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5/2/2005 - ( CD - Immigration - Minutemen ) Minutemaid: "brown journalism"

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  • Al Soto
    Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 07:54:57 -0700 (PDT) From: Blazingstar Subject: Minutemaid: brown journalism MODNOTE: Much like the zoot
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      Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 07:54:57 -0700 (PDT)
         From: Blazingstar <changingworks@...>
      Subject: Minutemaid: "brown journalism"

      MODNOTE: Much like the "zoot suit riots," mass
      media is creating racist mountains out of
      humanity's molehills, to generate more profit
      from racism-sells because like violence, sex,
      drugs and rock-n-roll, racism sells newspapers,
      and radio/television advertising, etc.

      Additionally, since mass media is owned and
      controlled by the rich and well-to-do, spreading
      more technological racism via "immigrant-bashing"
      helps them keep cheap labor "in its place," i.e.,
      desperately impoverished, persecuted, poorly
      educated and living in fear, to be more easily,
      readily and increasingly exploited and oppressed.

      Minutemaid is not about a bunch of pot-bellied
      rednecks chasing Mexicans and other "brown
      people" down the street, it is about white-collar
      fascists protecting, preserving and increasing
      their profits on the backs of the working poor
      who are the backbone of the U.S. and global
      economies; and these same white-collar fascists
      own and control mass media.

      Thus is borne "brown journalism," produced and
      directed by Americas' rich elite, not by a bunch
      of "hillbilly rednecks," as mass media would like
      you to believe.

      After the U.S. "civil war," the rich elite
      Freemasons pulled the same trick, by establishing
      the Ku Klux Klan, to keep "ex" southern slaves in
      their place even though slavery was "legally
      abolished." The rich always break the law when it
      is not in their favor but usually through fraud
      and deceit, to make it seem as if they and only
      they and their "Philadelphia lawyers" know and
      understand what the U.S. constitution and laws
      enacted thereunder really mean.

      Whatta con-tree!!! ruben


          The 15-Second Men

          By Marc Cooper
          The Los Angeles Times

          Sunday 01 May 2005

          What if the media staged a stunt - or helped
      stage a stunt - and nobody came?

          Would the media still cover it? Would
      California's governor get suckered in?

          In the case of the recently concluded
      Minuteman Project, which vowed to blockade the
      southern Arizona border with more than 1,000
      volunteers during the entire month of April, the
      answer, unfortunately, was a resounding yes.

          For two solid weeks, thousands of news
      stories cascaded from the hardscrabble border
      zone, focusing on what was, in reality, a group
      of True Believers whose real numbers were tiny.

          Though the Minuteman organizers vowed that
      1,600 or more mad-as-hell volunteers had signed
      up for duty and that "potentially several
      thousands" would participate in the kickoff
      rallies during April Fools' weekend, turnout was
      an unmitigated flop - less than a tenth of the
      promised throngs showed up at the rallies.

      The entire Minuteman spectacle, indeed, easily
      qualified for that journalistic catchall phrase,
      "a fizzle," but virtually none of the news media
      reported it as such.

          On its opening day, I could count no more
      than 135 participants, even at the two kickoff
      public rallies along the Arizona border. At one
      near the border town of Douglas, two dozen
      reporters and a handful of TV cameras swarmed
      over no more than 10 Minutemen - most of them
      sitting in lawn chairs or in pickup truck beds.
      During the entire kickoff weekend, the media
      troops clearly outnumbered the Minutemen.

      And in the days that followed, piecing together
      the various reports and reading between the
      lines, it's obvious that the Minuteman numbers
      dwindled to no more than a few dozen at a time.
      If that many people marched down Hollywood
      Boulevard for any cause, who'd report it?

          Indeed, only 18 days into the month-long
      project, the effort collapsed. Predictably, a few
      hundred illegal immigrants had chosen not to
      cross in that area during the media ruckus.
      Minuteman organizers preposterously declared
      victory, claiming they had shut down the border
      to illegal immigration and packed off home.

      Even then, most news reports failed to
      acknowledge the project's obvious failure - which
      may explain why on Thursday Gov. Arnold
      Schwarzenegger offered sappy praise for the

          But the notion of platoons of gun-toting
      yahoos combing the US border and possibly
      confronting (if not shooting) illegal crossers or
      even Border Patrol agents was just too much of a
      temptation for a sensation-driven media to

      The streets of picturesque Tombstone were, all of
      a sudden, jammed with mammoth satellite trucks as
      reporters, camera operators, technicians and
      writers combed the tourist saloons for their
      story like modern Wyatt Earps stalking the
      Clanton gang.

      No one in the media, it seems, wanted to be the
      one who told his or her boss that they had
      trekked out to the border for no reason. So the
      media shut their eyes and obediently played their
      role as enablers to the publicity-starved

      That too-common Faustian bargain of modern media
      was quietly negotiated: We'll put you on the air
      or get you in the paper if you give us good copy.
      Show us a few guys with guns so we can get our
      story and go home.

          "They came by the hundreds," is how the Los
      Angeles Times breathlessly led its first-day
      report out of Tombstone, only to tell us deeper
      in the story that the actual number of Minutemen
      who showed up were "200 or so." A Times follow-up
      three days later got us closer to the truth when
      Minuteman organizer Jim Gilchrist admitted: "This
      thing was a dog-and-pony show designed to bring
      in the media and get the message out, and it

          It worked so well that less than a week later
      another Times reporter filed a 1,200-word of
      profile of Gilchrist, an obscure, retired Orange
      County accountant. Even though, by then, the
      Minuteman Project was into its 11th day, the
      reporter made no mention of the actual status of
      his collapsing border event.

          The situation along the US-Mexican border
      continues to sink into chaos, and Congress and
      the White House do little more than aggravate
      things. In spite of billions of dollars spent to
      bolster the line, every year hundreds of
      thousands (or perhaps millions) of desperate
      migrants manage to evade the human, physical and
      environmental barriers and make the crossing to
      wind up as our maids, nannies and gardeners.

          More than 3,000 died trying to make the
      crossing in the last decade - 10 times more than
      all those who perished trying to jump the Berlin

          It's a complex and vexing issue that is
      getting hotter by the day. Now more than ever the
      public needs news media that are serious,
      thoughtful and analytical, not compliant suckers
      for the wound-up partisans and pandering
      politicians who are increasingly likely to
      inflame or obfuscate the issue with goofball
      dog-and-pony shows.


          Marc Cooper is a contributing editor of the
      Nation, a columnist for L.A. Weekly and a senior
      fellow at the Institute for Justice and
      Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for

      Buy Hydrogen or Hybrid Vehicles, not Hummers.  The government and the NEWS should reflect, not determine, the desires of the people.The news is to be reported not a melodrama of constant trivia. The founding fathers knew that government is always corrupt, that is why they gave us civil liberties.  The people must lead to survive corrupt governments. Read the constitution. (In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this includes information for research and educational purposes.)  Al Soto (c) 2005

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