Saturday, December 28, 2013

On working for Democracy and Justice

News-flash for those who think the mainstream media, print, or broadcast, is liberal: That’s crap.
I received a petition from entitled “Glitter is Not Bioterrorism!”  I searched the internet with “glitter bioterrorism” and got hits on several internet publications, no print or broadcast media outlets were represented, not even PBS or NPR! One found headline: “A Glitter-Covered Banner Got These Protesters Arrested for Staging a Bioterror Hoax” continued with: “Energy giants have lobbied police to treat environmental activists like potential terrorists. Looks like it's working”.
            Isn’t it a little scary, no, really scary that not one Oklahoma City paper or TV station reported this story? No wire service covered it! Okay, maybe the origin was “The Onion”. Nope, I just checked.
Not only are corporations manipulating law enforcement, but no mainstream media is covering it.  You can’t get mad about what you are unaware of, can you? Should we be concerned about this? The whole point of a free press is to hold bad actors accountable.  Do we have a free press? Not anymore, apparently.  The FCC has allowed so many mergers of media organizations, there is insufficient competition and diversity in local media markets. 
This story and the lack of coverage seems to suggest that the media consolidations went way too far to maintain an objective, investigative press not subject to corporate dictates.  Do you know why the country is going to hell without a whimper? Few people know the truth because mainstream media no longer believes it is their job to tell the truth. Investigative reporting has lost a great deal of its punch since the 70’s.
I recently learned about  Look for the list under “The Spirit Level” heading and check those links.  Watch this six minute video on Wealth Inequality in America:
Until we understand what is going on in our country, it will be difficult to aim at the cause to fix it, including the injustice in healthcare.

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