CNN's Campaign of Lies

CNN showed Palestinians cheering the death and destruction of 11 September.

The scenes were repeated throughout the day and around the world to show hatred against the "callous" Palestinians. Now it turns out that it used footage from 1991 and just claimed that it was today's footage. A contributor to CounterPunch (edited by Alexander Cockburn) reports that he and his colleagues had compared this tape with one from 1991 showing Palestinian cheering, and found them to be identical.

Here are excerpts from that letter by Marcio A. V. Carvalho at State University of Campinas - Brazil: "All around the world we are subjected to 3 or 4 huge news distributors, and one of them - as you well know - is CNN. Very well, I guess all of you have been seeing (just as I've been) images from this company. In particular, one set of images called my attencion: the Palestinians celebrating the bombing, out on the streets, eating some cake and making funny faces for the camera.

Well, THOSE IMAGES WERE SHOT BACK IN 1991! Those are images of Palestinians celebrating the invasion of Kuwait! It's simply unacceptable that a super-power of communications as CNN uses images which do not correspond to the reality in talking about so serious an issue. A teacher of mine, here in Brazil, has videotapes recorded in 1991, with the very same images; he's been sending emails to CNN, Globo (the major TV network in Brazil) and newspapers, denouncing what I myself classify as a crime against the public opinion.

Why Did they show only Palestinians Celebrating?

Just a few hours after the attacks in New York and Washington, pictures of celebrating Palestinians filled Western media. It took days before we heard of the rejoicing in Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan and so on, usually with no pictures. We can assume that there were people rejoicing throughout the Third World, but only Palestinians were pictured. Why?

There is a practical reason: no country on earth is so filled up with agents of the Western media as Israel. One of the numerous Western cameras will always find some bunch of poor idiots rejoicing when those who they see as their enemy – the US, with its automatic support for Israel – falls. If rejoicing when your enemy falls were not a natural human reaction, the bible would not have bothered to deplore it (Proverbs 24:17).

In fact, screening pictures of dancing Palestinians follows the same logic. Many Israelis and supporters of Israel were rejoicing watching the Palestinians falling once again on the most important front of post-modern warfare: television.