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Monday, January 09, 2006

What Liberal Media Bias?

Heard of this one yet? Probably not since the US was pretty much the only country that didn't cover this story. Have a taste of the stuff the liberal media doesn't want Americans to know.

MAJOR TERROR ATTACK AGAINST U.S. IGNORED

The mainstream U.S. media outlets have failed to report a major terrorist plot against the U.S. - because it would tend to support President Bush's use of NSA domestic surveillance, according to media watchdog groups.

News of a planned attack masterminded by three Algerians operating out of Italy was widely reported outside the U.S., but went virtually unreported in the American media.

Italian authorities recently announced that they had used wiretaps to uncover the conspiracy to conduct a series of major attacks inside the U.S.

Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said the planned attacks would have targeted stadiums, ships and railway stations, and the terrorists' goal, he said, was to exceed the devastation caused by 9/11.

Italian authorities stepped up their internal surveillance programs after July's terrorist bombings in London. Their domestic wiretaps picked up phone conversations by Algerian Yamine Bouhrama that discussed terrorist attacks in Italy and abroad.

Italian authorities arrested Bouhrama on November 15 and he remains in prison. Authorities later arrested two other men, Achour Rabah and Tartaq Sami, who are believed to be Bouhrama’s chief aides in planning the attacks.

News Max Daily

This seems to be an important event. Stuff like this SHOULD be reported in the US. Unfortunately, this and other similar stories are regularly swept under the rug by the MSM in this country. It is my opinion that this is done purely out of a strong liberal bias that goes so deep that the MSM would lie and misinform the American people than report ANYTHING that might make a conservative or conservative methods look good.

I shall bring you updates on other similar unreported stories as they occur from now. I intend build a mountain of evidence to prove to liberals that the liberal media they constantly deny really does exist, and that it is rampant. Let them see that the sources of information they are using are the truly biased and decitful sources rather than the ones we consevatives use.

Thanks to Gayle, of Gayle's Rebublican Blog, and Let Our Voices be Heard for tipping me off to this story.

20 Comments:

  • Well...it's the first I've heard of this.
    Of course the MSM won't report it. How can they continue to bash Bush for wiretapping and then cover a story about how wiretapping spoiled a potentially disastrous attack. Talk about getting egg on their face!
    This is also why the MSM is becoming more and more concerned about the major influence of Blogs in this country. They (MSM) are no longer the only ones in control of how stories are told or if they get told at all. Keep the pressure on them Daniel.

    By Blogger Corie, at 8:02 AM  

  • The MSM is becoming more and more irrelevant, and they know it. You’re right Dan, the MSM will knowingly lie and misinform because they are self-righteously sure of their position.

    There was a time when journalists were aware of their biases, but still attempted to present a balanced story or report. Those days are long gone, most “journalist” purposely attempt to give an incorrect impression while technically not lying, many don’t care if they’re lying as long as they receive kudos from like-minded people.

    Hell, it’s become a part time job just to stay informed.

    We all have our biases, which will color our beliefs to a certain extent, some more extensive than others, and that’s the problem with liberals. They are so sure of their position – their stance. They “know” they’re right because each time they rub elbows, they confirm each others views and cement their stance on all the social issues that “matter”.

    They’re so progressive and urbane don’t ya know.

    Ya, they try to convince each other they’re sophisticated when in reality they are sheltered, pampered, pompous fools – without a clue. These fools populate the democrat party – the party of whores, traitors, and the uninformed.

    I’m through ranting now, sorry, I’ve got a hang over and I’m pissed. Bunch of morons constantly trashing this country and our systems, while attempting to morph us into their utopian communist society. Not while there’s a breath left in this body!

    By Blogger blamin, at 9:16 AM  

  • good point, daniel!! we need to keep up on this!!

    By Blogger Libby, at 12:26 PM  

  • No, I haven’t heard this one before because it appears to be a fabrication. Did you or Gayle check this beyond going to News Max Daily (which seems to be a right wing publication)? News Max Daily quotes a headline in The Sunday Times, but I cannot find that headline on the Times Online website (though this could be due to their braindead search engine).

    This was not widely reported outside the US and none of the minor reports I found makes any mention of a planned attack on the US. You can check for yourself here, or here or you can search Google for ‘Italy+Algerian+attack’.

    You can also see that this was reported inside the US by ABC News and and their stories are pretty much in line with the others.

    The only places I can find that mention planned attacks on the US are right wing blogs and News Max. This lack of critical thinking and the unwillingness to look for evidence seems typical of right wing followers.

    By Anonymous cjb, at 3:23 PM  

  • I'm sorry about the formatting. That last link is to MSNBC. I don't know what happened there; it looked fine in the preview.

    By Anonymous cjb, at 3:25 PM  

  • Hmmm... I never heard of that.
    I never even heard of the plot by Iyman Faris.
    Gee, wonder why?

    By Blogger Rebekah, at 3:46 PM  

  • Great find,Dan.
    Gotta love NewsMax (and WND!).

    By Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy, at 4:18 AM  

  • Aaannnd so, we know that media bias exists because it didn't cover this story that you found only on a rightwing website and we know that the story must be true exactly because it didn't appear in the MSM?

    And of course, this story must be true because we know how the media (who act as one so as to better deceive the public...they have weekly planning meetings to make sure the wrong stories don't get out) and liberals love to hide stories about terrorists getting convicted?

    How in the world do you think the media has the time to coordinate this massive conspiracy with the Lefties? You have to give it to them that they're good time managers!

    By Blogger Dan Trabue, at 9:21 AM  

  • Dan,

    I suggets you examine world publications before you say this source is unrelliable in this case. Many stories go largely in the US that are covered more extensively elsewhere. Often, it is only groups or organizations within the US that have a strong position on the subject that is affected that bother to pick up on such stories, though I would hardly call Nesmax "Right Wing". "Right LEaning" might be a better term, the way it describes Fox News. Right wing describes this website far better than those despite my best attempts to be fair.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 12:09 PM  

  • I didn't say it was unreliable. I questioned the notion of ANY one source, if it is the only source reporting a big news story, of its reliability.

    Why hasn't FOX reported it?

    I know nothing about this story except for what I've read here. If what I've read here is reliable, then I question this story.

    Just as if (as has happened a time or two) Common Dreams (lefties) ran an article reporting something that no other media reported. Even tho I support common dreams, I'd question that story.

    Seems more reasonable than a vast left wing conspiracy to kill a story of marginal importance to the Left's cause.

    By Blogger Dan Trabue, at 12:23 PM  

  • Daniel: I suggets you examine world publications before you say this source is unrelliable in this case.

    I did examine the world publications and I gave you links to some of them above. The world publications made absolutely no mention of planned attacks on the US: none. What do you make of that?

    By Anonymous cjb, at 2:28 PM  

  • I say you didn't look very hard, and that you almost assuredly went to a biased source.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 4:12 PM  

  • Daniel: I say you didn't look very hard, and that you almost assuredly went to a biased source.

    Okay, I provided you with some links showing that world publications such as BBC News did not indicate that these three Algerians were planning attacks on the US. It is now time for you to supply us with a link to an unbiased world publication that does show that these three Algerians mentioned in your story were planning attacks on the US.

    All I’m asking you to do is back up your assertion with some evidence. This is something you seem constantly unable to do.

    By Anonymous cjb, at 4:53 PM  

  • Once again I am forced to repeat this.

    My experiencew with dissenters is that they disregard all sources of my information regardless of the source simply because they do not want to agree with the information conatined tehrein. Therefore I have chosen to stop handing this information out on demand and have "look it up yourself policy" for all dissenters in the hopes that they will stumble across the truth I have given them in a source they will trust.

    As far the BBC goes, they are worse than the US MSM in their conservative-hating liberal bias. Have you even tried any Italian news organizations? That IS the country this happened in after all.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 6:42 PM  

  • NewsMax: The mainstream U.S. media outlets have failed to report a major terrorist plot against the U.S… News of a planned attack masterminded by three Algerians operating out of Italy was widely reported outside the U.S.

    Daniel: Therefore I have chosen to stop handing this information out on demand and have "look it up yourself policy" for all dissenters...

    Have you, at any time during the course of this discussion, looked for and found any links supporting the NewsMax story that these Algerians planned attacks on the U.S.? I’m guessing you haven’t even looked or, if you have, you certainly didn’t find any supporting evidence. If you had, I think you would have immediately given me the link to prove me wrong rather than trying to weasel out of it with this righteous indignation.

    Daniel: Have you even tried any Italian news organizations? That IS the country this happened in after all.

    Yes, of course I’ve tried the Italian news agencies (at least the ones in English; I don’t speak Italian). I’ve now looked at this same story from ANSA (Italian news agency), ADN Kronos International, Reuters, Associated Press, Ireland Online, the BBC, the Guardian, Pravda, Xinhua News, ABC News, CBS News, MSNBC and Voice of America and none of them mentions that these three Algerians were planning attacks on the U.S. I’d say that’s a reasonably wide representation of international and domestic news sources.

    NewsMax says that this was widely reported outside the U.S., but all the reports I can find make no mention of planned attacks on the U.S. The only news source I can find that mentions these attacks is NewsMax. I think this is yet another case of your choosing to believe whatever fits in with your preconceived notions of the world and you’d rather not look for evidence that would shatter your fantasy. Again, I’m disappointed.

    By Anonymous cjb, at 1:23 AM  

  • You presume much regarding my research methods. I keep them quiet because for the reasons I have already stated. It also allows me to observe who is making honest research efforts, who is making lazy research efforts, and who is just faking it.

    This also allows me to hold the big guns in reserve until I decide I really need them. When that need arises I address the topic in a full posting rather than relegating something of such importance to the comments section.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 6:12 AM  

  • Did the NewsMax story mention that Italian intelligence is strongly suspected as a source of the forged documents that led to Joe Wilson's now-infamous trip to Niger?

    Hmm . . . an intelligence agency already being investigated for allegedly helping fabricate the case for invading Iraq, now suddenly makes an announcement that not only makes itself look heroic, but (totally coincidentally of course) helps the White House to rationalize its own recently-revealed policy of illegal wiretapping . . .

    Hmm . . .

    Nah. Nothing to it, I'm sure. If only the media would be more gullible, it would just pass this nonsense on so we could all "know" the "truth" . . .

    By Blogger catastrophile, at 9:20 PM  

  • "The only news source I can find that mentions these attacks is NewsMax."

    You know what this means, don't you? That the MSM leftwing conspiracy is a GLOBAL conspiracy! And that they've infiltrated FoxNews (TM)!

    Man, they must have a UN-sized organization working overtime just to coordinate these efforts and silence any leaks... The UN! Of course! THEY'RE the ones! And the Pope and the Catholic Church and the Masons have to be involved, too.

    Their very silence on the matter condemns them!

    And...waitasecond! There was no mention of this in the Southern Baptist Newspaper this last time! Not the Southern Baptists, too!!!

    Why I...[eerie silence]

    By Blogger Dan Trabue, at 5:35 AM  

  • If you guys would actually do some qualitative research, you'd find it in numerous places. Now I don't know if Dan actually had these sources also but they do exist. Both the Geo in Pakistan and the Turkish Press covered this story. You can also read it in more detail on this blog:

    http://dad29.blogspot.com/2006/01/war-on-terror-its-here-its-in-your.html

    Sorry, I don't know how to link the articles or blog in the comments section.

    By Blogger Neo-Con Tastic, at 9:39 AM  

  • Thank you neo-con; we are making some progress. The right wing blogger you mentioned linked to RedState who linked to Turkish Press and Geo. They both carried exactly the same story, word for word, except that Geo inserted the word ‘on’ before the word ‘Friday’ in the first paragraph quoted below. The first two paragraphs are the interesting ones:

    Turkish Press: Three Algerians arrested in an anti-terrorist operation in southern Italy are suspected of being linked to a planned new series of attacks in the United States, Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said Friday.

    The attacks would have targeted ships, stadiums or railway stations in a bid to outdo the September 11, 2001 strikes by Al-Qaeda in New York and Washington which killed some 2,700 people, Pisanu said.


    I searched Google for the phrase “The attacks would have targeted ships, stadiums or railway stations” and found this story referred to on many right wing or scare mongering blogs and web sites. I also found the same story, identical except for the time of attribution, on several other news sites. The fact that this story is identical on those sites indicates that they all received it from the one source, which I can’t identify because none of these news sites attributes this story to anything more definite than ‘correspondents in Rome’. I suspect this story originated from Agence France-Presse, but I can’t be sure. So really we are dealing with only one news source here: one that cannot be identified.

    Now, look carefully at the language of that first sentence: “suspected of being linked to a planned new series of attacks”. Could this be expressed any more tenuously? It doesn’t say the Algerians are planning the attacks. It doesn’t even say that they are linked to whoever may or may not be planning these attacks. This, combined with the second paragraph, has the feel of a reporter wanting to inject some sensation into his story to have it picked up by others, but not wanting to say anything that could later be shown to be a lie.

    Contrast that with this statement.

    NewsMax: News of a planned attack masterminded by three Algerians operating out of Italy was widely reported outside the U.S

    No such circumspection here—oh no. According to NewsMax, these attacks were “masterminded” by the Algerians and this story was “widely reported” even though it came from only one source. I think it is likely that NewsMax picked up this same story but decided to change it to suit their agenda.

    By the way, if you would like to include links in your comments then look up the syntax of the anchor tag and href attribute.

    By Anonymous cjb, at 1:53 PM  

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