If a truth falls into the fourth estate, why can’t we hear it?
Recently, while online, I came across columnist Maureen Dowd’s article about the upcoming Showtime documentary, “The World According to Dick Cheney.” In it, she lists some of the many lies that Cheney is claimed by some (and I assume the documentary) to have told — and is still telling — about 9/11 and the subsequent Iraq war.
Unlike the print version, this online version, posted on the WASHINGTONSBLOG, was rife with digital footnotes and references. So I dove in. Twelve hours later I was unnerved and humbled.
I am 68 and remember the Bush 43/Cheney years quite well — or so I thought! I have never considered myself naïve. When it comes to politics and world events I try to stay informed. Yet I have to admit that I was in a state of shock at how much I had missed.
Dowd’s article was short, but the many links took me on such an endless chain of references, previously published newspaper and magazine articles, network broadcasts, YouTube video clips, and interviews that I was left wondering time and time again “why didn’t I know that?”
This was not newly discovered evidence she was referring to! It was mostly old but well documented published accounts that had been around and readily available for years to anyone with half a brain.
When I finished my link hopping adventure into the chain of references for her shocking claims, I was astounded at how many were from firsthand recorded interviews with principal players, and “middle-of-the-road” media hubs like CBS, CNN and the New York Times.
What a shock to find out how effective corporate media has become at burying the lead in plain view.