For any of you who stood up and voiced your passionate opposition to war with Iraq last week (Nov 17th) it may interest you to know your thoughts are trivial.
Or so KATU channel 2 news would like you (and all it's viewers) to believe.
Conservative Right Wing radio personality Lars Larson enjoys a regular commentary spot on KATU's so called nonbiased media news show.
Last week after channel 2 had done a criminally small spot about the thousands (I heard a count of 9k) of protesters who gathered downtown to march around the city against the war in Iraq.
The next day KATU offered a segment they call "contradictions and common sense with Lars Larson" regarding the protests the day before.
The following contains some of the only words about the protest KATU saw fit to report.:
Thousands protested against war and for peace in downtown Portland yesterday.
Lars Larson gives protesters his contradictions and common sense.
Thousands of people showed up here in Pioneer Courthouse Square yesterday to protest for peace. But their message is a mess of contradictions, with very little common sense.
They're protesting against war, but the war hasn't started and if Saddam Hussein cooperates, the US won't have to go to war.
I'm not holding my breath.
The oil contradiction.
Peaceniks love the argument that we're going to war for oil.
Contradiction. Iraq could produce a lot more oil, but Saddam's been bad for business. Wipe him out, change regime's and guess what... supply goes up and prices go down. That's good for Americans, good for the economy, but bad for the oil business. Why do you think oil stocks have been dropping all summer with all of the war talk?
Oregonians see the need to at least threaten war.
KATU's latest poll shows more than 60% of Oregonians support for a war if necessary.
The common sense:
The history of the world includes many stories of peace achieved only after war.
Japan and Germany were always trying to take over their neighbors, untill the U.S. hammered them hard.
Achieving peace comes from strength, not weakness.
With Contradictions and Common Sense, I'm Lars Larson
So there you have it. . . .The nonbiased media parade that is KATU must be held accountable for continuing to leave the peoples voice out of their broadcast. Or. . . .They could give up their title of "the spirit of the northwest"
I won't even breakdown Larson's story - I'm sure indymedia readers out there know how many outrageous falsities lie within his "news report"
Please write, email - whatever you can do to KATU and let them know you no longer see a reason to support and watch their show.
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