Is U.S. Media Coverage of Ukraine and Syria Even WORSE than Its Coverage of Iraq?

Unprecedented Propaganda Blitz

Over the last year, we’ve documented that – despite all of the mea culpas for horrible Iraq coverage – the U.S. media’s coverage of Ukraine and Syria is just as biased, superficial and pro-war.

Former Associated Press and Newsweek reporter Robert Parry – who broke several of the biggest stories regarding Iran-Contra, and recipient of the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984 –  writes that U.S. media coverage of the conflict in Ukraine is even worse than Iraq:

In my four-plus decades in journalism, I have never seen a more thoroughly biased and misleading performance by the major U.S. news media. Even during the days of Ronald Reagan – when much of the government’s modern propaganda structure was created – there was more independence in major news outlets. There were media stampedes off the reality cliff during George H.W. Bush’s Persian Gulf War and George W. Bush’s Iraq War, both of which were marked by demonstrably false claims that were readily swallowed by the big U.S. news outlets.

But there is something utterly Orwellian in the current coverage of the Ukraine crisis, including accusing others of “propaganda” when their accounts – though surely not perfect – are much more honest and more accurate than what the U.S. press corps has been producing.

There’s also the added risk that this latest failure by the U.S. press corps is occurring on the border of Russia, a nuclear-armed state that – along with the United States – could exterminate all life on the planet. The biased U.S. news coverage is now feeding into political demands to send U.S. military aid to Ukraine’s coup regime.

The casualness of this propaganda – as it spreads across the U.S. media spectrum from Fox News to MSNBC, from the Washington Post to the New York Times – is not just wretched journalism but it is reckless malfeasance jeopardizing the lives of many Ukrainians and the future of the planet.

Media coverage of Syria is also  arguably worse than of Iraq.

After all, the American media trumpeted false claims about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction.  But – with Syria – the American media is studiously ignoring the fact that:

Of course, the corporate media is always pro-war and pro-empire.  But now the large “alternative” media outlets – such as Drudge and Huffington Post – are also beating the war drums as loudly as they can.

So you’ll hear scary stories that terrorists in Syria are a threat to the U.S.  … but you won’t hear that the U.S. has been planning regime change in Syria for 20 years straight (and see this), or that the U.S. and its allies are the ones who pumped up those terrorists in the first place.

You’ll be told that Russia will start World War 3 if we don’t launch a military campaign in Ukraine … but you won’t hear that that the U.S. has planned on taking control of Ukraine since 1997, or that the former Ukrainian Security Chief alleges that the new neo-Nazi government was behind the sniper attacks which turned the West against the old regime in the first place.

You won’t hear any of that when the media is trying to sell a war …

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  • colinjames71

    I’ve said this exact same thing on multiple occasions no less than two weeks ago. I listened to NPR for about five minutes this morning, it was all I could take. Most recent ambassador to russia plus guys from brooking and aei. Surreal. With Iraq it was more repeating false intelligence, with Ukraine they’re just spinning it exactly 180°opposite of reality and whipping up dangerous russophobia along with turning Putin into the world’s twenty-second Hitler since WWIII. Sckening.

    • Saint Jimmy

      The Big Money eventually seeps into and poisons everything. Literally everything. We have about reached the point in the US where almost nothing is still untouched by the Big Money. It is fascism and some stupid little sh$ts are just as proud as they can be of the new fascist USA.

  • Interesting article, Thank You so much for such.

  • Charlie Primero

    On a positive note, the more blatant the propaganda, the easier it is for Joe Public to detect.

    Even my clueless lefty friends are slowly beginning to realize that the NPR they worshipped for decades is really nothing more than a corporate propaganda outlet.

    • Bill Pahnelas

      Excellent! Too bad the news hasn’t reached my “purple,” heavily military- and government-dependent state’s citizens yet… for them/us, the military and its associated industries are a growth industry, and there’s no enthusiasm for ending the orgy. I know David Swanson lives in this state, too, so that makes at least two of us who support an end to the madness.

    • Bobby

      I just listened to a NPR interview against the over-perscription of antibiotics, the anchor couldn’t believe what she was hearing, that antibiotics are bad unless your life is on the line and that is basically the only time they should be used… I was impressed to hear that actually

  • Bobby

    The news coverage is worse I would say, but less people are buying it for sure.

  • Man on the street

    Well, to make things a little easier to understand. Let us just say that we don’t really have a free country or a democracy. We simply have an occupied country by influence peddlers from Israel, and Saudi Arabia. So, minority religions are dictating their hate/revenge theology on the rest of us. Of course, it is not cool to talk about other people religions, especially these minority gangs who are ready to cry Islamophobia, or anti-Semitic

    • Skulb

      The pedos running Saudi Arabia are not really Muslims and the loons running Israel are not really Jews. They are criminals. Thats`s the problem with this analysis. In reality of course Israel was set up as a western provocateur state from the start and Saudi Arabia was created by the British and inherited by the US after WWII.

      • curri

        your conspiracy theory doesn’t work:

        I’ve finally finished John Judis’s new book, Genesis: Truman, American Jews and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict, and can say that it is a landmark in anti-Zionism: it states that Harry Truman was opposed to establishing a religious state in Palestine out of the fear that it would lead to endless conflict, and possibly World War III. But he was overwhelmed by a Zionist lobby that corrupted the policy-making process. The binational state that Truman always endorsed was impossible to achieve, Judis says, but we got the endless conflict.

        • curri

          wasn’t only Truman:

          …Astonishingly, it confirms the key role of Clifford, Truman’s inexperienced domestic political adviser, in overriding the wishes of General of the Armies George C. Marshall, the World War II chief of staff.

          Marshall had returned to government to serve as secretary of state to the inexperienced former vice president, who was ill-prepared for the presidency when it was thrust upon him by the sudden death of Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, just a month before the Allied victory in Europe and four months before the victory over Japan.

          A Hasty Decision

          Confirming charges by “Arabists” that the decision to recognize Israel was hasty and based upon domestic political considerations, Clifford writes:

          “Marshall firmly opposed American recognition of the new Jewish state; I did not. Marshall’s opposition was shared by almost every member of the brilliant and now legendary group of presidential advisers, later referred to as the Wise Men, who were then in the process of creating a post-war foreign policy that would endure for more than 40 years. The opposition included the respected Under Secretary of State Robert Lovett; his predecessor, Dean Acheson; the No. 3 man in the State Department, Charles Bohlen; the brilliant chief of the Policy Planning Staff George Kennan; (Navy Secretary James V.) Forrestal; and … Dean Rusk, then the director of the Office of United Nations Affairs…

          “Officials in the State Department had done everything in their power to prevent, thwart, or delay the President’s Palestine policy in 1947 and 1948, while I had fought for assistance to the Jewish Agency.

        • Skulb

          Your CIA thought stopper doesn`t work either. Conspiracy is legally so common it`s ridiculous because all it means is two or more people colluding in a crime, which means most of them. A theory is a supposition to attempt to explain a phenomenon based on available evidence.
          What on earth has the TV brainwashed you into thinking this phrase of yours means? The way you and the rest of the dullards use it t`s a mindless slur, and a sign that you don`t know or care what words mean.

  • Tyler Westbrook

    Massive lies and propaganda, and polls show the less Americans know about the issue the more they want to go to war.

  • Mark Meyers
  • Speak While We Still Can

    I am extremely disappointed with the magnitude of opinion shaping associated with the events taking place in Ukraine and even more so with how these events are communicated and interpreted. Before trying to get mass approval from the American public, a lesson in history is well overdue. Aside from that, I will only say that after physically witnessing the events in Ukraine – the coverage is another attempt of the US government to cover up an epic fail of foreign involvement on their part.

    It is very very sad to see all the values of our constitution completely vanish outside of our domestic affairs, so will call things exactly what they are. Hostile armed takeover of the legitimate, publicly elected Ukrainian government – another colored revolution invented and paid for by the United States. Hire some fascist lunatics to do the dirty work, a bit of agitation and a stirring stick and voila…but they don’t tell you that the Right Sector represents the fascist Bandera ideology, a group that joined the ranks of SS during the WWII and committed genocide on its own Ukrainian population. They also don’t tell you the countless police force that was murdered on public roads and at the inspection stations as these “heroes” were pulled from the Western Ukraine into the capital city of Kiev. They also don’t show you the “cleansing” agenda that this group carries – specifically calling out all Russians, all Jews, and any other impurity that lives in the territory.

    The contradiction lies in the fact that these thugs are referred to as heroes and democratic allies, while eastern population receives the title of pro-russian insurgents and separatists. The democratic desire to hold a referendum and to take charge of people’s future is regarded as separatist attempt of destroying the country’s unity, yet all they want is to shift the power from the federal to a state level, and allow the regions to make more decisions on their own…just like the United States, Russian, and many other leading democratic republics.

    Vomit inducing duality of standards and a complete hypocrisy if you ask me. By the way, if any of you are interested in experiencing it on your own – fly to Eastern Ukraine and listen to what these people have to say – they will take off their masks and offer you food and shelter and will take their last shirt for YOU.

    Let’s all support Ukraine, encourage our government from intervening, and let Ukrainian people take control of their future without our politically interested and biased involvement.


      your comments are excellent! I agree 100%

  • Jessica Ramer

    Thank you for posting this. The NPR coverage of Syria is biased in favor of war as even the most casual reflection will disclose. The very real crimes of the Assad regime are trumpeted repeatedly, but no attention is given to the activities of the rebels. One might think they were equivalent to George Washington and the patriotic soldiers at Valley Forge. Assad, for all his faults, is not a religious fanatic and the many Syrian Christians would no doubt fare better under him than under a rebel-led government.
    Woman and gays might do better, as well.