Contrary to assertions made by the Obama Administration, Raymond Davis (the killer of two Pakistani men in Lahore and former Blackwater mercenary) is not a diplomat. He's a CIA agent. The Guardian reported this fact Sunday, indicating that, “a number of US media outlets learned about Davis's CIA role but have kept it under wraps at the request of the Obama administration.”
The New York Times had this to say on Monday, “The New York Times had agreed to temporarily withhold information about Mr. Davis’s ties to the agency at the request of the Obama administration, which argued that disclosure of his specific job would put his life at risk.Several foreign news organizations have disclosed some aspects of Mr. Davis’s work with the C.I.A. On Monday, American officials lifted their request to withhold publication."
What should we make of such claims? President Obama, who knew the truth but still proclaimed that Davis was a diplomat who deserved “immunity” from Pakistani law. Outlets like the New York Times also knew Davis’ real function but echoed the Government’s lie because they were told to. Only after “several foreign news organizations” disclosed the real information about Davis’ CIA involvement was the Times allowed to print the truth. For weeks the American news media has functioned as a mouthpiece for the government, reporting purposely misleading information to further the cause of government secrecy. There is a name for all this: Propaganda.
Yahoo News’ Michael Calderone states: “The AP added a few more details in its disclosure. The news organization noted that it found out Davis was working for the CIA "immediately after the shootings"(on January 25) and stated that it had "intended to report Davis' CIA employment after he was out of harm's way, but the story was broken Sunday by The Guardian."
Isn’t the press supposed to be separate, distinct from, and even suspicious of the government? That would be the case in a functioning democracy, but because our media is so anemic and devoid of journalistic integrity, there can be little hope for a serious investigative analysis independent of extreme establishment bias, most of the time. That’s why we should thank foreign newspapers like The Guardian for enlightening us, because without them perhaps we would still be in the dark.
This is no recent phenomenon though. It’s been going on for as long as I can remember (Iraq 2003 anyone?), but seeing it exposed this week is telling. We saw the same thing in the case of Wikileaks. The joint attack on the Wikileaks by the government and its faithful servants in the establishment media continues to this day and the irony is amazing. The exposure of such collusion should not be viewed as an aberration on behalf of the corporate U.S. news media, it is their function. The only thing different about this time is that they got caught.