It was Channel 6, and, though the female reporter was polite to the plant sale organizer, she gave a harder time to people who bought stuff, asking (with a typically sinister edge) if they knew what they were supporting. At one point, she was talking to a man who didn't know who Tre Arrow is. |
"He's currently in jail in Canada," she said, "and the FBI has been looking for him for --"
That's where i broke in. "Describing Tre by starting there is totally unfair," i said, heedless of the fact that the camera was rolling, and started in about Tre's actions in defense of the bioregion's forests.
"He's an environmental activist," the reporter corrected herself. i went on for a little more, to make sure the young man was getting an accurate picture. i left him alone with the reporter again, but heard him say that he was still supporting the defense fund even though he didn't know all the details. The fact that the benefit was happening in front of People's seemed to make a difference to him.
"That's how you always do it," i said to the reporter, or something like that, meaning that they always narrow any issue to two sides and then always pick the wrong one. She was defensive, as reporters always are when you catch them on their shit.
This two-dimensionalizing of every topic -- they don't even know they're doing it most of the time. They are so into the tiny, hyper-simplified world they live in, that they forget they're abbreviating whenever they talk. That's why they're so good at creating that tiny world. Unfortunately, most of the people who consume media don't know they're not getting the real story either. It's only rarely that anyone sees a story about something or someone they know well, and can see for themselves the shrinking and twisting that happens. Even most activists i know allow their brains to in some way be squeezed like this by the corporate media. It's very sad. Pick any issue, and this is the case. They get it wrong just about every time.
Anyway, the sale was great. More money was raised than organizers expected, and the people who came by were awesome. Keep your eyes out for more Tre Arrow Legal Defense Fund benefits coming up, including a rummage sale at the Cascadia Rising! Infoshop, a bake sale, and a video night (or series of them) featuring Tre videos. We might have a long fight ahead of us to help Tre, but together we can pull together and do it!