We need to write "J'accuse" letters to various members of the media for their role in getting Bush in the White House. For instance:
COMPREHENSIVE MEDIA CONTACT RESOURCES
Dear Jim Lehrer:
I accuse you of helping George Bush to get into the White House due to your handling of the debates. Rightly or wrongly our country decides who will be president based on these debates, however both sides have very little time to devote to your questions. And to make matters worse, you did not follow up with serious follow up questions. Now we are stuck with someone who obviously doesn't think seriously about issues but who simply insists that he is right.
E-MAIL JIM LEHRER: firstname.lastname@example.org
SNAIL MAIL JIM LEHRER
The News Hour
3620 South 27th St.
Arlington, VA 22206
CALL JIM LEHRER
Another "J'accuse" letter should be to the various talking heads who treated the presidential race like horse race. Who is ahead, who is behind, what does one need to do to get ahead, how one should act, how one should present themselves, who is wearing what kind of clothes, without giving enough weight to actual issues. What is most deplorable is the post debate rush to judgment. Personalities, who was "friendly", or that Bush did "much better than anticipated" as if the very fact that he could walk and talk was something to be praised. This country is now in a mess and you are one of the causes.
TALKING HEADS: COMPREHENSIVE CONTACT RESOURCES
Another letter should certainly go to Wolf Blitzer who time and again gave so much time to interviewing groups of undecideds". My only thought during that dismal period was "who the hell are these clodheads?". If they are still undecided by the third debate and still have no clue then either shoot them and put them out of their misery or forget them. They don't have a clue.
Why not talk to focus groups of actual decideds -- and find out what their thinking is. Why waste such valuable air time listening to the meanderings of these non thinkers? And why not ask more probing questions?
E-MAIL WOLF BLITZER: email@example.com
SNAIL MAIL WOLF BLITZER
820 First Avenue, N.E.
Washington DC 20002
CALL WOLF BLITZERAPRIL 20TH ACTION ALERT FROM HATFIELD
FAX WOLF BLITZER
We need to hold their feet to the fire.
On April 20--exactly 3 months to the day since Dubya was appointed president by his ring-wing buddies on the Supreme Court--I want you to inundate the White House switchboard, bombard the "contact" e-mail section of www.whitehouse.org, call or e-mail your congressional representatives, get online with various political chat groups, telephone all the ultra-conservative radio talk show hosts (Rush Limbaugh, G. Gordon Liddy, Oliver North, and their ilk), etc. and tell them, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore." NEXT: E-MAIL FROM THE TROOPS
Be meaner than a Texas rattlesnake going through menopause and say, "Enough is enough" with Dubya's opinion that we should "get over it" and accept the results of the stolen Y2K election; his strategic assault on our fragile environment; the paybacks to his corporate and conservative GOP sugar daddies; his right-wing agenda; a string of broken campaign promises; his lack of bipartisanship efforts in dealing with an almost equal division of Democrats in Congress; canceled formal press conferences; his reluctance to endorse campaign finance and election reform; his war on women and their right to choose; the tax cut plan that will only favor the rich and set this country back a decade economically; his phony energy crisis; talking down the economy; his stubborn-as-a-jackass determination to get America into a war; and that idiotic $100 billion planned Son of Star Wars defense shield (which is like laying out $100 billion to build a picture frame even before you've found the picture to put in it).
Jim Hatfield, Author of "Fortunate Son"