- Major media specialize in what they do best: truth inversion
(aka bad fiction), not doing what journalists are supposed to do - their
job, especially covering imperial wars for dominance and rich spoils.
- With Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) falling
apart and rebel forces in disarray, today's headlines belie the truth,
reported by independent "un-in-bed-with" journalists and other
- On August 16, Lizzie Phelan's Libya diary "clear(ed)
up the latest media rubbish on Libya," saying:
- Gaddafi forces liberated the "hitherto rebel-held"
town of Misrata. "Last night, the Libyan army moved into the center
of the city, and now the rebels are trapped between Misrata and Tawergha."
- About three-fourths of the city, including its port,
is secured, "which was a lifeline" for shipping rebels arms and
- At a press conference attended by around 200 tribes (including
the four largest comprising half the population), Libya's media spokesman,
Dr. Moussa Ibrahim, confirmed it.
- Th major four, including Wafalla, Tarhouna, Zlitan and
Washafana, all support Gaddafi.
- "The tribal leaders also confirmed that Zawiya and
Sorman are secure, in contrast to (falsified) claims by (in bed with) foreign
reporters in Tripoli and Djerba (Tunisia) that they have been taken by
- In addition, claims that rebels control Ghuriyan are
untrue. Ongoing clashes there continue.
- Major media reports lie, although pockets of rebel resistance
remain. Nonetheless, they're "isolated and surrounded by the Libyan
army and tribes."
- Falsified major media reports stand in stark contrast
to "Libyan tribes who, of course, know their land with great intimacy."
- It's clear media bosses want Libyans demoralized to think
all is lost so give up. In addition, NATO's "been desperately trying
to secure some victory before August 17 (Ramadan's 17th day), a very important
date in the Islamic calendar.
- On Ramadan's 17th day in 624 AD in the Islamic calendar,
the Prophet Muhammad won an important Battle of Badr victory in present
day Saudi Arabia. It was a key turning point against his opponents.
- Fast-forwarding to today, major media sources falsify
reports "to create confusion and panic on the ground."
- In an August 15 telephone address to supporters massed
in Green Square, Gaddafi "reasserted his calls for the Libyan people
to remain steadfast in defeating NATO's allies on the ground and NATO itself."
- Phelan also said unconfirmed reports say rebel commander
Khalifa Hefter was captured, the former army officer turned CIA asset,
having formerly lived near its Langley, VA headquarters since the early
- If true, it'll will create more disarray among TNC leaders,
perhaps better described as the gang that can't shoot or get their stories
- "So the media war goes on," said Phelan, on
the ground in Tripoli, reporting important truths on her Lizzie's Liberation
site, accessed through the following link:
- Contrasting Falsified Major Media Reports
- The vulgarity of lying needs no comment. Doing it for
a living is beyond reproach. It doesn't deter takers, however, like New
York Times writers David Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim headlining, "A
Top Libyan Official Appears to Defect, as Rebels Defend Recent Gains,"
- Interior Minister Nassr al-Mabrouk "landed in Cairo
in a private plane with nine family members who were traveling on tourist
visas....The defection would signal a new crack in the Qaddafi government...."
- Fact check:
- Al-Mabrouk didn't defect as widely reported. He left
for an operation in Cairo, saying he stands firmly with Gaddafi. It's unsurprising
he'd want family members with him for support.
- Kirkpatrick and Fahim continued saying, "(R)ebels,
emboldened by their gains in recent days, are losing incentive to make
- Fact check:
- Falsified rebel gains are, in fact, unreported losses
and disarray. Moreover, without NATO air support, they'd have been routed
months ago. Air cover also gave NATO a chance to slaughter and injure thousands
of Libyan civilians, as well as cause horrific mass destruction, related
to imperial, not military, aims.
- Both Times writers also reported rebel claims of having
Tripoli surrounded as well as key supply lines cut off. None of it is true,
but fact-checking isn't part of Times writers' job description - just reporting
accounts ordered by their bosses.
- From Tripoli, independent journalist/Middle East/Central
Asian analyst Mahdi Nazemroaya explained in a morning email:
- "The insurgency was defeated in Misurata. NATO responded
with massive bombing. One route is controlled. Zawiya and Sorman have not
fallen. There have been attacks on the route. They are trying to cut the
supply routes off" but haven't succeeded.
- On August 15, Washington Post writer Leila Fadel was
no better than other accounts headlining, "Gaddafi isolated as rebels
advance, aide flies to Cairo," falsifying the same agitprop as their
Times counterparts, claiming rebels have "a stranglehold on the Libyan
- London Guardian writers are also complicit, headlining
the following August 15 and 16 stories, better described as media lies:
- August 15: "Libya's interior minister flies to Egypt
in apparent defection"
- August 15: "Libyan rebels enter oil town where decisive
battle may yet be fought"
- Fact check: Zawiya was referred to, securely controlled
by Gaddafi's forces.
- August 15: "No stalemate in Libya - the writing
is on the wall for Gaddafi"
- August 16: "Libya shows signs of slipping from Muammar
- August 16: "Live Syria, Libya and Middle East unrest
- live updates," many, in fact, falsified like others.
- Al Zajeera is also complicit in misreporting on Libya.
On August 16, it headlined, "Libyan rebels push to isolate Tripoli,"
sounding more like CNN, Fox News, and The New York Times than legitimate
- The report repeated the same misinformation about isolating
Tripoli, controlling most of Zawiya, and other distortions.
- An earlier August 12 report claimed "Fleeing Libyans
say Gaddafi regime crumbling" as rebels advance toward the capital.
- Al Jazeera, of course, is based in, funded by, and controlled
by Qatar, a coalition NATO partner against Libya, its armed forces supporting
rebels on the ground.
- As a result, it reports lack credibility and should be
avoided. Angry Arab editor As'ad AbuKhalil says they're "like watching
MSNBC after being purchased by Murdoch."
- Of course, it's worthless under its current owner, Comcast,
and previous one, General Electric, especially on issues of war and peace,
as well as lawless US imperialism.
- A Final Comment
- The battle for Libya continues. Overwhelming numbers
support Gaddafi and want their country free from imperial control. They're
also prepared to fight for it, knowing the unacceptable alternative - colonization,
pillaging, loss of freedom, and perhaps their lives.
- What better reasons to resist than those!
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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