(updates I and II below - the nightly news Suharto blackout and Amy Goodman's powerhouse Suharto coverage; update III: John Pilger focuses on Britain's key role in supporting Suharto; update IV: mainstream media's Suharto whitewash continues in original NY Times and WaPo articles.)
Suharto, former Indonesian president and brutal dictator, is laid to rest today, the U.S. mainstream media has chosen to bury or ignore outright our government's role in his murderous reign.
Consider the Associated Press 1,441-word article on Suharto's burial, the main story on the subject currently running on the websites of The New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC and CNN, in which one sentence - just 31 words, 30 paragraphs into the report - is allocated to this relationship:
During the Cold War, Suharto was considered a reliable friend of Washington, which did not oppose his violent occupation of Papua in 1969 and the bloody 1974 invasion of East Timor.
ABC News' website is currently running a 736-word Reuters dispatch on the burial, in which no mention exists whatsoever of U.S. complicity in Suharto's bloody rule.
Spoon-fed such revisionist history, in which our government's murderous alliances are ignored or glossed over with clipped and blunted allusions, it's no wonder so many otherwise well-meaning American citizens are unaware of past and present implications of U.S. foreign policy.
Meanwhile, here are some fun facts on the U.S.-Suharto relationship from the East Timor Action Network (via Common Dreams):