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Thursday, December 28, 2006 | 10:16 AM

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Former President Gerald Ford has been lauded in the press as a great leader and a truly compassionate individual who made a very difficult decision to pardon Richard Nixon. In some aspects the late Gerald Ford may have been a great man. It is unusual as well as unkind to speak ill of the dead, but future generations must be told the truth, both the good and the bad. What the corporate news media is not telling us is that Gerald Ford was the US president who gave the go ahead to Indonesian dictator Suharto to massacre 200,000 East Timorese. Men, women and children were massacred by weapons supplied by the United States and paid for with US citizen taxpayer dollars. This is just one more example of how the alternative media is so important for the misinformed US citizen, the one who still thinks that Iraq was responsible for 9/11. This single act in my estimation puts a blemish on the record of Gerald Ford as president. No one in the corporate press mentions Ford's role in the Indonesian press just like they don't mention US government complicity in the murder of 2000 Panamanians under the George H.W. Bush administration. The US press also had very little to say about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's son's attempt to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea in pursuit of oil. Reading the press accounts of Gerald Ford one would think that he was a saint who could do no wrong yet when we read the reports on the late entertainer James Brown it is made very clear that Brown has had several bad experiences with the law and that Brown was involved in illegal drug and of course we had to be informed about Brown's endorsement of Richard Nixon during his reelection campaign. It is so obvious that we have a double standard in this country when it comes to reporting the news. Very little was said about the first daughters rampage in Argentina, where the US ambassador asked them to leave. Very little was said about George W. Bush's problems with controlled substances and alcohol in his youth. Air America Radio, a progressive democratic radio network has been threatened by Exxon-Mobil, Wal-Mart and other multinationals by a boycott of radio outlets that carry Air-America programming. This is seriously threatening the existence of Air-America which has already declared bankruptcy. Media Matters.org has named ABC, not FOX as the "Misinformer Of The Year" Truth seekers can rely on the British Independant, Guardian and Observer more than the New York Times, Los Angeles Times or Chicago Sun-Times. Powerful multinational advocates are gearing up for the big fight to change the internet(where such sites as Think Progress, Buzzflash and Commondreams have played a major role in exposing the actions of the Bush administration.) If the mulinationals get their way years from now we will also see George W. Bush portrayed as a hero.

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