posted on Aug, 10 2004 @ 09:05 AM
I have to agree with FlyrerFan here. I am sooo tired of all the highly slanted "news reporting" that is being aired "and printed".
I will give you an example:
About 10 years ago, I was living in Abilene, TX and was working in a store that catered to the "south side of town" that sold T-shirts from NORMAL
(National Organisation For the Legalization of Marijuana). They were fairly large sellers.
One of the shirt's stated "Legalize today Get High Tonight"
Well, One day two people came in the store and purchased one of these shirts. I recognized one of them as being the "weatherman" and complimented
him on his work.
Three days later, they returned with news cameras rolling wanting interviews as to why we were selling these shirts.
The owners told them to leave. They informed the owners of the store that they would but they would be filming his store from across the parking lot
(which is legal) and they would say what they wanted.
I spoke with the owner and he agreed to have me interviewed but not in his store. One note, Since the owner was "throwing the reports out of the
store" the reporters were not allowed to make any purchases. This was to get them out and keep them from detracting from his buissness.
I answered the reporters questions, Informing them that event he shirt they had purchased the other day were entirely legal and were not promoting
anything illegal or immoral. I even brought up the subject that we had (at that time) a president who had "tried MJ but had not inhaled".
That evening, I watched the news report and boy was it ever slanted!
Come to find out that the news stations "favorite counsilwoman" was using the T-shirts as a platform at getting reelected. The news reporters had
censored my interview with them to the extent that it was skewed to show that I had no regard to the law etc but was only there to make money. They
also showed a shot of the store and the voice over stated that they had been refused to be entrance into the store and that they were not able to make
any purchases. Funny thing was, the shirt that they had displayed in the beginning of the report and again at the end, was the shirt that I sold
I called up the news station the other day and inform them that they had better make the necessary correction to their report or I would have them in
court. I also informed them that if they had been smart and been forth comming with the reasoning behind their interview, I would have welcomed the
chance to debate their councilwoman.
three days later at the end of their late night news, they mentions (very quicky that they had purchased the shirt from "one of the stores in
question". I guess that was their way of getting around the law.
They never did address anything else.