Tuesday, October 12, 2004

An Unnoticed Veto

The United States vetoed a Security Council resolution last week that criticized Israel. It was a big story in Europe and a very big story indeed in Islam, but it has not yet appeared in print in the newspaper of record. The veto came just as Bush and Kerry both were promising Americans that they would get Moslem countries to train Iraqi forces. Arab governments that were meeting just then had to take the proposal off the agenda for fear of worsening their troubles at home.

It’s not new for our embedded media to miss a significant story under their noses. Twenty years ago, Ronald Reagan tossed off a line at a news conference about laying a carpet of little nukes across Europe, which the American reporters ignored until headlines in Europe brought it to their attention. A while back the whole capital press corps was embarrassed to have to pick up from the alternate media a booboo they had all heard over the canapes at a reception but never thought to share with their public.

This happens every day of the week. Thank goodness for the Internet. DailyHowler dot com alerts us to the fact that the moderator for the final debate, Bob Schieffer of CBS, is a bosom buddy of Dubya Bush who frankly despises the Eastern liberal elite epitomized by John Kerry. The new issue of Extra!, published by Fair, has some terrific material, and Counterpunch is always indispensable. Then there’s Jim Hightower’s Lowdown and our own WBAI and a lot of links, including JohnLHess dot blogspot dot com.
Courage, friends. We are not alone.