Attacking the Messengers

So Donna Brazile somehow managed to get pepper sprayed.

“I got a strong whiff — just toxic — and my head and throat are still hurting,” said Ms. Brazile, who appears on CNN as a political analyst. “I’ll avoid the protesters tomorrow.”

Yeah, I’ll bet.  She doesn’t strike me as the protesting type anyways.

But Amy Goodman was arrested when attempting to get the scoop on two producers for Democracy Now! who were arrested, as was an AP photographer.

Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights of these journalists.

They are urging journalists and concerned citizens to contact the office of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman (651-266-8535) and the Ramsey County Jail (651-266-9350) and demand the immediate release of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar.

I had watched this episode of Democracy Now! last night on the unlawful detention of another Democracy Now! reporter/correspondent, Elizabeth Press, in a house raid by the police departments of St. Paul/Minneapolis and the feds.  And nothing, nothing! pisses off a fellow unruly more than suppression of free speech and of the press.   He doesn’t disappoint either.

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the linky love.

    It all keeps getting back to the 14 points of fascism doesn’t it?
    http://oldamericancentury.org/14pts.htm

    Point # 2: Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights:

    Point # 6: Control of the Mass Media

    Point # 7: Obsession with National Security:

    Point # 12: Obsession with Crime and Punishment

    Of course there are other points that apply to varying degrees, but these four are central to the weekend’s events.

  2. I was sleuthing around running across various blogs about the events of Sunday & Monday, and found another blogger who was a big fan of the Old American Century.org.

    [No of course not! Why the hell would I remember the name? And WHY would I ever think to bookmark it?!]

    I’m getting convinced of the creeping fascism that’s about to flood this country. And, I’m getting scared.

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