Monday, December 4, 2017

The Long-Term Invasion of Fake News in America

With the "fake news" mantra haunting the U.S. media, a look back in time would suggest that there is something at least a bit curious about a significant happening in the post-September 11th, 2001 events that is, at the very least, question worthy.  In the interest of maintaining at least some balance, I have selected one leading news source from each side of the American political spectrum.

Here is a report from Fox News on December 26th, 2001:

Here is a similar report from the New York Times, also on December 26th, 2001:

Osama bin Laden's death was also reported in an Egyptian newspaper, al-Wafd, on the same date (with thanks to Paul Craig Roberts):

Here's the translation:

"News of Bin Laden’s Death and Funeral 10 days ago

Islamabad –

A prominent official in the Afghan Taleban movement announced yesterday the death of Osama bin Laden, the chief of al-Qa’da organization, stating that binLaden suffered serious complications in the lungs and died a natural and quiet death.

The official, who asked to remain anonymous, stated to The Observer of Pakistan that he had himself attended the funeral of bin Laden and saw his face prior to burial in Tora Bora 10 days ago. He mentioned that 30 of al-Qa’da fighters attended the burial as well as members of his family and some friends from the Taleban.

In the farewell ceremony to his final rest guns were fired in the air. The official stated that it is difficult to pinpoint the burial location of bin Laden because according to the Wahhabi tradition no mark is left by the grave. He stressed that it is unlikely that the American forces would ever uncover any traces of bin Laden."

Now, let's look at the "new" narrative.

Here's what Fox News had to say about Osama bin Laden's "state of health" on May 1, 2011:

Here is what the New York Times had to say on May 1, 2011:

If you read through the entire New York Times article, you will see that there is no mention of Osama bin Laden's "previous death" in December of 2001 as reported by the NYT.

What does this tell us?  For one, the mainstream media in the United States is untrustworthy.  While not wanting to sound like a "tin foil wearing nut", there are many among us who question the entire Osama bin Laden narrative.  Why was his body dumped at sea?  The line that Islam requires burial within 24 hours of death seems to hold little water given that the man was allegedly responsible for the deaths of nearly 3000 Americans.  Bu then again, according to this FOIA release by Judicial Watch: appears that Washington is doing whatever it can to ensure that we'll never really know the "real truth" of the matter.

It appears that American history has a very bad habit of rewriting itself and, given enough time, the voting public is certain to forget the previous versions.  One thing we do know for certain; fake news is definitely not a new phenomenon in the United States.

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