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Community Activists Are Organizing Against Media and CIA

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When The San Jose Mercury News last year ran an expose
linking the CIA Contra Army in Nicaragua and Crack Cocaine
trafficking in the United States, the mainstream media
studiously ignored the revelations. But when the Dark Alliance
series by reporter Gary Webb sparked grassroots outrage and
sharp attacks on the CIA for — at a minimum — sanctioning
illegal narcotics trafficking, the major newspapers were forced to
pay attention. However, The LA Times, The New York Times
and The Washington Post — among others — all published
stories downplaying the story or attacking the San Jose Mercury
News.

Now community activists and media watch groups are
organizing against both the media and the CIA with two major
actions next week. Joining us to discuss the press reaction to the
San Jose Mercury News stories and the mobilization next week
are Steve Rendall, a senior analyst at Fairness and Accuracy In
Reporting otherwise known as FAIR, a media watchdog group
based in New York. FAIR is helping to organize demonstrations
at offices of The LA Times, the New York Times and The
Washington Post in five cities nationwide on Monday.

Also joining us this morning is Joe Madison, a civil rights
activist who hosts a radio talk show in Washington DC. He’s
leading a demonstration a week from Saturday — that’s February
22 — at Los Angeles City Hall calling for full disclosure on the
role of the CIA in drug trafficking and the dismantling of the
agency.

GUESTS:

STEVE RENDALL, a senior analyst at Fairness and
Accuracy In Reporting otherwise known as FAIR, a media
watchdog group based in New York. FAIR is helping to organize
demonstrations at offices of The LA Times, the New York Times
and The Washington Post in five cities nationwide on Monday.

JOE MADISON, a civil rights activist who hosts a talk
radio show in Washington DC.

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