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Thursday, February 13, 1997

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  • Community Activists Are Organizing Against Media and CIA

    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.

  • Cuts to Medicare

    Like many of the legacies of FDR’s New Deal as well as those of
    the Great Society programs of the 1960s, the Federal program
    guaranteeing the elderly and the disabled access to medical care —-
    otherwise known as Medicare -— is under sharp political attack
    from conservative forces. A number of proposals are on the table
    in Congress ranging from cutting Medicare spending, rolling
    back home health care, and making wealthier people pay more.
    Already, Congress and President Clinton agree that Medicare
    spending will be slashed by at least $140 billion over the next six
    years.

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