by James Corbett
August 2, 2016
During the chaos of breaking news events like the failed coup in Turkey last month, reliable, factual accounts of what is happening on the ground are especially important. If the MSM had reported that President Erdogan had been killed or captured by the coup faction, for instance, or that he had fled the country, that information could demoralize the public and deter them from the types of protests that ultimately stopped the coup in its tracks.
Well, as it turns out, that’s exactly what the MSM was reporting during the key hours when the coup was unfolding and the 24/7 news channels were scrambling to cover the story. Specifically, MSNBC reported that “a senior US military source tells NBC News that US officials are hearing that Turkish President Erdogan, refused landing rights in Istanbul, is reported to be seeking asylum in Germany.” The on-air anchor then editorialized that this “can’t be good for Erdogan.”
To be fair, it wouldn’t have been good for Erdogan…if it were true. Which of course it wasn’t. But that didn’t stop the MSM from propagating the secondhand, vaguely worded, anonymously sourced rumor everywhere. A Google search for “Erdogan asylum Germany” produces over 900,000 hits, showing that the story spread all over the online (and presumably on-air) media world within hours. Turkish sources confirm that the story was also picked up and heavily circulated within Turkey on social media platforms by the coup faction itself.
So here it is: yet another provable lie circulated by anonymous military sources through their propaganda arm, the US mainstream media. This story is a pretty straightforward example of a psyop designed to be spread throughout Turkey and used to defuse the Turkish public’s violent counter reaction to the coup. It failed, so NBC pulled the story and moved on to their next pack of lies…
…Or they tried to. But the team over at Newsbud.com, the new crowdfunded alternative media organization put together by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, picked up the story and ran with it. They sourced the phony Erdogan asylum story back to a tweet by Kyle Griffin, a segment producer for MSNBC, and started a Twitter campaign to get Griffin to retract the faulty information and explain how and why it was broadcast on air during the critical hours of the coup. After days of being bombarded by demands for an explanation, Griffin deleted the original tweet (without apology, explanation or retraction) and began blocking the hundreds of activists that were confronting him.
Unhappy with this response, Newsbud stepped up the pressure. They brought the matter to the attention of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, which then issued a demand for an apology from NBC News for their “unacceptable journalism.” The demand, predictably ignored by NBC itself, was picked up and reported by international media including The Daily Sabah and Russia Insider. But in the US…crickets.
Since NBC has yet to address this issue, Newsbud is taking it to the next level. Newsbud.com founder Sibel Edmonds—along with other Newsbud team members, television crews from Turkey, Russia and the US, and interested citizen journalists and activists—will descend on NBC headquarters in New York this Thursday at 12 noon Eastern time to take their demand for a retraction and apology right to the liars’ doorstep.
“We are requesting NBC News Corp’s spokesperson and executives in charge of news to receive us and be available to answer questions and make comments in front of our cameras,” Edmonds explained to The Corbett Report via email, adding that they will be seeking an official public retraction and an explanation of why this information from their “senior Pentagon source” was broadcast without any fact checking or corroboration.
“If they refuse to meet us or let us in, we’ll show that live and recorded as well. Here is a mega USA news organization that is blocking other journalists and news organizations, refusing to abide by journalistic ethics to issue a public official retraction and explanation and apology on a proven, damaging false news story they circulated.”
NBC’s actions will be sadly unsurprising to those in the alternative media who have watched the MSM brush aside evidence of bias and false reporting for years. Asked why Newsbud is concentrating on NBC when all of the US mainstream media has a proven track record of such false reporting and participation with US military psyops, Edmonds explains: “We happened to have caught them in the psyop act as they did this. Had this been FOX or CNN or NYT we’d have done the same thing. NBC represents all of them.”
She adds that this is the type of action that people can expect from the newly-founded Newsbud.com, which reached the first step of its funding drive in June with a record-breaking crowdfunding campaign. “I know we are a news company, not a media watchdog. However, this is also to show people that all those so-called ‘media watchdog NGOs,’ funded by Rockefellers, Soros etc, with millions of dollars and hundreds of staff, which have been around for decades, have never done something like this.”
“You see, this is not about Erdogan or Turkey or one specific case. This is an opportunity to tackle several major issues related to MSM psyops and the propaganda machine, the false sense of security given to people with these ‘watchdog organizations’ financed and ruled by the same assholes. This is to show that we need to go beyond whining, bitching, moaning. What they expect (and always get): people/activists/bloggers screaming for a couple of days and then going away, chasing a new story. Well, we need to stop this ongoing cycle; grab their throat, stay on the story, and not let go.”
Any concerned citizens who are interested in joining Newsbud in this action are encouraged to bring their camera, microphone, pen and paper or any other reporting device and head to NBC headquarters at NYC Rockefeller Plaza on Thursday, Aug 4, at 12:00 pm ET. There will also be a press conference after the event.
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