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Tuesday, January 17

Surprise surprise.

President Gore's speech yesterday was not covered by the corporate media.

Peter Daou writes: A former Vice-President of the United States delivers a major speech accusing George W. Bush of breaking the law. What do all three cable news nets cover under the "Breaking News" banner? An overturned tanker truck on a New York highway. THIS is the problem for the left. And as I've said a hundred times: if the Dem establishment doesn't go after the media institutionally, things simply will not change. It's astonishing to me that they haven't gotten it yet. The only other option is for the progressive netroots to organize and fight the media on its own, an uphill struggle, to say the least...

I write: As long as corporations own the media, their allegiances will be to corporate sponsors before the actual dissemination of the truth. One way to get the truth out there, and I am sure there are thousands of reporters and journalists out there who would love to get a job in a real media establishment, is to regulate the media once again and for private citizens to own media outlets. The media is the watchdog of democracy... well it was supposed to be. What we have is a fascist dictatorship in the making. I'm surprised that the older people who fought against fascism in WWII aren't picking up on this.

Here' the transcript in case you missed it.

Think Progress has this post:

Here’s Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on the Larry King Live show last night:

I would say that with respect to comments by the former vice president it’s my understanding that during the Clinton administration there was activity regarding the physical searches without warrants, Aldrich Ames as an example.

I can also say that it’s my understanding that the deputy attorney general testified before Congress that the president does have the inherent authority under the Constitution to engage in physical searches without a warrant and so those would certainly seem to be inconsistent with what the former vice president was saying today.
Read the whole thing at Think Progress here.

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