When it comes to the recent deaths in Egypt, the western media narrative has already been set: Innocent, unarmed Muslim Brotherhood supporters and members are being gunned down in the streets and brutally beaten by police who just do it because they can. The Muslim Brotherhood supporters are repressed and persecuted victims.
That’s propaganda; it’s not journalism.
Consider the case of Mike Giglio, a “journalist” with the left-wing Daily Beast who was “covering” one of the main sit-ins being conducted by Brotherhood supporters. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer (posted at bottom), Giglio says that he was arrested and beaten by police. He then made reference to “hatred and anger” toward American
journalists propagandists on the part of police.
When asked why this “hatred and anger” exists, Giglio said it’s because “we’re not always supporting the narrative that the government wants”.
No, Mr. Giglio. You’re not telling the truth about what’s going on in Egypt and CNN, which is so eager for you to tell your “story” to its mind-numbed viewers, has a history of propaganda when it comes to supporting the Brotherhood’s narrative (here, here, here, and here).
The situation in Egypt is not all that dissimilar from what’s been happening in Syria. The government is blamed by western media sources in the beginning and in the end it was revealed that terror supporters were the real source of the problems. Yet, the Western mainstream media seems to blatantly ignore the real culprits behind all the violence. Below is the truth of what happened yesterday.
Via Al-Seyassah (translation):
The Brotherhood – along with their allies, gunmen and militia – took to the streets in various provinces to attack vital installations, security centers and public utilities. At least four churches were burned.
In Cairo, war broke out in the streets between the police and the militiamen of the Brotherhood, who burned police cars and blocked a number of main streets, including street League of Arab States south of the capital, and fired heavily on the security forces, who responded with tear gas canisters.
In Helwan, south of Cairo, Morsi supporters set fire to a police station after they surrounded it and released all of its detainees. Helwan metro station was trashed after being invaded by a large number of these supporters.
After storming a police station in Kerdasa in Giza, they killed one police officer and wounded the deputy warden in an attack by hundreds of Brotherhood members.
In Alexandria, three people were killed and 55 were wounded in clashes between supporters of Morsi and the police. Hundreds of Brotherhood members set fires in parts of the building of the People’s local province, and in Raml trams station. The same happened in the Library of Alexandria and a number of cars in The Time Square were set on fire.
In Matrouh Governorate, northeast of Cairo, supporters of Mursi engaged security forces to try and break into the building of Diwan and the Security building and were able to break into the security building on Military Street, Alexandria, and then set it on fire, burning its contents.
In the province of Fayoum, south of Cairo, confrontations were at their fiercest. At least 35 people were killed and another 126 wounded after they attacked dozens of office buildings in the province and looted its contents while wounding 21 in clashes in the cities of Zagazig and Abu Kabir. In the eastern province, security forces responded to the attack by the Brotherhood against the city’s police department after it was set ablaze. Three prisoners fled and some weapons were seized.
The clashes spread to the Suez Governorate, killing at least five people and wounding 40 others while Morsi supporters were trying to storm a government building. Citizens formed a human shield to protect Coptic Christians at Sidky and Military positions in the streets from attacks by the Brotherhood.
In Qaliubiya, northeast of Cairo, security forces foiled an attempt by Morsi supporters to block Agriculture Street and the attacks on police stations and arrested 10 of them.
In the meantime, supporters of Mursi stormed the Building Cabinet of the province of Buhayrah, north of Cairo and set fire to some of its contents. Two police cars, a car that belonged to the central security forces, along with armored vehicles were set on fire before police could respond. These violent clashes resulted in the death of a young man and injuries to 37 others, including 30 from the police.
In Kafr Al-Shaikh governorate, north of Cairo, Morsi supporters cut off the international road in front of the coastal city of Baltim and prevented the passage of cars on both sides, which led to clashes that killed a woman and injured 212 people, including 12 from live bullets.
The clashes spread to the province of Beni Suef, south of Cairo, killing five people and injuring about 150 others when protesters stormed the governorate building, while cutting off the railway which led to the suspension of the movement of trains between Cairo and Aswan.
In the province of Minya, south of Cairo, one person was killed and two others wounded during clashes with police while Mursi supporters were trying to storm the police station at Abukerkas.
In Sohag, south of Cairo, two people were killed and eight others were injured, including three constables, dozens of gunmen from the Brotherhood forces opened fire on the police and citizens at the culture centre.”
That report contains detailed accounts from multiple sources in multiple locations about what’s going on in Egypt. Conversely, Giglio essentially admits to camping out with Brotherhood demonstrators at one of the sit-ins before being arrested. The truth in Egypt is that western journalists are helping to excite domestic insurrections in that country.
There is definitely a tinge of irony when Giglio says he was thrown into a “paddy wagon”.