Media Mud Pies: CNN's Embarrassing Response to Fox News About 9/12 Coverage
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In response to Fox's childish and embarrassing ad in the Washington Post that challenged competitors' coverage of the 9/12 teabaggers in Washington, CNN is airing this equally chilidish and embarrassing ad to prove it did cover the teabaggers in Washington.
Oooh-oooh! Did I mention this is childish and embarrassing?
Apparently, CNN can't bear the perception that it may have come up short in its coverage of the estimated 60,000 raucous anti-Obama conservatives who converged on Washington. Even Rick Sanchez, CNN's chatty, albeit lightweight, social-media guy, bristled and self-righteously took on Fox.
For Sanchez, an admitted George Bush voter, there was no way Fox was going to accuse CNN of not covering a gathering of citizens on the right.
Now imagine a gathering of thousands of Americans on the left -- at times even hundreds of thousands -- and corporate media voicing concern about not giving them their due?
Now that would be a welcome change!
No similar concern has ever been even remotely voiced by CNN, or by any corporate media, for not covering the millions on the left who have marched and rallied for the last eight years. I mean, what's newsy about peace, right Rick?? I mean, right, Right-Rick?
Witness for yourselves Sanchez's hyperbolic defense of CNN against Fox for having the audacity to question CNN's coverage of conservatives. Then attempt to recall any time over the past eight years when "fair and balanced" Sanchez, CNN or any corporate media ever became that defensive over not fairly covering progressives?
Not once that I recall! There was never the slightest concern.
On Sept. 29, 2001, over 35,000 people across America protested George W. Bush's threatened attack on Afghanistan. That same day, similar protests took place in the Netherlands, Spain and Greece. American corporate media paid little attention.
Two days later, on Oct. 1, 2001, thousands of Americans in New York City protested the proposed war on Afghanistan. Again, corporate media paid little attention. Every year since September 2001, when the United States first threatened to attack Afghanistan, and ever since the actual invasion of Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, thousands upon thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in America, but corporate media routinely ignores them.
What's newsy or corporatist about peace?
On Sept. 12, 2002, up to 1,000 peacemakers gathered outside the United Nations to protest Bush as he addressed the General Assembly. On this occasion they were opposing Bush's second planned war -- his orchestrated, highly touted, media supported, shock-and-awe assault on Iraq. Back then, even future President Barack Obama was an anti-war protester.
On Oct. 2, 2002, Obama, a state senator from Illinois, joined the Rev. Jessie Jackson at an anti-war rally in Chicago. On that date, the man who is our current president, uttered the words that were referred to often throughout his 2008 campaign: "I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars."
But few in the public, even the local Chicago public, likely knew of that peace gathering, since corporate media diminished all protest -- even from their own. Corporate media fired its legendary host, Phil Donahue, for openly opposing the war. The TV icon was fired by MSNBC, after a short stint on-air, on Feb. 25, 2003, for being an Iraq war critic.
Ever since the retributive bloodlust that led to the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan nearly eight years ago, and ever since the frenzied, maniacal obsession to topple Saddam Hussein that led to the invasion and occupation of Iraq over six years ago, millions in America and across the globe have rallied and protested to end the wars and bring the troops safely home.
There have been this many marches and rallies to end the war in Afghanistan, and this many marches and rallies to end the war in Iraq. But corporate media has routinely ignored them, choosing instead to support their conservative cronies in the military industrial complex.
As a result of this abrogation of journalism, Americans have a depleted treasury, a rotting infrastructure, criminal health care, fiscal sociopathy, substandard education, a dumbed-down public, an ever-widening sociopolitical chasm and idiots elected to, and remaining in, office for lack of effective vetting and investigation by a legitimate Fourth Estate.
Mr. Sanchez, with all due respect, as you've delivered your message to Fox, I have a message for you. Your tirade is juvenile, hypocritical, and dare I say, unprofessional. CNN shares in the decline of our media almost as much as Fox. CNN is, after all, the home base of Lou Dobbs. Need I say more?