The Starr Chamber
and the Future of American Democracy The Starr Report
The Sorry Role of
the Media in All of This
The mainstream media
have been aiding and abetting Starr from the very beginning, especially
The New York Times which started the Whitewater rumors and
The Wall Street Journal. Now the major players are literally
screaming for Clinton's scalp. It's hard to understand why they
are so eager to get rid of Clinton; he has moved the Democratic
party far to the right and implemented much of the Republican agenda---
deficit reduction, welfare "reform", harsher laws, etc.
However, here are some possibilities:
1. The media believe
that sex sells copies and improves ratings. They think we are titillated
by details of the private lives of celebrities and Bill Clinton
is our biggest celebrity. (They may discover that sex ad nauseam
repels readers and viewers.)
2. If they can keep us
diverted with scandals--- first OJ, now Monicagate--- maybe we won't
notice that 8 out of 10 of us have less income than a decade
3. The big media names
who are so hot to get Clinton--- Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, Larry
King, et al--- are not poor working stiffs like bygone reporters.
They are in the top 1% income category and out of touch with such
things as the need for affordable day care, a living wage, or a
health insurance program that will deliver when you need it.
4. Reporters have become
fat and lazy for the most part. It's easier to write a story based
on governmental handouts and leaks than to go digging. Then when
they find they missed out on the real story, it's easier to deny
its veracity. Who wants egg on the face?
5. Most of the media
are big corporations themselves now. They scratch each others' backs.
Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post has said that Ken Starr can do
no wrong--- he was the lawyer who saved the Post from a $11 million
6. Possibly Clinton serves
as a symbol for the Sixties in the Culture War---- the draft, marijuana,
the sexual revolution---- even though many of the media names who
oppose him were also baby boomers and had similar lives in that
The irony is that many
of the journals talking about what STARR has done wrong are the
progressive ones--- The Nation, In These Times, Progressive
Magazine, Mother Jones , etc. ---- who have been very
critical of Clinton for his political lurch to the right! They seem
to be the only media with the perspective to realize that this has
been a six year ATTEMPT AT VOTER-NULLIFICATION.
Only in America could
we have a COUP D'ETAT BY PORNOGRAPHY. Let's don't let it happen