Better later than never on remembering the Iraq War. I would probably not have said a thing had I not stumbled across this article at the Booman Tribune.
In his entry for the Iraq Invasion Day Booman relates how disconnected many of us felt and how a nascent internet was there when we were looking for something besides what we were getting from American media, including NPR:
“The blogosphere was birthed by a simple phenomenon. Hundreds of thousands of Americans were consuming corporate media and feeling like they couldn’t believe a word of it, and they sought out skeptical sources which turned out to be a bunch of amateurs in pajamas smacking their keyboards in their parent’s basements while they downed bowl after bowl of Cheetos.
Once enough people discovered that they weren’t alone in thinking that Tom Friedman and Judy Miller were full of crap, they formed online communities. And then they started meeting in real life. And then they started to get organized. And then Howard Dean emerged as someone to rally around.
The legacy of that is seen all over our political landscape, as progressives have asserted themselves and made significant inroads in getting power within the Democratic Party. The media is better than it used to be. Even some of the old fraudsters have tightened up their standards and become less credulous.”
I was one of those people trying to figure out why what felt like BS from the networks and cable and radio news was not being countered anywhere. Something surely did not feel right, but there was nothing that I was able to get to at that time that told me any different. But like many at that time, I was in for an epiphany.
In what had to be a fortunate accident, I was called to substitute teach at Tipton one day before the invasion. I was substituting for the history teacher. In a few conversations I had found him to be as distrusting of the Bush administration as I was. I found out that morning that his distrust was based on writings from the internet. I was subbing for half a day that day and he left his computer on and left the website he was visiting up. I had some time before the next class and so I brought up the site he was on, tompaine.com.
Well, I almost couldn’t believe what I was reading. Stories questioning the administration to the hilt, calling them out for war crimes, demanding they stop the march to war. Holy Cow, I no longer felt alone. There were more like me out there – millions even. I saw pictures of anti-war protesters and read well written anthought out articles against our policies.
tompaine.com led to dailykos.com (often called the great orange satan) and a multitude of other sites where thoughts were expressed freely – I was in hog heaven. To tie it back to what Booman says, I was one of thousands or more likely millions who knew the main stream media was covering up at best if not outright lying and we were determined to find out what was really happening. So the great cover up by the corporate media has led in a great way to the opening of the internet and the lack of credulity in the MSM.
At least one good thing (and probably the only good thing) came out of Bush and Cheney’s lust for Iraqi oil.