Wednesday, August 22, 2007
[we need to get them home...now.]
I spend way too much time looking for the Truth, and especially the Truth about Iraq, and it is not just that it Miles Away, it is not being told to us properly on a Daily basis. At times I think it has merely become a Covert Mission that occasionally get propagandized for Republican Glory Events.But we aren't getting the Truth, we are being spoonfed lies daily, and most of us know it.
I was digging around on YouTube last night. I was actually looking for 911 Footage to see if Iraq is mentioned in those early days after 911 ? ( It was to settle that question that has been rattling around my head now for monthes). And I ended up looking at 911 Footage again. And what haunts me is that the footage from that day, we really were on OUR Own, it was the First Katrina if we think about it. I mean literally for hours we had NO REAL Accurate Information. And the people that got us through that day were actually "Journalists", on CNN there was Arron Brown, and on ABC there was Peter Jennings. And what I remember is that both of them STILL even in that Castrohphic Moment , they still knew HOW to ASK Questions and they did not try to Edit or even Editoriliize the Moment. They just ran the live feed and the footage as it came and they asked questions when they could get Someone on the Phone. Even though it was painful they strove for accuracy. They aired the Reality of the Moment.
Arron Brown was just starting at CNN , matter of fact that was his first day.All day and most of that week that is who we watched on my street in the Northwest. Arron is teaching Somewhere now. And Peter Jennings has died from Lung Cancer, but there is still a Journalistic Chasm there.
And now to my point I was thinking about Vietnam and WHAT really Brought the reality of War Home. It was not just the Statistics , or that the Draft, or that the Middle Class had had it. It was the REALITY OF IT ON TV everyday , every night for many monthes, People could NOT take IT anymore. But it was not just the Pictures, and footage, it was the Journalists Let the FACTS speak and they aired IT, ALL OF IT, even the BODY Bags,the Bodies, the Tears, and the Blood. The Government did NOT Dictate the News, Censor it, or Edit It, or Control It. They Do Now. THIS HAS TO STOP, and WE MUST STOP IT.I have some ideas in September how we can pressure the News Medias ( and no not Faux , but others). It is one thing to Have Us Numbed Up , and it is another to have us Numbed Up and Dumbed Down. And we are not going to get OUR Country back and End a War until we work on Both Problems. And Also WE NEED THE MSM to start being Responsible and Accurate.
During the Week of Katrina in 2005 We had REAL News Again, and it made all of us look inside of ourselves and each other and DC alot harder, and Finally A Real Event was properly documented for the sake of History.We need More of THAT. ( And the media should have learned that their Ratings Soared. And it was better when we were not told to go out and "shopping").
I KNOW Keith Olbermann has had a huge Impact, but we need MORE. And we need it NOW and we need it on Iraq and we need it NOW.
And here's Why, because some parts of the Country are not much different than the 1970s'. Not everyone has cable and not everyone has the Internet. It is up to the rest of us to Help Advocate and Educate the Others. And make the Media do their Job again, instead of the Infotainment Crap, we NEED Real Journalism Again. The Reality is the Truth, and we all need it NOW.
***Click Title: "Gimme Shelter", Rolling Stones, and it is a historical Perspective of Vietnam.I also need to say because of the number of Iraq Vet families that come to this site, and the Number of VETS that come I try hard NOT to post images that are painful. My blog is about many things- healing, soulfood, comfort. And yes,at times I do write about the pain and mess of ALL of this, but because We Need Change as a Country.If you are a VET don't watch this video. If you are 18 and want to enlist- watch the Video. ****