Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bad news for Blackwater...publicity!

The following report on Blackwater and their plans in San Diego county was aired on Los Angeles' KNBC last week. Well done, KNBC, and if Blackwater is as on the up and up as they claim to be, they shouldn't have a bit of trouble with the publicity, since it's all true.

From Joshua Holland at Alternet:
The video [...] is a report -- a damning one -- by a local NBC affiliate. Blackwater was none to pleased with the broadcast, and has mobilized (that usually means "hired") an "astro-turf" network to bombard the station with complaints about how the report was un-American, anti-Capitalist and whatever else.

If you want to help push back, you can. The good folks at the Courage Campaign have organized a petition, and they're collecting signatures to send to the Governator, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein asking to keep Blackwater's mercenary operations out of California. If you have a minute, consider signing the petition.

Oops...I guess they do have a problem with it. As the video report notes, and Holland mentions in his article, Blackwater much prefers to operate in secrecy. Well, I prefer that they don't, so hurrah for KNBC and all of the local activists who've worked so hard to keep this project in the public eye. Keep up the great work.

p.s. It would be nice to send KNBC a thank you note since they're getting pushed from the opposite direction. I'm the first to complain about crummy, half-assed media coverage, but I'll also say thanks when they do a good job.



Blogger Dusty said...

Thank you SO much for this post and the links. As a native San Diegan, I still pay attention to everything that happens there even though I live upstate now..and ESPECIALLY when its Blackwater!

8/15/2007 09:14:00 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home