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Friday, May 23, 2003  

Jessica Lynch story was US Proganda

According to the BBC, Jessica Lynch was no hero. Instead, she was part of the Bruckheimer-esque production of the Re-elect George W. Bush campaign:

Reports claimed that she had stab and bullet wounds and that she had been slapped about on her hospital bed and interrogated.

"There was no [sign of] shooting, no bullet inside her body, no stab wound - only road traffic accident. They want to distort the picture. I don't know why they think there is some benefit in saying she has a bullet injury."

What was the US up to, you ask? The BBC has a theory:

The American strategy was to ensure the right television footage by using embedded reporters and images from their own cameras, editing the film themselves.

The Pentagon had been influenced by Hollywood producers of reality TV and action movies, notably the man behind Black Hawk Down, Jerry Bruckheimer.

Bruckheimer advised the Pentagon on the primetime television series "Profiles from the Front Line", that followed US forces in Afghanistan in 2001. That approached was taken on and developed on the field of battle in Iraq.

Although this story was reported more than a week ago, I hadn't heard about it until I read Cohen's editorial about it today in the Post. Now, I'm willing to allow the possibility that this was big blog news over the past week and that I missed it. But in general, I read a lot of news, and let me tell you--this wasn't burning up the front pages.

Right now, the FCC is deliberating a plan that will grant sweeping rights to media megacorps to futher consolidate media outlets. (In fact, it's really a done deal--they just haven't rubber-stamped it with the 3-2 vote that everyone knows is coming.) On the pages and broadcasts of those megacorp-owned newspapers and stations, analysts have argued that there's really no threat here--the market will take care of things (which the reporters for the megacorp-owned media outlets then duly report). Can there be a better example than this case that this view is seriously innacurate? When the news media are owned by a few, and those few are spoon feeding government-generated lies, it's a little hard to swallow the notion that "the market will sort things out."

No matter how prettily that message is packaged by a Bruckheimer-esque production.

posted by Jeff | 12:35 PM |
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