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9. Many Americans have been arrested by police and secret service for peacefully demonstrating against war. The well known Cindy Sheehan was arrested and removed from the gallery in Congress for only wearing a shirt that said no to war. The harassment of many Americans on the no fly list are reported only briefly in mainstream television news. The perils and threats to freedom and liberty by the so-called Patriot Act and other laws are often ignored by television news programming becoming a well fed partner to government.

10. Many countries now have high speed rail which takes decades of planning and construction while the United States is falling further behind in its development. There has been limited television news coverage of high speed rail around the world and of our own country's continued reliance primarily on air and road travel. Why is the United States so resistant to developing transcontinental high speed rail? Is this an example of auto and airline lobbyists prevailing over elected officials and succeeding in determining national policy by favoring government subsidies of road construction and government airport subsidies over high speed rail planning and construction over the last two generations?

The time has come for the television networks to remove the editorial shield of lessening the impact of news critical of government. Today, conglomerates dictate sameness in the news, often focusing endlessly on celebrities, habitually avoiding delving into facts that challenge government policies, often ignoring vital and essential news, or presenting it fragmented and incomplete.

In my town park we get all the news through bluejays, crows, hawks and even sparrows and believe in the strongest press, not the weakest press money can buy. The hummingbirds always find the tiniest morsels of truth and you can do the same without deleting, minimizing and diminishing critical information on television news.

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Henry Pelifian has written many columns and articles on government and current events. He has published a play THOREAU based on the life, works and words of Henry David Thoreau, a war novella and short stories based on his years overseas called (more...)

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