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Remarks at Yesterday's Event in Seattle by Bill Moyer:

Welcome & Intros: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive


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Please see my comments on this blog:

I sent emails to many people asking for help in writing to KOMO (Molly Blancett) about their misconstrued coverage of yesterday's event. Only one person, Bill Moyer, wrote back to KOMO and he hit the nail on the head:

Dear Ms. Blanchet,

The organization I direct, the Backbone Campaign, as a member of the national coalition, sponsored yesterday's event.
I am extremely disappointed to hear how Congressman McDermott's comments were stripped of context on last night's news. There was no mention of the over capacity 300+ crowd; no mention of the national efforts of which this was a part; no mention of the Downing Street Minutes, the Valerie Plame outing, or the folly of the Iraq war.

Perhaps if your reporter (who we applauded for showing up, despite the fact he was late) had stayed for longer than 15 minutes of our 2 hour event he may have gotten a better picture of what went on. McDermott's speech was about Bush administration misuse of prewar intelligence, intimidation of dissent, and administration policies which have only unleashed greater dangers on our country. Your reporter also bolted before hearing two members of Military Families Speak Out present their stories about real young men serving in Iraq. I will attach the press release (which was in the press packet we gave the reporter). I will also paste my opening address which outlines the event and contextualizes the purpose.

I shouldn't have to remind you about the essential role the free press is supposed to play in our democracy, nor that context is essential to convey meaning. Pathetic coverage like this, pathetic journalism like this is going to result in new destinations for citizen marches. Mark my words.

Bill Moyer
Executive Director
Backbone Campaign

Thanks Bill. Also, looking at today's Seattle Times letters to the Editor, it would be a good time to write them and ask why no coverage?

I grouped up with Reclaim the Media at yesterday's meeting. The consenus was: It is time to picket the local news media 24/7 for their lack of coverage.

Thank you

Hello Bill, Here

the Donkey & Elephant Parties R Sick...

Ck Out...

Thank U & ADS for All U Do,

Roger Drowne EC Earth

We're not in the mood for your promotional attempts during such monumental times. I saw your unproffesional site, complete with link for donation. Shame shame.

It is a rather crude web site, but let's keep an open mind.

I look for news on the Downing Street Memos and related documents twice a day. After two months of doing this, I've concluded that the NeoCons have full control of "traditional" media in this country, and that real investigative journalism in that traditional media is a dead horse.

Our representatives in Washington need to be pressured more...and more for the truth. To be frank, those representatives who are in dissent with this administration over their policies and their motivations need to be spending more time in their home districts, listening to and talking to their constituents about what is going on in Washington. They also need to be invited to the areas in this country where this controversy is totally suppressed, along with the democratic members of house and senate intelligence committees who have the right to hold minority hearings with subpoena powers. The latter don't just represent their home states on these committees. They represent the whole nation.

We the people need to foster public debate, setting and enforcing firm guidelines about keeping it civilized. This avoids on BOTH sides people spoiling for a shouting match or a fist fight. It's hard to hear the truth over shouting.

I think we have a real diagnosable mental disorder, that may primarily affect those having too much power. And maybe they are not criminals but need help, like the ships right to relieve a captain and co-captain in this case, of command for extreme bad judgement in acts likely to unessesarily cause the ship and crew great harm. meanwhile the reigns of power can be appropriated...

Is there any provision for that?

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