Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Stranglehold of Media and Intellectual Terrorism

Intellectual terrorism applies, in the broad sense of the word, to any act of executing the spirit of truth or silencing the voice of justice.

In recent years, the mainstream media have displayed an exaggerated degree of censorship and character assassination.

One of the victims of media censorship was Octavio Nasr who served as CNN’s Senior Editor of Mideast affairs until she was dismissed in July 2010 simply because she had expressed in a Twitter message her respect and sympathy for the top Lebanese cleric Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, about whom she said “He is one of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.” What she did was literally described by some media as twittercide. Under the pressure of certain parties who basically exercise substantial influence of the CNN officials, Nasr was forced to swallow her words and redefine the entire situation.

On July 6, 2010, Nasr said that her tweet was an error of judgment and that Fadlallah “regularly praised the terror attacks that killed Israeli citizens. And as recently as 2008, he said the numbers of Jews killed in the Holocaust were wildly inflated.” Also, she said, “In 1983, as Fadlallah found his voice as a spiritual leader, Islamic Jihad – soon to morph into Hezbollah – bombed the US Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 299 American and French peacekeepers.” However, it was too late and her perceived remorse did not in the least affect the CNN decision makers who are themselves at the beck and call of the Zionists.

Another victim of intellectual terrorism was Helen Thomas who served as the White House reporter for several years. A lady of iron will and fiery words, she used to ask such fierce questions that some interviewees refused to answer her. Known as the grand dame of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas was eventually compelled to kiss her career goodbye after she expressed her heartfelt opinion about Palestine and the Israelis.

This was not actually the first time Thomas was being critical of the Israelis. In an interview with NPR about the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2008/9, Thomas compared the IDF action to Nazi Germany, “I mean, you can’t remain neutral. I remember the rabbi who spoke at the Martin Luther King march on Washington. Heschel had a cameo appearance, and he said, “The greatest sin of all in the Nazi era was silence.” When you remain silent to the suffering and the incredible aggression against a people, then you are culpable.”

However, her vehement expression of opinion about the Flotilla attack was apparently another nail in her coffin. In 2010, Thomas said Israel had perpetrated a deliberate massacre, international crime, and called Israel a terrorist state. In the same year, Rabbi David Nessenoff happened to see Helen Thomas and asked her opinion about Israel. She said the Jews should go back to Poland and Germany or wherever they belong to.

The rabbi, who was extremely flabbergasted, said, “Go back to Germany and Poland?? Why, Ms. Thomas? You do remember the Holocaust right? Heck you’re old enough to remember the Crusades.”

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