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Cleveland Corporate Media vs. Kucinich

This week marks the climax of its most ferocious crusade to remove him from Congress.
 
 
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Cleveland, Ohio's corporate media has passionately opposed the progressive populist efforts of Dennis Kucinich for decades. This week marks the climax of its most ferocious crusade to remove him from Congress.

Unable to be confident of motivating enough Democrats to vote against Kucinich in Tuesday's primary, Clear Channel right wing radio station WTAM (these guys http://www.wtam.com/pages/personalities/#newsstaff ) is openly encouraging Republicans to participate in the Democratic primary and vote against Kucinich.

My advice to such infiltrators is to take care or they may get stuck with a Republican nominee who believes the world is more than 6,000 years old. Don't risk it, folks. Vote for Huckabee!

Of course, leading the charge against Kucinich is the Cleveland Pain Dealer. Oops, I mean Plain Dealer. Having savaged Kucinich for years in reports and editorial for, among other things, failing to raise more money, the Pain Dealer attacks him in its latest anti-Kucinich editorial (the third in the past week) for having raised too much money: http://tinyurl.com/yv46uv

Here's the headline: "Editorial: Kucinich's far-flung fans fatten his finances"

Here's the text:

"Dennis Kucinich can't plead poverty anymore. Since posting an Internet video warning that 'corporate interests are converging on Cleveland to knock me out of Congress,' Kucinich has raised $700,000 to defend his hold on the underrepresented people of the 10th District. Not surprisingly, most of his biggest donors live in other people's districts. Other people's states, in fact. Maybe viewed from Newton, Mass., or Hanapepe, Hawaii, Kucinich looks pretty good. Maybe when you see Cleveland only during playoff games, it seems just fine. But people like spiritualist Marianne Williamson of Nipomo, Calif., really ought to try living here. Then maybe they might understand why a lot of the people who are actively investing in Northeast Ohio's future have also given money to challenger Joe Cimperman. They're not out to silence Kucinich. They just want someone in Washington willing to help push a very big rock up a very steep hill."

The Pain Dealer fails to note that Cimperman himself doesn't live in the district he is seeking to represent, and says nothing about the corporate sources of his massive funding. But Kucinich has for six terms represented the people of his district and city and state better than just about any other group of constituents is represented in Washington. And he has done something else that every member of Congress is supposed to do: he has represented the people of the United States of America.

David Swanson is a co-founder of After Downing Street , a writer and activist, and the Washington Director of Democrats.com.

 
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