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I've stopped watching the news.  I've stopped buying the papers.  I've stopped looking for news on any 'major' media webpage.  Because I've had enough.  They've towed this administrations lines long enough and I've just flat had it.  Who outed Hilary Plame?  Where's Osama?  Bush, Rove and Cheney have been asked to give depostitions in Ohio?  And REFUSED?  Who will be held accountable for prisoner torture?  

So, I wrote this letter. I know it's not great because I wrote it fast and I edited little and because I'm mad and I have had just about all I can take. And it's too late to change it because I just sent out nearly 100 emails to every media outlet I could dig up. Read it or don't, but I sure would love all of your feedback.  I respect your opinions, and would appreciate anything you have to add.

Where has the American Media gone?  Why are there no stories, no investigations, no reports, nary a word on the ongoing investigations around this country?  Why is one lone gentleman the only among the hundreds of you I will be sending this to the only to continue to cover an important story?  Who is that individual?  Keith Olbermann of `Countdown.'  What is this story each of you continue to ignore, to bury, to `blackout?'  It is what Mr. Conyers is spending his days and nights researching, fighting, standing up for.  Just what happened during this past election?  Not for the sake of results, but for the sake of saving some semblance of respect for our election process.

There are questions, legitimate, frightening questions that demand answers if this great nation of ours is to continue to be a roll model of democracy.  How can we have faith in our most important of democratic duties, our vote, if we cannot trust the vote takers, the vote counters, the vote watchers?  How can we ever have faith in the results if we do not have faith in the system?

Because of your denial, your blackout, your insistence on ignoring what is happening DAY by DAY, and not just in Ohio, in Florida, in Missouri, and so on, I am forced to dig for reports.  I have stopped buying all newspapers, I have stopped watching all local and national news reports (save Mr. Olbermann's- he has earned my attention), I have even stopped visiting any of your websites and I will continue to personally boycott your news organizations and to encourage my peers to do the same until this head-in-the-sand, tow the administration's spin, corporate and no longer unbiased or "fair and balanced" media finally DOES something about what is really going on in this country.   You have ignore what is right in front of you all for so long that it will turn around and bite you, just as you were bitten for similarly towing this administrations spin on WMD's.  Have you not tired of being treated like children who only get the scoop when you behave properly?

For example, today The Free Press reports that Ohio Secretary of State Blackwell has refused a deposition about his involvement in this last election.  Not that I would know it from your reports, but Mr. Blackwell is not only the Secretary of the State of Ohio, but the co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign, and ran the Ohio balloting.  Why have you all ignored this glaring conflict of interest, if nothing else?  Furthermore, Mr. Blackwell is not the only official refusing to testify about the 2004 election.  Who else?  Not that you would tell us, but it is none other than our President, Mr. Bush, Vice-President Cheney and Carl Rove.  All three have been served with notices to be deposed today, and tomorrow.  This is news, is it not?  When the President and his Vice-President have been asked to discuss, under oath, issues regarding our voting process it is indeed something to sit up and take notice of.  If the House Judiciary Committee deems this worthy of an investigation, then how can you not deem it worthy of air or print time?

What is happening in Ohio, and Florida, and Missouri is the tip of the iceberg in your lack of reporting.  Who gave the name of Hilary Plame from within the White House?  Why is this administration spending millions more on its President's re-inauguration than in helping the victims of Sunday's tsunami?  Why does the CIA have a private jet, registered to ghosts, that flies detainees all over the world?  When will someone other than those who were ordered by their commanders be held accountable for torture.  TORTURE.  

Quite simply put, it is your job to bring the truth to light.  It is your job to investigate and find answers and bring them to the public.  You get paid to question and question again when you know the answer is inadequate.  Why have you each become so lazy?  Because of your laziness, your willingness to play along you have become complicit in the troubles of this nation.  Only through action, through resolve, and yea, a little more work than taking what you have been told at face value will you redeem yourselves to the public.  We're the ones watching, we're paying attention and we're turning you off until you get it right.

Sincerely disgusted,

Originally posted to saint on Tue Dec 28, 2004 at 12:56 PM PST.

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  •  fun with the news (none)

    check out my blog, for a humorous tale of the sad reality of news:

  •  Good letter, Saint (none)
    I think you touched on almost all the points any one of us would have wanted to make. Bravo.
    •  thank you (4.00)
      I appreciate any and all feedback, always.

      "Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment...but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society."

      by saint on Tue Dec 28, 2004 at 01:23:26 PM PST

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  •  Thank you for your voice.... (none)
    I identify with all of your emotions and frustration in this entire diary.  I wish a million people would take this letter to their media outlets.  I eagerly await any news from any major source on any of the events in Ohio each and every day, yet nothing ever comes.  I am struck by the silence.  

    I have even vented to my journalist friends (from the MSM), and beyond their emotional support, say very little about it.  I have avoided cornering them about it, since I so far refuse to believe in a conspiracy.  Yet, I am at a point now where I must (once they are back in the country, that is).  

    One thing, though, I think her name is Valerie Plame....

    •  crap (none)
      you're right, it is Valerie.  That's what I get for being a hot head and not taking a third or fourth look before firing it out to every email address I could find.   Thanks for catching that.

      "Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment...but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society."

      by saint on Tue Dec 28, 2004 at 01:32:43 PM PST

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      •  Instead.... (none)
        I applaud the "hot head" part.  I see so much gloating on the right and resignation on the left that it is inspiring to see more people with that sense of "WTF, will you people WAKE UP!!!" still alive....
  •  Terrific letter, Saint! I totally agree... (none)
    Like you, I've also been sending letters to editors, tv networks, pundits and so-called journalists, plus I've joined all the online media-watch email lists, I regularly check mediamatters, and have quit watching cable and network news altogether.  I have been screaming about all these same things, including what ever happened with Valerie Plame?! Every time I see that scumbag Novak on tv - particularly as a GUEST commentator - I want to puke!  And what about all the other stories that have gone by the wayside?  How 'bout the explosives at Al Qaqaa?  Or the Sibel Edmonds story?  or Halliburton losing track of billions of dollars in Iraq?   etc. etc. etc....  I too have been writing letters like yours over the past year to all these news organizations....  

    all to no avail...

    I've concluded that the media has simply chosen to ignore those of us who are paying attention and yelling, and decided to just keep on lying and distorting as long as the rest of America isn't paying attention.  After all, they still have their audience.  You can be sure those are the numbers they ARE watching.

    So.... the OTHER thing I keep writing about is a call for boycotting their advertisers...same deal as with Sinclair.  If they won't respond to our letters and complaints shaming them for their failures as journalists, then maybe they will respond if we hit them where it their pocketbook.  It is the only way to get their attention.  I have tried on various blogs, media watch sites and boards to get this message across as well...

    again to no avail...

    So I am pretty discouraged, if not totally defeated.  If you or anyone else has any bright ideas about what else we can do...count me in.  But for now I have given up my letter writing campaign, as it only falls on deaf ears.  Somehow we need greater numbers doing the same thing, or they will just keep on ignoring us...

    Great letter tho...I wish millions of us would bombard them all at once as well with similar sentiments!  And after that, turn off their shows for good too.  Maybe we need to call for a weeklong boycott of ALL televised news stations to demonstrate our seriousness - maybe schedule it for 'sweeps' week?  What would the networks do if half of America quit watching them for an entire week?  Think they'd get the message then?

    Maybe a website devoted to tracking the following shows regular advertisers.  Once we know who the regular bigtime advertisers are on these shows, we write them and boycott them too:

    The O'Reilly Factor
    Hannity & Colmes
    Scarborough Country
    Wolf Blitzer
    Paula Zahn
    Tucker Carlson & Novak Crossfire
    Chris Matthews
    Meet the Press
    This Week with George Stephanopoulos

    I fear that until more Americans understand what is really happening with the media, it is just going to get worse.  It will take a truly massive and coordinated effort, and I sure wish we could get one going!

    •  thanks... (none)
      I don't know that you'll get this or not, but I wanted to let you know I did hear back from the New York Times... and not just a standard, stock response... an actual letter promising there is more to come and that they have not yet finished with Ohio and others. (no mention of Plame, however.)

      And I'm not done either.  today is a very bad day.  A dear loved one died yesterday so I'm a bit of a mess.  
      Don't give up yet, and not on me either... I will be working more on this soon so... keep the letters going- it's better than nothing.  I'd hit especially hard today on Bush's little vacation in Texas and the fact that planning a party and clearing out some brush was more important than showing his face to express sympathy for this horrible tragedy.  Go get 'em!

      "Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment...but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society."

      by saint on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 10:24:32 AM PST

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  •  Cut the cable (none)
    Cancel your cable -- on January 20th.

     We are directly subsidizing this appalling state of affairs every time we pay our cable bills, whether we acknowledge it or not.  They won't know if you're not watching -- unless you're a Nielsen family.  But they can't help but notice if we remove the direct subsidy.  That means cutting the cable.

    I posted a diary on this, so I won't rehash it here. It's a boycott that could have measurable and almost immediate (like within a fiscal quarter) consequences, as long as we make clear what we are doing and why.

    If this is how God blesses America, I'd sure hate to see him pissed at us...

    by Roddy McCorley on Thu Dec 30, 2004 at 03:05:17 PM PST

    •  You may be a winner (none)
      Did you find this Diary due to my "This week in Fascism" series?

      "The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one." - Adolf Hitler. Quoted By Bill Moyers 12-17-04

      by Tomtech on Thu Dec 30, 2004 at 08:13:03 PM PST

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      •  my hero! (none)
        Thanks a million, and happiest of New Years!

        "Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment...but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society."

        by saint on Fri Dec 31, 2004 at 08:05:10 AM PST

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