Your Obedient Serpent (athelind) wrote,
Your Obedient Serpent

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Did something happen yesterday?

CNN, Reuters, the BBC, NPR, Salon, and the Google Top Story aggregation all appear on my Google home page. Not a single mention of yesterday's presentation of Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush could be found in those headlines.

To their credit, and against my expectations, the news was not driven off the page by headlines gushing over the new iPhone. Salmonella scares and international conflicts dominate the page.

I think NewsHounds ("We watch FOX so you don't have to") summed it up well:

No matter what you think of it, this is news. News. Relevant, important, history-making news. It was live, on C-Span. Reality TV. Yet our most famous, trusted, 24/7/365 cable news media outlets are asleep at the wheel - or holding back. Neither is a good option.

They just earned their place on my regular reading rotation. So has The Raw Story, which gave us pretty much what it says on the tin: straight, clinical, factual reporting, with as little commentary, opinion or bias as is humanly possible. They've updated their story since last night, by the way -- since I originally linked to them early on in the Gentleman from Ohio's presentation, there's been more Raw Story to report.

The Reuters article reiterates Speaker Pelosi's opposition to impeachment:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said she opposes trying to remove the Republican president who leaves office next January because such an attempt would be divisive and most likely unsuccessful. attempting to impeach a President with one of the lowest approval ratings of all time would be "divisive"?

Or, as my friend kolchis said:

"We can impeach a President over cum stains, but not blood stains??"

Fair warning: Your Obedient Serpent isn't going to let this go. I am going to continue to hunt for information about these proceedings -- I hope to find a full transcript today -- and I will continue to urge your Congresscritters to vote in favor of it, and not let it get shoved in a drawer.

Perhaps nothing will come of this. Perhaps the news media aren't reporting it because they think nothing will come of it. That's a self-fulfilling prophecy, however. If the public at large never HEAR about this, they will never have a chance to show their support, and inform Congress that... to borrow a slogan from the presumptive Democratic candidate... "Yes, we can!"

A couple of commentators in my journal have expressed the opinion that they're "waiting for the war crimes trial". So am I, dear reader, so am I -- but having our own nation admit culpability and take responsibility for this wanton disregard for national and international law is the first step toward seeing that happen.

If that offends you, feel free to drop this journal. You're in the wrong place.

Tags: impeachment, kucinich, politics

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