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Friday, Aug. 18, 2000 at 4:33 PM
let us keep on the case of the corporate media. getting in front of eyeballs will
bring about mass appeal, as if by magic.
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The only ink you give the rising Green party today is a story in
which you characterize Nader's whitehouse bid as "hovering between
3 and 5 percent support in most polls." You may feel it's safe to
get away with this manipulative outrage because you think it's subtle
enough that folks won't pay much mind to such a terse insertion
near the end of a story. Well we're simply no longer letting you
get away with this typical practice.
Your unforgiveably slanted journalism actively deceives by keeping your
television-consuming audience in the dark as to the following realities:
- The polls you're generalizing about are of the popular vote, as opposed
to the electoral vote, which is the system we must presently function
under. Among other important details about polls which you absolutely
avoided going into are: what question was asked? what question was
asked immediately preceeding the one you've extracted out for the
purposes of the misleading generalization in CNN copy? what kind of
freaks answer their telephone at supper when it's almost all
megaconglomerates' marketing organs, employing prisoners to do this
phone soliciting at appalling wages?
- Many crucial states have Nader at levels triple what you're stating
in this offhanded mention. 9%+ in California and double-digits in
other of Gore's must-win states has the DLC running scared (running
even further to the Right than usual?) and such corrupted organizations
as CNN participate in de facto perception management by repeating
misleadingly arbitrary sets of summary data.
- The elections in the USA are effectively now run by television networks
which amount to propaganda factories that rally around their common
cause: the commodification of all of our existences. What continues to
be the basis of a weak argument that we need to vote for evil (the whole
"evil of two lessers" fear-trap that we've suffered under recently..)
is something I keep hearing out of the "conventional wisdom" punditry:
Nader isn't yet in the pollingnumbers horserace, therefore he never
will be and therefore doesn't deserve coverage. Well that thinking sure
is an insult to our great country's eventful history. This is a big
topic which deserves much discussion, but suffice it to say that wealthy
elites' media are quite happy to use as a cop-out this self-fulfilling
prophecy. They just cant come to grips with the fact that Nader can and
will win, just as soon as they embrace actual change instead of their cozy,
incestuous corporate pork circles.
This serves as an excellent illustration of the nauseating degree to
which our corporatocracy has rendered the "fourth estate" into a truly
irresponsible puddle of homogenized, subservient goo.
Had you wanted to even begin to remotely flirt with an even-handed,
journalistically principled presentation of different views, you'd have
included a web link to Nader's actual writing. His weekly column in fact
has dealt with the usury nature of today's credit industry on multiple
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