Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Saudi media invent news and the Guardian and others carry it

So Al-Arabiyya (the site of the news station of King Fahd's brother-in-law) invented one of its regular stories about major admission by a commander of Al-Quds Force of the IRG in which he talks about "presence" in Syria.  Such stories are daily in the website and they provide materials for jokes on Arabic twitter.  They often have commanders of the IRG saying wild things like: yes, we are terrorists and Iran should be bombed, etc.  The headline of the story did not even match the actual words attributed to him.  So the Guardian carried the story and Brian Whitaker circulated it on Twitter.  Then, Saudi media (like this mouthpiece of Prince Salman, Ash-Sharq Al-Aswat) publish stories attributing the story to the Guardian.  I love how how those incestuous propaganda outlets work when there is a propaganda fever in Western capitals.