Monday, January 29, 2007

Today's Cartoon: Jane Fonda Attends Anti-War Protest in Washington

What little attention the mainstream media gave to the anti-war protest in Washington appears to have been devoted to the participation of just one person... Jane Fonda.

It seems to me that whenever people have taken to the streets to protest the war in Iraq, the "news" media has always made a concerted effort not to cover it. Whether it's a demonstration of hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands, if the media doesn't report it, then it might as well not have happened; which probably would have been the case in Washington, had Ms. Fonda decided not to show up.

Now, the only reason that I can think of as to why the American "news" media has suddenly elected to mention this particular protest, when they have ignored so many before, is either because they view Jane Fonda's participation as an opportunity to discredit the anti-war movement, or they've allowed they're obsession with "celebrities" to get the better of them.

The way I see it, if the anti-war movement wants the mainstream media to carry their message, then instead of organizing these mass protests with thousands of typical hard working Americans, which end up being ignored by the press, just organize one consisting only of Hollywood celebrities and watch Wolf Blitzer and Chris Matthews get into a fist fight over who will be the first to ask Samuel L. Jackson why he's against the war in Iraq.

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