The mainstream media – international and domestic – have a new number to play with; 9,000. That’s the latest consensus figure for the number of lives lost to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs. So that’s 9,000 in 10 months, in other words 30 killings a day. The only problem is though, good as those numbers look in a headline, they have no basis in fact.
According to Philippine National Police statistics, there are 6,011 deaths presently under investigation in the Philippines – deaths that occurred between 1 July 2016 and 24 March this year and which are currently classified as potential homicides. Of those, just 1,398 are drug related which leaves the causes of the remaining 4,613 to be established.
That’s a very different picture to the one presented by the anti-Duterte media – particularly if you consider that in 2015, during the previous administration, there was a total of 9,643 murders and 2,835 homicides (12,478 killings in all), none of which obviously could have been attributed to a drugs war as there wasn’t one. Our contention is that murders and homicides didn’t suddenly go out of fashion over the last 10 months; they’re there in these figures.
If you want to talk about statistics – not manufactured ones like that mythical 9,000 which has never been attributed to any source but figures produced by reliable authorities – look no further than road traffic deaths in the United States, something apparently the US Government’s tame media doesn’t get exorcised about.
Here’s a snapshot. Last year some 40,000 people died on America’s roads, while an estimated 4.6 million suffered serious injuries, many of them life-changing. That death toll was a whopping 6% up on the previous year when 38,300 were killed with a further 4.4 million injured. In 2014, the number of US road deaths was 32,675 – an average of 90 a day.
This staggering scale of mortality is not new but it’s getting worse. In 2010 road accidents in the US claimed 32,999 people and injured a further 2,239,000. In any other sphere – industrial deaths; deaths from natural disasters – these statistics would be regarded as a national calamity
These are big numbers; furthermore, they don’t come from some dream factory on the editorial floor of a US Government-friendly propaganda unit which uses a newspaper title as a front. These figures are supplied by the National Safety Council (NSC), an organisation that’s been watching out for public safety in America for more than a century and was given a Congressional Charter in 1953.
Unlike the mainstream media, however, it’s non-political. It does not, and never has, sponsored or supported a political party or a political candidate in any election, whether local district, state or national. In short, we’re confident that – unlike the figures put out by the media – the NSC’s are not tainted in any way.
Here are some more verified statistics. Between 2000 and 2014, half a million Americans have died from drug overdoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014 there were 47,000 such deaths recorded and more than 50,000 fatal overdoses the following year. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) firmed up the 2015 number to 52,404.
The CDC is a federal agency coming under the Department of Health and has no reason to inflate its numbers. ASAM is a highly respected professional association that’s been around since 1954. It has zero political affiliations and is solely concerned with “Treating Addiction and Saving Lives”.
Again the numbers are astounding; yet again, not astounding enough to warrant a fraction of the coverage that draws US media attention to the Philippines on the other side of the planet. Of course, part of the reason for that is that they don’t want to draw attention to anything that might reflect badly on their own society, particularly when that’s precisely the society they’d like to see replicated in the Philippines.
It seems then that it matters not that this wholesale carnage from vehicles and drugs is taking place in their own country – and on an annual basis – for the mainstream media it’s barely newsworthy. Certainly to them it doesn’t warrant a campaign blitz on the scale that events in Duterte’s Philippines do.
A week doesn’t go by without some part of the US media attacking Duterte and Philippine law enforcement over its War on Drugs – spreading the fiction that a ‘blood-crazed dictator’ and his goose-stepping police force is subjugating their people. Meanwhile, the startling statistics of deaths and injuries sustained largely by US citizens on roads built with their taxes barely warrants a mention.
Were 40,000 people to die on Philippine roads this year, you can be sure The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post and the rest of the Liberal establishment’s media stable would devote plenty of coverage to it. And, of course, they’d pepper that coverage with baseless facts and more made-up statistics just as they repeatedly have with their anti-drugs-war propaganda to show that Duterte was personally responsible for all that loss of life.
But the obvious question is, if the self-serving US media care so little about the welfare of their own people, why on Earth would anyone believe that they care about the welfare of a race on an entirely different continent which they have little or no contact with?
The answer is of course, they don’t. What they care about is promoting Liberal progressivism around the world; to influence and ultimately to direct foreign governments to follow the Liberal creed.
The US mainstream media is not a Fourth Estate that stands above politics; it’s no watchdog of the people. It’s purely politically driven and those that work within it are no different to the editorial staff of the Rodong Sinmun – North Korea’s equivalent of The New York Times – a journal that also seeks to explain “the facts” of what’s going on in the world, like the wholesale suffering and death from starvation that’s apparently going on in South Korea.
Rodong Sinmum also puts out hard statistics; and they’re every bit as reliable as those put out by their counterparts in the US propaganda industry. This isn’t an attempt to inform the public; it’s an attempt to brainwash them. That’s the depth to which the US press has sunk. Once an honourable trade, it’s exchanged professional pride for arrogance; public service for self-service; factual reporting for editorial spin, independence for partisanship, integrity for dishonesty.
In August 2016, Time magazine was reporting “nearly 2,000 Filipinos killed in Duterte’s brutal war on drugs”. The following month the American news weekly was reporting “The Death Toll From Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs Has Exceeded 2,400″. In December, across the US mainstream the total had risen to 6,000.
By January 2016, Time – along with most other propaganda players – had boosted the death total to 7,000, claiming “2,000 killed by the police and another 5,000 killed by suspected vigilantes”; vigilantes alleged by the media to be on the government payroll.
Last week, Reuters news agency came up with the new figure: “nearly 9,000 people, most of them drug users and dealers, have met their end since President Rodrigo Duterte took office some 10 months ago”.
Within the mass media bubble this figure now becomes an undisputed fact. No one tries to verify it. They don’t need to; it’s automatically the consensus media view. If everyone quotes the same number, who’s going to argue with them?
That’s is how it works; blanket disinformation – the Soviet Union used it (photo), Nazi Germany used it, the Communist Party of China used it, and the politically driven, self-censoring, unapologetically biased American mainstream media uses it all the time. The Soviet Union had its Department of Agitation and Propaganda, the Nazis had their Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, China has its Central Publicity Department, North Korea has the Korean Central News Agency and the US has its Liberal-obsessed mainstream media. And as far as purveying political spin is concerned, there’s no difference between any of them.
The purpose of all these is mass influence and persuasion; social control by media control. Media’s goal here though is to remove Duterte from power – either by having him hauled before an international criminal court on charges of genocide or some such, by encouraging elements of the military and the police to stage a coup, or by fostering a people-power revolution; the last of these being their preferred method.
That work will be complimented by creating personality cults around the politicians they want in charge. In the Philippines, that would be the head of the Liberal Party, Vice President Leni Robredo, an outspoken critic of Duterte. In fact, they’ve been doing that for months and they’ll continue doing it. They want her as their woman in Manila.
Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany’s Reich Minister of Propaganda whose job was to enforce Nazi ideology, claimed, rightly: “He who controls the medium controls the message. He who controls the message controls the masses.” And that, right there, is exactly what the mainstream media is doing in the Philippines today.