The Bloviations of Christiane Amanpour, Queen of Fake News

by Sassy Surstein, December 11, 2016


The last week has peppered my feed with a clip of Amanpour accepting an award from the Committee to Protect Journalists, those most valuable of all citizens if you ask a journalist. Having worked in “alternative” foreign-policy journalism for years, I’m familiar with this walking talking intel op’s career shilling for US foreign policy, and it ain’t pretty. But watching this speech made me actually feel my face turning red, my heart pump a little harder. This hack had the gall to warn us about the dangers of “fake news.” This, from the mouthpiece who had a major hand in the media demonization of the Serbian people that made it easier for the US to intervene in the Balkans wars and finish off the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. They bombed Serbia for 78 days, killing around 500 people.
She also sneered at the “kangaroo courts” journalists often find themselves in after being accused of subversion (in bad non-Western countries, of course). In that room perhaps only she might recognize the irony that her own stenography in the 1990s got Slobodan Milosevic, the last resistant leader in the Balkans, tossed into one himself. Even so, he made such convincing arguments in that courtroom that he never made it out alive. The court later investigated itself and found that he had deliberately poisoned himself with a drug impossible for him to attain in a bid to get treated in Russia and then escape. If a prisoner had actually poisoned himself in a Serbian jail NATO would have bombed it and Amanpour would have written reams about the transparent ludicrousness of a suicide by poisoning in a maximum-security prison. Now imagine another inmate has also “committed suicide” in the same prison, the same week, charged in the same case. That’s what happened to a Croatian Serb general in the same prison as Milosevic. Nothing to see here.
Amanpour was instrumental in spreading the fabrication that was the Milosevic-ordered, Serb-executed massacre of Muslim women and children at Srebrenica. She gleefully parroted the outrageous, baseless claims that 100,000 Kosovo Albanians were slaughtered by the Yugoslav army.
The CNN star is married to James Rubin, the spokesperson for the Clinton State Department from 1997-2000 and considered Madeleine Albright’s “right-hand man.” Amanpour routinely regurgitated her husband’s bosses’ talking points, shoring up their credibility. Thusly she became and remains a respected reporter at one of the top news networks. What would be called near-nepotism if it happened in one of those weird eastern countries is just a professional coincidence, you see. While Rubin liaised with the Kosovo Liberation Army during the railroading of Yugoslavia into “asking for” the US bombing campaign, Amanpour propagandized for the US-backed terrorist group.
The sickest part is not just that it’s Amanpour talking about so-called fake news. She’s horrible and provides a perfect example of the irony of this particular situation, but she’s not a bad apple. Her audience at the CPJ function is just as complicit. Journalism under capitalism is essentially just advertising. It’s the informational side of diplomacy, also a corrupt endeavor under capitalism. The product is state and corporate policy, which are of course one and the same. The consumers are everyone lulled into acceptance at the savagery of this economic system, we subjects of the imperial core.
To illustrate, consider the fact that crack babies aren’t real, that Iraq had no WMDs, that African mercenaries were not being used to attack Gaddafi opponents, that the toppling of that Saddam statue was staged, that Aristide was not having his loyalists behead Haitians, that the Soviets were not giving MIGs to Grenada, that the Sandinistas did not kill 200,000 people, that bin Laden’s huge mountain fortress didn’t exist, that Jessica Lynch was neither a heroic warrior nor was she mistreated in captivity, that there were no concentration camps in Bosnia. All of the above were reported as fact in the news media. [See more in this helpful thread from @cordeliers]
The US government has spent decades planting disinformation in the news, from Floridians paid to libel Cuba in the 90s to painting Iran’s Mossadegh as a molester in the 1950’s all the way back to the incident that coined the term “yellow journalism,” the blowing up of the USS Maine.
Absorbing all that — just the tip of the iceberg, really — who could dare say these criminals are the arbiters of what’s real and fake, what is actually propaganda and what is merely journalism. They’re not, because they’re not even trying. They’re liars. But you can see it, if you read between the lines.
“The problem is not merely that reporters and academics are misinformed,” Professor Fernando Gil-White told Stephen Gowans after researching source material on the untrue allegations of Milosevic’s virulent nationalism. “It appears to be a conscious effort to misinform.”
Scum like Amanpour operating from within anti-imperialist countries are the reason why those places ever needed laws curtailing the hallowed “freedom of the press.” Words ARE weapons, and the West knows this, which is why from its much richer, more powerful, and frankly, more sophisticated — from a marketing perspective — perch, it can launch a million missiles in every direction and demand its targets drop their shields. After all, communist propaganda is allowed in the US (now). You won’t really be able to find a job making it but hey, it’s your right to be poor! But this speech freedom isn’t uniformly recognized even in the West. The US will still lock you up for, say, broadcasting Hezbollah content. And much of Western Europe, at least officially, disallows the glorification of Nazism. And this is good. But let’s not pretend those who run the West truly think there’s an unalienable human right to free speech. It’s as provisional as it is under socialist revolutionary governments fighting for their lives against the Empire.
“Fake news.” News is fake. The higher the stakes for the ruling classes, the more you can be certain the mainstream news about it will be as fake as fuck and conversely, reports deemed fake by those same fakers should be duly considered on their merits.
Thanks to Tarzie for input on this post.


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Eldin Hadzovic
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Eldin Hadzovic

It’s not easy to label someone as “fake news” in an article loaded up with fat propaganda and lies. Well done, off-Guardian, you’re no better than the ones you criticize.

Zabastovshchitsa
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Zabastovshchitsa

the media demonization of the Serbian people that made it easier for the US to intervene in the Balkans wars and finish off the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. They bombed Serbia for 78 days, killing around 500 people. The Serbs, particularly the Bosnian ones, demonised themselves. Read Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Goražde. One person he interviewed was a Muslim woman, identified only as “Bahra”, who had seen many Serb families sending their kids and parents out of the area. Her spouse couldn’t bring himself to believe the worst and tried to minimise her concerns, but her boss, a Serb,… Read more »

Sav
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Sav

Clarissa Ward is the new up and coming Amanpour.

mohandeer
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Reblogged this on Worldtruth.

tutisicecream
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“Journalism under capitalism is essentially just advertising. ” Rightly said, so true!
I paraphrase from Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop, “We can only print what our advertisers (sponsors/owners) will pay for…”
In this lies the truth about much of journalism and the MSM.

Padraigin Eagle
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Padraigin Eagle

All the isms from the same hidden hands hast arisen, designed to create mental schism and divide and rule derision.
To wit, ” The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses”, not John “faked death” Lennon, but close enough.
Chris A Man pour, the tranny fake “news” casters, in their thousands, of FTM & MTF deceit art they masters.

falcemartello
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How totalitarian and dogmatic dystopians we have become in the west. You know theythe masters of the universe are loosing grip on their power. The MSM lies are getting bigger. Last week Newsweek(liesweek) Had an article blamimg the Boston bombing on the Russian Federation. If I do recall the GRU had warned the FBI 2 years in advance about the dubious brothers.

MoriartysLeftSock
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MoriartysLeftSock

Do you have a link to that article in Newsweek?

James Williamson
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Author and former CIA agent Robert Baer said the brothers did not act alone. He’s right. Their uncle (Ruslan) was a contractor connected to Halliburton as well as the son-in law of (supposedly retired) CIA man Graham E. Fuller, the same Graham E. Fuller who is responsible for the getting Fethullah Gulen into the country and set up in his Saylorsburg, PA compound. (“Uncle Ruslan” who for a short time became a media darling (especially of CNN) even lived in Graham Fuller’s house for a year in Maryland.) And, yes, the same Gulen who has set up madrassas in states… Read more »

binra
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Perhaps they are not ‘bigger’ so much as obviously made up – but asserted for compliance and conformity of speech and behaviour in. Their Media led – but systematic compliance is the measure of the presumption of power that no longer has to pretend to align in anything true – because it decides what is ‘true’ and enforces or aligns penalty for non-compliance. This sort of thing used to be assigned the divine right of kings – but is also – “because I say so! And I have the stick!” The nature of the stick is the power of deceit… Read more »

manfromatlan
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When Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher could get hanged at Nuremburg in 1946 for crimes against humanity, I wonder, why not the likes of Amanpour? Guess history is written by the winning side.

Branka
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Branka

Christiane Amanpour Queen of Fake News character is very similar to the dangerous-mentally-sick and crazy-Hillary.

joekano76
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Reblogged this on Floating-voter.

Branka
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Branka

I have always despised this bitch, the pathological liar… This-psychopath was reporting notorious lies against Serbs in Kosovo… She is married to a zionist-kazarian – Rubin (forgot the bastard name).

rehmat1
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rehmat1

The credit to most of Christine Amanpour goes to her Zionist Jew husband who is known to have close link with Israel Lobby. James Philip Rubin is an Israel Hasbra Committee staffer. He is author of a 2001 ‘Foreign Policy Paper’. In the paper the creep recommended that the US would impose regime change by supplying arms to anti-Assad rebels, but without US troops, and that Russia wouldn’t dare oppose America – that the new US-backed Syrian government would abandon ties with Iran, turn against Hizbullah, and potentially negotiate a peace settlement with Israel, while the rest of the Arab… Read more »

mark
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mark

I remember seeing this vile bitch shedding gallons of tears over the fake White Helmet atrocity videos, like Trump’s “beautiful little baybees.” Needless to say, they don’t have any “beautiful little baybees” in Yemen, Gaza, Mosul, Raqqa or Hebron.

Vaska
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The credit for her egregious “reporting” on the breakup/destruction of Yugoslavia goes to Amanpour herself, as she was at it for almost a whole decade before marrying Rubin in 1998. If we held our media responsible for their actions, she’d be tried as a war criminal in her own right.

binra
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By contrast, (regards law applying to speech) note the recent trial and conviction of Michelle Carter which made a public witch-hunt (teaching example) for an act only implicated by one of various grief-stricken and confused texts made 2 months after another chose to end their life after using threat of such to manipulate Michelle over a period of time. The skeletons in that cupboard include; the psycho-pharming delusion that induces the brain-imbalances it claims to treat or rather ‘manage’; family vendetta – the DA is related to the deceased – and personal gain; and he has just been nominated for… Read more »

Dead World Walking
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Dead World Walking

Self delusion is an ugly, ugly, ugly trait.

binra
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If you say so! But is self-delusion not pervasive and systemic in all manner of ways? We assign degrees of truth to different behaviours and assertions – but is a false foundation not simply… false? And the primary correction, the restoring of true currency of communication? Is the ‘self-delusion’ the phishing of mind to align in defence (attack) against itself unknowing? And in particular – to see, judge and attack the ‘other’ for the very thing I am doing but completely unwilling and unable to see? I seek to consider this without moral authority over another – by insinuation or… Read more »

Enough is enough
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Enough is enough

Yes. Feeding the self righteous hypocrisy … “oh uncle Sam, you’ve done it again!”.

binra
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The war of conquest has no regard for (awareness of) truth excepting its distortion or fabrication. Broad spectrum dominance means using every means of influence to ‘win’. The war will draw upon various narrative justifications that de-humanize and break off the channel of communication such as not to be able to listen – but only to gather intel and use it to strategise, gain assets, generate masking strategies and defence and denial capabilities. How much of our moral outrage is an attempt to guilt others into changing behaviour or focus hatred on them in desire for vengeance? What are the… Read more »

Dead World Walking
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Dead World Walking

‘The energetic communicates by reaction’
The first reaction is anger, hence the name calling (especially for the less articulate)
Then comes letters, comments, street protest, poems, songs, opting out of consumerism, Veganism, joining activist groups, planting trees etc etc.
Done that, been there and I’m still gonna call a spade a spade.
Their propaganda is far more insidious.

binra
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If anger drives you – then no matter the forms it takes – it is still negatively defined. The positive face may mask over the drive – but it will come out in any and every triggered reaction because it remains un-owned. The nature of deceit is to divide you from yourself and lock you into a fear-defined identity with carrot and stick. In fear and confusion choices are made without consciousness – though they still operate consciousness in terms of conditioned interpretations and reactions. Such consciousness runs blind because it is defended against change excepting to use it to… Read more »

binra
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Inside-e-us.

Enough is enough
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Enough is enough

One of the most insightful/wise comments that i have ever read. Thank you sincerely for your astute postings binra. You never disappoint. Keep up the great work. Inspirational indeed. Sh!ne on.