Lack of Reporting on the Downing Street Memo

With all the talk about Newsweek it seems the administration has done an effective job of diverting attention away from the one piece of evidence that proves George W. Bush had trumped up the reasons for going to war in Iraq, the Downing Street Memo. It has been nearly two weeks since The Times of London released this memo which shows that in July of 2002 Tony Blair was aware that the Administration was planning on going to war regardless of what they were saying publicly.

Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime’s record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.

I find it curious that just as this story was heating up around the rest of the Globe, Newsweek became the source of all things evil. What is even more pathetic is that with the exception of Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews no other Corporate Media figures have even made whispers of this story. Personally I believe that the President MUST address these allegations directly to the American public and especially the families of the 1,600 dead U.S. soldiers and the ten of thousands of others maimed and wounded. Unfortunately this will probably never happen as the chicken shit media is afraid to say anything that would damage their access or put them in a position to grow a pair and do some real reporting.

I used to wonder why our media is so willing to capitulate to power but it is no longer a mystery. It is simply about the bottom line. When virtually all of the news is controlled by six immense multi-national corporations that are more concerned about profit then they are about serving the public interest this is what you get, infotainment. Thomas Jefferson once said, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Unfortunately the Corporate Media is doing everything it can to avoid informing the public.

Are you aware that the National Association of Broadcasters is the one of the largest lobbying power in Washington? It is no wonder that they can’t seem to give us a straight story, they are too busy kissing the butt’s of the people that they should be monitoring. This past weekend Bill Moyers gave one of the most impassioned speeches I have ever seen before the National Conference for Media Reform. If you really want to know why no one (in the U.S.) is reporting on the Downing Street Memo I suggest you give a read, listen or watch to to Mr. Moyers speech.

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