Trump, the Internet and policy making

After President Trump bombed Syria in April, Seymour Hersh claimed that he had done so because he preferred the "evidence" of the jihadi propaganda he was watching on television to the information he was provided by the intelligence and military.

 

It has now been revealed that Trump's decision to end the CIA's support for the jihadis in Syria was also the result of his watching a jihadi propaganda video: one of the beheading of a child for the "crime" of supporting the Syrian government. I wrote about this video in an earlier post, which includes a link to the video.

 

Both of these decisions were informed by the jihadis own propaganda. However, the differences are telling. The April 2017 propaganda was produced for Western consumption and was intended to be presented in the western corporate media. However, in the case of the second example, the child beheading, the propaganda was not aimed at a western audience; it was for internal, jihadi consumption.

 

These differences were reflected in the corporate media's treatment. The April "chemical weapons attack" propaganda was widely reported. It was framed in the most emotive way possible, and it was treated as beyond question. The fact that the sources were jihadist was obscured from view. This propaganda caused an emotional Donald Trump to launch tomahawk missiles on Syria, providing support to the jihadis.

 

The child beheading propaganda was treated very differently by the corporate media: they ignored it; they pretended it did not exist, even though both RT and AP asked Spokesperson John Kirby about the incident, who could merely express the hope that the CIA supported jihadis would observe the rules of war.

 

I do not know who brought this child beheading video to Trump's attention, but it was not the corporate media. Apparently, when Trump became aware of the video, and particularly the fact that the beheaders were supported by the CIA as "moderate rebels", he questioned the CIA on the programme and they could not provide any satisfactory answers. Indeed, according to Thomas Joscelyn, by his questioning Trump discovered that the CIA were supporting not only this group but also al Qaeda and other jihadis that were allied with Islamic State. It was on the basis of this information that Trump decided to cancel the CIA programme.

 

The corporate media, not only treated these products of jihadi propaganda differently, they also treated Trump's reponses very differently. When Trump bought the "chemical weapons attack" propaganda, they cheered for all they were worth. When he responded to the beheading video by cancelling the CIA assistance to the jihadists in Syria, they made their outrage known.

 

The differential treatment of these two episodes might well force an impartial observer to the conclusion that the corporate media is a propaganda outlet for the CIA.

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Comments (11)

  1. Munkyman

    What kind of world do we live in where Trump becomes more respectable every day? It’s madness & I expect to see the Queen of Hearts run by at any moment.

    August 01, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      Is it not ironic that self professed liberals, who constantly assume they hold the moral high ground, and call Trump and anyone who supports him, any and every nasty name they can think of, lie and cheer for mass killing, demand the US support fascists, dictators and jihadis?

      August 01, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        I’d go for surreal.

        August 01, 2017
  2. GovMisdirection

    We are a nation of impartial observers. This impartial observer sees this as a rogue CIA left still holding allegiances to our rogue Left wing political party.

    August 01, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      The notion that the CIA is left wing is incredible. The CIA has rampaged around the world overthrowing democratically elected governments, supporting fascists, dictators and jihadists.

      August 01, 2017
      1. GovMisdirection

        You are right. I was referring to their allegiance to our internal US destructive & corrupt political party. As far as what they do outside the US, any inkling of truth is way above my pay grade. Since lying to the American people seems to be the full-time job of the media and any two-bit bureaucrat, I remain an impartial observer most of the time.

        August 01, 2017
        1. stevehayes13

          Even though the corporate media routinely lie, there is a great deal of information about the CIA’s activities in the public domain.

          August 01, 2017
  3. wirelessguru1

    Damn! You’re still mumbling about Syria!!!

    August 01, 2017
  4. RRoe

    I lump all of it into our Military Industrial Complex which is too big, too powerful, too expensive, and does more harm than good. CIA is just part of the same mindset that we can and should control the world. That Trump gets a few things right does not mean that he is not dishonest and generally a dispicable excuse for a human. The media gets no praise either. Comparing bad behavior to other bad behavior and then concluding that the least bad behavior is okay does not fly in my book.

    August 01, 2017
    1. wirelessguru1

      You are a despicable excuse for a human.

      August 01, 2017
    2. stevehayes13

      Are you implying that the cancelation of the CIA programme constitutes bad behaviour?

      August 02, 2017