The BBC and Corporate Manufacture of Consent
Articles and reports on the diversity of ways in which media is manipulated to spin false and diversionary propaganda.


Posted 25th July 2012
Asian Times July 24th 2012
German intelligence: al-Qaeda all over Syria 
By John Rosenthal 

German intelligence estimates that "around 90" terror attacks that "can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups" were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July, as reported by the German daily Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). [More]

Posted 10 July 2012 - See [Syria File] for much more
The Syrian Opposition: Who's Doing The Talking?

The media have been too passive when it comes to Syrian opposition sources, without scrutinising their backgrounds and their political connections. Time for a closer look …
By Charlie Skelton
July 13, 2012 "The Guardian" --  A nightmare is unfolding across Syria, in the homes of al-Heffa and the streets of Houla. And we all know how the story ends: with thousands of soldiers and civilians killed, towns and families destroyed, and President Assad beaten to death in a ditch.
This is the story of the Syrian war, but there is another story to be told. A tale less bloody, but nevertheless important. This is a story about the storytellers: the spokespeople, the "experts on Syria", the "democracy activists". The statement makers. The people who "urge" and "warn" and "call for action" [More]
Syrian rebels tried to get me killed, says Channel 4 correspondent
Alex Thomson says crew was led to 'free-fire zone' as deaths would discredit Bashar al-Assad's regime

The chief correspondent of Channel 4 News has claimed that Syrian rebels deliberately tried to get him and his crew killed by gunfire from government forces in a bid to discredit the regime of Bashar al-Assad.   [More]
Reporting conflict in Syria: BBC
Thursday, 7 June 2012
I spent three days in Syria earlier this week, talking to all sides involved in the current conflict.

"...... stories are never black and white - often shades of grey. Those opposed to President Assad have an agenda. One senior Western official went as far as to describe their YouTube communications strategy as "brilliant". But he also 
"likened it to so-called "psy-ops", brainwashing techniques used by the US and other military to convince people of things that may not necessarily be true"

Double Agents of Dissent
List of articles on manipulation of media, dissident organisations and web "campaigning communities"