The day-by-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute, blow-by-blow mainstream media obsessive coverage of the apparent murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi is, from our trend-tracking perspective, a despicable example of medias’ self-driven priorities at the expense of covering real, lasting examples of innocents being slaughtered, murdered, maimed and starved to death.
Saudi Arabian officials are being accused of the torture, murder, dismemberment and cover up of a now heralded journalist that hardly anyone heard of before the outrage sweeping the media landscape erupted.
The cries over the inhumanity of this horrid act and demands for justice are pouring out from both sides of the political aisle, all spectrums of the divided, corporatized Presstitute media and a shocked public following the 24/7 barrage of coverage that has depicted Khashoggi’s apparent death as a brutal act of violence no civilized society should tolerate.
But while much of the Western World was fed the shock and terror of Khashoggi, news quietly and unassumingly broke that the United Nations is warning that 13 million people in Yemen are facing starvation and Yemen’s cholera breakout is the worst in the world with 10,000 new cases a week adding to the 185,000 already confirmed.
YES, 13 MILLION!
The U.N. called on Saudi Arabia to cease its bombing campaign in Yemen, which is massacring thousands of civilians and causing what the U.N calls “the worst famine in the world in 100 years.”
The three-year-old civil war against Houthi rebels in Yemen is being carried out by Saudi Arabia, and its coalition of the killing, including the U. S., the United Arab Emirates, the U.K., Canada, France and other nations that supply Saudi Arabia with the weapons of mass destruction they use in Yemen.
According to new and independent research, as many as 56,000 innocent civilians have been killed by direct bombing and more than 50,000 from famine resulting from the war.
Until the Khashoggi story broke, 32-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, serving as Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, was a beloved ally of the U.S. and elevated in the media as a champion of reform.
Indeed, when he toured the U.S. this past April, from Silicon Valley leaders, media and business bigshots, Hollywood stars and moguls he was given the red carpet treatment of the highest princely order.
But now the political and media narrative no longer glorifies the Prince following allegations of him being complicit in the brutal death of Khashoggi. But they still give a free ride for his role in launching the Yemen war that has murdered thousands, destroyed the nation and is starving millions.
In March 2015, it was the prince who launched the war against Yemen. He claimed Iran was supporting Houthi rebels, who had overthrown the leader the Saudis and U.S. supported.
What was reported in the media is that the Houthis are Shiite rebels supported by Iran. Iran denies that, and no hard evidence has been provided to substantiate the Saudi and American claims.
The presstitutes never report who the Houthis are. And Saudi Arabia is rarely denounced for attacking the poorest nation in the Middle East that had neither posed a threat or took any aggressive action against the Saudi kingdom.
In fact, they were ruling large sections of Yemen for over 1,000 years. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in its current form, was founded 23 September 1932… an oppressive, backward, authoritarian dictatorship that prohibits political parties, national elections and where women have virtually no rights.
KILL ONE OF MY OWN? 24/7 COVERAGE
As the Khashoggi outrage mounted, political leaders demanded President Trump halt a pending multi-billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
Among the many asking for a stop to the deal, Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, referring to Khashoggi’s apparent death, said: “It appears this was a grotesque and obscene act committed by elements within Saudi Arabia… We cannot move forward with the arms deal as business as usual.”
Obscene act? Grotesque?
Starving children, economic depression, families suffering, cholera and other diseases spreading, thousands killed, hundreds of thousands wounded, deadly famine, a nation destroyed… that isn’t obscene? That isn’t grotesque?
America, thus far, is sticking with the deal, further cementing, at least for now, the Saudi/U.S./Israel alliance. TJ
The under covered, misunderstood and devastating war in Yemen, which President Barack Obama and his party supported, has passed another Presstitute test of its corporate-driven, blind-sided coverage of the true tragedies unfolding around the world.
Khashoggi, tragic as his story is, pales in comparison to the inhumane lack of coverage and outrage expressed over the crisis in Yemen. But a muted media on the tragedy means the world knows the name of a previously unknown reporter, but doesn’t hear the cries of millions of innocent victims.