Pubdate: Wed, 05 May 2004
Source: Esquimalt News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2004 Esquimalt News
Author: Alan Randell


Recarding police briefs published, Apr. 21: There is no more reason to
punish users and sellers of certain drugs than there was in the past
to hang witches, lynch blacks or gas Jews - so why in blazes did you
describe this bust as if it were a normal and acceptable occurrence
and exclude any comment from those like me who feel that prohibition
is NOT the way to go?

Describing drug busts in this fashion makes you complicit in these
evil pogroms, does it not?

There's little chance our drug prohibition law will be deposited in
the dustbin of history as it should until our media stops suppressing
the opinions of those that oppose this law.

Remember the good old days when the media sided with the people
against the enormous power of the state? Well those days are gone for
ever, it seems, because today's media now is focussed entirely on
lining their owners' pockets while encouraging the government to
oppress "the noisy rabble" that is us.

This is not a media that is serving a democratic society, where a
diversity of views is vital to shaping informed opinions. This is a
well-oiled propaganda machine that is repackaging government and
corporate spin and passing it off as journalism.

Alan Randell

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