The regional economic powerhouse, the Department of Defense and its contractors – the “Military Industrial Complex” (MIC) – employ many thousands in our region, putting bacon on the table for a large percentage of families. So it is easy to understand why The News Tribune and other regional newspapers give substantial news coverage and deference in support of the MIC. However, this is not balanced and objective news reporting.
Many members of local and regional anti-war and anti-nuclear arms peace organizations, including Pacific Life Community and Pax Christi Tahoma, recently held a retreat that included a presentation at the University of Puget Sound and a protest at the Bangor Trident Submarine Base. However, The News Tribune declined to tell us what the Prophets for Peace have to say.
Not only is this biased news reporting, this is not consistent with what should be a top priority for everyone, working for peace and nonviolence. The Gospels do not tell us to spend $650 billion-plus dollars a year, more than the next 17 countries in the world combined, for military-related efforts. Peace and nonviolence are some of the main themes of the Gospels, so why is The News Tribune not inclined to tell us about these efforts?
I’m grateful to Father Bill Bichsel and many others who reminded us about the planned $100 billion nuclear weapons upgrade for the Bangor Trident submarines, and also reminded us that the weapons at this base are enough to blow Washington state off the map.