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Wednesday, May 28, 2003  

•• US finds evidence of WMD at last..... ••

"......buried in a field 50 miles from Washington near Fort Detrick near the Maryland countryside". So says a report in today's UK Guardian.

The Guardian piece, written by reporter Julian Borger in Washington, casts a critical lense on the U.S. media's standards of reporting; the article posits that although this new discovery of evidence of WMD's in the U.S. "merited only a local [emphasis added] news item in the Washington Post", it only requires a mere "suspicious" find in Iraq in order to make "front-page news (before later being cleared)".

Setting aside the U.S. media's record complacency and their neglect to report the news via omission, it's worth taking a read of both Paul Krugman's OpEd in yesterday's NY Times and a Miami Herald OpEd by Robert Steinback titled "Where did all the feisty Americans go?"; both pieces strike a common note in questioning the passivity and apathy of the American public.

Krugman asks:

How can this be happening? Most people, even most liberals, are complacent. They don't realize how dire the fiscal outlook really is, and they don't read what the ideologues write. They imagine that the Bush administration, like the Reagan administration, will modify our system only at the edges, that it won't destroy the social safety net built up over the past 70 years.

But the people now running America aren't conservatives: they're radicals who want to do away with the social and economic system we have, and the fiscal crisis they are concocting may give them the excuse they need. The Financial Times, it seems, now understands what's going on, but when will the public wake up?

Steinback writes:

Sept. 11 rightly made us more cautious and more vigilant. But it also diminished us. We're less tolerant of dissent; less thoughtful about world issues; less concerned with principles of justice, fairness and equity; and -- to the apparent benefit of Bush's poll numbers -- less demanding of our political leaders.

It made us intellectually passive -- which frightens me much more than a hijacked airliner.

The Toronto Star's media critic Antonia Zerbiasias takes a closer look as to why America society is becoming more polarized, in the midst of a media that "are fragmented further" and who "lower their standards to maintain their numbers", while the "people just end up ignorant and apathetic".

Carpe Diem, folks.

posted by voxpopgirl | 5/28/2003