The Disproportionate Compassions of Corporate Media

Seeing all the press attention given to pitbull-fighter and NFL star Michael Vick‘s return to football, David Swanson (, 8/19/09) can’t help but think that Vick

should have tortured humans instead of dogs. Then we would have been told to overlook it for the sake of moving forward. Better yet, he should have killed humans rather than only torturing them. Then we would have been told next to nothing about it at all. It might have been reported, but it wouldn’t have become a hot topic, an echo-chambered story to be dismissed only after a great deal of hand-wringing. It certainly would not have interfered with watching football games.

For those of his readers who may be “severely satire-impaired,” Swanson explains that “No, I don’t support harming dogs. No, I don’t really want people tortured,” but instead is simply “concerned” over how U.S. media “worry about our souls because of mass-torture, whereas mass-murder doesn’t seem to gain the same coverage in our corporatized communications system.”

“Of course I want torture prosecuted,” Swanson writes, “but torture is a symptom. The illness is aggressive war.”