The media obsess over the Boston bombing, trying desperately to turn it into a story about the usual suspects: brown-skinned foreign invaders. The media obsess over the lurid trial of Jody Arias, as if she is world-shaking news. The media obsess over the titillating story of Amanda Knox or the latest sex crimes in Cleveland.
Meanwhile, the media ignore the much more significant crimes of corporate deregulation. A whole town is devastated in Texas. More than 1,000 garment workers in Bangladesh die for our fashion industry. The Massey Energy Company in West Virginia kills or terrorizes its miners.
Halliburton and BP devastate the Gulf of Mexico. The natural gas industry pollutes our fresh water with flammable fracking chemicals. Corporate employers devour our pension plans, while their CEOs and stockholders exult in wealth. And whatever happened to the billions poured into Iraq’s black hole, an entire war fought for corporate profit?
Aren’t deregulated corporations the real weapons of mass destruction? Do our media refuse to touch these stories because journalists are gutless? Or because the media are bought and paid for by the same special interests who own our Congress?