Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hardly is the Montgomery Advertiser going all DFH

Recently the Montgomery Advertiser demonstrated some admirable insights by endorsing Senator Obama yet some of the comments that followed demonstrated some fear that the MA was going all DFH. (A chance to carve up the Mobile Press-Register's dreadfully bent views behind their half-hearted endorsement of McCain is hard to pass up.) No worries Corporatists, GOP, DLC Centrist Weenies, ... If the MA was really going all DFA they'd add some actual reporting to the Phillip Rawls AP piece they ran just today titled Riley backs free trade with Colombia. Mr. Rawls wrote:
The trade agreement has drawn criticism from American unions, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said it will have to be paired with measures to address job losses in the U.S.
Might he/they have mentioned any information obtainable via Human Rights Watch's Breaking the Grip: Obstacles to Justice for Paramilitary Mafias in Colombia? Hell, one can view cartoonist Mark Fiore's "Columbia Clean" if they'd just visit Amnesty International. And you think they'd have shared the past troubles Alabama's own Drummond Coal concerns have had down in Columbia. The suit against Drummond didn't pan out but Chiquita was surely popped. I mentioned the Drummond family only recently in fact and I know the power they hold. Would exploring Bob Riley's ties to the Drummond interests have not been a wise use of a reporter's time?

Endorsing Obama was a step in the right direction yet true movement into DFH land will require much more. John Gunn

UPDATE ~ Early morning of the 30th of October, 2008 - Colombia Lists Civilian Killings in Guerrilla Toll by Simon Romero in the NYT is a timely read. Again, coverage of the issue seems mighty paltry.

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