Monday, August 08, 2005 | Take your garden variety Texas-raised forest ranger hard at work in Alaska, picking up trash and escorting tourists through the woods. Get him politically awakened by having the Supreme Court override an election and appoint the president of the United States. Lie to him about why we went to war in Iraq. Whitewash what is really going on there.

Then just stand by and see what happens.

British newspapers such as The Scotsman and The Guardian began featuring his reporting. Although seeking the truth primarily for himself, Dahr found himself serving as a real journalist, and people all across the world began to learn the suppressed truths of what was going on in Iraq.

This has been made necessary because in recent years our media has become increasingly consolidated into ever fewer, ever more monolithic corporate hands. Journalists working in commercial news organizations have found themselves jobless when they have dared to speak unwanted truths to those in power.

Consequently, the American public has become increasingly ignorant of social, political and economic developments at all levels. This accelerating consolidation of media control into the hands of unelected but governing corporate elites will soon prove to be fatal to American democracy if not reversed.

Mike and Ramona Byron are writing a regular column about people, issues and events in North County. Voice welcomes all perspectives from different parts of the region.

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