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CNN -- The Most Twisted Name in News

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April 18th, 2007 by Sheila Samples
Thanks to the complete nervous breakdown of the US media, it’s been a long, hard six years for those of us who believe that journalism exists for one reason only — to hold those in power to account, and to speak truth to that power.

Today, Paul Wolfowitz is embroiled in a really slimy, immoral sex scandal at the World Bank … Rove/Bush/Cheney “ordered” the RNC not to release to the House Judiciary Committee any emails related to their involvement in the attorney firings that have not been cleared by the White House … little Alberto Gonzales has painted himself into a corner and “can’t recall” how he got there … and the White House has admitted our flag-wavin’, foot-stompin’ commander-in-chief was “unaware of defense plans to immediately extend Army combat tours when he criticized Democrats’ budget plans as potentially forcing troops to spend more time in Iraq.”

But, perhaps the most explosive news not covered this week is the announcement of Ohio Democratic Rep Dennis Kucinich that he would file articles of impeachment against Dick Cheney. Here is a copy of his letter to members of Congress that was leaked to the Washington Post’s “Slueth,” Mary Ann Akers…

April 17, 2007

Dear Colleague:

This week I intend to introduce Articles of Impeachment with respect to the conduct of Vice President Cheney. Please have your staff contact my office . . . if you would like to receive a confidential copy of the document prior to its introduction in the House.

Dennis J.
Member of Congress

However, Kucinich’s action appears to have been quickly shot down, as Akers reported that, “Sources tell the Sleuth that in light of the mass killings at Virginia Tech Monday, Kucinich’s impeachment plans have been put on hold. There will be no action this week, they say.”

Akers writes that Kucinich shouldn’t hold his breath on getting anywhere with his impeachment plan because a Democratic aide quipped, “We’ll see a Kucinich Administration before we’ll see a Cheney impeachment.”

Looks like Cheney has low friends in high places, doesn’t it? Kucinich’s office had no comment…

ALL media, print and electronic, are obscenely obsessed with the shooting at Virginia Tech — none more so than CNN, the most “twisted” name in news. CNN anchors are on the scene in full investigation mode, mercilessly interrogating university officials, police officials and friends of those murdered — “how did it feel?…how will this affect your life?…should someone have seen Cho Seung-Hui’s “break” coming?…Who’s responsible?…tell us — tell us how you feel…What is it like — to see your friends in the hospital?…What are you going to do next? How are you going to move on?

CNN then went on to go down a list of victims, giving their names and airing interviews with family members who were asked how it felt to lose their children…

Meanwhile, the 40 faceless, nameless, family-less American soldiers and marines killed last week — the 10 killed on Monday of this week — were not important enough to get CNN’s attention. The 157 (reported briefly by the NYT — or 127 reported just as briefly by the WaPo) human beings killed in Bathdad today as a result of four car bombings weren’t even a blip on CNN’s TV screen. There were also at least 150 injured in those blasts.

Maybe CNN should ask these survivors how they “feel…”

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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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