Monday, December 29, 2008

Another Critique of the Media

Remember August, 2005? Remember what was on the front page of every American newspaper and a mainstay of every national news broadcast? Good, then I don't have to tell you that it was Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside Crawford, Texas; her bizarre attempt to have a face to face discussion about the Iraq war with President Bush. The mastodon media and the drooling left couldn't exploit this poor, pathetic individual enough in an attempt make the president look evil. But the attention span of the media eventually fades, especially in a place as difficult to get an arugula salad or a poached salmon as Crawford, Texas. We all move on.

As did Cindy Sheehan. She became so dissatisfied with Nancy Pelosi's failure to attempt an impeachment of President Bush that she decided to move to Speaker Pelosi's 8th congressional district in San Francisco and run against her as an independent. Don't remember that? How could you? The media ignored it. In this last election, Pelosi, of course, retained her seat in the most reliably Democratic district in the U.S. with over 70% of the vote. Yet Sheehan, with modest funds, a miniscule organization and no media coverage managed to get 17% of the City to select her over Pelosi to represent them in Washington. But I'm the one that has to bring this to your attention.

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