I was under the misguided delusion that all of these raids, police harassment, snatch squads, and arrests made in St. Paul would cause a media blitz to descend upon the Twin Cities. Oh, there was a blitz, but it wasn’t by the media. It came from concerned bloggers and journalists that don’t work for the MSM.
So I checked the front page stories from all the newspapers today; to see what they deemed important for you to know. This is what I found. NYT’s has “Thousands Stream From New Orleans Ahead of the Storm”, good start but “Troops Surge Took Place Amid Doubt and Debate” could have been buried on page two. How about USA Today, maybe they thought is was noteworthy, no it didn’t appear there either. “Bush, Cheney skip GOP Convention” made it. Wall Street Journal headlined Gustav, Bush Cancels Convention Speech and the Highlight of the Day “Night Runner”. You ask “Night Runner”?? Is about McCain VP pick Gov. Sarah Palin discusses her unusual workout and fitness routine. Do I care about the workout habits of Sarah Palin?? OMG, since when did a government official’s fitness training become of National Importance.
Robert Kennedy Jr., in his speech, notes that the decline of our media could be traced to the 1988 repel of a Federal Communications Commission regulation known as the Fairness Doctrine, which Reagan threw out the window.
I agree with that view to a certain point, the rest of it IMHO is the 5 or 6 men that run all the media outlets. The Rupert Murdoch’s of the world have killed any fair and balance reporting that most of us remember. It is not in their best interest for you to know about civil rights violations that are happening around the country. If you did, you would probably write your congressman, email the government, or even protest on the White House front lawn. That is not a problem Bush and his cronies want to deal with. So to protect them, media giants like Murdoch squash any chance of you hearing the truth. That the US is under siege, in a manner of speaking, that you could just disappear or have policemen break down your door with automatic weapons in hand, cuff you and take you to jail. Your crime, you thought about, or were going to protest a corrupt government, and you asked to see a warrant.