Wednesday, March 23, 2005

IN THE DARK About Iraq

From The Moscow Times

George W. Bush has spoken frequently about his desire to bypass "the filter" of US mass media. He's been pretty successful. But neither he nor his administration has given "the filter" much credit for how well it filters out information that would be damaging to (what the administration defines as) US strategic interests.

We've already noted the American University study that looked at how embedded reporters, and the news media in general, censored their own reports (Editor & Publisher has some more thoughts on the study).

Now this article by Chris Floyd in the Moscow Times tells how the American mainstream media have ignored a report by the health ministry of the US-backed Iraqi interim government that describes US forces' use, during the attack on Fallujah, of chemical weapons, napalm, cluster bombs on civilian areas, and attacks on hospitals.

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