CBS Journalist Dotty Lynch Asks ‘Where’s the War Protests?”

This really galls me. CBS’s Dotty Lynch asks where all the war protesters are.

We’ve been here, you dumbass. (full analysis on DailyKos)

Here’s my email to CBS:

“But as the war in Iraq rages on I keep asking myself: Where are the young people this time around?”

Well if you’d been paying attention you would have seen the largest global demonstrations in world history for peace right around the time the war was starting. You’ll also notice constant, consistent action by citizen groups of all ages, backgrounds and stripes. You obviously aren’t paying attention Dotty. And for you to say this as a journalist who had the duty to inform the populace that there was dissent to the war – that it wasn’t inevitable – that the intelligence wasn’t solid – you guys stood by and let it happen because you were afraid of appearing unpatriotic and now blood has been spilled and the media’s compliance and addiction to access is partially to blame. We have been talking about the war and protesting it and writing about it and calling our members of Congress and educating our friends since the war in Iraq was a speck in Dick Cheney’s eye.

This really just pisses me off to have a journalist ask where the protest is – it’s all over the place. And for someone from a major network like CBS act like there’s no anti-war movement to cover is just flat out arrogant.

3 thoughts on “CBS Journalist Dotty Lynch Asks ‘Where’s the War Protests?”

  1. Sue Grace

    Sure, she might have to open up her eyes and check out Michael Moore’s website, commondreams, truthout.org, indymedia.org, and many others to see the protesters… but then she might have to open her mind, too…

  2. Sue Grace

    PS: this in from CodePink…

    June 1, 2006

    Dear Sue,

    The intrepid Molly Ivins recently wrote that she was fed up with “every calculating, equivocating, triangulating, straddling, hair-splitting son of a bitch” in Washington DC. “This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one,” Molly proclaimed. “It is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass.”

    This stand was cogently articulated in an editorial in The Nation calling for an end to the war in Iraq. It noted that the war has become the single greatest threat to our national security; that its human and economic costs are spiraling out of control; and that the majority of Americans want to see an end to the war.

    But since the war continues to receive bipartisan support, The Nation took the following stand: “We will not support any candidate for national office who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq a major issue of his or her campaign. We urge all voters to join us in adopting this position.”

    Well, now you can. Thanks to a coalition of groups determined to make peace a major issue in the November 2006 and 2008 races, you can join other outraged voters by signing the Voters for Peace Pledge:

    “I will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or President who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign.”

    Please sign now and encourage at least 10 of your friends, relatives, coworkers and neighbors to join. Our goal is to get millions of voters on board so that peace becomes a powerful political demand that politicians cannot continue to ignore.

    Here’s to taking a clear stand against war and kicking ass (peacefully),
    Allison, Dana, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Katie, Medea, Nancy, Rae, Samantha and Tiffany

  3. Sue Grace

    What You Can Do for Peace Next Wednesday

    Demand an Open Debate on Iraq: National Call-In Day June 7
    Call your Representative
    202-224-3121
    An open debate on Iraq is overdue!

    Americans want their sons and daughters home. Children want their mothers and fathers home. The Iraqis want their nation back. Most of the troops think they should leave in the next six months. These are the compelling majority opinions that must be addressed. Facing this is a moral and non-partisan challenge.

    But, after more than three years, $300 billion, and the death of over one hundred thousand Iraqis and nearly 2,500 American soldiers, Congress still refuses to debate real alternatives to the President’s stay-the-course policy. It is a policy that over 80% of Iraqis, more than 70% of U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq and a majority of Americans say is a failure.

    As a people who seek peace and justice, we have a unique opportunity to demand that Congress stop passing the buck. So far, 122 members of the House of Representatives have signed a ‘discharge petition’ calling for immediate debate and consideration of ALL alternatives to the policy of open-ended occupation of Iraq. All we need is 96 more members to sign the petition for debate to begin. We need your help!

    Call your U.S. Representative on June 7th. Ask your Representative to sign H.Res. 543 OR thank them if they have already signed and ask them to ask a colleague to sign H.Res. 543.

    Here are lists of those who have and have not signed:
    http://www.openiraqdebate.com/inner/roll-call.html

    The pressure we are applying is already having an impact. There have been news reports that some Republican members of Congress, hoping to dodge a real discussion about Iraq, will offer a tightly-controlled debate framed by supporters of the war. This alternative is clearly an election-year effort to sell the war to the public rather than address the failed policy and the need to bring the troops home. This alternative won’t allow members who oppose the war to offer plans to bring the occupation to an end.

    Tell your Congress Member that you demand to see a debate with an “open rule,” meaning that any amendments can be introduced, debated, and voted on. The surest route to that debate is for them to sign the discharge petition and ask their colleagues to do the same.

    Call 202-224-3121 and give the operator your Representative’s name, or go to power search on Congress for the local district office:
    http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/powersearch.htm

    MORE INFO:
    http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/discharge

    ___________

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