When an Islamic fundamentalist is killed or arrested anywhere in the world but China, they are labeled a terrorist in the Western media but when the same forces do something similar in China they are called activists. China’s Xinjiang province is located east of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. All of these Central Asian countries share a border with China’s Xinjiang region.
Here are two examples from the Western media that were published in July 2009. Time printed a news piece Afghanistan’s Deadly Export: How the War is Spilling Over into Central Asia, by John Wendle/Moscow
The lead paragraph starts, “When five militants, all Russian citizens, were shot and killed in a gun battle at a remote military checkpoint near Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan, the Tajik government was quick to label the dead as “members of an organized terrorist group.” The group has not been named, but the shootings highlight the grim irony of the struggle against terrorism in Afghanistan.”
A few days later, Chisa Fujioka wrote for Reuters, Uighur leader says 10,000 went missing in one night. The lead said, “Nearly 10,000 Uighurs involved in deadly riots in China’s northwestern Xingjian region went missing on one night, exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer said Wednesday, calling for an international investigation.”
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Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the award winning novels My Splendid Concubine and Our Hart. He also Blogs at The Soulful Veteran and Crazy Normal.
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Western Media is often biased, with facts selectively presented (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political, or other type of agenda. Western Media is used as a form of political warfare.
Western Media is a powerful weapon in war; it is used to dehumanize and create hatred toward a supposed enemy, either internal or external, by creating a false image in the mind. This can be done by using derogatory or racist terms, avoiding some words or by making allegations of enemy atrocities. Most Western Media wars require the home population to feel the enemy has inflicted an injustice, which may be fictitious or may be based on facts. The home population must also decide that the cause of their nation is just.
Western Media in this sense, serves as a corollary to censorship in which the same purpose is achieved, not by filling people’s minds with approved information, but by preventing people from being confronted with opposing points of view. What sets Western Media apart from other forms of advocacy is the willingness of the Western Media to change people’s understanding through deception and confusion rather than persuasion and understanding.
The Western Media has intentionally created at least three generations of ignorant people, since fools are easier to control. Unfortunately for the Western Media elite, the sheeple will eventually notice truth.
Well said Nalliah Thayabharan.
In addition, the media in America is doing the same thing with the US population. There is a war going inside America and the conservative media machine such as neoconservative Murdock’s News Corp media empire along with a host of conservative talk radio shows is at war with public education, labor unions, Social Security, Medicare, liberals/Democratic Party and the result is conservatives once again are on track to take back total control of the government in the 2012 national election.
Since we have already witnessed what this conservative empire has done when in power, we should only see things get worse.
Raising fools with short attention spans plays into the hands of these people. Studies show that the average person on-line spends less than thirty seconds reading what they find on Websites and Blogs and few if any look deeper to discover if the claims/opinions are supported with historical facts.
Every time I have done this research, which often takes hours of time, I have found that most if not all of the information from these sources is more complicated than claimed, misleading and often downright lies with language designed to inflame emotions.
Further studies show that 80% of all decisions most people make come from emotions and not logic based on facts. The media relies on this to manipulate public opinion. In a democracy where every citizen votes, there is always the danger of controlling a country by appealing to those elements of society to generate a majority at the voting booth.