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Faux-News: Balancing News Coverage in the US Media-Mainstream


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The reason why most immigrants to the US are less inclined to believe lies on US media channels is because they have more experience in the outer world.

That is why when US media outlets inflame the crimes of violent groups like al Qaeda and ISIS, it almost makes us laugh because in our eyes, we know that none of these groups are Islamic and that the real perpetrators are in fact some of America’s closest allies, like Saudi Arabia & Israel. The problem is the US has much at stake, economically and in its reputation. American politicians & corporate execs are involved.

That is why when the Daily Beast posts headlines about the crucifixion of babies by ISIS, it upsets me because this in fact serves ISIS’ goal of garnering attention and slandering Islam.

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Why don’t CNN, Fox, MSNBC, CBS, Daily Beast, or even Al Jazeera America broadcast the international crimes committed by the apartheid state of Israel on a daily basis? Where are the journalists and the news broadcasts and the full fledged reports about the causes of income-inequality inside and outside America? Instead all we hear about is the dangers of “Islamic terror”, the urgency of blind, self-righteous American patriotism and unquestionable support for indiscriminate international security measures. Instead, we get stories about Iggy Azalea and Suge Knight. Instead we get headlines titled Je Suis Charlie.

Well Je Suis Ahmed Merabet. Je Suis Mike Brown. Je Suis Shaimaa el-Sabbagh. Je Suis Eric Garner. Je Suis Rachel Corrie. Je Suis Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

The forces of imperialism currently being incited right now to destabilize universal concepts of national sovereignty, international peace and cooperation are the following: Zionism, Wahhabism, Communism, Anarcho-Capitalism, Libertarianism, Turkish Fascism & Ottoman Expansionism, White Supremacy.

We need fair coverage of world events in the US. Europe isn’t as bad as I’ve heard from peers, friends and family. But considering the US is the most influential country on the planet, for better and/or worse, it is urgent that we get a fair display of what is going on in the world here on American soil. It is hard enough for us political scientists who aren’t willing to compromise truth for the sake of riches to maintain our sanity let alone survive because the American economy isn’t very friendly to critics of its own politics. There isn’t anything un-American about it; though those in power might have you believe it does. In reality its just a group of Americans who benefit off media-bias, unfair coverage & imbalanced lobbying. It is of no coincidence that this group is likely white. Just afraid of a little competition…

The twentieth century allotted much of the global policing responsibility of the world to America. But just as England, Spain, Rome, and nearly all of history’s global empires overreached, so to has America; and the 21st century is finally time for the US to turn it down a notch. Protecting the world from extremism has turned into an impetus for exploitation.

While communism and extreme statist policies were viewed as the enemy of global stability; the 21st century has ushered in a new force of evil; anarchical capitalism. The King of Morocco once said, “capitalism and communism are two sides of the same coin.” I agree. Being a mixed economist myself, I have relinquished any desire to associate myself objectively with any particular ideology. This highlights the dynamic of the Vietnam War per se during which the US viewed Communism as a global threat therein being blinded by its own imperial ambitions. The same is true for Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion; the product of that debacle was the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, the Taliban and al Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden himself with close ties to the Saudi monarchy.

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The problem is there is large disconnect between the US government, Big Banks, and the American people, exacerbated by a culture and tradition of self-righteous Republicanism. Why Americans Hate Welfare, by Martin Gilens, shows how failure on behalf of the media to accurately and fairly portray the socio-economic realities within the US not only leaves the issue of economic inequality unaddressed but largely perpetuates the misery of the impoverished classes by distorting their image and the root causes of their suffering to begin with. This same principle ought to be applied to US coverage of foreign affairs which leaves various groups and communities like Arabs, Armenians, Africans, Palestinians and Native-Americans disenfranchised altogether; without a voice.

I believe only through democratic collective initiatives and progressive movements can we put pressure on politicians and the media to address public concerns. Let us honor the legacies of our predecessors like Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. who strove to balance the rights of all men in this world by fighting and protesting peacefully until our voices are heard.

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ZIONISM


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For so long Israeli politicians and media magnates, as well as their cohort lobbyists in the West, have succeeded in deeming anti-Zionism as anti-Semitic – but that time is over. I am a Semite. The Arab people are Semites. We too, like the Jews claim, descend from Abraham through Ishmael. Our cries against your crimes are for social justice – meanwhile, Israelis and zionists spread their dogmatic message to justify the onslaught of Palestinians and Israeli expansionism. Enough is enough damnit. As individuals global struggle to secure their human rights, we mustn’t forget our brothers in Palestine, in Afghanistan, in Brazil, in Turkey, in Chechnya, in Kashmir, in South Africa, Nigera, Vietnam, and such. The era of self righteousness is being confronted by a new, truer voice. Be it heard or not I am not naive. I don’t believe in a two state solution. I do not recognize a Jewish state because like every American I believe in the separation of church and state. I disapprove of the existence of Israel regardless of the reality of the holocaust because two wrongs don’t make a right. I am a Semite. I am a Jew. I am a Muslim. I am a believer. I am a child of God as all of you are and I refuse to sit passively. Palestine will be heard damnit. Syria will be saved. Fundamentalism will be squashed, from the Rush Limbaughs to the Netanyahus, dogma will be done.

ZIONISM


For so long Israeli politicians and media magnates, as well as their cohort lobbyists in the West, have succeeded in deeming anti-Zionism as anti-Semitic – but that time is over. I am a Semite. The Arab people are Semites. We too, like the Jews claim, descend from Abraham through Ishmael. Our cries against your crimes are for social justice – meanwhile, Israelis and zionists spread their dogmatic message to justify the onslaught of Palestinians and Israeli expansionism. Enough is enough damnit. As individuals global struggle to secure their human rights, we mustn’t forget our brothers in Palestine, in Afghanistan, in Brazil, in Turkey, in Chechnya, in Kashmir, in South Africa, Nigera, Vietnam, and such. The era of self righteousness is being confronted by a new, truer voice. Be it heard or not I am not naive. I don’t believe in a two state solution. I do not recognize a Jewish state because like every American I believe in the separation of church and state. I disapprove of the existence of Israel regardless of the reality of the holocaust because two wrongs don’t make a right. I am a Semite. I am a Jew. I am a Muslim. I am a believer. I am a child of God as all of you are and I refuse to sit passively. Palestine will be heard damnit. Syria will be saved. Fundamentalism will be squashed, from the Rush Limbaughs to the Netanyahus, dogma will be done.


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