A Letter to the Editor in the Sept. 23 Tomahawk Leader:
Sept. 11 is the day which we all recall with horror and disbelief, that the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., was bombed. Thousands of lives were lost, needlessly, because of terrorists’ hatred for our values and our freedoms.
Today was the unveiling of the Memorial in Arlington, Va., for those who perished in the bombing of 9/11-2001. C-Span on Dish Network gave a beautiful presentation and explanations of the grounds and benches – a tribute to all who perished on that day. President Bush made the dedication of the Memorial to honor those victims of the crime of hate by the terrorists.
I decided to change (surf) the national channels namely CBS, ABC, NBC and PBS to compare their coverage to C-Span on my Dish Network. To my surprise and complete disbelieve, there was absolutely no coverage of this historic event.
This is not my first experience regarding the bias of the national media. I called several of the local TV stations and talked with the program managers and they gave me the same explanation. They have no control over the programming. I expressed my opinion regarding this bias and asked that my comments be shared with those who cared to hear them. I was told by one network that the dedication of the Memorial was televised on the East Coast – but not here. I did indicate to the persons with whom I spoke, that whatever our political affiliation; the speeches by Presidents of both parties should be televised. It should be our prerogative whether or not we wish to listen to them.
Earlier this week, President Bush addressed the nation regarding the troop withdrawal from Iraq. This address was also not televised by the national networks and I’m assuming it is because the news sounded more like good news rather than the bad which the national news media appears to get more delight out of reporting.
I have spoken with several of my friends who only have the national channels to watch. I asked them if they watched the dedication and they said no – they watched TV but the dedication was not televised.
I guess the national channels (ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS) do not believe in free speech unless it comes from their lips. Smells a lot like Communist Russia and other Communistic regimes that suppress free speech and censor what is written.
I wonder how many people are aware of this “double standard?”