Monday, January 19, 2009

Media bias has deep roots in Orlando

Ye out-of-town socks no doubt missed the article in today's local daily rag about the one visit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., paid to our fair city.

That was back on 6 March 1964, when his old Morehouse College roommate Rev. Curtis Jackson invited him to speak at Shiloh Baptist Church and later at a political rally over at Tinker Field. (Jackson was running for city council at the time.)

This was 7 months after Dr. King delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech, and was in the midst of the herculean effort to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Yet, our local newspaper buried the story of King's visit, because it didn't suit the agenda of the editorial board.

Now, of course, the pendulum has swung wildly in the opposite direction . . .both in the print media and broadcast news.

I suppose the lesson that may be drawn from all this would be that you've got to think for yourself and refuse to be spoon-fed your beliefs.

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