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The Bombs are Dropping

And the media has abandoned their journalistic responsibility

By Orlando Terrazas
Published on LatinoLA: April 2, 2003


The Bombs are Dropping


The bombs are dropping and I am fearful. I fear for the soldiers who are unwittingly put in harms way?on both sides. I fear for the parents and families of those soldiers who have seen their loved ones go off to war, not knowing if they will return home safely. I fear for the men, women and children of Iraq who will suffer, once again, the horrors of war.

As the United States of America leashes its military might on an innocent population, I ask myself, how did it come to this? How did the American people and the United States Congress allow this to happen? Despite world opposition President Bush and his ?Coalition of the Willing? have decided to defy the United Nations and unilaterally and preemptively invade a country that has not attacked us.

The cornerstone of any open democracy is the free flow of information and the open discussion of opposing viewpoints. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. With the exception of some local newspapers, independent media outlets such as Pacifica Radio (90.7 on your FM dial), and the Internet, major media in this country have abandoned their journalistic responsibility to fairly and accurately report the facts.

It is appalling and shameful that the coverage by the major news networks has been unabashedly biased towards support for this unjust war while virtually ignoring any reporting of opposition to the war. I thought a free society meant ALL points of view were discussed openly and freely. How can we claim to be the land of the "Free" when our press is not truly free?

A recent study conducted between January 30, 2003 and February 12, 2003 by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (http://www.fair.org) found that network newscasts were dominated by current and former U.S. officials, and largely exclude Americans who are skeptical of or are opposed to the invasion of Iraq. The networks studied included ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and PBS?s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Of the the 393 sources quoted throughout the study period, only three were identified with organized protests or anti-war groups, less than two per cent of the sources quoted! Is this is balanced reporting?

Rather than attempt to shape and influence public opinion, it is the press?s responsibility to report the facts and honestly reflect the mood and feelings of the American people. The feelings of this patriotic American are to support our troops by speaking out for Peace.. Bring them home now!


About Orlando Terrazas:
I am a member of the most important race on earth. The Human Race. I guess you could say I am a Human Being with Chicano Tendencies. Ahhhh...Chicanismo. Que fantastico!! Comments on my essay can be sent to otndt@jps.net




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