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