4:23 am 3/21/03
Hey KGW Newsman...
To the lame sounding, sound bite cliched, on the scene late, security men touting, whiny "my microphone got damaged" by an agressive protester; KGW news channel 8 reporter reporting on March 20, 2003 on the anti-war protest in Portland, Oregon.
Why aren't you more articulate than Colin Cowherd a sportscaster? Remember for next time things might be just a little more complicated than what a series of short sound bites might be able to convey to your audience. Oh yeah, I think most of us who have lived on this planet for a little while realize the importance of building bridges of understanding between people. So if you are still wondering why your microphone got broke check out IndyMedia if you have been humbled or been drawn to contemplate these events on this opening day of war in Iraq. Shoot, it doesn't even have to be Indymedia just about any Internet blog will probably do it maybe even someone from American history perhaps Mark Twain might be able to shed some reflection for you with his famous "War Prayer". I can idenitfy with your confusion and bewilderment that you described in your 11pm newcast piece and the continuing on scene coverage you provided while the protesters waited to be arrested at 2nd and Burnside streets.
If you are interested at all in trying to figure out why you were treated in such a fashion as the protesters gathered and began burning the flag than checkout any mainstream(this is you or at least the corporation you work for) media critic "Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting"...FAIR or yeah you probably remember college if you were paying attention that is if you consider yourself a journalist. Do your homework and get some facts and do some reflection and stop trying to dazzle me with your slick video and audio editing that makes me have to think and rethink what you are showing and saying. Tell the story as simpy as possible and lose the "DouleSpeak" cause with words you can make that video mean anything you want it to.
Ben Bagdikian-media critic
Michael Parenti-media critic
Noam Chomsky-media critic
Lewis Lapham-editor "Harpers Magazine"
Civil Libertarian: Nat Hentoff
just about any of the last 10 albums(CDs') by Bruce Cockburn...political poetry
From an activist-citizen who went home fairly early Thursday from the protest for dinner and a break to find myself watching you. I will be watching you...