Media in Trouble: All the news thats UNfit to print!: The People 1 - Sinclair Media 0

"The information of the people at large can alone make them safe, as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom." --Thomas Jefferson 1810

Monday, October 25, 2004

The People 1 - Sinclair Media 0

Congratulations people!

Democracy and Activism has won a small victory over corporate media partisan monsters.

All our letters and petitions have scored a small victory in our great land.

Quite a bit has happened in the short time span since Sinclair Media Group came out with their decision to utilize the public airwaves to take a herculean-45-minute-commercial-free smash on Kerry.

However, YOU (that's right little insignificant you) made a difference. Along with many others like you who wrote letters to the FCC, Sinclair Media, and major media outlets, Sinclair cut its program down substantially on what it was originally going to be.

As stated in a recent Washington Post article, "In general, it appears Sinclair listened to the American people," said Gene Kimmelman, Washington director of Consumers Union. "Sinclair certainly was acting like a broadcaster should tonight."

While Sinclair media group did air a one hour special one Kerry and his war record (chock full of inaccuracies, fact check), there were counter points offered including a small segment on Bush's service record and a 4 minute excerpt of a Pro-Kerry film called "Going Upriver."

While it isn't a complete victory over media bias by writing letters, boycotting their stock and taking action Americans came together to force an alternative plan on Sinclair Media Group.

It is a small victory for Democracy in action. Not to mention of course the power of the almighty dollar strangling corporations. Sinclair's stock dipped 15% since they announced they were going to show the anti-Kerry flick commercial free uncut.

This is the power we all have in this great country, no matter who is in charge it is still our country and as such we need to be active to counter injustices.

November 2nd is only 8 days away. If this country can band together one more time it will speak volumes to Washington. Don't forget, it isn't only the Presidency at stake but the Congress, and even the Supreme Court (Cheif Justice Rehnquist isn't doing so well these days).

Every letter, every vote, every action by every citizen in this country can and will make a difference. Whoever you are voting for in 8 days, just remember the facts (which unfortunately are stacked against Bush).

Democracy is NOT a passive system of governing. It requires action of each of its participants. If you are living in this country and benefiting from the system in any way (which we all are) it is your civic duty to participate in the process. Even if you vote for nobody, it is still a vote for change.

After voting you must continue to be active and write letters against injustices that are taking place every day in this country.

The pundits are estimating 118 million voters to turn out. According to the Census bureau there should be 203 million eligible voters. If the pundits are right, that means that in this time when I think many people have politics on the brain still only slightly over 50% of the populous that is eligible to vote is going to vote.

It is on this statistic, above all else, that I would love to see the pundits be proven wrong.