Consider this a plea to our political reporters – do your job, please. As a class you continue to fail the American public, ignoring the issues and perpetrating the lies of machine candidates. American political reporters have become a tool in the criminal usurpation of American democratic principles.
Let me start with a quick story. In the nineteenth century when Tammany Hall Democrats dominated New York City politics, their single biggest weapon was their control of the Tammany Hall building. Time and time again, when faced with opposition from the rank and file the Tammany Society simply locked the doors to the hall, the keys of which they controlled. “The Society’s key power, which throughout its history it rarely hesitated to invoke,” Tammany historian Oliver Allen noted, was “the power to grant legitimacy to any political force in the city by controlling the place that symbolized authority. Time and time gain it would turn aside threats to its hegemony simply by padlocking the doors.” The result was plain to see – corrupt one-party control. You, dear political reporters, are now holding the keys to the hall.
That’s not hyperbole. Take our most recent presidential “debate” for example. Two candidates, anointed by a two-party partisan media, spent most of their time arguing about which of their parties was responsible for our economic disaster. It begs the question: are there any candidates who haven’t been the root cause of America’s biggest problems?
The answer is yes. One of those candidates, Jill Stein, a 62-year-old grandmother who is the Green Party’s candidate, tried to simply attend the debate. Naturally, she was refused. Unnaturally, she was arrested, and handcuffed to a chair for eight hours (watch the video). After her release she was gagged by local political reporters who refuse to report the ordeal of the presidential candidate of millions of Americans – many of whom have taken to the streets over the past several years to express their discontent with American leadership.
Imagine the actual debate that might have occurred had Stein been allowed to participate. Rather than two candidates arguing about who supports big oil companies better, Stein would have no doubt offered a different vision. Rather than argue about who came up with the plan to force Americans to buy health insurance first, Jill Stein would have offered a vision of single-payer healthcare. Imagine Jill Stein’s response to Romney’s “binders full of women” remark. Rather than refusing to utter the word “climate” and ignoring America’s pressing environmental issues – for example, the continued inability of children and women of childbearing age to eat fish – imagine, well, you get the idea.
Even if you disagree with Stein’s perspective, surely another perspective on our problems would enliven the debate and provide American voters something to think about – that’s called a free democracy.
Political reporters, you are failing us. Please, stop providing your horse race analysis of two thoroughbreds with the same owner and trainer. Stop, ignoring the fact that our democracy is all but dead, replaced by a new two-party Tammany Hall. Offer complete coverage or our elections. You are not reporting on election issues if you ignore the perspectives of all the candidates – you are simply parroting the candidates of two failed parties.
The Democratic and Republican parties will not present the views of other candidates. That is your job.
Rather than single out some of our local reporters, I’ll simply provide links to searches for “Stein” on their various websites. Readers can decide if they are doing their job for themselves:
Watertown Daily Times – 0 reports about Jill Stein.
Glens Falls Post Star – 0 reports about Jill Stein.
Denton Newspapers – 0 reports about Jill Stein
Press Republican – 0 reports about Jill Stein.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise - 0 reports about Jill Stein.
North Country Public Radio – 1 Associated Press report about Jill Stein.