Spin, not Substance: Are the Media Scared of an Informed Electorate?
Fox News chief Washington correspondent Jim Angle cropped a quote from Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) to falsely suggest that Reid did not agree with Feingold that the warrantless domestic wiretapping is illegal. Angle omitted a portion of Reid's remarks -- made during a March 14 press conference -- in which the senator stated that "most legal scholars around the country think that what is going on [under Bush's program] is illegal," as well as an earlier remark from the same press conference, in which Reid said he personally believes the program is "illegal and unconstitutional." Angle's report marked the second consecutive day that a reporter for Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume cropped a quote from one of Feingold's Democratic colleagues to falsely suggest that Feingold is alone in having legal objections to a program that even many Senate Republicans agree violates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Angle himself previously cropped a remark by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) to suggest that Kennedy did not believe the program is illegal.
I'll introduce you to a media watchdog you may be unfamilar with. Media Matters for America shows you what we are up against media-wise concerning Mr Bush and minions in general and Mr Feingold's censure motion in particular. The truth will sink Mr Bush- Fox News wants to make you think their way, not let you judge for yourself , one of the hallmarks of Democracy. This is nothing new for the "news" outlets of Rupert Murdoch:
If a TV program covers forbidden ground, we will have no choice but to delete it from our broadcast.
In the above quote he was refering to broadcasting in China; but you remember the study of Fox News and citizen misperception, don't you?
WASHINGTON -- It's official -- watching Fox News makes you ignorant.
To be precise, researchers from the Program on International Policy at the University of Maryland found that those who relied on Fox for their news were more likely than those who relied on any other news source to have what the study called "significant misperceptions" about the war in Iraq.
Pollsters asked more than 9,000 Americans about three commonly held canards: that the United States had hard evidence Saddam Hussein had been working closely with al-Qaida; that weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq; and that world public opinion was in favor of the U.S.-led war.
Overall, a scary 60 percent believed at least one of these fallacies. Eight percent believed all three.
The most commonly held was -- unsurprisingly -- the Iraq/al-Qaida link. Fully 48 percent of respondents believed this. The totals for the other two were in the 20 percent to 25 percent range.
But among those who get their news from Fox, 80 percent had at least one "misperception" and 45 percent -- nearly six times the overall average -- had all three.
Here's a page outlining instances of fibbery concerning the Bush illegal spy that show a great many media outlets are willfully lying to "We the People".
Inform your neighbors as well as your legisltors that you know the facts about the Bush illegal wiretapping.
Commemorate Bush Carnage By Doing Good
The American Friends Service Committee has a webpage with utilities that will help you find nearby gatherings that will commemorate the third anniversay of the attack on Iraq.
Take heart in the fact that you are not alone; we ARE America, we are not merely a "special interest group" or disconnected serfs termed "consumers". Talk to people about the Feingold censure movement, enjoy the sunny day- seems to me the best way to commemorate the fallen, the futily killed, is to feel alive, build community and work towards ends that will keep such injustice in our names from happening again.
Senators and Congress people from both parties are responsible for the carnage in Iraq and the world made less safe, less free.
Supporting Feingold, censure as a step to impeachment, is a way they can acknowledge this, a sort of saying "sorry". Never enough, of course, but ideally, lesson learned.
Get those letters and calls out there, make your voice heard.
Seems to me that Feingold is offering "We the People" a way to break the hypnotic spell of the media, to show that we can effect change in a money run system; that the system can be salvaged. Now that will galvanize the party.
I wonder: because the majority of them are complicit in the Iraq War, are their egos so big as to not allow them to do what is right?
It is a bit disheartening to hear it talked about as just politics though- commentators seem to gloss the whole issue of Bush trampling the Constitution.
Re-read the text of Feingold's motion to censure. It makes sense.