What Indy Media Heroes Can Teach Us<quoted text>
OMG!! FOX NEWS COULD NOT HURT YOU ONE BIT!!! Get the tin foil off your head and let some real truth get threw too your brain.
I would be ashamed to be dumb as some of you people. Does being dumb keep you happy and oblivious to whats going on with this administration. Your ASS is in danger, don't you get that???????? I know, being so frigging dumb is keeping you from realizing that fact. Just the way Obama likes you FAT and DUMB!
Keeping you on welfare to keep your mouth full and shut so you can't talk back.
Well friend, that old boy has got some surprises for you later on, and you'r not going to like it. You'r going to deserve everything you get.
by Jeff Cohen / November 14, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/6fm73u
Independent media outlets that contributed so mightily to the stunning election result are about to be tested as to their “independence.” With Democrats in control, will these outlets be guided by principle or just partisanship? Will they speak truth to power and expose corruption and injustice over the long haul – no matter who’s in charge?
U.S. history offers role models. In this era when indy journalists reach mass audiences via blogs, viral video and podcasts, there is much to learn from the originators of dissident journalism. From the start of the Republic, bold entrepreneurs (often sole proprietors like many of today’s bloggers) stood up to censorship, jail and violence to sustain independent outlets that transformed our country.
Our Republic’s founding owes much to revolutionary pamphleteers like Tom Paine, who agitated against the King in Common Sense, a pamphlet that sold 150,000 copies when the colonial population was only 2.5 million people.
Study any cause that has improved our country since and you’ll find stubbornly independent journalists who challenged injustice in the face of ridicule and scorn from the mainstream media of their day. These journalistic heroes are chronicled in Rodger Streitmatter’s inspiring book, Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America.