CNN Subjected To Disturbing Level of Government Censorship and Government Funded Advertisements http://bit.ly/U1wiF7 Journalists subject to massive CNN censorship help expose the disturbing trend of merging government funded advertisements in with regular news coverage. It is no secret that viewership of the corporate media news outlets are on an epic downward spiral. But what many don’t realize is as the viewership of those programs decline so do the revenues from advertisers paying for commercials on those TV programs. The trend has forced these news outlets to turn to a new sources of funding to keep their organizations alive. Among those sources of income are partnerships with governments who are taking an ever increasing role in funding state-sponsored news. These partnerships have given rise to the merging of government propaganda with regular news which is then displayed on air for the public to watch with no disclaimers or transparency about the relationship. The backlash of these partnerships is editorial staff increasingly putting pressure on reporters to engage in self-censorship on behalf of the governments and corporations who pay for such pre-packaged news advertisements. Yesterday Constitutional lawyer and author Glenn Greenwald published a shocking expose on the Guardian detailing massive CNN censorship that was born of such a relationship. Former Reporter Amber Lyon Exposes Massive Censorship at CNN Amber Lyon: I saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting. I saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting. – Amber Lyon Read Entire Article The revelations in that article come from Amber Lyon and several other current and former CNN journalists. Here’s an RT report on the censorship. Glenn’s article focuses entirely on CNN and the reason for that is CNN’s journalists have become fed up with the censorship that they are being subjected to due to the secret government funding. The article is accompanied by another article on the Guardian exposing CNN’s business of packaging and publishing government propaganda as regular news. Here’s a clip from that lengthy companion article revealing how CNN publishes Bahrain sponsored propaganda as legitimate news. CNNi’s financial dealings with the regime in Bahrain At the same time as CNN was covering the regime, Bahrain was an aggressive participant in CNN’s various “sponsorship” opportunities, with official agencies of the regime often boasting of how their extensive involvement with CNN was improving the nation’s image around the world. Beyond that, there are multiple examples of CNN International producing plainly propagandistic coverage of the regime, often without any minimal disclosure of the vested interests of its sources. The primary regime agency exploiting these opportunities at CNNi is the Bahrain Economic Development Board (BEDB). It describes itself as “responsible for marketing the Kingdom of Bahrain abroad”. The agency is chaired by “His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince”. In its 2010 annual report , the BEDB – in the section entitled “Spreading the Word – at Home and Abroad” – proudly touted its extensive involvement with CNN: The BEDB also featured an extensive, image-improving advertising campaign on CNN: This extensive relationship had been building for many years. A 2008 article in a journal devoted to media advertisement in the Middle East trumpeted: “CNN International announced that its coverage of the 2008 World Economic Forum in Davos is being exclusively sponsored by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (BEDB) for the second year running.” It quoted Rani R Raad, CNNi’s advertising head: “Bahrain is one of the fastest growing economies in the Middle East and World Economic Forum is a natural fit for the BEDB to…

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