Read between the lines
by samsidat 9:05pm Fri Oct 25 '02
Learn to read between the lines of the official news media.
It is quite likely that some of the people you know on TV know more than they are saying. They may even want to say more, but know that they cannot. But if you listen carefully, you'll hear them either say what they want to say in very subtle way, or you'll hear their unconscious make a "freudian slip" and reveal more than they mean to.
For instance, take note that a lot of people are talking about what a "brave man" Sen. Wellstone was.
To me that's an interesting choice of words. I'm sure he was brave. But its an interesting choice of words today. Perhaps it means that threats have been made in Washington against anyone who stands up against this junta. Not just the usual "we'll beat you in the next election" threats, but perhaps some more direct "if you oppose this President, then you'll sleep with the fishes" type threats.
No one could talk about this openly. For one thing, I'm sure they'd lose their media job in a hearbeat. And also, if true, then talking openly about this would be a good way for a media person to wind up dead.
But it sure is interesting that so many people, especially fellow Democratic Senators, are using the word "brave" to describe Sen. Wellstone today.
To me, it is quite possible that physical threats were made against the lives of Democratic Senators. "Do not oppose this war, or else." Some of the Senators, who caved into this threat, may be the one's praising the now dead Paul Wellstone for his "bravery".
In a world where military grade anthrax mysteriously made its way from a secure Army lab to the offices of Democratic Senators, this doesn't seem as far-fetched as once it might have.
Also, I heard David Gergin on MSNBC refer to politics as "an increasingly dangerous profession." The rest of the panel helped immediately cover this by saying that this refered to the dangers of travel on the campaign trail. But again, it is a very interesting phrase to be used.
It could very well have another meaning. That is that in this age of the end of democracy in the US, it is very dangerous to be an opposition politician in the US. A Senator from Colombia for instance would have no problem at all drawing this meaning from that phrase.
None of this is proof. But I suggest that people listen very closely to what is said in the next few days. Either by an inadvertant slip of the tongue, or by a deliberately worded phrase, it could well be that some of the people you see in the media may be trying to tell you something.