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Reclaiming Our Voices
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Media Bias and other Weapons of Mass Deception
Mood:  down
Topic: Media Bias
Media Bias and more Weapons of Mass Deception

"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it, anymore!" That's a quote from the 1976 film, "Network". The improbable script suggests that television news would become an entertainment feature, in which factual reporting would take a back seat to commentary and trivia. Guess what? Less than 30 years later, the improbable is happening.

For generations, the media has been criticized for a liberal bias. I think the problem is worse than that. I think the media is too beholding to wealthy corporate interests, who's views are most frequently promoted by Conservatives & Republicans in a way that makes them sound like part of a populist revolution. How clever of them. How ineffective the media coverage, that allows this bias to pass as fair and balanced.

For more on the media distortion of Kerry's record, see this series of article at: mediadistortion, originally published at
"Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting" FAIR at: http://www.fair.org/index.html.

"Liars, Distorters & Fear, Oh My!"
"Liars, Distorters & Fear, Oh My!"


Will the real Zell Miller please stand up?

On Septemer 1, 2004, Zell Miller delivered a vitriolic, angry speech, despite praising Kerry's leadership less than three years ago. In 2001, Zell Miller referred to Kerry as one of our nation's authentic heroes, one of this party's best-known and greatest leaders - and a good friend who has worked to strengthen our military, reform public education, boost the economy, protect the environment, fought against government waste and worked hard to bring some accountability to Washington. Did I just hear Zell say, "I actually praised John Kerry before I trashed him". This is just like some of those Swift Vote Veterans, who supported Kerry in 1996, and now have turned on him. It isn't Kerry who has changed, so why have they?

Zell's speech was just one of many examples of how the Republicans took the next step from the Swift Vote Veterans group, in defaming John Kerry during their convention. While they say the honor his service in Viet Nam, and attempt to distance themselves from the Swift Vote Veterans (a group who's facts have been discredited), one Republican after another did a similar hatchet job on Kerry's public service record, taking votes and quotes out of context, to make him look indecisive, weak on defense, non-supportive of our troops, etc.

This theme especially enunciated by VP Cheney, that Kerry is "unfit to lead", is the same as the Swift Vote Veterans theme, "unfit to command". Coincidence? You be the judge. If they are not working together, they sure are using the same play book. The process is the same. Distort the truth to cause doubt about a viable candidate, so they do not have to defend an indefensible record. This play book has been the hallmark of most every Bush campaign since 1988. So, we could presume the Veterans group borrowed it from the Bush clan. Or maybe it was given to them by the Bush clan? The sad fact is, the most recent polls following the convention indicate that these politics of fear and deception are working once again for the Bush clan.

This has got to stop! Come November 2nd, we can put an end to it. Register & help to get out the truth & the vote. We can't be fooled again!

Posted by pencandle at 11:30 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, September 4, 2004 9:31 PM EDT

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