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by Stephen Lendman
Extensive media coverage of June 12 Orlando shootings hyped Islamic terrorism, suppressing what most needs explaining.
One-sided reporting regurgitated official accounts without due diligence checking, the public left in the dark, uninformed.
The New York Times said (alleged) gunman Omar Mateen “proclaim(ed) allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group…”
Shootings began around 2:00AM. The Times hyped fear, reporting “a panicked scene of unimaginable slaughter, the floors slicked with blood, the dead and injured piled atop one another – (t)errified people pour(ing) onto the darkened streets of the surrounding neighborhood…”
It featured Obama’s politicized comments instead of demanding he be held responsible for state-sponsored terrorism throughout his tenure, harming millions at home and abroad.
It quoted Trump urging “toughness & vigilance…on radical Islamic terrorism.”
It highlighted Clinton’s rage for war and defiance of rule of law principles, advocating “redouble(d)” efforts against “international terror groups,” and “hardened” domestic action.
Neocon Washington Post editors called Orlando shootings “Islamist-fueled terrorism,” suggesting no one is safe anywhere in America from the threat, urging it “be fought and contained wherever it appears.”
WaPo and other major media reports failed to explain consistent US state-sponsorship for these type incidents, convenient patsies blamed for false flag crimes.
Wall Street Journal editors headlined “Jihad in Orlando,” saying ISIS struck America, a domestic Muslim adherent “responsible for the largest mass shooting in US history.”
“(J)ihadist(s) pose an urgent and deadly threat…” Alleged homeland ones are hyped to stoke fear, manipulating public opinion to accept a permanent state of war and loss of fundamental freedoms.
Journal editors urged the FBI to use “sting” operations against Americans allegedly “show(ing) jihadist leanings on social media or with friends” – often resulting in entrapment, a flagrant breach of constitutional rights.
These operations involve government officials or agents initiating a scheme, persuading targeted patsies to consider going along – even though they showed no previous intent or willingness to do so.
Brennan Center for Justice fellow Michael German calls these type activities “manufactured terrorism,” US prisons filled with their victims.
Journal editors urged escalated war on terror – instead of denouncing the ongoing one as a colossal hoax.
We’re doomed if ordinary Americans don’t awaken to the unprecedented threat they face – from neocons waging war on humanity, not jihadists they created and support.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.