Hal has long been one of my favorite columnists, as well as someone whose political views often parallel my own. He earned my respect by demonstrating a keen ability to see through the b.s. generated by the mainstream media shills who call themselves journalists these days. His wit and clear thinking, coupled with his ability to turn a phrase to perfection, made him my hero. For years I have eagerly awaited his appearance in the Independent. So I'm surprised by his shrill denunciation of so-called volunteers who staff the blogs that actually provide faux-news-saturated Americans with an alternative to the likes of ABC, CNN, and FOX.
In my world those volunteers give voice to my thoughts, dreams and fears in ways that the so-called news media do not. Apparently Hal's cohorts who have spent 20, 30, even 40 years of their lives earning their laurels and delivering the journalistic goods for us have all been fired, retired or marginalized to the point that their weakened voices can no longer be heard--at least by those of us who yearn to hear them again on the mainstream media.
Nowadays the only tv news fare I can stomach is Democracy Now and Bill Moyers' Journal. So, where do I turn to get my daily dose of liberal, progressive, non-fascist propaganda? Daily Kos. Huffington Post. Digby. Salon.com. theNation.com. and many others who don't march lockstep with Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes (sp?).
I shudder to think where our democracy would be without these internet news and info sources. They are the only viable bulwark we now have against the commercialized, corporate brainwash machine. It's truly unfortunate that periodicals like The Atlantic only appear on the newstands once a month. Thankfully Daily Kos and its ilk are there--alive and kicking and often screaming--giving us the other view of the picture that we require in order to keep up with the travesties that are being meted out by and for our corporate masters. These blogs and online news distributors are galvanizing citizens who feel empowered enough to take part in the civic privilege we call representative government. I fear that without those volunteers and bloggers we would have already succumbed to the tyrants who control most of the airwaves.
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