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nittygritty Donating Member (155 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 10:52 PM
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36. my letters to 10 MSMs (local and national) going out tomorrow (snailmail):
Edited on Tue May-10-05 10:53 PM by nittygritty
To Whom It May Concern,

Why is it that the mainstream (dare I say corporate?) media continues to ignore the blatant lies and scandals that the Bush administration continues to propagate? This makes the media complicit in the continuation of ignorance and apathy among Americans, especially with regard to the truth about the War in Iraq.

Those of us who make a concerted effort to stay on top of the truth have to resort to picking up fragments of facts here and there from many different mainstream sources in order to connect the dots. It is also resulting in a turning towards other alternative news sources such as blogs and foreign media. The migration of people from mainstream media to alternative news sources is growing exponentially.

Is there a media blackout in the U.S.? Are mainstream media outlets now controlled by corporate, pro-Bush interests? Or have they just become spineless bastions of info-tainment (Michael Jackson, Runaway Bride, etc.) as a result of the persistent hammering accusations by neo-conservatives of a liberal media? Is there a gradual, vicious cycle of dumbing-down of Americans by mainstream media as a result of relying so heavily upon ratings? Is this why investigative journalism seems to have all but disappeared and what we get instead is sensationalized non-news and/or gossip?

Whichever it is, it is SHAMEFUL! And whichever it is, mainstream media bears the responsibility of bringing objective, investigative journalism to the people, no matter the ratings. THERE IS A WAR HAPPENING, FOLKS! People are dying. American soldiers are dying, despite Bushs barring the media from photographing the coffins rolling into Dover Air Force Base. Iraq is a quagmire - many soldiers returning from Iraq are being open about this. And the reasons why this whole war happened remain VERY questionable. The search for WMDs in Iraq is now officially over and we all know the results of that search. Some of us knew what those results would be before this war was begun. But cooler heads did not prevail. Lies beat out logic.

Mainstream media is failing us and democracy and now our democracy is failing because of it. It is way past time for the truth!

Sincerely,
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  - Great Article!  ihaveaquestion   May-10-05 02:05 PM   #1 
  - We're on the same wave length!  lady lib   May-10-05 02:07 PM   #2 
  - That is a great read.  Skinner   May-10-05 02:10 PM   #3 
  - You're welcome  lady lib   May-10-05 02:17 PM   #4 
  - Is the problem lazy journalism?  Dr Ron   May-10-05 02:17 PM   #5 
  - You also have to entertain the possibility that it's not lazy, at all  Cats Against Frist   May-10-05 02:24 PM   #7 
     - Yes, I think you may be right  arikara   May-10-05 02:58 PM   #13 
     - Yes. See my response #40.  lady lib   May-11-05 11:40 AM   #43 
     - Yes.  Oregonian   May-10-05 03:02 PM   #14 
        - it was not just the theft  hfojvt   May-10-05 03:12 PM   #17 
        - Great imagery, Oregonian. n/t  lady lib   May-10-05 04:46 PM   #25 
  - fantastic article...thanks for posting. NT  rndmprsn   May-10-05 02:21 PM   #6 
  - What's Sad  otohara   May-10-05 02:29 PM   # 
  - Tierney is Safire's replacement?  hfojvt   May-10-05 03:16 PM   #18 
     - Here Ya Go....  otohara   May-10-05 04:15 PM   #24 
        - Yeah, it's the media's fault  Lydia Leftcoast   May-10-05 09:29 PM   #34 
           - It's the truth  Daphne08   May-11-05 06:30 AM   #37 
  - It is the CORPORATE media  dissent1977   May-10-05 02:29 PM   #8 
  - Thank You, dissent1977, My opinion exactly. n/t  anitar1   May-10-05 02:44 PM   #12 
  - You're right.  lady lib   May-10-05 04:50 PM   #26 
  - Atcheson speaks for me!  JDPriestly   May-10-05 02:30 PM   #9 
  - We all know that sex and sensationalism sells  Bluzmann57   May-10-05 02:34 PM   #10 
  - They (the repukes) have point men and women who are out there  ihaveaquestion   May-10-05 03:22 PM   #21 
  - Sometimes I feel like. . .  EvolvedChimp   May-10-05 02:43 PM   #11 
  - The GOOD news is that they are starting to notice that we are PISSED  Nothing Without Hope   May-10-05 03:03 PM   #15 
  - Thanks for all the info.  lady lib   May-10-05 04:55 PM   #27 
  - I totally agree  Ysolde   May-10-05 03:06 PM   #16 
  - Hi Ysolde. Welcome to DU.  lady lib   May-10-05 04:58 PM   #28 
     - Thanks for the welcome.  Ysolde   May-11-05 12:27 PM   #44 
        - Yes, John Atcheson, the author, really nailed it.  lady lib   May-11-05 01:04 PM   #45 
  - Awesome. I love it!  UCLA Dem   May-10-05 03:20 PM   #19 
  - Excellent!  cmt928   May-10-05 03:20 PM   #20 
  - It helps to get perspective from people like you  lady lib   May-10-05 05:00 PM   #29 
  - they are shills, not stenographers  hfojvt   May-10-05 03:27 PM   #22 
  - boy howdy  ooglymoogly   May-10-05 04:01 PM   #23 
  - wow -- what a great article!  nashville_brook   May-10-05 05:35 PM   #30 
  - Great piece  Parrcrow   May-10-05 06:32 PM   #31 
  - Just copied & printed it  kliljedahl   May-10-05 07:39 PM   #32 
  - I remember a high school basketball referee who  jmcon007   May-10-05 07:59 PM   #33 
  - Okay, I can agree with you that individual reporters are  lady lib   May-11-05 10:39 AM   #40 
  - EXACTLY.. I'm so mad I am GOING to the conference!  Griffy   May-10-05 10:41 PM   #35 
  - Good for you!  lady lib   May-11-05 10:08 AM   #39 
  - my letters to 10 MSMs (local and national) going out tomorrow (snailmail):  nittygritty   May-10-05 10:52 PM   #36 
  - Appreciate your effort. n/t  lady lib   May-11-05 11:15 AM   #41 
  - Excellent letter!  ihaveaquestion   May-11-05 04:04 PM   #46 
  - Fantastic piece!!  Daphne08   May-11-05 06:32 AM   #38 
  - To all of you who thanked me for posting this -  lady lib   May-11-05 11:17 AM   #42 
 

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