Thursday, July 31, 2008

Things You Don't Read In The US

Editorials (e.g., here and here) unafraid to clearly stand at odds with the authorities. Here in the US we rarely have the luxury of a watchful media looking out for our civil liberties (let alone having widespread citizen oversight of police that would actually prevent abuse).

At best we get hand-wringing articles and opinion pieces from outlets, cowed by accusations of liberal bias, desperately clinging to the paradigm of presenting both sides of an issue, even when one side is ludicrous. Our police tase ad libitum - and that includes 11-year-olds - and our media stays silent because they are terrified of insulting our "heroes."

It's OK to be biased against an overused device, claimed to be safer than Tylenol, that randomly kills people.