Media are feeding Americans WMD ‘propaganda’ again to lead us into war with Iran– Amber Lyon, former CNN investigative journalist

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Amber Lyon, Brian Redban from JoeRogan on Vimeo.

Who is Amber Lyon you might ask? She’s a gutsy three time Emmy Award-winning journalist, photographer and filmmaker who’s creating quite a storm by not backing down or shutting up. Faced with the option to keep her mouth shut about main stream media censorship or putting her career on the line, she’s grabbing the bull by the horns.

I’d never heard her or Joe Rogan or his radio show The Joe Rogan Experience until intercepting his video. Not sure who his audience is or how political they are generally, but this is an incredible show. She tackles the media obsession with Iran.  Israel, propaganda, the lobby, false flags:

The same people behind Iraq, the same forces are behind this push to get us in Iran.

Lyon produced the Bahrain segment of an expensive award winning documentary iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring for CNN. But after only one limited domestic broadcast the network is now refusing to broadcast the documentary which threatens to expose the brutality of Bahrain’s regime.

Glenn Greenwald explains in last month’s  Why didn’t CNN’s international arm air its own documentary on Bahrain’s Arab Spring repression? (read the full report):

CNNi’s decision not to broadcast “iRevolution” was extremely unusual. Both CNN and CNNi have had severe budget constraints imposed on them over the last several years. One long-time CNN employee (to whom I have granted anonymity to avoid repercussions for negative statements about CNN’s management) described “iRevolution” as an “expensive, highly produced international story about the Arab Spring”. Because the documentary was already paid for by CNN, it would have been “free programming” for CNNi to broadcast, making it “highly unusual not to air it”. The documentary “was made with an international audience as our target”, said Lyon. None of it was produced on US soil. And its subject matter was squarely within the crux of CNN International’s brand.

CNNi’s refusal to broadcast “iRevolution” soon took on the status of a mini-scandal among its producers and reporters, who began pushing Lyon to speak up about this decision.

And speaking out she is, and not just about Bahrain but about the condition of the mainstream media and its impact on the American public. Here she is on Russia Today with Liz Wahl:

Why do you think this is happening?

Well, I think it’s a use of propaganda and this is something that goes back to the term ‘weapons of mass destruction’. The American public was fed that phrase over and over and over leading into the Iraq war and now we’re starting to see it as far as nuclear weapons and Iran … in the US, Liz, and I just fear the public is continuing to be fed propaganda that unassuming Americans don’t realize they’re being fed to lead us into another conflict……

Above all Liz I feel that the American public is not being fed the true story of what’s going on in this region and it’s very dangerous because when the public is constantly fed messages that are potentially leading us into a war that may not be necessary it’s not fair to the American people and it’s not fair to journalism because the truth isn’t being told here what’s being told here is the way these networks want to spin the truth and that’s leading us into another potential conflict with Iran…

[O]pen your eyes because once you notice and start to, you take the blindfold off, you start to see all this anti Iran propaganda floating thru the American main stream media and it’s symbolic of exactly what was going on before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Liz.

Lyon has a message for us: “F— NDAA.”

The National Defense Authorization Act has the power to kill investigative journalism, dissent, free speech. Don’t know what it is? U should.

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  1. Annie Robbins
    October 9, 2012, 2:00 pm

    if you’re having trouble downloading rogan’s vimeo i recommend the audio

    link to ec.libsyn.com

    this is an awesome interview!

  2. German Lefty
    October 9, 2012, 2:15 pm

    She’s a [...] journalist, photographer and filmmaker whose creating quite a storm by not backing down or shutting up.
    Shouldn’t it be “who’s” or “who is”?

    Anyway, I watched a German documentary about espionage yesterday. The narrator seriously claimed that “Iran wants to extinguish Israel” and that “Iran wants a nuclear bomb and retaliation”.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 9, 2012, 2:27 pm

      thanks gl.

      The narrator seriously claimed that “Iran wants to extinguish Israel” and that “Iran wants a nuclear bomb and retaliation”.

      start around 20 minutes into the radio program (as i recall) for the discourse on iran. her discourse on RT is excellent also.

      • ColinWright
        October 9, 2012, 3:22 pm

        Annie Robbins quotes: “…The narrator seriously claimed that “Iran wants to extinguish Israel” and that “Iran wants a nuclear bomb and retaliation”…”

        Well now. There you are.

        The quoted passage is at least as overdrawn and susceptible to accusations of bigotry as Greta Berlin’s reference.

        So are the Zionists dutifully drumming whoever said this out of their ranks? I don’t think so.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 9, 2012, 3:43 pm

        huh? the zionists all say iran wants to extinguish israel, that’s their talking pt. why would they lambast another nutjob for saying it?

  3. Tzombo
    October 9, 2012, 2:25 pm

    Joe Rogan was in the sitcom Newsradio, with Dave Foley, Stephen Root (stapler guy from Office Space), Andy Dick, Maura Tierney, Phil Hartman and Khandi Alexander. One of the greatest sitcoms of all time IMO. Rogan also does standup, but not very well…

    • marc b.
      October 9, 2012, 3:06 pm

      forget ‘newradio’, rogan is a commentator for the UFC. hii-yah! (that was me breaking a brick in half with the edge of my hand. pretty impressive, innit.) interesting that he’d be willing to take a hit on this. or maybe he doesn’t completely understand the potential downside of going off script in this instance.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 9, 2012, 3:44 pm

      this portends a whole new audience. exciting.

      • JewishAnarchist
        October 9, 2012, 7:57 pm

        Joe Rogan is also a big Ron Paul supporter (last time he was on Leno, he wore a Ron Paul shirt).

        Here’s a Rogan compilation on YouTube (some NSFW language).

      • JewishAnarchist
        October 9, 2012, 8:09 pm

        And he was also the host of Fear Factor on NBC.

      • MarkF
        October 10, 2012, 9:20 am

        I think he also did the “Man Show” when Jimmy Kimmel & Adam Corolla left the show.

        Probably more info than Annie wanted to know……

  4. seanmcbride
    October 9, 2012, 2:56 pm

    “The same people behind Iraq, the same forces are behind this push to get us in Iran.”

    The same people = Israel-centric neoconservatives and Christian Zionists. But on this go-around, the Israeli connections are much more obvious.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 9, 2012, 3:45 pm

      on this go-around, the Israeli connections are much more obvious.

      especially when they talk about israel at the same time. helllloooo.

  5. Keith
    October 9, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Don’t forget about Syria, it is not just Iran that empire is after. While Russia and China may be blocking UN complicity, there is always NATO coming to the ‘aid’ of NATO member Turkey defending itself against Syrian ‘aggression.’ Bad joke? Bad yes, joke no. A link to Rick Rozoff discussing this possibility. link to dandelionsalad.wordpress.com

  6. Walid
    October 9, 2012, 5:43 pm

    Annie, I saw Amber’s piece on CNN International and was surprised to be seeing such truthful and unbiased coverage on CNN for a change. It was great but nothing more was ever shown of Amber’s week in Bahrain and CNN went back to being CNN.

    Bahrain is under some kind of press blackout cloud; some here tried to get discussions going on it but without success, maybe it was simply a question of not many here being interested in it. It’s regrettable because of all the uprisings in the Arab countries, the one that truly was an Arab spring was Bahrain, but it was the only one not talked about or covered by the press for obvious reasons. The issue of doctoring the news that Amber talks about decided the outcome in Libya and from Libya, the doctoring moved on to Syria. The daily CNN report on Syria by CNN journalists reporting from the roof garden of a Beirut hotel is amazing in the way information is fabricated or twisted. They always put on a tortured look on their faces as if they have been to hell in Syria and back in time to file their report. The ruffled hair and the bags under the journalists’ eyes are probably from the wild Beirut partying but they are very dramatic in their reporting and could make good actors.

    • ColinWright
      October 9, 2012, 8:16 pm

      Walid says: “… The ruffled hair and the bags under the journalists’ eyes are probably from the wild Beirut partying …”

      That could well be. From what I’ve heard…

  7. Annie Robbins
    October 9, 2012, 7:30 pm

    walid, it looks like we only had 2 posts walid but i also recall a post with huwaida on democracy now with another american journalist. plus medea wrote about it. she was there.

    i know, it’s horrible.

    link to mondoweiss.net

    link to mondoweiss.net

    • Walid
      October 10, 2012, 3:25 am

      Annie, in June 2011, I commented on Amber’s Bahrain story and posted a link to CNN’s back story in which Amber describes her ordeal to Michael Holmes:

      link to mondoweiss.net

      It didn’t fizz on many then and it’s not fizzing much more now so keeping Bahrain out of the news appears to be working. BTW, Bahrain is the only Arab country to have a Jewish ambassador and it’s a she in Washington.

  8. Kathleen
    October 9, 2012, 9:32 pm

    The media feeding Americans falsehoods about WMD’s in Iran has been going on since soon after the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq. Tim Russerts interview with Dick Cheney soon after the invasion Russert allows Cheney to repeat that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. No challenges. Bob Schiefer of Face the Nation allowed Hillary Clinton, McCain and Obama to repeat that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Both Rachel Maddow and Terri Gross have repeated these falsehoods themselves as well as allowing guest to repeat the debunked “Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map” and refer to Iran as if it is proven fact that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Diane Rehm has allowed guest after guest to repeat this hooey. Reuel Marc Gerecht, etc. This persistent repetition of these falsehoods have been everywhere in our MSM. Allowing the myth that Iran absolutely has a nuclear weapons program to become “normalized”

  9. DICKERSON3870
    October 10, 2012, 12:40 am

    RE: “I’d never heard her or Joe Rogan or his radio show The Joe Rogan Experience until intercepting his video. Not sure who his audience is or how political they are generally. . . ” ~ Annie Robbins

    MY COMMENT: His audience should be pretty political. Think Sam Seder, Stephanie Miller, etc.

    A LITTLE BACKGROUND:
    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Joe Rogan as guest – August 7, 2001 [VIDEO, 04:29] – link to thedailyshow.com

  10. American
    October 10, 2012, 12:04 pm

    Might as well put this here…goes right along with the propaganda feeding.
    Another Israeli tries to influence the US elections….and I am sure Netanyhau sent him to do just that.

    Israeli Lawmaker: Obama Is No Friend of Israel

    JERUSALEM October 9, 2012 (AP)

    A lawmaker from the Israeli prime minister’s party is in the United States ahead of the presidential election and has said that President Barack Obama has “not been a friend of Israel.”

    Danny Danon, chairman of Likud’s international outreach branch, said in Chicago on Tuesday that Obama’s policies have been “catastrophic.”

    Danon said he will also travel to Florida and New York to promote his new book and to meet with Republican and Democratic leaders.

    He says he is not interfering in the presidential race but merely stating his personal opinion. He has previously praised Mitt Romney.

    But his comments could be embarrassing to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been trying to shed accusations that he favors his longtime friend Romney in the race for the White House.”

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