April 1 Letter to the Editor

My old pal Noam Chomsky wrote, “The United States is unusual if not unique in the lack of restraints on freedom of expression. It is also unusual in the range and effectiveness of the methods employed to restrain freedom of thought.”
In other words, Ye may babble, but don’t dare to think.
If diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way, and the test of judgment is not what you stand for but what you fall for, then Karl Rove’s brilliantly sick mastery of modern political media shows in vivid color how we’ve been duped in black and white.
In two years the United States has killed more innocent people in Iraq than we lost in Vietnam over 12 years. Yet we focus on Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, etc. Oh … and they’ve had an election in Iraq. Can anyone spell “disconnection?”
Corporate America has control of much of our lives in ways most of us will not understand or even imagine. Why do CEOs make 700 times as much as their average employees?
It’s unfair. I know it. You know it. We know it. Or do we?
Is it on the nightly news?
No.
To the extent that news has become a commodity, bought and sold for the bottom line, we all lose. Somehow we the public must demand more scholarship and less fluff from our news organizations.

Kirby Rowan
Portales