Former Australian Rupert Murdoch fesses up, with a laugh, to purposely using his worldwide media empire (including 70% of all newspapers in Australia) to pump pro-Iraq War propaganda.
Partial transcript :
Q: For example, take the war...Have you shaped that agenda at all, in terms of perceptions of the war? In terms of how that war is viewed?
Murdoch : No, I don't think so. We tried...
Q: Tried in what way?
A: Well, we basically supported, our papers, and television...we supported the Bush policy.
Here's but one example of the kind of propaganda Murdoch himself pumped pre-war to wash over criticisms that War On Iraq was illegal, extremely reckless, dangerous, would kill tens of thousands of Iraqis and would impact negatively on fuel prices around the world :
"The greatest thing to come out of this for the world economy, if you could put it that way, would be US$20 a barrel for oil. That's bigger than any tax cut in any country."He was only out by about $110.
More Murdoch lies and propaganda about the Iraq War :
"(Sunni insurgents)...they’re not really trying to kill Americans."
"...things are going to be pretty sticky until we get Iraq behind us. But once it's behind us, the whole world will benefit from cheaper oil which will be a bigger stimulus than anything else."
"There’s tremendous progress in Iraq. All the kids are back at school."
The death toll of American soldiers in Iraq, according to Murdoch, is "quite minute."
"...most of Iraq is doing extremely well."
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