Journalism & Communication
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The specific article that this analysis will consider hinges upon the prevalence of Al Qaeda leadership within the ranks of the Libyan opposition (rebel) forces that rose up against and eventually overthrew the Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi last year at approximately this…


eived from the administration and the news media was so transparently sickening that it led this author at the time to seek out alternative approaches to the situation. Due to the fact that the media heaped such a high degree of praise on these individuals that were working to employ acts of terrorism to overthrow a government, it begged the question as to why the Western press was so single-minded on the approach to this issue. This brief analysis will consider a solitary news report from the Telegraph and juxtapose this with the information that other news outlets continued to put forward to their viewership on a daily basis. Due to the fact that censorship takes a variety of forms, it will be the purpose of this brief analysis to consider how and why the main media outlets willingly chose to ignore such a massive story as the one which the Telegraph related.
To briefly summarize the time period in which this article came out, the reader should understand that tensions within the Middle East had been fomenting as a result of the Arab Spring. Although it will not be the goal of this essay to discuss whether the Arab Spring was in and of itself a popular uprising of the people groups of Middle Eastern nations or the manufactured malcontent that Washington is famous for inspiring, it should however be considered the extent and scope within which the United States was involved in the Libyan uprising from its earliest days in Benghazi. At the point that this article was published, the Libyan uprising had been ongoing for a period of around 2 months. The article itself was titled, “Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links” and published on the 25 of March 2011. Although such an admission may seem banal, the fact of the matter was that this firsthand statement from the opposing side worked to affirm the similar statements that then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had been advocating since the rebels began engaging in terrorism in Benghazi ...
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