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Media is blind to agendas of war

The media monitor Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (Fair) studied 1,617 US on-camera sources between March 20 and April 9, 2003. It found 71% of US sources were pro-war; only 3% were anti-war.

The UK didn't fair much better. Two studies, by Cardiff University and the German-based Media Tenor, found that the BBC gave just 2% of its coverage to anti Iraq-war views in the conflict build-up.

The same scenario exists with the Middle East, where important news stories are being ignored.

For example, Israel's support for the Syrian rebels (aka Islamic State). The fact IS was armed and funded by Gulf states and trained by the US in Turkey. And also the fact that, when Nato says it is bombing IS positions, it is really bombing Syrian infrastructure, as the West's main goal is not to defeat IS, but regime-change in Syria.

LOUIS SHAWCROSS

Hillsborough, Co Down

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