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Saturday, November 27, 2004

Bush's Message: You're On Your Own

You know our country is in bad shape when, from his swanky ranch in Crawford, Bush tells us that it is "our duty to share our blessings with the least among us." That's right, after acting like a Hun and raping and pillaging this nation of millions of dollars meant for the underprivileged and impoverished, Bush is telling us that it's our obligation to make up for the lost revenue. Meanwhile, this administration is already setting aside $100 million for rebuilding Fallujah after we spent billions blowing it up. The Peach wants to know why it is "our duty" to repair Bush's screw ups? We would rather offer this suggestion: Since all you Republicans made this mess, you clean it up.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The New Yellow Journalism

On November 26, ABC's 20/20 newsmagazine program will air what sounds like a seriously revisionist history of the murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo. in 1998. Generally regarded as a vicious anti-gay hate crime, the murder is being recast in ABC's retelling as a mugging gone wrong. ABC's press release promises "surprising revelations, including Laramie's underground world of methamphetamine use that may have contributed to the crime and whether or not Shepard knew his killers."

Matthew Shepard's parents have spoken out against the broadcast, saying in part, "As a reputable news magazine show, 20/20 has an obligation to its viewers to present fair and truthful reporting, regardless of the subject matter. Based on the problematic wording of their press release, it appears that 20/20 may have strayed from this policy in the interest of strong ratings. "

The Peach would take that line of thinking further still. We would suggest that this broadcast represents a new and closer relationship between the SCLM's covert conservative agenda and its profit-motivated sensation mongering than we have seen before. Where elite right-wing critics have in the past decried sensationalism's corrosive effect on America's morals, they might now be able to embrace it as a force that furthers their ideology, even as it lines their pockets.

We rarely endorse boycotts, but are providing this link to the Boycott4Matthew Web site for Peach readers who might want to communicate their opinions to 20/20's corporate sponsors. At some point we must ensure that the corruption of journalism ceases to be profitable for these folks, or the current trend will only continue.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Revolting

That's The Peach's response to the latest ads from the misnamed Department of Homeland Security. This story reports that DHS isn't content to spread fear amongst adults. It seems now they're targeting children. The Peach suspects that since fear helped get Bush re-elected, this administration's feeling is why not start on the next generation? Read the story and view the ads. It makes The Peach feel downright ill, and we hope the SCLM will make some kind of intelligent critical point about these spots, instead of just rehashing the DHS press release.