NPR- Rockefeller's Device For Duping Liberals
April 22, 2010
April 19, 2010
Can we trust the media to address distrust in government?
NPR (National Public Radio) gets Philip Zelikow to discuss popular anger with government.
An Israeli Dual Citizen, he was in charge of 9-11 Cover-Up Addresses issue of "popular anger and distrust of government." He is the co-author of a book "Why People Don't Trust Government." His article on the use of "catastrophic terrorism" to transform populations was published in Foreign Affairs in 1998.
In "The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9-11 Investigation," Philip Shenon wrote: "The appointment of Zelikow to head the inquiry into America's response to the September 11 terrorist attacks was akin to putting the fox in charge of the hen house."
The Family Steering Committee for the 9-11 Commission repeatedly called for Philip Zelikow's resignation. The families, citing Zelikow's close connections to the Bush Administration, were concerned that Zelikow's appointment made a mockery of the idea that the Commission was "independent." The article below which appears on the "progressive" web site "Common Dreams.org" suggests that even Liberals are waking up.
By Robert Shetterly
was just sitting down in my kitchen this morning -- Sunday, April 18th,
2010 -- to a bowl of oatmeal topped with walnuts, some pieces of ginger,
and a little brown sugar when I heard the host of NPR's Sunday Weekend
Edition program, Liane Hansen, say that the next segment would begin
a series of programs focusing on Trust in Government. She said,
as we all know, that cynicism about our political leadership has
The new series would look at how it got this way and how it could be
thought, great! I hoped -- and expected -- that the discussion would
hone in on governmental hypocrisy and lying. Nothing builds cynicism
and destroys trust like hypocrisy and lying.
what to my wondering ears should appear but a first guest by the name
of Philip Zelikow. Ms. Hansen introduced Mr. Zelikow as a professor
of history at the University of Virginia and just the person to frame
What surprised me was what Ms. Hansen, and thus NPR, did not tell us about Mr. Zelikow. He was a neocon who worked very closely with Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, and Carl Rove in the Bush administration.
one of the primary authors of what has been called the Bush Doctrine
-- the right of our country to make preemptive war on other
in contradiction of international law and our own Constitution. During
the Bush administration Zelikow defended the many lies that they told
about the reasons for attacking Iraq. And he was put in charge of the
9/11 Commission, the committee that was supposed to tell the world what
really happened on 9/11. He ran that committee so that the official
version of events could not be questioned. He did not allow witnesses
to testify who had seen and heard things that cast the official version
into doubt. The commission totally ignored facts that made the official
version untenable and it neglected to even mention that World Trade
Center tower #7, not stuck by an airplane, also mysteriously collapsed
other words, to kick off a program about cynicism and trust in
NPR was inviting an expert to diagnose the problem -- and what better
expert than one of the people who has done more than most to cause it!
NPR knows intimately Mr. Zelikow's history and they chose to expunge
it, hide it from their listeners.
Zelikow failed to mention during the interview that citizens lose
for their government and become cynical when the government lies. Nor
did he mention that when those leaders who lie make sure there is no
accountability, the cynicism grows.
Ms. Hansen neglected to mention that when the media does not identify
the history and bias of a guest, it appears that they may be trying
to manipulate their audience. It demonstrates a lack of respect for
that audience and is a prime cause of cynicism. Such behavior makes
a mockery of trust. It makes cynicism and distrust a self-fulfilling
would like to remind NPR that the problems of trust and cynicism would
not be rampant in this country if the media fulfilled its obligation
in a democracy to expose the lies of government. The only antidote to
these problems is an honest media. (One can never expect the government
to be honest.) When the media obscures the truth, they show the same
contempt for democracy that the politicians do.
then they wring their hands and ask why the people don't trust
My oatmeal is cold now.