Islamic_State_(IS)_insurgents,_Anbar_Province,_IraqWhite House tells networks to stop showing video that conflicts with Obama speeches

In a scene more common in Venezuela, or Saddam-era Iraq, Barack Obama has ordered American television networks to stop showing footage of advancing Islamic State forces that contradicts his public propaganda.

The order comes just days after Obama claimed ISIS forces were retreating, having been defeated by his bombing campaigns. In reality, ISIS is growing and had just seized major cities in Iraq and Syria.

“We are urging broadcasters to avoid using the familiar B-roll that we’ve all seen before, file footage of ISIL convoys operating in broad daylight, moving in large formations with guns out, looking to wreak havoc…It’s inaccurate…,” said State Department spokeswoman Emily Horne.

“B-roll” refers to the video images networks air while reporters and experts speak. She suggests networks instead show footage of a lone, small, pickup truck speeding away at night.

Not only is that video nearly impossible to find, airing it could give viewers the inaccurate impression militants were fleeing or have had their advance slowed.

“ISIL is on the defensive, and ISIL is going to lose,” Pres. Obama declared on Feb. 11 (ISIL is another term for ISIS.) “We’ve seen reports of sinking morale among ISIL fighters as they realize the futility of their cause.”

In reality, ISIS was in the process of capturing the city of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province.

Militants also captured the U.S. military equipment Obama sent to Iraq. Obama’s order would prohibit networks from showing images of ISIS using equipment captured from him.

“The fall of Ramadi has not just exposed the weakness of Barack Obama’s nine-month war against the Islamic State. It has also exposed his administration to accusations of a growing credibility gap between optimistic White House pronouncements and the grim realities on the ground,” the Guardian newspaper puts it.

Unable to win a war in Iraq, Obama has turned his guns on American reporters.

“The worst possible scenario is the Obama administration wants to manipulate the information the American public receives about [ISIL]. I don’t know how you know the answer to the question,” Kelly McBride, vice president for academic programs and resident ethicist of The Poynter Institute tells POLITICO.

Obama’s order conjures images of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Information Minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, who held a news conference to deny American forces were advancing on Iraq, while advancing American tanks were visible on the horizon behind him.

Will American networks comply with Obama’s order to only report what he deems the truth? And what will be the consequences if they refuse?