While the term “fake news” has mostly fallen out of use in recent months, here’s a new story from our beloved MSM to tear that scab right off. However, before we begin, we here at David Harris Jr wish to do more than point and laugh at a professional news corporation’s nonexistent fact-checking, if that is indeed the case; or partake in “owning the libs” as the young people say. This author has wanted to talk about the Turkey Kurd-fluffle for a while now, and we believe this is the perfect opportunity to share what real journalism looks like.
First, the mainstream example. On Sunday, Oct 13th and again earlier Monday, ABC News aired this footage of a nighttime gunshow at West Point from 2017 to make bogus claims about the Turkish-Syrian conflict.
Breitbart with the details:
The footage, which ABC News purported was of an attack on the border town of Tal Abyad, was aired Sunday on World News Tonight and Good Morning America on Monday morning. However, a comparison by Gizmodo shows the video was captured at Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky back in 2017.
“[I]t’s clear that the videos are the same,” said the website.
And more from the inimitable sleuths at Gizmodo:
It’s unclear if the video may have been slightly manipulated before it was handed to ABC News. But the unedited video from Kentucky shows people holding up their phones to capture the destruction, while the video broadcast by ABC News appears to have colors that are less saturated than the original…
The video’s authenticity was first questioned by far-right social media users like Wojciech Pawelczyk, who described himself as a “video researcher” and “Trump supporter,” as well as the pro-Trump blog NOQ Report.
To be clear, there’s no question that Turkish forces are currently slaughtering the Kurds, as countless journalists and civilians on the ground can attest. But this particular video is fake and it’s a shame that it was broadcast.
“No question”? How very fascinating. Even when the mainstream media goes out of its way to lie and exaggerate to push a pro-war narrative, and is called on it, other outlets will still cling to that narrative. This doesn’t make a lick of sense. If you can’t trust your media on one point, why trust them with anything else on that subject, that they themselves have brought to the front for their own reasons?
This author did some digging and decided to reach out to an actual Turkish civilian for a statement through Discord (an instant-messaging app which itself has been a target of the MSM), who shall remain anonymous, to get the other side of this story. Our media has been pushing this Turk-Kurd-Syrian turducken ever since Trump announced the move of our forces out of Syria. Let’s see what our source has to say about this:
“The problem right now is that in the East of Turkey you have a couple of terrorist groups that want to form a Kurdish country. That’s why Turkey is at war right now. They have to get rid of these groups coming from Syria to stop them from forming a country in our own country for the Kurds.
“We have 3.6 million Syrians living in Turkey (on record; you actually have a lot more living here illegally too). Europe and America are trying to paint a picture that Turkey is killing innocent civilians and that we declared war to take more land from Syria. That’s just completely inaccurate. All the Turkish soldiers are there to protect Turkey, on top of all the Syrian children and adults that get bombarded every single day. The biggest issue like I said is that Europe and America both actually want that Kurdish country to be established, just so that they can use even more of our resources that we can’t even use due to contracts signed nearly 100 years ago.”
Now a bit of research found this to be slightly overblown regarding any direct treaty between the US and Turkey, but they have had plenty with Europe since the ending of the Ottoman Empire. Given our involvement in Europe since the ’40s (let alone the Middle East), it would make sense that we would have a hand in this today.
“Turkey has such rich soil, but we still import everything because of the laws that America set way back when. We can’t even use our biggest energy source that America comes and takes whenever it pleases: Bohrium.”
Now that last part intrigued my internet colleagues and me. This author had to clarify whether he meant what he said. According to a quick web search, bohrium is an artificial radioactive element that results only in trace amounts from the collision of bismuth and chromium, as a fleeting result of cold fusion. All the information I could find (that wasn’t classified) disregards it as anything more than a curiosity of nuclear research, as even the most stable bohrium isotopes last little more than a minute, not exactly rod-making material. It doesn’t even register as a word on this author’s spellchecker, but I digress. America has been the world’s policeman when it comes to nuclear study and production. If bohrium classifies as nuclear material, you could bet we’re not going to let a Middle Eastern nation try to experiment with it in secret, even if it is insignificant, especially if they don’t yet have a single nuclear plant in public operation. Nothing to see here…
Our Turkish source continues:
“America said that they left Syria but from history, we know that if they ever leave somewhere, they always have another plan up their sleeve. So they probably made a deal with Europe to tear down the already misleading reputation of Turkey and try to make out like the Syrians and the Kurds are the ones who are in need of help when it’s actually our country’s unity being targeted. I wish European countries would take all the Syrians already living here for no reason. They just like shouting and blaming, but take no action because it’s all a game.”
This author can confirm, Turkey most certainly does not have a sterling reputation on the internet nor in the greater public. Even in ‘enlightened’ centrist political discussion online, Turks are often depicted as cockroaches, which is a step down from the more obvious and delicious animal comparison.
All of this leads to a very important point, regardless of specifics: The same news sources that give us our poor opinion of Trump are also in charge of our poor opinion of Turkey. This most recent fake-news gaffe on the part of the (need I remind anyone) tendered journalists and staff at ABC is just the slipping of a greater mask. The establishment desperately wants war and division in the Middle East, and they will create the fakest of fake news to get it. It’s not a mistake. So the question is… Why?
This author could go even deeper; however, the forces at play are too abyssal for the scope of this article. A simple and plausible answer exists; that is all I will say. And thus, a layperson has put more effort into verifying his facts than our cherished newscasters who are paid way more than this author will ever be. Truth is free; it takes big money to lie with a straight face. ~~