War? What War?
US Media A 'National Disaster'

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By Douglas Herman
If you checked the National News anywhere on Sunday, you might not have known the largest antiwar protest occured Saturday, the largest since before the war. Instead you saw endless footage of water soaked Texas streets and the levees of New Orleans. War? What war; we have standing water in the street!
If ever you doubted the collusion of the mainstream TV media with the imperial designs of the state, Sunday's curious omission of the Washington DC antiwar protest cemented the fact. The state, and the state-saturated media, spins the news. Standing water in coastal streets? Apparently, standing water carries far more importance than a quarter million Americans actively protesting an illegal war.
I watched television through all of Sunday, while skipping from one Internet news site to another. featured NO top news stories for Sunday, September 25, one day after the huge protest. Instead I found, after searching for stories about the protest on AOL, headlines such as "War Supporters to Follow Anti-War Rallies" and "Iraq Supporters to Rebut Antiwar Rallies." And the news-shaking story "Cheney Alert After Surgery."
Personally I hate AOL and don't subscribe but I spent the weekend with a friend who does. By the way, Time-Warner owns AOL and has always specialized in war-glorifying movies. Not surprisingly, Time magazine supported the Iraq War. featured top stories like this order of importance:
Perry: Rita damage not as bad as Katrina,
Rita hampers New Orleans' plan to dry out,
told U.S. needs post-disaster plan,
clashes kill 18 people in Iraq,
calls U.N. resolution 'illogical',
African AIDS expert urges circumcision, Egyptian artist creates Arab super heroes.
Gee, who knew that an Egyptian artist trumped a quarter million Americans in the streets of Washington DC? If ever an indicator existed that the state--and the state owned media--didn't give a damn about the US citizens, Sunday's lack of news said it all.
Watching television--our own "National Disaster"--the lack of news was just as depressing. Rita and Cheney. Standing water and knee surgery. Who knew that downed powerlines and endless footage of uprooted trees carried so much weight in the national scope of things. Depressing.
I channel surfed from MSNBC to CNN to FOX between 9AM to 12 noon, watching, watching, watching. Nothing. Fox's news commentator Jeff Goldblatt, from Baton Rouge stood before a mud puddle, pontificating about the storm. I watched the thread for any news--even a single sentence about a quarter million common people displaced by their government. No mention of them. Back on MSNBC the thread slowly scrolled past new items--"Israel--Hamas--Suicide bomber---" No mention of the quarter million Americans held hostage by a suicidal (maniacal?) administration in Washington DC.
Back to CNN. Now CNN used to be a good cable news station, a pioneer in the news industry. Maybe therein lies the problem. News had become an industry. The CNN news thread informed me that "Texas Gov Perry Takes Aerial Tour of Rita Damage." No report of an aerial tour of the nearly quarter million antiwar protesters in the Washington and LA. Instead a live feed from Houston Texas, with reporter Miles O' Brien, spoke of pre-hurricane gridlock.
I channel surfed away from CNN after Wolf Blitzer came on and lamented the devastation in the Gulf region. No mention of the devastation that Blitzer favored in Iraq. No reports of the devastation that activists were trying to prevent in the Middle East. Not significant, I guess. An ounce of prevention--or in this case a quarter million ounces--were no measure for a pound of cure. CNN, a shadow of its former self, as far as news integrity.
Finally, just before noon, MSNBC mentioned the antiwar protest in a 20 second report. But they prefaced the footage of the protest with the mention that a counter-protest would occur in support of the Iraq war. Not mentioned were the nearly quarter million who protested the war, in Washington and LA, nor the several hundred people expected to support it in counter-protests.
War? What war? No word from the whorish, state-owned media.
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A conspiracy of silence? Evidentally so. When standing water trumps a quarter million average people washing across the marbled shores of our indifferent government. the news is not good. Perhaps what we really need is a Category 5 hurricane sweeping ashore in Washington before the media cares what happens there.
Douglas Herman writes regularly for Rense and is the author of the controversial novel, The Guns of Dallas



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