You’ve seen the news coming out of Turkey – tens of thousands of demonstrators being tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, and water-cannoned right in the face. You might have even seen or read how local Turkish media outlets are completely covering up the story and that Turks have had to get their news from social media instead. In fact, the following image is something you most likely will have seen quite a bit:
Yes, penguins are cute but that’s not the point. You can’t sweep something this big under the rug just because you don’t like all the bad publicity. Of course nothing like this would happen in our country, right?
Well, hold on to your butts, ladies and gentlemen: it is happening – in fact it’s happening right now. No, not at the same magnitude as the horrors that are being perpetrated against innocent Turks, but major news outlets in the US are giving important developments on our own soil short shrift. For instance, did you know that Bradley Manning went to trial yesterday? If you visited the BBC News website, you sure did:
Reuters readers would have noticed it too, though it was just a smaller blurb down at the bottom and the coverage seems to be a bit one-sided:
Of course, RT had loads of coverage – including a story about how they were actually subject to a DDoS attack by some schmucks calling themselves Anti-Leaks, specifically because of their Bradley Manning coverage:
But what about CNN? This is a news source based in the United States – surely they would have plenty of stories on the Bradley Manning trial, right?
Nope. There’s one tiny little link in small print with Manning’s name. Clicking that brings you to a news story written Monday before his trial even began.
Now I’m in no way comparing a single trial to the massive uprising currently happening over in Turkey, but the principles here are the same: if you want information about what’s happening in your own country, you shouldn’t have to circumvent your own native news sources in order to get it. If it’s an oversight, it’s an absolutely unacceptable one; if it was done on purpose, it’s an utterly reprehensible example of the worst kind of censorship , I’m not going to stand for it, and neither should anyone else!