An Msm Dick Cheney Propaganda Experiment
03-01-2007, 10:31 AM
An Msm Dick Cheney Propaganda Experiment
An MSM Dick Cheney Propaganda Experiment
According to the mainstream, I have put together an interesting little timeline to demonstrate how suggestive (and diverse) the mainstream media can be. I am focusing on Dick Cheney's reported activity over the past several days for this experiment and I have added commentary. Besides, the man's had an interesting past couple days. Apparently he made a "secret" trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan early this week. Apparently he had planned to visit both places in the same day but snowfall caused him to postpone Afghanistan and just visited Pakistan on the 26th (Monday). The trip was only "secret" for security reasons, I'm sure you understand. I will sort the article links by the times they were posted (who reported first).
First note, all the mainstream media parrots the same thing and floods the 'net with it's redundancy. Try searching for something a little more inportant and you'll find it won't quite have ten million search results. Also, all the different titles and slightly different spin based on the particular audience that media target really amuse me. It's the exact same story. Why do we need ten thousand companies reporting on it?
M O N D A Y:
February 26, 2007:
The New York Times: Mon Feb 26
Bush to Warn Pakistan to Act on Terror
Quote:The New York Times reported on Monday that George Bush, the US president, had decided to send an unusually tough message to Musharraf, warning him that the newly elected Democratic US congress could cut aid unless his forces were far more aggressive in hunting down operatives with al-Qaeda.
Chicago Tribune: Mon Feb 26, 6:37 AM CST
Cheney makes surprise visits to Pakistan, Afghanistan
Quote:BAGRAM AIR FORCE BASE, Afghanistan -- Near a promised spring offensive against the resistant Taliban in Afghanistan, Vice President Dick Cheney arrived today for meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the second in a series of secrecy-shrouded visits that started with Cheney's call on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad
MSNBC / AP: Mon Feb 26, 11:52 AM CT
Cheney says Al-Qaida regrouping in Pakistan
Quote:Vice president calls on Musharraf to do more to break Taliban in Pakistan.
Reuters: Mon Feb 26, 3:21 PM ET
U.S. sends strong message to Pakistan on Taliban
Quote:BAGRAM AIRBASE (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney flew into Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday to press for a united front in the war against the resurgent Taliban, with media reports saying he would tell Islamabad only results count.
Associated Press: Mon Feb 26, 6:47 PM ET
Cheney asks Pakistan to counter al-Qaida
Quote:ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Underscoring growing alarm in the West at how militants have regained ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday sought Pakistani aid to help counter al-Qaida's efforts to regroup, officials said.
Look how Rueters and Associated Press carried virtually the exact same article, but one referred to "terrorists" as al-Qaida while the other referred to them as the taliban. Notice how AP presents it as simply one man, Cheney, politely "asking" for cooperation, and how Reuters portrays it as the whole U.S. "strongly" suggesting cooperation. It's all in the word play folks. The AP article really made it sound like Cheney was pleading for help from Pakistan, while the Reuters article totally made it out to sound like Cheney went in there and heaped the whole US's demands on them to do it. The Reuters article made no mention at all of sending more US troops there, simply, they made it seem like we were simply paying them a visit to remind them to get their asses in gear, and the article was suggestive that they would beusing their own troops to do it by mentioning how many soldiers they have lost. However, the AP article made reference to 9/11 and to how many US and NATO troops are there. Read them both, they're quite different.
al-Jazeera: Mon Feb 26
Cheney arrives in Afghanistan (the title suggests the incorrect country)
Quote:Dick Cheney, the US vice president, has made surprise visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan for talks on means of combating a new Taliban offensive in Afghanistan and a resurgent al-Qaeda.
Daily Star: Mon Feb 26,
Cheney visits Pakistan, Afghanistan to press for tough effort against militants
Quote:US Vice President Dick Cheney paid surprise visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday for talks on combating the increased threat from Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters. His visit to the region comes amid international concern about a feared Taliban spring offensive in Afghanistan following the insurgency's most violent year since the 2001 ousting of the hard-line militia.
Global Security: Mon Feb 26,
Vice President Cheney in Afghanistan for Talks with Karzai
Quote:U.S. officials say Vice President Dick Cheney made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Monday to discuss concerns about the Taleban insurgency with President Hamid Karzai. Cheney arrived from Pakistan, where he met with President Pervez Musharraf. A Pakistani official said Cheney praised Pakistan's contribution to the war against terrorism during the meeting but urged General Musharraf to do more. The official said Mr. Musharraf reiterated Pakistan's resolve and assured Cheney that Pakistan is doing its best. The New York Times newspaper published an article Monday saying the U.S. Congress could cut aid to Pakistan unless Mr. Musharraf becomes more aggressive in hunting down terrorists.
MWC News: Mon Feb 26,
Cheney arrives in Afghanistan
Quote:Dick Cheney, the US vice president, has made surprise visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan for talks on means of combating a new Taliban offensive in Afghanistan and a resurgent al Qaeda. Cheney arrived in Pakistan on Monday and went straight to meet Pervez Musharraf, the president, in Rawalpindi, just south of the capital Islamabad.
Military.com: Mon Feb 26,
Cheney's Secret Afghan Visit
Quote:KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney talked about future military operations with senior American military leaders at the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Monday, though a planned meeting with President Hamid Karzai was canceled because of bad weather.
03-01-2007, 10:35 AM
An Msm Dick Cheney Propaganda Experiment
Fox News: Mon Feb 26,
Cheney Asks Pakistan to Counter al-Qaida
Quote:ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Underscoring growing alarm in the West at how militants have regained ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday sought Pakistani aid to help counter al-Qaida's efforts to regroup, officials said. However, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf insisted his forces have already "done the maximum" possible against extremists in their territory and insisted that other allies also shoulder responsibility in the U.S.-led war on terrorism.
Look at how spammed Monday is. I was able to find a couple videos that aired on ABC and BBC but finding text articles about what happened on Tuesday proved a little difficult. I swear I was only able to find one report on Tuesday, if anyone can find a report dated Tuesday please post it, but it looks like story wasn't carried much on the 27th. The story started carrying Wednesday and I still see it popping up now Thursday. Many reports carried are now saying "The US knew the attack was going to happen", so I speculate that a couple medias are waiting to pen up the perfect article about it or something while others just crammed their rough draft through and went home.
T U E S D A Y:
February 27, 2007:
News.com: Mon Feb 27, 12:43 AM
Cheney visits Afghanistan
Quote:Cheney makes "suprise" visit to Pakistan & Afghanistan
W E D N E S D A Y:
February 28, 2007:
SP Times: Mon Feb 28,
Cheney is unhurt as bomb kills 23 at Afghan air base
Quote:Vice President Dick Cheney was shuttled into a bomb shelter at the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday morning after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the main gate. Cheney was not injured in the attack, which Taliban militants said was aimed at the vice president.
CBS: Mon Feb 28,
Bomb Within Earshot of Cheney Kills 23
Quote:(AP) In what the Taliban claimed was an assassination attempt, a suicide bomber attacked the main gate of a U.S. military base Tuesday within earshot of Vice President Dick Cheney. The explosion killed 23 people, including two Americans, and delivered a propaganda blow that undercut the U.S. military and the weak Afghan government it supports.
: Mon Feb 28, 9:50PM
Bomb threat was known before Cheney arrived
Quote:KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: NATO and American forces knew that a suicide bomber was at large in the Bagram area before the suicide bomb attack on Tuesday that killed 23 people at the main gate of the U.S. air base where Vice President Dick Cheney was staying, a NATO spokesman said Wednesday. Despite the vice president's presence, the Afghan police chief in the area said he had not been informed of the possible threat.
: Mon Feb 28, 17:31:00 EST
NATO: Bomb threat existed before Cheney visit
Quote:KABUL, Afghanistan Intelligence reports indicated that the Taliban had the ability to carry out suicide attacks near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan even before a bloody bombing during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, NATO said Wednesday. Col. Tom Collins, the top spokesman for NATOs force in Afghanistan, said suicide bomb cells were present in the capital, Kabul, just 30 miles south of Bagram Air Base. We know for a fact that there has been recent intelligence to suggest that there was the threat of a bombing in the Bagram area, Collins told reporters. Its clear that there are suicide bomber cells operating in this country. There are some in the city of Kabul.
NW Source: Mon Feb 28, 10:19 p.m. PT
Blast in Afghanistan kills 2, injures 48
Quote:KABUL, Afghanistan -- A roadside bomb in western Afghanistan left two civilians dead and 48 wounded, including 10 children, officials said Thursday. The blast targeted a passing police vehicle in the city of Farah, said Mohammad Qasem Bayan, the chief of public health department for Farah province. The attack happened in the city center near a school, Bayan said.no mention of Cheney here, muta been a different bomb.
NY Times: Mon Feb 28,
Cheney Denies Aiming to Beat Up On Musharraf
Quote:The vice president said it was not correct that he went in to beat up on the Pakistani president for failing to confront Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
03-01-2007, 10:36 AM
An Msm Dick Cheney Propaganda Experiment
T H U R S D A Y
March 1, 2007:
NY TIMES: Mon Mar 1, 10:02 PM ET
U.S. Knew of Threats as Cheney Visited Base
Quote:Officials knew that a suicide bomber was at large before an attack during the vice presidents trip to Afghanistan.
: Mon Mar 1,
Taliban says it targeted Cheney
Quote:Officials doubt the militants knew he was secretly at an Afghan air base. Two Americans are among the dead in bombing. WASHINGTON: U.S. and Afghan officials are investigating whether Taliban fighters who have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Tuesday at Bagram air base were tipped off that Vice President Dick Cheney was visiting there. Cheney, who was staying a mile from where the bomb exploded, was not injured in the attack at the gate of the sprawling base. A U.S. soldier and a South Korean soldier were among those killed. Reports of the death toll varied, with the U.S. military saying nine people died and the Afghan government reporting 23 dead and 24 injured. An American contractor also was reported killed.
Bush woke up Monday morning and decided (he is the decider, you know) that "the United States" (and he decides for the whole country) needed to send an unusually tough message to the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, warning them that they could cut aid unless their forces were far more aggressive in hunting down operatives with al-Qaeda (and/or Taliban, does it really matter, TERRORISTS!). They immediately pack their bitch Dick Cheney onto a plane and ship him out to go play the role of mafia reminder. Hey, someone's gotta keep these puppet governments in check!
Dick arrives in Pakistan in what seemed record time, briefly meets with Pervez Musharraf then sticks around till Tuesday because of the snow. Tuesday he goes to meet Hamid Karzai but before the meeting at a US military base, someone bombs the entrance to it, killing a lot of people, Cheney not being one of them. He makes his visit, chats with Hamid Karzai, poses for his photo op handshake and scoots to come back to Washington and tell his story.
When you actually watch these guys it looks like hollywood.
The interesting truth to this is that what's really going on is more American troops are being sent into Afghanistan and Pakistan to help THEM with this situation. The last time I checked the statistics, approx. 3,600 "coalition" troops had been killed for about 650,000 national citizens there. Do the math. If the US wants to send 1,000 more troops then they are likely expecting the deaths of another 180,000 residents of that region, so when the US says they want to send 20,000 more troops you better forsee another holocaust in the works, ecspecially if "no end is in sight" for this "war on terror". Imagine a quarter of a million foreigners came into your land and killed more than a million of you and your people spread out over five years. I think I would probably die trying to get my revenge.
Don't believe they're sending more troops to Afghanistan as well as Iraq?
The British also announced sending more troops to Afghanistan:
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