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Mon Nov 30, 2015, 09:25 PM

Bombs Away! Russians Strike ISIS Oil but PBS Gets Blasted

Last Thursday evening, Nov. 19, the PBS NewsHour did a timely and important segment on how “the Islamic State militant group…one of the richest terrorist armies in history” makes its money. A key source of that money, they reported, is oil.

Economics Correspondent Paul Solman began the segment, setting the stage with what some presidential candidates are saying and pointing out that there is a debate over just how much money ISIS actually has. Then, at 2:22 minutes into the segment, Solman says, “But just yesterday [Wednesday] Army Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the joint task force, said the stepped-up offensive against ISIS’ main source of revenue is paying off. For the first time, the U.S. is attacking oil delivery trucks.” Then Col. Warren, in a film clip on screen, says: “We destroyed 116 tanker trucks, which we believe will reduce ISIL’s ability to transport its stolen oil products.”

That may be true, but the bombing camera video shown at the time, according to numerous online sources, came from Russian, not U.S., aircraft and drones attacking the oil facilities and trucks, and was released by the Russian Defense Ministry. The film also uses some Cyrillic-alphabet lettering along the edges.

The foul-up did not go unnoticed and rather quickly resulted in several online critiques and numerous emails to me and messages posted on the NewsHour’s own website. The critical reporting focused on stories and headlines such as, “PBS uses Russian footage to depict US airstrikes on ISIS oil fields,” from RT, a Russian-government supported global news operation. Indeed, RT reported that the use of Russian film was first taken note of by the Moon of Alabama website and picked up by others such as Sputnik, also supported by the Russian government, and Global Research, a Canadian-based site.


http://www.pbs.org/ombudsman/blogs/ombudsman/2015/11/23/bombs-away-russians-strike-isis-oil-but-pbs-gets-blasted/

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Jesus Malverde Nov 2015 OP
leveymg Nov 2015 #1
Cayenne Nov 2015 #2
bemildred Dec 2015 #3
Jefferson23 Dec 2015 #4
KoKo Dec 2015 #5

Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Mon Nov 30, 2015, 10:22 PM

1. Most of IS funding comes from KSA/GCC donors not oil according to the

US Joint Chiefs of Staff. Again, we are being fed a big lie by the Petroleum Broadcasting Service. Media serves money.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 30, 2015, 11:17 PM

2. We're all swimming in a morass of disinformation now.

DUers should not be upset when less 'reputable' sources like RT and al Jazeera are cited. Even Reuters is in the bag for the State Department. So I no longer believe in any single news source. Thank gawd for social media.

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Response to Cayenne (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 05:40 AM

3. Yep.

It's not that they lie, although they do, a lot, it's that they only tell you parts of the story, and they use loaded and contrived language in very manipulative ways, and they bury important things in mountains of trivia. And they all do those things, Iran does it, Russia does it, China does it, the EU does it, AP does it, but we're the best at it, because our press is totally in the tank for money and power.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:42 AM

4. Thanks for posting, appreciate it. K&R

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 10:06 AM

5. Interesting. I posted here on "FA" about conflicting news stories about who was bombing ISIS

last week. I didn't hear it on PBS but MSNBC/CNN/Print Media who were saying that US was finally bombing their tanker . Glad that PBS got push back on this.

Here's my post here on "FA" about difference in dates and reports that I had noticed:

Media Confliction over Russia and US Airstrikes on ISIS Oil Facilities & Tankers in Syria

http://www.democraticunderground.com/113314181

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