131 anti war protesters arrested in DC.
News Black-Out in DC: Pay No Attention to Those Veterans Chained to the White House Fence
Whether you agree or disagree with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an anti war demonstration in front of the White House where 131 people are arrested is very probably national news.
Even more newsworthy seems this tidbit:
Among those arrested were Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst who used to provide the president’s daily briefings, Daniel Ellsberg, who released the government’s Pentagon Papers during the Nixon administration, and Chris Hedges, former war correspondent for the New York Times.
In any normal country, this would be at least a blurb, a short mention on a nightly newscast.
But in our "democracy", there is nary a mention of this, er, non-event.
Actually, I am wrong.
Nary a mention implies some kind of a mention, even in passing.
There is no mention of this event on any American media.
It is almost like the media and the government elites are cooperating.
Don't believe me?
Use google news to search for this story, use "veterans DC protest" as the keywords and only use the "news" search option.
Google news search.
Do you see any NBC, CNN, ABC, FOX stations?
What about big newspapers?
What do you see?
Local papers, blogs, even AOL News (these exist!?).
Lets go with "veterans DC protest cnn"...
Eagle Tribune, Brad Blog (blog), Socialist Worker Online, GC Advocate.
That is it - a grand total of 4 entries, and no CNN.
Do it yourself.
Goto the google news tab and make up your own searches.
Make sure to use veterans and protest and then put your mainstream TV conglomerate(s) and/or newspaper(s).
Then make sure to turn on your TV, preferably onto a cable news channel, and see what they consider news.
That's all I ask of you...