Friday, October 13, 2006

The truth, the whole truth    Three years ago, Peru's Shining Path was a "rebel group" and a "rebel movement...waging a war against the state" and an "insurgency."  Not once did the BBC refer to them as Marxists.  They did, however, caption a picture with: "Villagers were often killed by Shining Path rebels". (June 11, 2003)

Now that the militant group is largely defeated, however, the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) is less cagey with it's description.
At its peak, the Shining Path had an estimated 10,000 armed fighters. The group wanted to replace the government with a Maoist peasant-centred regime.
Back in 2003, they were leftist rebels to the CBC.   You mean they were communists?   Oh yeah.

But did the media tell you that at the time?  No, and they still don't.

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