In another bizarre moment, CNN suffers from a real-journalism crisis and exposes the US war crimes in Yemen ... again!
It’s almost like watching The Twilight Zone!
When the corporate media finally decided to dedicate some of their 'precious' time to focus on the war crimes in Yemen, we thought that it was just a smokescreen. The 'unexplained phenomenon' happened after the unimaginable war-crime in which a school bus was bombed by the Saudi coalition, fully supported by the US.
The global condemnation was so loud that the corporate media couldn't avoid it. They had to speak about it. However, we were right. It was just a small parenthesis away from the common agenda. The US-Saudi coalition war crimes in Yemen continue at the same rate, but the corporate media continue to act like if the war doesn't even exist.
Yet, surprisingly enough, we had an unexpected exception to this corporate media norm. CNN decided to return to the issue and condemn the US involvement in Yemen!
In the following video, Kyle Kulinski was also surprised by the fact that CNN covered again the war crimes in Yemen and openly condemned the US involvement:
How did that happened?
It’s almost like watching The Twilight Zone, but in the end, we can think of at least four possible explanations for this - at first sight - ‘unexplained phenomenon’:
1) The liberal part of the corporate media (with CNN in the front line), attempts to destroy the image of the 'anti-interventionist' Donald Trump through which he attracted many voters. The war in Yemen is more convenient for such a purpose because it doesn't serve directly the US interests. The huge hypocrisy can be seen clearly by the fact that the liberal pundits praise Trump as being 'presidential' when he bombs Syria.
If we had a liberal puppet in power, the liberal part of the corporate media probably wouldn't bother to look at these war crimes at all. Besides, the war in Yemen was started during the Obama administration and this is something that many of the liberal pundits are being forced to mention now. They just claim that the situation in Yemen is getting worse under Trump's presidency.
2) CNN is about to sell another devastating war elsewhere (most probable target: Iran). CNN was in the first line of the corporate media that pushed for the US invasion in Iraq with all the dire consequences. This was a key factor for losing big audiences and ratings. Recall that both Trump's supporters and Sanders' progressives adopted the 'CNN sucks!' motto during the 2016 presidential election rallies. Therefore, it is very hard today to push for another war. The ‘honesty crisis’ concerning the US war crimes in Yemen probably serves as a counterbalance for such a purpose.
3) If you examine closer CNN's specific report, you will realize that it focuses on US weapons systems that have been sold to the Saudis. It doesn't mention the other forms of military assistance provided by the US to the Saudi coalition. You can see it even in the banner under the title "Yemen's 'made in America' war". The "made in America" phrase aims to make the viewer focus on the fact that American weaponry has been sold to the Saudis and used for these war crimes. Again, this is not the only way in which the US is participating in these war crimes. Don't forget, for example that the US contributes in the blockade of goods which are necessary for the relief of civilians.
And the bigger 'shock' comes little later. CNN report finally refers to specific arms companies that sold these weapons! Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. When was the last time that did such a thing? It looks like a covert negative advertisement on behalf of competitors. After all, with its ratings in free fall, CNN has to look for alternative funding sources.
4) After years of lies and propaganda, and with its ratings in free fall, CNN finally decides to make a big turn towards ... truth. As the audiences turn massively to alternative sources, like RT, or other smaller independent media that expose lies and war crimes, it seems that propaganda is not profitable any more. It brings much more damage. So, CNN decides to rebound in the media market by starting to invest on truth. This scenario, of course, is too good to be true.
Maybe CNN's real-journalism crisis could be explained by these scenarios, or, by a combination of some of them. Or, maybe there are other explanations for this ‘unexplained phenomenon’.