|May 2, 2005||EDITORIAL ARCHIVES|
A Pro-Democracy Day on BuzzFlash.com
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
A BuzzFlash Appeal for Democracy
On a day when the mainstream media continued its four-day headline story of a woman who got cold feet and bolted her wedding along with the press heaping praise on Laura "Pickles" Bush for her "performance" before Washington D.C. reporters, it's sometimes tempting to retreat, as Candide did -- in Voltaire's novel of the same name -- "to cultivate your own garden."
As one of our readers recently wrote us after listing all the life threatening issues facing the world that the press DOESN'T ask Bush about:
For the mainstream press, it's all a performance, a game, in which the outcome is rigged, largely by press coverage that doesn't seek to expose the dark anti-democracy underside of the Bush Administration. Bush is the congenial front man, a bullshit artist extraordinaire for an elitist group of political and religious extremists joining forces with war profiteers under Grove Norquist, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove.
And the mainstream media's only concern is that it doesn’t upset anyone in the Bush administration in a way that would invite retaliation against their bottom line interests. The media's first audience is its shareholders and CE0s. The primary interest of the mainstream media is in the business section.
So, like many of our readers, we sigh with disgust at how ruthless men and women are dismantling democracy and creating something approaching a fascist government that rules through the false lens of propaganda, which the mainstream media broadcasts as if it were an actual arm of the government. That it is a de facto arm of the government is only a legal distinction.
So that is why, in a nutshell, it is pro-democracy day on BuzzFlash. Democracy won't be won until patriotic Americans fully support the alternative media pipelines that debunk the "Disneyesque" false façade propagated by the Busheviks through a compliant corporate press.
There's only one problem; it can't be done without funds.
Some readers complain that BuzzFlash asks too often for people to donate and buy premiums. But we have chosen not to accept advertising. Corporate media lives and dies by advertising, and it can't afford to offend advertisers (who are also, by and large, Busheviks) by being critical of the radicals in the White House. We won't allow ourselves to be put in this position. We won't hold our punches.
So, instead of advertising, we sell progressive premiums and other items to pay our bills. We're not tax-deductible because we don't want to be challenged by the IRS for engaging in partisan activity, even though our dedication is to democracy, not a political party.
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A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL