Monday, April 14, 2008

The news is that the President of the United States said in an ABC interview that he knew his top advisors specifically discussed what tortures our country should apply: which, how often, when, including waterboarding and sleep deprivation:

This is one day after Associated Press reported that administration officials "took care to insulate Bush." Naturally, Bush didn't get that memo.

That's real news. We aren't hearing it, though. Instead, networks prefer the easy, research and reporting-free option of sitting in TV studios, replaying the soundbite of the day to rent-a-pundits.

While the chattering classes--CNN, MSNBC, et al. enjoy the no-thinking-necessary bitter primary horserace, bloggers sit at home, calling our outrage each to each.

Lord knows calling Bush a pimply-bottomed frog detonator on a blog is temporarily satisfying, but let's not mistake it for action. Sending money to anti-torture candidates is better but sometimes it's not enough either.

The phone number for the ABC switchboard is 212-456-7777. I called it. Essie the operator asked if I wanted the comment line. I told her I preferred a human, so she put me through to the newsroom. I told the young woman who answered that ABC had run an interview with the President and Martha Raddatz (on the phone, nobody cares how you spell) about his awareness that his top advisors had discussed torture, and that I wanted the story to get more play.
"Okay! I'll pass that along! Thank you!" said the sprightly newsroom minion.
This meagre act of non-heroism took one minute, without requiring me to disconnect from these my homely comforts even a little bit. But it may have had some slight effect. So instead of hammering away in the comments sections of digby and crooksandliars exclusively, complain to the offenders themselves:

And for blasting off actual letters on your most impressive letterhead:

NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10011
Anybody who wants to provide other actual addresses and phone numbers, go right ahead.
Just be nice to Essie. She only works there.

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