The Media, ignoring the real stories

Two stories that were ignored by the media the last year.

First, there is the stolen election of 2004, which Greg Palast has done a convincing job documenting that, yes, indeed the 2004 election was won by John Kerry. See his book Armed Madhouse. But now, Karl Rove’s special IT consultant who had apparently engineered a Man in the Middle attack on the Ohio polling infrastructure, has died in mysterious circumstances, in a plane crash.

Second would be the rash of murders that occurred during Hurricane Katrina. Of course since these were white people killing black people, there weren’t any investigations or coverage by the mainstream press:

While the national and international media were working themselves and much of the public into a frenzy about imaginary hordes of murderers, rapists, snipers, marauders, and general rampagers among the stranded crowds of mostly poor, mostly black people in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, a group of white men went on a shooting spree across the river.

Their criminal acts were no secret but they never became part of the official story. The media demonized the city’s black population for crimes that turned out not to have happened, and the retractions were, as always, too little too late. At one point FEMA sent a refrigerated 18-wheeler to pick up what a colonel in the National Guard expected to be 200 bodies in New Orleans’s Superdome, only to find six, including four who died naturally and a suicide. Meanwhile, the media never paid attention to the real rampage that took place openly across the river, even though there were corpses lying in unflooded streets and testimony everywhere you looked – or I looked, anyway.

The Media, ignoring the real stories

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