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  •  Yup (4.00)
    While you were typing, I said the same thing.  As soon as this Kerry victory is in the bag.... all of our efforts need to be directed at the irresponsibility of the news organizations... especially the cable news organizations.  They need to rename themselves as entertainment networks... the punditry, the gossip, the polls.  It's too much.  And.... I would think a journalist worth his salt should refuse to play Bush's script UNLESS he's asked questions later....
    •  Unfortunately ... (3.33)
      ... after John Kerry takes the oath of office in late January, 2005, I wouldn't worry about the press continuing to perform as a passel of cute, cuddly puppies. They'll revert to their attack dog form ...

      vote early - vote often

      by wystler on Wed Oct 27, 2004 at 12:34:17 PM PDT

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      •  That's why the point is not simply (4.00)
        to demand toughness. It's to demand that the press seek the truth fairly from everybody and on the subjects that matter. Reporters already know how to be obnoxious when it doesn't cost them anything.

        Looking for Kerry fun south or west of Boston?

        by AlanF on Wed Oct 27, 2004 at 01:48:23 PM PDT

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        •  So You All Understand (4.00)
          It won't be over after the votes are counted, and John Kerry is declared the winner. It won't be over when he takes the oath of office in January.

          We cannot afford to become complacent. And we cannot settle for just complaining.

          Demanding that the press seek truth sounds good, but who's going to do it, if not us?

          We'd like to think that we can control what the NYP or WaPo sees as fit to print, but that's just not how it works. Chris Matthews will find issues that make him go into his trademarked apoplectic fits. Bill O'Reilley will still tell progressives to shut up. And Rush Limbaugh will still drone on and on to his adoring audience. Our ability to get letters to the editor printed will have little impact on how the publishers and editors choose to decide what issues they'll devote time and space to.

          Don't like it? Want something different? Well, if you sit back and relax, you won't get what you want. We'll need to remain active and engaged. We'll need to populate all levels of the process with our kind of folks. We'll need to be willing to press issues as best we can, whether the means be letter-writing, boycott, or creating media alternatives.

          Our effort is at a nascent stage compared to the level of organization and development that the VRWC enjoys. Voice-in-the-wilderness response won't cut it.

          vote early - vote often

          by wystler on Wed Oct 27, 2004 at 04:32:12 PM PDT

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          •  You're soooo right (none)
            I fear though that the masses are gripped by fear of the unknown. They've adoped complacency as a way of life. A small example is right here right now. Your post should have won you the most 4s on this blog and so far you have one 4. Sad.

            Pssst ... there are mad men in the White House.

            by banjon on Wed Oct 27, 2004 at 10:11:40 PM PDT

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