Scoundrel Media Scorecard on Trump’s Syria Aggression

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Scoundrel Media Scorecard on Trump’s Syria Aggression
by Stephen Lendman
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) kept score. On Tuesday, it said only one of 46 major media editorials opposed Trump’s aggression, explaining:
  • “83% of editorials” supported his action;
  • “15% (were) ambivalent;”
  • only “2 percent (Houston Chronicle editors alone)” opposed his attack – because of its illegality.
Eight of the nation’s top 10 broadsheets by circulation supported Trump’s action – “with varying degrees of qualification and concern,” said FAIR.
They include The NYT, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, cheerleading naked aggression against a sovereign state threatening no one.
The LA Times and San Jose Mercury News “were ambiguous, highlighting Trump’s past opposition to bombing Syria,” FAIR explained.
All 50 broadsheets accepted fabricated administration claims about Syria using CWs – despite no evidence proving it, not on April 4 or any previous time throughout over six years of war.
FAIR: “A consistent theme in (most) editorials was that the airstrikes were necessary, but Trump needed a broader strategy as well as a constitutional or congressional ‘framework.’ “ 
Overwhelming scoundrel media support for Trump’s attack follows their disturbing pattern of cheerleading all US wars of aggression – notably since the illegal 1991 Gulf War and rape of Yugoslavia.
When America goes to war or plans one, media scoundrels march in lockstep.
Rule of law principles don’t matter. Big Lies are accepted as justification.
Readers and viewers are consistently betrayed. Administration and Pentagon press agent reporting is featured over truth-telling, presstitution over journalism the way it’s supposed to be.
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
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.