Albright, Artemije Jeered by Serbs,

Cheered by Albanians, But Media
Report Only the Latter

PRISTINA, July 29 - Now you see it now you don't.  One moment Madeleine
Albright and the "na´ve" Serb Bishop Artemije are jeered by a group of
angry Serbs; a few hours later, that story is pulled, and another one
substituted showing Albright being cheered by Albanians in Pristina.  Same
day (July 29), same Halfbright, two different messages for the
not-so-bright among the western readers.

It was Albright's first visit to Kosovo after the end of "Madeleine's War,"
as the Times magazine termed it (see S99-81, Day 5, Item 2, May 17).  And
it provided an excellent opportunity for all people with "eyes wide shut"
to see how the western media manipulate the truth.

When we checked the wires at 2:59PM EDT, the ClariNet Daily News, hosted on
the IBM Net's home page, led with a top (UPI) story whose headline was,
"Albright Jeered by Angry Serbs."  Five hours later (at 8:05PM EDT), the
top (AP) story by same wire news was titled, "Albright Cheered by
Albanians."  The story about the jeering Serbs was no longer to be found
anywhere within the index of ClariNet's daily news for July 29.  The TiM
editor now has the printout of both IBM/ClariNet indexes for "Thursday,
July 29 - Top Stories" to prove it.

Beyond such blatant manipulation, Albright's visit to Kosovo provided
another opportunity to point out some more subtle ways of western news
manipulations and brainwashing.  Here is an excerpt from the first UPI story:

"Angry Serbian extremists, chanting the name of Yugoslav President Slobodan
Milosevic, jeered U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, before
storming the gates of an ancient monastery (Gracanica) and cursing their
own church officials.  British paratroopers ran to protect Orthodox
priests, whose black robes ballooned in the air as they fled through the
gates of an ancient nunnery and onto a second floor balcony. 

Several dozen British soldiers held the mob of Milosevic supporters at bay
as they demanded that Kosovo's Bishop Artemije and several of his fellow
priests come down to receive a 'proper beating.'

Only minutes earlier, the Serbian Orthodox Church leader met with Albright
to press their own security concerns. Fewer than 50,000 remain of Kosovo's
pre-war Serb population of 200,000.

Many hardcore Milosevic supporters are bitter at Orthodox Church officials
both for denouncing Milosevic and meeting with Albright, 'the imperialist
enemy'."

That was the gist of the UPI story.  Now let's try to delouse the media
doublespeak lice. 

First, have you noticed that patriots are always characterized as
"extremists" by the establishment media?  So were the Serb patriots in the
above opening sentence. Second, they are typically associated with some
undesirable figure or a country - Milosevic in this case.  Third, are
always depicted as unreasonably violent, thus the term "mob" to describe
their unruly behavior.

Fortunately for the lovers of truth and liberty, the UPI story was also
accompanied with a photo.   Take at look at some these "extremists,"
"Milosevic supporters," the "mob" which wanted to beat up their own bishop
and priests for collaborating with the enemy.  First, none of them are
armed.  Second, they range in age from about 5 to about 75.  Third, several
of them are waiving the Serbian three-finger salute, symbolizing the Holy
Trinity. 

And that's what the supporters of the Serb communist traitor who abandoned
them and Kosovo to world class terrorists would do?  Only the readers with
their "eyes wide shut" might fall for such incongruities.  Especially as a
morsel of truth had slipped the watchful eyes of the NWO media editorial
censors - the fact that fewer than 25% of the pre-war Serbian population
remain after six weeks of NATO's "peace."

So let us try to rewrite the above excerpt from the UPI story which may be
closer to the truth of what happened at Gracanica on July 29:

"Angry Kosovo Serbs, abandoned to the Albanian and international terrorists
by the Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, jeered U.S. Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright, before storming the gates of an ancient monastery
(Gracanica) and cursing their own church officials.  British paratroopers
ran to protect Orthodox priests, whose black robes ballooned in the air as
they fled through the gates of an ancient nunnery and onto a second floor
balcony. 

Several dozen British soldiers held the angry Serb protesters at bay as
they demanded that Kosovo's Bishop Artemije and several of his fellow
priests come down to receive a 'proper beating.'

Only minutes earlier, the Serbian Orthodox Church leader met with Albright
to press their own security concerns. Fewer than 50,000 remain of Kosovo's
pre-war Serb population of 200,000.

Many Kosovo Serbs are bitter at some local Orthodox Church officials
meeting with Albright, 'the imperialist enemy,' as well as with the KLA
murderers, such as Hashim Thaci.  (For more on that, check out earlier TiM
reports about Bishop Artemije's collaboration with the enemy - S99-122,
"Peace" 16, Item 1, July 11, S99-123, "Peace" 17, Item 1, July 13,  and
S99-127, "Peace" 21, Item 2, July 25)."
FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA

All 130 earlier Special Truth in Media Global Watch Bulletins on NATO's
Kosovo War and "Peace" can also be seen at our Web site:
www.truthinmedia.org, along with numerous photos and other memorable
images.  The TiM GW Bulletins are now divided into two sections: NATO's War
(106 issues) and NATO's "Peace" (25 issues).

Issue S99-131, "Peace" 25
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July 31, 1999

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