Former Reporter Amber Lyon Exposes Massive Censorship at CNN


By Amber Lyon | Libertyblitzkrieg

I saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.

I saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.
– Amber Lyon

The Amber Lyon story is just the latest in a series of articles that expose the total Joseph Goebbels like censorship rampant in mainstream media today.  The first one I posted several weeks ago exposed how the NY Times basically just regurgitates whatever government officials tell them, while the other showcased how an NPR reporter covering D.C. had to leave and do her own thing out of frustration.  This is precisely why alternative media sites are taking off.  They provide the only outlets left for genuine journalism.

So back to Amber.  Back in March 2011, CNN sent a four person team to Bahrain to cover the Arab Spring.  Once there, the crew was the subject of extreme intimidation amongst other things, but they were able to record some fantastic footage.  As Glenn Greenwald of the UK’s Guardian writes in his blockbuster article from today:

In the segment, Lyon interviewed activists as they explicitly described their torture at the hands of government forces, while family members recounted their relatives’ abrupt disappearances. She spoke with government officials justifying the imprisonment of activists. And the segment featured harrowing video footage of regime forces shooting unarmed demonstrators, along with the mass arrests of peaceful protesters. In sum, the early 2011 CNN segment on Bahrain presented one of the starkest reports to date of the brutal repression embraced by the US-backed regime.

Despite these accolades, and despite the dangers their own journalists and their sources endured to produce it, CNN International (CNNi) never broadcast the documentary. Even in the face of numerous inquiries and complaints from their own employees inside CNN, it continued to refuse to broadcast the program or even provide any explanation for the decision. To date, this documentary has never aired on CNNi.

Having just returned from Bahrain, Lyon says she “saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.”

After Lyon’s crew returned from Bahrain, CNN had no correspondents regularly reporting on the escalating violence. In emails to her producers and executives, Lyon repeatedly asked to return to Bahrain. Her requests were denied, and she was never sent back. She thus resorted to improvising coverage by interviewing activists via Skype in an attempt, she said, “to keep Bahrain in the news”.

In March 2012, Lyon was laid off from CNN as part of an unrelated move by the network to outsource its investigative documentaries.

“At this point,” Lyon said, “I look at those payments as dirty money to stay silent. I got into journalism to expose, not help conceal, wrongdoing, and I’m not willing to keep quiet about this any longer, even if it means I’ll lose those payments.”

Amber Lyon, I salute you.

Please forward this post to everyone you know.  I for one want to live in a country with some real and free press.  Not some CIA propaganda arm that pretends to be a reliable source of news.

Read Greenwald’s excellent article here.

7 Responses

  1. TheAZCowBoy says:

    What can you expect from the CNN Jews except lies and half-truths regarding Israel. When’s the last time CNN showed massacred Gazan babies on their shift. When’s the last time CNN showed Palestinian babies torn to shreds with US supplied ‘flechette’ anti-personnel shells coming out of the barrels of Israeli Merkava Mk. III tanks. When have you last seen children burned alive with US supplied white phosphoras filled 120mm Howitzer artillary pieces? Or a house filled with ‘suspected’ terrorists after a 2,000 lb.JDAM bomb (American manufactured, of course). Indeed, the US learned as much from WTC (Financing Jewish terrorism) that the Jews learned from their highly (((bloated))) Holocaust numbers.

  2. Bill says:

    Cnn should be charged with criminal malfeasance along with the Obama administration. Criminals our running our government and it seems like nothing and no one is going to jail and eeven be impeached. what evil is besetting our nation.

  3. ARIZONA says:

    WHEN I first read the story about police shooting protesters ,I though they were talking about new york city,the police gang terrorists do that all the time there,as far as CNN goes ,their all classified as useless eaters like all american MEDIA are,soon they find out why they should have warned the american people ,THEY WILL ALL BE HEARDED INTO FEMA CAMPS,and put to DEATH, there just to stupid to look at history and realize when their job is over they won’t be needed anymore………………………………….

  4. Frank says:

    It is good to see the American idiots waking up.

  5. Archie1954 says:

    Why do you think CNN is dying on the vine? To be fair other US media are doing the same thing and will put themselves out of business with their foolish antics. I’ve known for years that the US mass media could not be trusted. I learned that during the Downing Street Memo debacle. You couldn’t find one word about it in the US newspapers or on its electronic media so I watched it on BBC and other European and alternate media sites. No wonder Americans are so blatantly ignorant of what is going on in the world and of the horrors are being done in their name.

  6. Stan Sikorski says:

    ALL news organizations with the exception of one or two is owned by jews or have jews in the major choke points of the operations. These jews work in concert with the jews in government and they all rally around the jews that own banking and finance. NOTHING happens within these spheres without a jew knowing about it and approving it as all must follow the jew game plan for world domination as set forth in their ancient Talmud.

    There is your ‘Illuminati’.

  7. CNN has always been a member of the secret society “Illuminati.” Their interests in/at Bahrain are massive…Shit happens, Amber I’m glad that your still alive…watch your back and don’t trust anyone! Your on the “Illuminati” kill list,…Good Luck!

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