The Deadliest Israel Lobby Conspiracy Theories – Mainstream media awash

Essay: The Deadliest Israel Lobby Conspiracy Theories – Mainstream media awash
in false accusations

http://original.antiwar.com/smith-grant/2013/04/14/the-deadliest-israel-lobby-conspiracy-theories/

Establishment news media outlets are awash in new Israel lobby conspiracy theories. This is
puzzling since major media organizations seem capable of presenting informed yet
contrasting views on many controversial issues. Is widespread firearms
availability a major factor in mass shootings or is it people with hidden
criminal intent? Is deficit reduction or fiscal stimulus key to reviving the
American economy? Should Obamacare or other approaches drive healthcare reform?
Media routinely air a range of expert voices of all political persuasions. But
American media has proven uniquely susceptible to propagating harmful Israel
lobby conspiracy theories without opposing views. Absent informed challenges or
balanced debunking, conspiracy theories have now taken dangerous
prominence–displacing verifiable facts–in the minds of many Americans. Unless
remedied, such narratives could result in another costly and unnecessary war and
billions in misallocated taxpayer dollars at a time Americans can least afford
it.

Two decades ago, AIPAC parlayed “Soviet Threat” theories into massive
aid packages the US is still paying off. Today the Israel lobby has been
relentless in spreading the conspiracy theory that Iran’s mullahs–driven purely
by their hatred of Israel–have a secret nuclear weapons program. Currently 71%
of Americans–according to one poll–believe that Iran has already deployed
nuclear weapons, despite the consensus institutional analysis of American
intelligence agencies and the IAEA. Endless bombast of this formerly fringe
belief mandates a “time is running out” chronology for diplomatic efforts
towards Iran. It has been the foundation of Israel-lobby mandated economic
sanctions that have mainly harmed Iran’s civilian population while realigning
trade patterns in ways unfavorable to the U.S. Encouraging American false
popular knowledge of “nuclear-armed Iran” makes the likelihood of another
regional war much greater. This is especially frightening since equally
unfounded fears about Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” were not nearly as
rampant. In 2006 only 50% of Americans believed Saddam Hussein had weapons of
mass destruction when the U.S. invaded…

Full Antiwar.com essay and
hyperlinked sources: http://tinyurl.com/deadly-ct

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