Monday, January 02, 2006

Bloggers are to blame???

I read on Firedoglake of responses to Franklin Foer's plea at TNR for the left to stop attacking the mainstream lest we aid the right wing in our efforts.

What?

Bloggers are the problem???

This got my blood boiling, and I fired off this response.

-----Original Message-----
To: 'theplank@tnr.com'

Subject: When the Mainstream Media is worth defending...

…the Mainstream Bloggers will defend it. I read your post and was just flabbergasted. You want to blame BLOGGERS for the loss of credibility of the New York Times? Bloggers didn’t hire Judy Miller. Bloggers didn’t beg the Times to sit on the NSA spying story for a year.
Meanwhile, please show me when the Times or the rest of the MSM told us the truth about something that really, REALLY mattered?

  • When did the MSM tell us there were no WMD in Iraq? After it was too late to act responsibly on that information.
  • When did the MSM tell us about Peak Oil and the implications for a society entirely dependent on oil? They haven’t.
  • When did the MSM tell us about the dangers of electronic voting? Still waiting. (As a computer programmer I can assure you this is a stolen election waiting to happen, if it hasn’t happened already.)
  • When did the MSM admit that Iran-Contra wasn’t just a wild conspiracy? When Hasenfus fell from a plane and the AP accidentally let that story slip through a foreign bureau.
  • When did the MSM tell us that the hijackings on 9/11 coincided with pre-planned war games the US was running that included LIVE HIJACKINGS? Still waiting.
  • When did the MSM tell us who profited by selling short on the airlines? The 9/11 Commission found that out and said go back to sleep America, it was just a coincidence. Give the people the information and let them decide. When the press starts treating its readers like grown-ups deserving of grown-up information, it will earn back some of the respect it has deservedly lost. When the press stops acting as an official part of government, they’ll stand a chance.
  • When did the MSM tell us Nixon was a crook? Long after they had assured us that Watergate was just a “third-rate burglary.” And don’t get me started on Woodward and Bernstein. Woodward is and has always been a tool of the establishment who was led to the story by people in high places bent on bringing Nixon down.
  • When did the MSM tell us that Kennedy was killed by a conspiracy? Not even after the House Select Committee on Assassinations hired not one but two acoustical firms which both confirmed at least four shots in Dealey Plaza – one too many for the lone shooter scenario – with one of those shots being from the grassy knoll. Yet ABC dares tell us, 40 years later, that Oswald acted alone. How can they do this? By omitting years worth of solid evidence to the contrary.

And you wonder why so few people trust the MSM?

Thank goodness for the Internet. Hey, I really appreciate the quality WRITING in the New York Times. I just miss quality INFORMATION. NPR commentators have lovely voices. But they aren’t covering the important stories either. Ditto the WP, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the other grand papers of our time, including The New Republic (which, as you probably don’t know because the MSM never told you, was created with the express purpose of gradually leading the left to a more empire-friendly viewpoint. That story is told in Tragedy and Hope, a massive volume written by Clinton’s idol Carroll Quigley.)

The NSA has a program called Echelon that enables the tapping of every electronic communication made on the planet. But why do I have to hear about that from the Canadian press? Now that the NSA’s spying is in the news, this would be a great time to discuss whether Americans approve of an agency of unelected officials having access to our most private communications. (The Village Voice thought so, and gave it coverage, predictably, by one of the few real reporters in the country, Jason Vest. Where was the Times? The Post? The other Times? Your magazine?)

I can’t watch TV news anymore. Who cares about the latest robbery or shooting? Has that EVER effected your life personally? Have you ever been spared some dangerous incident by watching a 20 minute car chase on TV, as us Los Angelenos are subjected to weekly?

I want the MSM to tell us how best to adjust to skyrocketing oil prices. I want to hear about new technologies I should be supporting because they will extend life on this planet. I want to hear about the true history of this country, and the real reasons the terrorists hate us. I want the press to hold the government’s feet to the fire every time anyone opens their mouth, be they a Democrat or a Republican. I want important information. I’m angry because it’s so hard to find in the MSM.

Don’t tell me I’m supporting the right wing by criticizing the MSM. Supporting shallow reporting, misinformation, and cover-ups does no one any good.

What this country needs is a big healthy dose of truth, right up the MSM.


3 Comments:

Anonymous Joyful Alternative said...

Well done, with both fire and facts. Thank you!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Real History Lisa said...

Thanks. Love your handle!

10:54 AM  
Blogger lloyd said...

I just found out this morning that there were comments made about Thomas E.Beckham in my name with my I P address on different blogs.I didn't find out which sites the blogs were on.I did allow others to use my computer and they did have my e-mail address.These comments were supposedly not very nice.And yes,the people ( 2 of them)knew Thomas Beckham.I also know this man.Everyone seems to have an opinion about him.Maybe he did have a questionable past,but the man I know is a nice person.I don't know if all of his diplomas are exceptable at Universies,but he has studied alot and his diplomas must be real.He was my Rabbi and I know there has been talk that he wasn't a real Rabbi.At least that is what someone told me.But the man who was my Rabbi was kind and nice and good.He was always willing to help others.
If he knew more than he let on about the Kennedy Assassination,then why has he not been jailed?He is very ill.I spoke with one of his daughters this morning and I found out that he is a very sick man.People need to leave this man alone.I was told this morning,that a minister said I was saying things about Thomas Beckham.This is a lie!A lie made by a minister!I have never done this and this is why I can understand how Thomas Beckham must feel about people lying about him.Ok,so he knew Lee Oswald.Can you dig Oswald up and ask him if Thomas Beckham was involved in the assassination plot? No.One thing that I read was that people think Thomas Beckham is illiterate.Well he isn't.He can read and understand probably more than most people.This man,Thomas Beckham has a good heart.His wife is a really nice person.He loves his family.They are very protective of each other.I find this a wonderful quality in this day and age of people not caring about family.So what if he was a character in some important happenings.Can this man and his family have some peace?He is inventive but that isn't illegal.Just because he can come up with great ideas on business ventures,doesn't make it illegal.With all the interviews and reports about and on Thomas Beckham,has anyone learned anything that they didn't already know?He has never denied knowing certain things and has told what he does know,even if he doesn't want to answer certain questions.If he lied in the past,let it go,because the past belongs in the past.No one can move forward,if they stay in park or neutral.If they stay in reverse,they will only continue to go backwards.If they are in drive they can only go forward,leaving the past where it belongs.Behind them.So,for whoever has pretended to be me,I will find out.It isn't nice to be my friend and do this to me.The Beckham's I know,Thomas and his wife, are good people who deserves some happiness.Thanks for listening,Sandie Preston.

9:52 AM  

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