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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

SEE HOW THEY LIE



ABC News’ Diane Sawyer misidentifies scenes of the aftermath of Israeli missile strikes in Gaza as destruction caused by Palestinian rocket fire.

Sawyer’s bald misreporting reflects either a deliberate lie by ABC News or willful ignorance so severe that Palestinian death and misery is invisible even when it’s staring ABC producers right in the face.

I posted the story on FaceBook and got this comment from Fred Morris:

Incredible, but not surprising. ABC-News has long been a platform for the State Department's agenda. This reporting is total lies.

 Back in 1984, when I was local producer for ABC-News TV in Costa Rica, we drove up to northern Costa Rica to the farm of one John Hull, later shown to be a CIA asset in CR. On the runway of his farm, we encountered a brand new Cessna 310 (twin-engined plane). The pilot was sitting in the plane. On camera he was asked what he was doing. With no reluctance, nor shame, he said he had flown down a load of weapons for Reagan's contra forces and was awaiting a load of cocaine to take back to his base in Arkansas. He said he was a contract pilot for the CIA, which owned the plane. All this on camera. 

The video was raced back to San Jose, where we sent it to New York by satellite, certain that we had a major scoop. It disappeared and was never seen again. Such a report wasn't convenient for the Reagan administration and ABC-News didn't want to jeopardize its good relations with the government. Nothing new in this.

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