Wednesday, January 14, 2004

E-mail Annoyances 

I got an e-mail today with a transcript of a statement made by US Federal District Court (MA) Chief Judge William Young during the sentencing hearing of Richard C. Reid. It was a very lengthy, patriotic, anti-terrorist and I would say inflammatory and rather non-judicial exhortation. But that's his prerogative. However, the e-mail also lambasts the media for not covering this statement on radio or TV.

I really can't speak for what was or was not broadcast on radio or TV that week, but it's not often that a District Court judge's statements such as this are indeed broadcast on either radio or TV. I usually get my news from the print media (or NPR), as those are the outlets better able to provide more in depth coverage. However, a quick and simple Google search let me to pages and pages of links, many of which were timely (same or next day) articles from major media outlets such as CNN, USA Today, and The Guardian. I was also able to locate what seemed to be the origin of the editorial - BushCountry.org. This is a website whose stated objective is " “Providing truthful, news and commentaries. We believe by educating our readers about the common sense that conservatism affords, we can help them use their own minds in interpreting the political landscape. This should effect the way they vote and help in bringing our nation back to it’s Judeo Christian roots.”

I won't go into detail on my thoughts on either the separation of church and state or incorrect grammar (it's vs. its). I will point out, however, that it is apparent that fulfilling their mission statement doesn't include providing the complete information with which their target audience can "use their own minds in interpreting the political landscape." Reminds me quite a lot of the MFI and their poll statistics.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 12:52 PM