‘Mainstream media’ mute in SOPA piracy debate • The Register

well colour me surprised.

I frequently comment on the absence of mainstream comment on major issues of the day and how this reveals the corruption in the so called “free press” and a major weakness in the information distribution capabilities of free trade capitalism.

The record, so far, goes to the almost complete invisibility on American mainstream TV and press of the record $101.7 million dollar damages the US Court, in 2007, forced the government to pay for the wrongful 1965 conviction of Joseph Salvati and three of his colleagues when the FBI withheld evidence from the defence revealing the lies told by a key prosecution witness – who happened to be an FBI informer. The FBI’s crime led to 4 innocent men spending decades in prison, where two of them died.

Is this the first time you’ve heard that story? If so, you might want to ask the question: Why? It was (and remains) the largest ever payout for a wrongful conviction. It revealed a major crime and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by the nation’s federal police and 4 innocent men languished in prison for decades before the crime was uncovered and “corrected”. Any one of those features would have made it front page news on every newspaper in any other country in the world – except for the few who are overtly Police States. Draw your own conclusions. (“We report; you decide”)

Oh, and bear in mind this and at least one hundred similar stories when you go and watch “J. Edgar” in the next few weeks…

Be that as it may, the reason I’m ranting now is that there’s been a development in the SOPA story, reported by my favourite comic, but not, again, so far as I can tell, by any American mainstream media. Apparently the “White House threatens that it won’t support cyber piracy bill if it stifles internet freedom

What I particularly like about the story is the implication that the threats to liberty, privacy, free speech and the working of the internet posed by the SOPA legislation are all recent news to the Obama administration. As though he only learned about them by following someone on Twitter or Facebook. As though he stupidly relied on the mainstream to tell him the news…

'Mainstream media' mute in SOPA piracy debate • The Register.


About Harry Stottle
Refugee from the Stumbleupon Blogicide of October 2011 Here you will find my "kneejerk" responses to the world and what I happen to bump into. For my more detailed considerations and proposals, please visit my website or my previous main blogging site.

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