The corporate media
and the American political system have a relationship that
can only be described
as corrupt. The media long ago rendered themselves incapable
of informing the public of anything important or providing any
analysis. They no longer even bother to hide their bias in favor
of right wing politics and corporate interests.
The conflict of interest was made obvious when
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney became involved in an incident
with a Capitol Hill police
officer. At the same time, Republican House majority leader Tom
DeLay, indicted for conspiracy and money laundering, announced
that he would not run for re-election.
If Cynthia McKinney hadn’t gotten into a shoving match with a
cop, she would have to have been invented. The media would have
had to tell us more about Katie Couric’s move to CBS, celebrity
gossip, or a runaway bride, anything to distract us from Republican
DeLay continued his snake-like ways until the
very end. He stayed in a race he was likely to lose because campaign
funds can also
be used to pay for legal fees. Tom will have to pay plenty for
his lawyers, hence the eleventh hour announcement that he was bowing
He couldn’t go out with any class, of course.
After whining that he was being picked on for being a Christian,
the indicted DeLay
said that McKinney should face an ethics charge and called her
There was worse to come. On the same day that McKinney apologized
for pushing, shoving, or slapping, Tom DeLay sent a goon
squad to push, shove and slap little old ladies or anyone else
who attended a press conference for Nick Lampson, a Democrat running
for the vacated seat. DeLay’s campaign manager sent an email beseeching
supporters, “Let's give Lampson a parting
shot that wrecks his press conference.”
CNN never aired the footage
showing DeLay’s goons. They did repeatedly air footage of a confrontation between
a McKinney staffer and a reporter.
crook. You wouldn’t know that from the vitriolic press coverage
she received. Even liberals took their pot shots. She has passionately
spoken against the occupation of Iraq. She didn’t lie to Congress
or the United Nations about WMD and she hasn’t profited from
the destruction of a nation and the deaths of its people. She
didn’t shoot a lawyer with a shotgun and then dispatch a private
citizen to make the announcement. Only Vice Presidents get to
The other members
of the Congressional Black Caucus were silent while McKinney
in the wind by herself. They should have long ago defended her
right to retain her seniority in the House. They could have pointed
out that unlike Delay, she and her staff won’t be modeling orange
jump suits. If all else failed, they could have just pointed
out the wrong doing of Republicans. Instead they said nothing
It is hard to crawl out
on a limb when your party makes itself irrelevant, but silence
doesn’t help. The limb only gets weaker and weaker.
If there was any doubt
that the fix was in, Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball,
proved that even disgraced, criminal Republicans are the masters
media are the lackeys. Matthews interviewed DeLay
and was caught with his pants down during a commercial break.
MATTHEWS: Hey thank you for calling me. It was a good thing for
DELAY: Oh really.
MATTHEWS: Oh of course it was. We got on the air as fast as we
MATTHEWS: Shannon [DeLay aide] told me, she called me, she said
'don't worry -- he's not calling in to complain'...
MATTHEWS: Have you seen this new focus group stuff on the candidates?
DELAY: No I haven't.
MATTHEWS: It's great stuff. I'll send it to you -- it's great
-- yeah it's great stuff. Hillary, John Kerry. All these guys,
all these Democrats, and how they do. And, uh, Frank Luntz did
DELAY: who I like….
MATTHEWS: ...and Hillary did not do well. Kerry did well.
DELAY: You're kidding.
MATTHEWS: I am NOT kidding. They didn't like Edwards -- they thought
he was a rich lawyer, pretending to care about poor people...
DELAY: Too slick. Too slick.
MATTHEWS: ...and Hillary was a know-it-all.
DELAY: Nothing worse than a woman know-it-all. [...]
MATTHEWS: Thanks. I owe you one. I owe you two -- today and last
DELAY: No you don't.
MATTHEWS: No, I do.
DELAY: I appreciate it.
Chris Matthews and the rest of his colleagues
are whores who go after the best paying clients. Even a Republican
on his way out
office and possibly into a jail cell is the most sought after john
While Matthews confessed to being in the thrall
of Republican pollsters and crooks, McKinney had to apologize
threatened to bring her before a grand jury. She unintentionally
became the media distraction that took Republican corruption off
the front page.
Lewis Libby, Dick Cheney’s indicted former
chief of staff, testified under oath that President Bush himself
authorized leaks of classified
information. That means only one thing. A new media distraction
is on its way.
Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BC.
Ms. Kimberley is a freelance writer living in New York City.
She can be reached via e-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more of Ms. Kimberley's writings at freedomrider.blogspot.com.