After Downing Street - Day 34 of M$M Censorship
by Gary Boatwright, Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 09:14:36 AM EDT
From Cursor, The Downing Street Memo has been mostly ignored by the media:
More in Extended Entry
Led by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., the signatories are mostly representatives who opposed the war in Iraq and make up the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Conyers says the mainstream media have ignored the story and let President Bush off the hook. He noted that liberal blogs and alternative media have been keeping the story alive. "But these voices are too few and too diffuse to overcome the blatant biases of our cable channels and the negligence and neglect of our major newspapers," Conyers said in a recent statement.
After Downing Street is one of the primary blogs organizing the campaign to compel the M$M to cover this story.
Downing Street Minutes
Bonifaz Memo to Conyers
Bio of John Bonifaz
The Big Brass Alliance was formed specifically for the purpose of organizing netroots action to compel the M$M to cover the story. The Big Brass Alliance has an impressive coalition and a daily action memo:
Smintheus on Daily Kos has today's diary up:
Awaken the MSM: Downing Street Memo Alert (6/3)
Please email or call all three on that day requesting politely that they report on DSM. The contacts for today are:
(A) ABC, Nightline. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(B) NBC News. email: email@example.com phone: 212-664-4971 fax: 212-664-4426
(C) Wall St. Journal. email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 212-416-2000 fax: 212-416-2658
Anyhow, by chance C-Span has invited one of our gang to appear on the program. Ukiyo1 thinks he'll be able to do it. The hour (?) long segment will air on Saturday; don't know the time yet. Please call in with thoughts and facts about DSM. But puhleeze don't let them tempt you to talk about the internets--that's not the story that needs to get out! If they think we have mysterious organizational powers, well then maybe we do...what's it to ya? I think our secret is just we have a lot of committed, well-informed (ok, angry) activists.
If you happen to call in, and your rhetorical tastes run to adjectives, here's what is sitting on my shelves at the moment. First a group with real zip to them: stupefying (ok, I watched The Big Lebowski last night); perverse; duplicitous; bumbling; deceitful; pernicious; shabby. Next, some delicately flavored adjectives: peculiar; counterfactual; obscure; unsatisfactory; slippery; odd; unsuccessful. I'd recommend seasoning lightly when on the air, but to each his own.
We're getting the word out via radio as well. Mike Malloy (Air America) has agreed to give our media campaign a plug. He has had a lot to say about DSM, usually right at the top of the program. The link on his website is already in place.
Then there's this coup which guyermo diaried: the text of DSM printed in full by the Minneapolis Star Tribune today. That is a first in the US, as guyermo notes, and it follows a blistering editorial they published on Memorial Day accusing Bush of lying and causing untold misery in Iraq. I'm starting to see some rays of light piercing that blackout.
Meanwhile the number of bloggers who've joined the DSM coalition Big Brass Alliance is at 282, according to PaminDurham. And highacidity says that there have been about 40,000 visitors at downingstreetmemo.com in the last few days. They're all clamoring for bumperstickers with the "Awaken" logo (featuring, I'm told, the sun actually spinning).
This is bigger than Sinclair Broadcasting. This is about the whole damned M$M Empire ignoring a critical story that affects the national security of the United States and the illegitimacy of Bush's War against the Iraqi people.
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