and the contrived "existential
threat" Iran poses to Israel, the USA, and the world.
AP sides with U.S. and Israeli war hawks
by concealing facts that contradict the hard-line rhetoric coming
out of D.C. and Tel Aviv.
Did you know that Iran never really had
a nuclear weapons program? Or that the source of the so-called
intelligence against Iran, from 2002-present, comes from the Israeli-assisted
MeK (you know, that aforementioned terrorist group)? Or that the
alleged evidence allegedly supporting the charges leveled in the
so-called findings from said "intelligence" were not
even made available to the Iranians, and much of it was not made
available to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)?
If you've been reading AP all this time,
you'd think that Iran is the only party protesting the baseless
allegations; but did you know that Iran is in good standing with
the IAEA, which has repeatedly stated that there is no evidence
that Iran is weaponizing?
Did you know that it takes takes at least
an 85% rate to enrich uranium to weapons grade, and that currently,
Iran is having trouble maintaining even a 3-4% level? Did you
know that, as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty
(NPT) in good standing, Iran has the right to operate its nuclear
program free of interference from the U.N. Security Council, and
that the UNSC sanctions currently imposed upon the Iranian people
are unlawful but for U.S. and Israeli coercion in the U.N.? Not
if AP is your prime source of "news."
AP even breaks most of its own stated
principles, especially those pertaining to the treatment of quotes.
Did you know that the Iranian president,
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, never said "Israel should be wiped off
the map"? Or that he never said that the Holocaust itself
was a "myth"? And that he has no authority to wage war
or manage the nuclear program? And that the person with the final
say in those matters - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - has issued decrees
stating that preemptive war and nuclear weapons are un-Islamic
Not if you've been reading AP these last
5. AP habitually conceals the hideous
illegality and immorality of U.S. and Israeli actions in Iraq,
the IOPTs, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran.
Through editorial shape-shifting, AP makes
what is black and white appear grey; in every case, this has benefited
the belligerent party, namely the Israeli and U.S. governments.
Instead of citing independent, third-party
sources like the the IAEA, international laws, and reputable human
rights groups, AP plays the "he said/she said" game,
citing only directly-opposing sides of the story. This allows
AP to appear as though they are presenting an objective picture,
when in fact they are concealing information which would tip the
scales (rightfully so) in favor of the oppressed party. And even
on the rare occasions when AP cites one of those authoritative
third parties, it is made to seem that the afflicted side is only
asserting their rights.
Did you know that all U.S.-involved economic,
military, and political measures against Iran are not only unconstitutional,
but are also in gross violation of the 1981 Algiers Accords and
Did you know that the September 6, 2007,
Israeli bombing of a Syrian construction site is a supreme war
crime? And that the Israeli allegations that the site was an illegal
nuclear facility are baseless. And that, in the face of Israel's
war crime, they are also moot - regardless of their perceived
plausibility? Did you know that Syria is in good standing with
the IAEA, and hasn't violated the NPT?
Did you know that the U.S. military and
its mercenary contractors have destroyed and looted mosques, hospitals,
schools, national treasures, and other civilian institutions and
infrastructure in Iraq and Afghanistan - not for security reasons
or self-defense, but out of sheer personal desire and corporate
enrichment? Did you know that U.S.-led NATO forces are intentionally
targeting civilians and other unarmed human beings in Afghanistan:
wedding parties, families, and others who are trying to escape
a war zone?
Did you know that each of those acts are
supreme war crimes?
Did you know that the main reason for
the so-called success of the "surge" in Iraq was merely
a U.S.-funded, internecine, ethnic-cleansing campaign (the genocidal
handiwork of those aforementioned "awakening groups"),
supplemented by the indiscriminate carpet-bombing of the poorest
and most densely-populated Shia neighborhoods?
Did you know that the Iraqi parliament
has voted more than once to impose a timetable for withdrawal
of U.S. troops? Or that for the last few years, at least 80% of
Iraqis and at least 65% of Americans polled have been in favor
of withdrawal? And that Congress' refusal to de-fund the occupation
all these years makes them unfit to serve?
Not if you've been relying upon AP and
corporate media for your "news" all this time.
It's time to let AP know that we are tired
of being lied to in order to facilitate the demise of the U.S.
Republic and innocent people the world over.
Boycott AP. Find out whom the major corporate
sponsors of your local AP affiliates are, and make an effort not
to buy their products and services. If you own a subscription
to any major newspaper or online journal affiliated with AP, cancel
And for bloggers: When writing about current
events, do not give an active hyperlink to the source if that
source is The Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times, Washington
Post, Washington Times, or any other major corporate media lie
machine. If you have no other choice, make sure the attribution
you give is not in hypertext format. Do not give these imperial
propaganda mills (and their war-profiteering corporate sponsors)
the benefit of even one more hit on their websites.
Let's do what we can to bring the war
criminals to justice; that means not only exposing and isolating
these empire-apologists, but also praising and donating to honest
and conscientious news outlets such as the one you're reading
now, so that the press in this country begins to function as a
check on government power, as it should be.