As around 1 million Turkish citizens continue to secure Istanbul’s main square in protest against government control, the Turkish media has completely blacked out the event and continues to play cooking shows and animal documentaries instead.
By Anthony Gucciardi
The media blackout demonstrates how the controlled mainstream media ultimately sides with government interests over the interests of the people. Or even real news that could generate large amounts of income for the news agencies if they reported on the intense clashes between police and protesters at the heart of Istanbul. Quite simply, news agencies like CNN will even side with the government on these issues when it means forfeiting a large chunk of cash.
And what better programming to air on the government-controlled media during massive anti-government protests then cooking shows and cute animals? Here’s another programming comparison (photo credit goes to a Reddit poster here), where you see the Turkish media showing some food-based distraction program as the streets are ablaze in protest:
As you saw in the image above, CNN International is actually covering the events to the rest of the world that does not live in Turkey (at least on CNN International, which is way better than the US version). But how about those in Turkey, the citizens that are actually most affected by the news and may decide to stand up for themselves as well if they knew about the protests? Well, they’re stuck watching cooking demonstrations and penguin-based animal programming so that they continue to be completely ignorant of the protests that have garnered one million or more concerned citizens to gather in the heart of Istanbul without proper coverage.
The event goes to show just how controlled the flow of information truly is when the mega media is involved. If they don’t want you to know, then it won’t even be mentioned. Here are some more photos the Turkish media will not show (album here):
Demonstrations Repeatedly Ignored By Media
You see, effective demonstrations are virtually always ignored by the mainstream media in their respective nations. Whether we’re talking about pro-Second Amendment rallies, the March Against Monsanto, or any of the numerous marches on Washington D.C. that amassed hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens. There may be some coverage at 10 PM on a Saturday night from local news (a real example with March Against Monsanto), or CNN coverage making them look nuts, but at the end of the day it’s up to the alternative media to propel these things into the light.
Turkey’s government-controlled media is extremely blatant to us, but the reality is that the mainstream media within the United States won’t touch many of the real issues either. We have been successful in launching intellectual catapults full of real news over the gated castle walls of news juggernauts like CNN and others, but at the end of the day the mega media will continue to spew toxic waste into your living room in the form of distraction-based information. It’s time to seek truth in news from outside the mega media.