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 […]


Big Media ‘Worth More Than a Warm Bucket of Spit?’

Having recently “published a report on 1,200 photos of U.S. torture that I have examined but the public at large has not seen,” activist David Swanson (, 7/21/09) now relates how he talked about the photos on a few progressive radio shows. I received calls from some advocacy groups that have been trying for years to get hold of these photos. But I received not one single inquiry from the corporate media. Even most good blogs ignored this story, despite a handful of prominent blogs promoting it. This started me thinking and fantasizing: What would the world look like if […]