Dan Gladden, a former Major League ballplayer for the Minnesota Twins once remarked that: "A lot of Major League ball is choreographed and staged."
So, from my vantage point, was the presidential inauguration and some of the network news coverage of it today.
NBC did everything but lick George Bush's shoes, ABC ran a boring play-by-play ["...and here comes the motorcade"] and CBS [remember CBS?] did a fair job of covering the protesters ["...it appears that someone threw a round, orange object at one of the Secret Service agents...possibly a piece of fruit"] and Fox mystified me when it opted-out.
I didn't catch the "local" coverage of the Bushman's latest La-dee-Da.
But if all four of the local stations [What? Me WB?] covered the doings in DC today half as well as they did the recent "winter blast" then it's all good.
But did they?
And did the KATU protestors accomplish their goal today?
I suppose they made more of a constructive impact than those who emptied a fruit bowl on the men in black in DC.
A previous poster declared:"There is no place left where people can discuss the realities which concern them."
But then, in the midst of the noise of the protests from Pioneer Square, Oregon to Pennsylvania Avenue, District of Columbia one fact remains constant:
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword.
The pomp and circumstance surrounding George Bush didn't hide the truth today. The shouts of protestors Nationwide didn't change the truth, either. But I think that one option will: WRITING.
That's why sites like this one exist. That's why so many people blog. That's why pod and mob-casting [something that I plan to become a part of] will be popular in the future.
Words are POWERFUL.
Do you really want to make a point with the US political system? Do you want honest, impartial media coverage?
Forget the sword.
Say it...don't fillet it.
Take your stand in print.