Kathy in Blacksburg has posted Why we need Progressive Echoes.
I echo this. It's amazing that mainstream reporters accuse bloggers of "echoes" when the MSM press use only a few sources such as the AP wire, a few major papers (the The New York Times and The Washington Post) for their stories.
Journalism school teaches that consistency and repetition are necessary to make a story "stick." The press reported "ad nauseum" on Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, the blue dress, and the lie. This resulted in impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton.
In 1995, The Republican Congress even launched an investigation into the fan club for the Clinton's cat, Socks. They left no stone unturned in their search of the Clintons. When the MSM becomes an echo chamber our representatives feel the heat and something gets done.
In this day and time, Bush has been given free rein by the Republican Congress and the corporate MSM. He lies to the American people, illegally invades another country, his staff orders a treasonous act--the outing of a CIA spy, no-bid contracts given to various corporations including the VP's firm Haliburton (Cheny has a significant amount of stock holdings and he "assisted" in setting up the contract), Bush ignores legislation via signing statements, Bush gives an "un-precedented order" to stop a Justice Department investigation into his illegal NSA wiretapping, Bush is trying to ignore a Supreme Court decision.
The question becomes, can Bush do anything that would launch corporate media to cover it, in detail and "ad nauseum", as they did the Clinton White House. Today, the media refuses to investigate the Bush White House. The Republican controlled Congress is able to neglect their oversight duties when the corporate media refuses to cover this story.
Republicans get away with this because the corporate mainstream press wants legislation that will result in more money and more power for corporate media. They want to eliminate net neutrality by preventing Congressional legislation guaranteeing this. They want the FCC to relax ownership rules. Our Republicans in Congress (and a few Democrats) are promoting the corporate media's interests. In return, the media covers the news with Republican talking points, and minimizes Republican scandal and corruption.
Whatever happened to campaign finance legislation? Did you know the media lobbyists work against campaign finance reform? There's alot of advertising money to be made and they don't want to lose any money or control over our congress.
The blog world and it's echoes have brought important news to the attention of the American people. The mainstream media is being exposed as a Bush/Republican propaganda machine. Sometimes, they actually have to cover a story (even if it is "biased.) So the Blog echo chamber is able to pressure MSM and our congress.
Have you noticed if a mainstream paper, such as The New York Times, does attempt to do some investigative journalism, the corporate mainstream media launches an attack on them and join the Republican voices shouting, "traitors?"
The blog world is "up front" with our bias, the media is not. They profess they are objective and have no hidden agenda other than to report the news. (If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you....ooops...that saying is going to have to go isn't it? They are selling our bridges to foreign companies no less.)
"Objectivity" is a myth not an actuality. If the reader knows a writer's bias up front, they can do additional research across an entire spectrum.
So, my blogger friends please echo on! Keep focusing on those important issues and keep the pressure on!
If I could ask the current Republican candidates one question it would be, "why would Republicans investigate the fan club for the Clinton's cat, Socks, and not investigate the numerous allegations of illegal crimes committed by the Bush White House? I bet they would answer that nothing illegal has happened. then they need to be asked, "Well how would you know? You never investigated!" It is an important question isn't it? "It should be asked of "all" our Republican candidates during their current campaigns.
If it is echoed, maybe the corporate media will have to report it. If it's not echoed...I'm hoping another important issues (there are so many out there) is echoed and kept in the public spotlight.