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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-19-09 11:25 PM
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43. Remember when commercials were less than half as long as they are now?
Edited on Wed Aug-19-09 11:43 PM by defendandprotect
Great post which got me "remembering" ...

I was never one to sit and watch the news - read a lot of newspapers, tho --
and they were far from telling us all we needed to know, even then.

Never found Sunday Talk Shows to be anything but fake --

but what a thrill when Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Bobby Kennedy, JFK came along!
Everything opened up ...
And then it was over.

We have to get corporations out of our elections --
We need to end campaign finance BRIBERY ...
and "pre-owned" candidates/elected officials!


Did it all begin with "Eye Witless News" . . . we used to make fun of it!
Soon it was all Eye Witless News.

Remember the police riot during the Democratic Convention -- bloodied kids everywhere.
OTOH, police are still beating up protestors --

You can't forget Fannie Lou Hamer - there was truth, finally.
Her voice, her words, her heart in every moment as she told us what was really happening
in the world.

Remember thinking our elections were honest?

Used to have totally paid for health care -- even dental care.

But females only made 50% of what males made, then --

Remember when Watergate/Wood-stein inspired new journalists? Except, it seemed
to have inspired them to seek fame and fortune rather than truth.

Remember when every one was expected to go to church on Sundays?
Celebrate Easter with new clothes -- go to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve?
And then came along the wonders of Pope John XXIII and Vatican II!

Remember when we denied the U-2 downing?

When Castro was a hero -- and then he was a "socialist" - our enemy!

And when we actually expected the press to investigate the assassination of JFK.

Remember the Pentagon Papers?

Watergate hearings -- Clarence Thomas hearings --

Remember when we didn't really get why everyone elsewhere was complaining about capitalism!
"Yankee go home!" . . .

Roe vs Wade - a complete surprise!

Remember appliances that really worked and didn't break overnight?

And when journalists would occasionally ask a blunt/hard question?

Remember when we weren't quite sure if "Broadcast News" was about insanity or delivering a
message we really needed to get?

"The myth of a free press died with the assassination of JFK" ------

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