Though it's not surprising, this whole last-minute secret location information scenario is certainly a victory for Little Beirut, and another in a series of journalistic black eyes for the entire local media scene.
I mean, here it is, less than 48 hours until the Resident of the United States comes to Portland, and NOT ONE media outlet -- not The Waregonian, WillyWeek, Portland Tribune, or any TV or radio station -- has the interest or resources or integrity to come forward with the location of the event. Has any news outlet yet given the location as of 3:30pm today?
What this clearly shows is they are all entirely in the pocket of the Shrub administration. And probably too stupid to realize it. Why, oh why are they doing the GOP a favor by not digging for and publicizing the location? It's too big a secret? National security? They don't want to be left off the invite list? They forgot the meaning of real news?
These so-called news outlets are absolutely doing Shrub and his war crimes buddies a huge favor by not asking the obvious question and not digging around for the answer. Are they honestly going to tell us with a straight face that because the campaign has not released the information that they have nothing to report?
Nothing but shameful and shameless political-news-reporting-by-press-release a go-go.
Of course, the reason the GOP does not want the location divulged is
THEY ARE AFRAID OF PORTLAND!
Let me say that again,
THEY ARE AFRAID OF PORTLAND!!
With all the trouble Bush had here in August 2002 and during the following hermetically sealed University of Portland appearance, it's obvious they want to minimize the number of protestors on Friday. What better way to do that than by not revealing the location until the last minute?
Now, one would think that the vaunted Oregonian, Willy Week, OPB, Portland Tribune, stations 2,6,8 & 12, KEX, KXL & KPAM would understand the troubles Bush always has here in Stumptown. And that they would therefore understand why the GOP would promote the coming event in the manner that has occurred.
From that understanding, one would logically assume that the allegedly independent media outlets would want to make a claim at remaining truly independent by finding out the event location and publicizing that information. And they would also do some in-depth reporting on the size, nature and scope of the potential Friday the 13th street battles in Stumptown.
This isn't a news story?!
So, the public can logically conclude that the local media, as a group, are
1. too unresourceful or too uninterested to do their jobs;
2. too beholden to the GOP for information, and thus don't wish to upset whatever relationship they have with that political party; or
3. themselves wish to minimize the number of protestors, in essence assist the police department & city hall by making their jobs easier, and hopefully save the city some money
Or all three.
Funny, but none of these conclusions has anything to do with serving the community by reporting the news.
It's obvious, it's clear, it's right in our face.
The Resident is coming to Portland, in the middle of the campaign fight of his life, on the same day as his Democratic opponent John Kerry, and the local media cannot and will not inform the public about the location of Bush's visit unless and until the Republican Party releases that information.
The situation speaks for itself.
By their previous dedication to largely peaceful and determined and aggressive demonstrations against our criminal and illegitimate regime in Washington, Stumptown protestors have made it impossible for Bush to visit Portland in any way that resembles a normal, functional manner for receiving a dignitary.
And by their previous, peaceful and determined actions, Portland protestors have shown a bright white light on the deformed and obscene in-the-same-bed-and-loving-it relationship between the local mainstream corporate press and the Portland power elite establishment.
Another victory for Little Beirut!
Another shameful episode for the Portland press.
So what else is new(s)?