The Hightower Report

The Bushites lie about WMDs and media conglomeration.


Our Lying President

What a Wonderland World it is in Washington! Wrong can be right, down can be up, a lie can be truth -- all because the president says it's so.

Our present president seems to love to lie. Not because George W. likes doing wrong, but because lies simplify his life, turning his confusion into clarity. I think he even believes his lies when he speaks them, and when he gets caught lying, hey -- that's in the past, it's just a technicality, and besides ... it depends on how you define "truth."

How about the big truth of WMDs? Where are those tons of Weapons of Mass Destruction that George W. so absolutely insisted Saddam Hussein had targeted at the U.S., posing the imminent threat that was his moral excuse for invading Iraq?

It's a scream to watch the Bushites now try to squirm out of the inconvenient reality that they've found no masses of WMDs in Iraq. Lately they've tried to claim every slingshot, trailer, empty casing, and barbecue pit they come across as "proof" of Hussein's WMD program.

But when launching his Iraq attack, Bush didn't talk about such small stuff -- he spoke specifically about a "mushroom cloud" that Hussein would ignite in America. The Bushites also flatly asserted that Hussein had 500 tons of mustard gas, 25,000 liters of anthrax, 30,000 rockets to deliver chemical weapons, dozens of scud missiles, 18 biological-warfare factories, all sorts of long-range missiles, and other WMDs -- that now can't be found.

First they claimed that Hussein hid them, then that he took them with him (how, in his backpack?). But now, the Bushites say it doesn't matter -- we kicked Hussein's butt and that's all anyone needs to know. Doesn't matter? The president blatantly lied to We the People and it's OK? What moral message are the Bushites sending to America's children and the people of the world?

Lies don't make truth, and might doesn't make right -- even if a president says they do.


The Power Grab for Our Public Airwaves

You've got to love the Bushite's orchestration of Orwellian wordplay when they issue new edicts to gut the public interest.

Instead of simply admitting that they're rigging the rules to further enrich their corporate campaign contributors, they use poll-tested phrases to make a negative sound positive, such as "balancing environmental excesses" or "modernizing outdated labor laws." These Orwellian phrases always cover up a gotcha.

The latest example comes from the Federal Communications Commission, which is supposed to be our watchdog over the public airwaves. But Chairman Michael Powell is the lap dog of the big conglomerates that want to turn our airwaves into their private, for-profit plaything. He's now trying to ram through a rigging of FCC ownership rules that would let this handful of global media giants gain almost total control over mass-market news in your city ... and throughout the country.

But rather than admit that this is a giveaway of an essential public asset -- our airwaves -- Powell plays word games, claiming that he's simply revising the rules of a bygone era.

Well, if he means an era in which a diversity of opinions, local news, free-flowing information, and real competition exist on our airwaves -- that certainly will be long gone under Powell's "revision." For example, he wants to allow a single conglomerate to control the TV programming for 90% of the American people. He also wants to let a single corporation own the newspapers and practically all of the radio and TV stations in any city -- or in any number of cities.

This isn't the marketplace at work, as the Bushites claim -- it's forced monopolization, and it will destroy any democracy on our airwaves and in our news sources. This power grab is so outrageous that Powell allowed only one perfunctory public hearing on it and plans to ram it through in a rushed-up vote.

To fight for a democratic media, call the Free Press Media Reform Network at 413/585-1533. Call now!

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

George W. Bush, weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein, Iraq, Federal Communications Commission, FCC, Michael Powell, Free Press Media Reform Network

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