Recently I viewed a special on PBS which featured an old acquaintance. I feel more like a friend since he was such an influence during the sixties. However, I was more in tune with him than he was with me. In actuality it was honestly a very casual acquaintance . I guess in my mind it was more, since it was such a brush with greatness.
“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels — men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion .”
On October 25, 1896 The New York Times slogan: “All the News That’s Fit to Print” made its first appearance on the editorial page. The long reigning well known slogan of the New York Times, is now a figment of our imagination. What do you think Arthur S. Ochs Sr. would feel about former Times columnist Bill Kristol as cheerleader for the illegal invasion of Iraq? Do you think Kristol would have even made it through the first interview from the Times personnel office? How do you think Woodward and Bernstein would have fared with today’s media? Do you think Watergate would have even made it to the six o’clock news? Even some of the most progressive people I know think they are getting all the news that is fit to hear from people like Anderson Cooper and his ilk. According to media reform more than 1 in 4 Internet users in the U.S. now log in with AOL Time-Warner, the world’s largest media corporation, for their news.
When we hire out to any company it’s always clear who the boss is. If you are a parent of a young child, there’s little question as to who the boss is. But when it comes to government most people don’t have the foggiest as to who the boss might be. We know the term “we the people” but we are just not sure how to apply it to our daily lives. As a political and peace activist I hear things like “our hands are tied” or “what am I supposed to do about it”? In this writer’s lifetime there as never been a more important moment to take charge and declare “I’m the boss”. Therefore I often attend Town Hall meetings and charge my Senator and Congressman as scoundrels and liars. I enjoy asking them questions that I know they will not answer. They both squirm with a flare.