The BuzzFlash Mailbag
February 20, 2002
While our politicians have allowed this undemocratic assault on our freedom of the press to take place quietly, over a long period of time, it appears that finally our "free press" will now officially become our government/corporate controlled press. I wonder what they have in mind for the Internet?
Excerpt: "In sum, we agree with the networks that the commission has adduced not a single valid reason to believe the national television station ownership rule is necessary in the public interest, either to safeguard competition or to enhance diversity," the court said.
It is not necessary or in the public interest to enhance diversity or to safeguard competition?
As it is, on TV news programs, we currently hear only ONE viewpoint...that of the far right wing of the conservative movement, and their pro-deregulation, pro-life, pro-tax cutting for the wealthy, pro-excessive military spending, pro-foreign tax avoidance for rich corporations and individuals, pro-secrecy in government, anti-civil rights, anti-constitutional rights, anti-consumer rights, anti-workers' rights, anti-separation of church and state, anti-government programs like Social Security and Medicare, etc., etc., etc.
While this ruling was certainly not unexpected from the FCC and the Bush Court, I can only wonder how much more narrow and twisted the "news coverage" can possibly become? I guess we'll soon see.
Just wondering, if people are frightened enough could the possibility of "take over" happen. If funding for military might is enough, could that military be persuaded to aide the take over? We've seen what money and the press can do along with the high courts to remove the will of the people, the will of the people was overturned and I might add the electoral college, since the votes in Fl. were not properly counted. We have a man in office who says one thing and does another, are we now witness to a future that does not resemble democracy? How long does it take for people to understand that to say one thing and do another is not an honest form of governing? I would say the "tone" in Washington has certainly changed-this country is in recession, we are at war, we are alienating our allies, we are threatening other countries, we are undermining our infrastructure and domestic policy and all in the name of fear and money to those who are in the business of war. How's that for American values?
Remember this guy -- Bob Kerrigan. Jeb Bush had his television show canceled fearing he was being criticized too much:
archived article (which also appeared on Buzzflash):
Well . . . Bob is back -- with a vengeance! every morning 6-8 am in Miami . Jeb Bush beware . . . the TRUTH IS OUT THERE . . . . You can't keep a good man down.
Florida airs every Monday - Friday on WAXY 790 AM Miami
"Coming Feb 18th "RADIO FLORIDA" from 6A to 8A here on WAXY. Radio Florida is a news and commentary program that will give you a complete picture of what is actually happening in Florida. If you want to know the full story without the hype and spin of the politicians be sure to tune in at 6A-8A Monday-Friday for Radio Florida." WAXY RADIO 790AM
A BuzzFlash Reader
So the Pentagon's "Office of Strategic Influence" plans to "plant deliberately false stories in the foreign press with both feral and friendly nations."
Considering how many people WORLDWIDE have access to the internet and read the NY Times and other American papers carrying this insidious little tidbit, this is the STUPIDEST idea I've heard yet, and that's saying a LOT.
[BuzzFlash Note: Yeah, the whole program seems ridiculous, given that anyone with half of a brain quit believing, a long time ago, anything coming out of this administration. Now the rest of the world, if they hadn't already (and there are plenty of stories to think they had), can expect as much subterfuge and deceit from the U.S. Government as we've come to see. From day one, starting with the lies about trashing of the White House and the looting of Air Force One, nearly everything Bush & Co. says is later "corrected," "clarified," or needs to be unspun to discern the truth.]
Subj: this pretty much sums up the differences in America
On one side of the border, "we've got people starving to death, because a nation chooses to build weapons of mass destruction. And on the other side there's freedom," Bush said this week.
Change a couple of words.........
On one side of America, "we've got people starving to death, because this nation chooses to build weapons of military might. And on the other side there's the Republicans," Bush could have said this week.
A BuzzFlash Reader Letter to CNN:
subj: get over yourselves
it is with great pleasure that i inform you i no longer watch cnn. your obvious decent into partisan propagandizing has made me unable to watch your channel. even faux news network has FAIR's jeff cohen on once in a while, to appear like they are balanced.
your network however, is so obviously pandering to the conservative/corporate mindset in this country, you can no longer be taken seriously as anything close to "objective."
witness mr. blitzer's latest admonishing to a viewer to "get over it" in reference to the 2000 presidential election. an objective journalist might have said something like, "let's find out why she feels as she does." a journalist that was at least pretending to be objective might have said something like "we are sorry you feel that way, but this is america, and everyone is entitled to their opinions, thanks for sharing yours."
but you, Mr. blitzer, are so obviously entrenched with the republican talking points that you can only parrot the mantra that conservative radio ditto heads have been repeating mindlessly since the supreme court unconstitutionally intervened in the election (instead of sending the election to the house of representatives, as is provided for in the constitution, article ii, section one, clause three).
i will admit, since i no longer watch CNN, i heard about this on the Internet But that is where i get my news nowadays, since television, no matter what channel, only repeats the corporate party line. the media of this country has managed to turn America into an orwellian state that would make pravda proud.
Your bias is blatant. not that you are necessarily a republican, but you are obviously a wealthy plutocrat, whose interests lie in the corporate state provided by george aWol bush.
and you Mr. isaacson, do you honestly think you have a fair exchange, getting arthel neville in exchange for gretta van susteren? dream on, boy-o.
Your problems result from your inability to listen beyond the immediate white noise of washington, to actually look at America and the world with open eyes and minds, and your placement of revenue above honesty.
The Great Deception Series
really happened on Sept. 11th? "9/11 -- Part 1."
really happened on Sept. 11th? "9/11 -- Part 2."
really happened on Sept. 11th? "9/11 -- Part 3."
Really Happened on Sept. 11th?" Part 4 (the Oligarchy)"
Really Happened on Sept. 11th?" Part 5 (What Did George Bush Know
and When Did he Know it?"
Next Monday will be the final segment in this series. Why does it take the Canadian media to ask these questions?
[BuzzFlash Note: Perhaps Canadians haven't turned capitalism into "the accumulation of wealth regardless of where it comes from or how one gets it." When TV stations put cash or conscience, objectivity gets flushed.]
I want you to know that I have been a supporter as well as a frequent user of your great site. I have bought several of your recommended books and have sent you small donations anonymously.
I just read the interview with Doug Kellner and I was compelled to agree with everything he and BuzzFlash have been saying. The dilemma for me is that you are somewhat preaching to the choir. What can be done to break the rights stranglehold of the press? We can not stop at just the Internet and a few enlightened publications. We are losing the war for the soul of Joe Public who neither reads or gets what is happening, they just repeat what is told to them by the press. The press has already cost us one president and it has only just begun. They are not even subtle any more they have no need to be as there is a race to be "Right" that seems to be gaining speed.
I feel that a serious effort needs to be started to create a moderate, much less a progressive news outlet for television. I understand this requires huge sums of money but the time is right to get this effort of the ground. Starting a dialog with other interested sources and seminars may be wise. There are plenty of people especially some in the Hollywood community that would be willing to support this effort. Please address this concern on your fine site. Give us some ideas, where do we go from here?
Haight D. Press
[BuzzFlash Note: Creating change takes time and energy and we only have so much of it. That's why we built BuzzFlash -- to share information so that others might gain the insights we do from reading a wide assortment of news sources. Let your letter be a call to anyone who has the kind of cash to create this kind of station. We'll do what we can to help. Also, read the note we put in the 2/8/02 mailbag for more ways to be a catalyst for positive change.]
Subj: GWBush as Cliff Klaven
There is an episode in "Cheers" where postman Cliff Klaven, challenged by a very big, very tough guy to "put up or shut up," recruits "Big Louis," a large and accomplished boxer, to "back him up."
When I think of George W. Bush swaggering around the world, threatening one country after another, I think of him as Cliff Klaven. Without a "Big Louis" to back him up in the form of the mighty American military arsenal, Bush would be a craven coward.
How easy it is for Bush -- who dodged going to Vietnam and even went AWOL when things got sticky in the Texas Air National Guard -- to 'donate' the lives of others to accomplish his ends. I might have some, or any, respect for GWBush if he, ever, in his whole sorry life had done ONE brave deed.
has been likened, by sycophantic admirers, to JFK and FDR. Of course,
he is NOTHING like either of those men, both of whom waged heroic struggles
in their lives -- Kennedy to save the lives of his PT-109 crew during
World War II, and Roosevelt who never faltered in his struggle to live
a full and meaningful life while battling the paralysis
GWBush did not PLAY football at college; he was a cheerleader. GWBush wears cowboy boots, designed for putting one's feet in stirrups, but George W. Bush does NOT ride horses - doesn't even get up on a horse. He's afraid of horses. He's a scaredy cat.
But watch him swagger all over the world, threatening and daring someone to "knock the block of his shoulder." He's a regular Cliff Klaven.
BuzzFlash reader, and enjoyer!
Re: SHOCKING! IS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION PROTECTING KEY ANTHRAX TERRORIST SUS...
The first clue was that only Democrats were targeted, particularly Tom Daschle, the man who is in the way to Bush getting his way.
Here is a letter I wrote to Wolf Blitzer in reaction to his "get over the election" comment to a viewer who had written in to Blitzer's TV program.
More than half the people who voted in the last presidential election did NOT vote for George W. Bush.
It IS a serious fact that many Americans were "done out of" their right to vote into office the man of their choice. That was serious. That IS serious.
It is absurd to tell people to "get over it."
We know from the admissions of people within the Bush camp that they fully expected the situation to be reversed. That is: they expected Bush would get the most popular votes and Gore would win the Electoral majority. The Bush camp had plans in place to stir up a firestorm of rage and objections – and would probably NEVER have stopped carping about "who won the votes of the most voters"!! Well, it did NOT work out as the Bush team envisioned; it worked out the other way around. And we have a right, even a perfect right, to be as disconcerted as the Bush camp would have been.
We felt, and still feel, that it was not the business of the United States Supreme Court to hear or decide the Florida Electoral dispute. The Constitution of the United States specifically designates Congress as the body to resolve presidential elector disputes. Please show me ANYWHERE in the Constitution where the U.S. Supreme Court is empowered to decide the matter.
Therefore, given that we feel the Constitution of the United States was hijacked by five justices – who had previously, and consistently, defended states' rights -- you cannot seriously expect us to just lie down "dead" and pretend we are satisfied. Nor that we were or are pleased that the election was hijacked, that legitimate Florida votes were not counted and that illegal absentee military votes WERE counted.
We will NOT get over it; it is our duty as citizens who prize the American legal system, which is based on the Constitution of the United States, to raise a hue and cry until every illegal aspect of that election is scrutinized and brought out into the sunlight for review. As good citizens of this land we could want, desire, and insist on nothing less.
do not ever again tell us to "get over it"; we will NOT get
seeing so many people preface their Bush comments with words of support
for this character, I have a confession to make; the only orgy in which
I refuse to participate is the present, Bacchanal to Back Bush's Battle.
At the risk of being called: UnAmerican, UnPatriotic, UnPartnerinFightagainstEvilAxis,
Subj: The Bush Animatronic in Disney World
Usually I make it a point not to watch TV news of any sort. But yesterday, for some reason, I caught a minute or so of one of the local TV entertainment/"news" broadcasts. Being president's day they were running a story on the unveiling of the "president" Bush animatronic in Disney World, to be added to the group of elected presidents. I was stunned to see the robot moving and speaking better than the real thing. If only Ken Lay had known. I'll bet the robot didn't cost as much.
All the best,
Robert in Los Angeles
PS. Could you give me the link for the story on Katherine Harris being sued for voter disenfranchisement. I believe it was in a Florida paper. One of my supposedly well informed acquaintances hadn't heard about it; she reads the New York Times.
Note: On Bush's doppleganger, we can only declare that irony is alive
and well and enjoying itself in sunny Florida. On Katherine Harris' legal
problems, we would normally direct you to the Link
Archives (our home for BuzzFlash home pages of yore), but feel the
issue is of such great import that we'd throw you an info-bone so your
friend can get a better understanding of the dearth of quality news: Civil
rights groups file suit over alleged Florida voter disenfranchisement
Rights Groups File Federal Suit Alleging Voting Irregularities in Florida
Decides Katherine Harris Will Face Lawsuit.]
Check out the first 20 seconds.
Bush mentions the great alliance of peace the US and Japan have had for the last century and a half. Wonder if the press will pick up on this. Not a small thing to forget about massacres in Korea and Japan, and oh yeah, that Second World War. Guess Shrub is confused over what the Axis really was!
Credit goes to my friend Leslie Ottaviano for pointing this out to me. Unbelievable....No wonder they won't let this guy talk!!
Much has been said lately about C-Span's wide swing toward a right-wing agenda. Perhaps I'm prejudice, as Washington Journal is as essential to my mornings as my morning coffee, so I didn't see this until the past few mornings.
This morning, for instance, Chuck Todd of Roll Call cited stories about Democrats' difficulties in given political races. Fair enough. However, these stories were not balanced with issues involving Republicans on the same issues. I felt like I was listening to a FoxNews reporter! Although I was unable to take notes on the specifics, here is the essence. I would advise you to review the tape to understand the discomfort of this moderate democrat.
1 - Some Democrat's embarrassment in a race in Florida was mentioned, referring to the fact that Katherine Harris had raised more money for the race. How he could mention Katherine Harris' name without mentioning her unsuccessful attempt to get a federal judge to drop the pending Civil Rights lawsuit against her is beyond me!
2 - A campaign financing issue with a Democrat (Strickland?) re. Global Crossing was mentioned. He sure didn't mention the incestuous involvement of the Carlyle Group and the Bushes in Global Crossing!
3 - Todd dismissed the complaint by many democrats that John Kerrey was too conservative, stating the assumption that this was a positive thing for Kerrey.
The conservative tone was blatant! PLEASE, if you insist on giving air time to Roll Call, give equal air time to a progressive online news source. May I fervently recommend http://www.buzzflash.com. Buzzflash will give your viewers a progressive take on the political news, thereby providing the balance that is so sorely needed.
I do realize that you have your own survival issues with the current administration's review of the Dual Must Carry Ruling. I will advocate for C-Span with my elected representatives and the FCC if you will balance the political advocacy on your programs.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
otherwise noted, all original