LONG BEACH (gorewon2000.net) February 17, 2001 -- America's mainstream media organizations (unlike the BBC) are neither covering the VoterGate hearings, nor investigating irregularities in Florida and elsewhere. Ask Geraldo Rivera to "pick up the slack".SAMPLE LETTER TO GERALDO RIVERA, "RIVERA LIVE"
2200 Fletcher Ave
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Email: email@example.com CC: The Media
Dear Mr. Rivera:
I am a long-time fan. I have been watching you since your days on ABC's 20/20, where you investigated and exposed injustices that needed action. I was one of the few people who bothered to notice the fact that your willingness to open the "vault" on live television was pure journalism at its best -- reporting a story with an uncertain outcome, and letting the chips fall where they might. (Of course, we have little like that on television now. Today, most television media prefer the telegenic, scripted, powdered, perfumed, and phony.)
I watched your talk show. I watch you now.
I was watching you the night the Supreme Court decision came down in Bush v. Gore, and your reaction mirrored mine. (You didn't cry, of course, but I imagine you are not nearly the "wet hankie" for justice that I am...) I wrote a column on my website ("Democracy, Dead at 224") the night that the SCOTUS stopped the counting in Florida, and I was expecting their eventual decision to go the way it did, but like you, I think I was expecting the decision to include some Byzantine justification for their action -- something to hang their legal hat on, so to speak. Of course, it did not. They didn't need to justify their action. (Theirs is the ultimate power, and cannot be gainsaid, so why bother with explanations?)
At Wednesday's USC Law School Conference on Bush v. Gore, I was surprised to see the conservative professor admit as much -- that the decision was a naked partisan power play. He, like DiIulio, enjoyed the outcome, but cannot defend the legal basis of the per curiam. All the panelists at the conference agreed that, regardless of the impressions Americans have to the contrary, the SCOTUS is a political body, and that laws are meaningless -- tools to be exploited by those in power. They also agreed that anyone who expected a fair or consistent legal decision in Gore v. Bush was naive, and to be laughed at.
It depressed the hell out of me, and then I got angry. So, imagine my joy being able to turn on the TV, and see you (as you always have) hammering away for truth and justice -- demanding that those who accuse President Clinton of illegal acts either put up, or shut up. Your body language, your passion, your righteous indignation, all flowed through the screen like a torrent.
Those of us who are protesting the coup that placed the current Resident in power need that passion again. We need you to cover the VoterGate investigations, and their findings. We need you to tenaciously "stick" to this story, "until the last dog dies." It is important. It is critical. If not you, who?
Sincerely, NEXT: INJUSTICE SCALIA?
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