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Words from the founding fathers – 7.29.10

Words from the founding fathers – 7.29.10

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 2:00 pm
By: Nathan Castleman, Guest Columnist

“Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived; but as long as the presses can be protected, we may trust to them for light.” – Thomas Jefferson
Do you feel like you’re in the light or the dark? I guess it depends on your source …. of information that is. Are we being deceived or protected? I thought journalists were supposed to report the “news” objectively and everything that was news-worthy. In recent years I’ve come to realize that the mainstream media is slanted to the left and basically reports things that make the left look good and the right, conservative or religious look bad.
Enter JournoList. This is group of about 400 liberal journalist, activist and academics who formed an on-line discussion group (a members only chat room). Through reading some of their discussions that have been made public, you begin to see their agenda.
We now find evidence of it being obvious during the last Presidential campaign. After the Presidential Debate where ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos questioned Obama about his relationship with the Reverend Wright, the JournoList buzz began.
The Guardian’s Michael Tomasky wrote to the group, “Listen folks — in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the (mainstream media) kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people.”
Days later Chris Hayes of The Nation urged participants in the discussion group to ignore Wright in their mainstream news reporting, arguing that the controversy, after all, had little to do with Wright, but “everything to do with the attempts of the right to maintain control of the country.”
The New York Times and others published an open letter comprised by some of these same folks that called the line of questioning Obama faced “a revolting descent into tabloid journalism and a gross disservice to Americans concerned about the great issues facing the nation and the world.”
If that wasn’t enough they decided they needed to divert the public’s attention from this damaging “news” of candidate Obama’s relationship and mentorship of Reverend Wright.
That prompted Spencer Ackerman, a writer for the Washington Independent to share with his JournoList buddies the idea of suggesting that they might even resort to a smear tactic.”
Take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes them sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.”
Kevin Drum of the Washington Monthly, suggested that the tactics Ackerman was espousing amounted to the type of “gutter brawl” the Obama campaign wanted to avoid, Ackerman wrote: “Kevin, I’m not saying OBAMA should do this. I’m saying WE should do this.”
It seems that the Obama campaign had some unpaid staffers. How much would it cost a candidate to have this many journalists and all the weight of much of the mainstream media in your camp?
It makes me wonder why the mainstream media was so slow in reporting about the ACORN scandal, The New Back Panther intimidating voters, Vann Jones, the truth about who the Tea Party members are …..
In March 1989 there was unrelenting coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. President Bush was hammered constantly for “ignoring” efforts or his “ties” to big oil. There were the continuous pictures of the oil soaked coast and birds. Today?
Very little accountability for the President. No demands for investigating why his administration awarded the highest award for safety for this rig. Just slight demand for him to do more for the clean-up operation.
During the Iraq war the media would “honor” those who died in Iraq, by scrolling their names at the end of every evening newscast. Today, you would think that no one is dying in Iraq or Afghanistan- no more the scrolling of the names of the fallen “honoring” them.
No longer the daily body count posted in large bold numbers on our TV screens.
What about when unemployment was 6.8 percent in 1991? Night after night we heard about those who were left homeless, those who were starving saw clips of people standing in unemployment lines, heard story after story about how neighbors and family members had lost their jobs.
Today with 9.5 percent unemployment, record number of foreclosures, record number of bankruptcies, record number on foodstamps, and a record number on government assistance, we hardly hear or see anything in the mainstream media that compares to the coverage of 1991.
Actually the stimulus is working and we’re better off than we would have been,  and things are looking up.
Anyone need a flashlight and a pair of boots?
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