Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The Medicare debate and weasly media. Is CNN the only one awake?
I do not have the bravery of TomCat who seemed in the last two years gotten Dixie Chicked because of his political blog, but I'm feeling a little heat and a couple of chips hit me in the eye.
I won't reveal the nature of it, but it used to happen to me here in York Region, Canada when I'd get too poliitical and I'd find myself laid off as a columnist for the local paper.
Friggin' politics is a blood sport, ainnit?
Lately, like blogger TomCat in the States, I have gotten reinstated with the Era paper here, though it took some time, energy and sticktoitiveness. Also, the mayor whom I had opposed for his alleged corruption has died of natural causes (hah) and there is a new local politics in the air.
Dixie Chicked, Dixie Chicked. It happened to a real superstar, one Bill Marr, but he too got reinstated.
Canada used to have this great satirical magazine, FRANK, in the tradition of National Lampoon, but the right-wingers sunk it as it got too close to the real nature of Canada, the Big Brother ways of the City of Toronto and the on-the-take nature of certainly one our Prime Ministers.
Frank is no more.
The Royal Canadian Air Farce, on CBC TV, a wildly funny political satire program along the lines of Monty Python, I suppose-- has also been scrubbed.
I am a graduate of Ryerson University here. While editorial page editor of the Daily Ryersonian, there was heat raised over my lef-wing editorials. My department head and facultly advisor, one Ted Schrader was hounded almost to his demise, but he supported me to the end. It was almost a Jesus thing.
"Ivan Prokopchuk's editorials are logical, literate and urbane," he wrote to Ottawa. It almost cost him his job, but he flinched not, neither did he falter on the ideal of complete editorial freedom, and eventually the Toronto Star, itself strongly socially committed, hired me as a summer reporter.
I wonder how student editors in the States fare today.
There is this incredible Republican backlash against President Obama and his Medicare. I wonder how the battle goes pro and con in the J-schools in the big universities. Would Republicans sack a student editor for pro-Obama views?. There must be examples.
It has struck me that the backlash against Medicare, even though hundreds of thousands are participating, is orchestrated by the drug and insurance companies. They almost run America But they also can fail. Like Bear Stearns.
There is change in the air, but the Repulicans don't like it. Paid protesters--these town hall loudmouths must surely be well reimbursed for their posing and placards-waving, for no one in America does anything for nothing. It is just not the American way.
Someone high up does not like the Obama Presidency.
Can it be that it is just too good to be true?
There is money to be made of war, pestilence anf famine.
Maybe we have a political Bob Dylan here, but he is smarter, more practical, more can-do than a mere poet.
And yet the accusation is the same.
"Come you masters of war!"