For the past several weeks, thousands of bloggers and alternate news sources have been writing, talking and shouting about the Downing Street memo. And finally, the Sleeping Giant has stirred. Just a little. This tired bloated sagging blob (also known as the “Mainstream Media“) started showing signs of a pulse. It yawned, sat up, rubbed its eyes and went “Wha??!? Oh. Huh.”
Now will it stay awake or will thousands of bloggers have to keep poking it and throwing things at it?
Or maybe the Mainstream Media has only been pretending to be in a coma. Are they really more oblivious than Terri Schiavo and Karen Ann Quinlan put together, or have they been deliberately ignoring the growing uproar? After all, the oligarchs who own the “public” airwaves and the newspapers are all up to their eyeballs in Bush’s agenda.
Maybe they’ve been deliberately ignoring the groundswell, hoping the public will give up. Let’s say a supervisor (or a security guard, etc. — somebody you’re trying to ignore) is calling out to you as you’re walking along. You pretend not to hear, and just keep walking. This might work if the person calling you isn’t too determined or too persistent.
Or you could end up walking away from an increasingly loud thundering chorus of “Hey!! Helllooooo!!!!” At this point you have the choice of either responding or looking dumber than a bag of hammers.
I think this is the position “the media” is in. Now all of a sudden they’re covering Downing-gate and they’re pretending to be the “liberal media” that their fellow oligarchs keep pretending to rail against. When you’re no longer able to pretend not to know what someone is talking about, then Plan B is to start pretending that you’re just shocked — shocked! — at what this person is telling you.
And — shifting to Plan B — the “media” is now “shocked!” at the deception revealed in the Downing Street memo (and related documents).
Oh My God! said MSNBC.com.
This is an outrage said Yahoo! News.
And the Seattle Post-Intelligencer mentioned Downing-gate in both their Thursday and Friday editions last week.
This is a good thing, of course. But if they’re planning to just go through the motions for awhile and then sneak away, forget it. Thousands of online activists and bloggers will be shouting and poking and throwing things at them. The roar of the crowd is going to get louder and louder. Don’t ignore it!