WASHINGTON, October 5, 2007—Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid today accused the national news media of dereliction of duty for ignoring the story of Senate consideration of the U.N.‘s Law of the Sea Treaty. “The most important treaty of all time is up for ratification before the Senate and our major media have missed the explosive story of how members of both political parties are railroading the measure through without public involvement and debate,” Kincaid charged. He challenged the media to ignore Britney Spears for a while and cover the growing controversy over the treaty.
“Our so-called adversary press has become a lapdog media that allows Democrats and Republicans to conspire to damage the sovereignty of the United States,” Kincaid said.
Kincaid said that the treaty, backed by the Bush Administration and liberal Senate Democrats, is deliberately being rushed through the Senate in the same way that these same forces tried to ram through the illegal alien amnesty bill. And he said the impact will be the same ? erosion of American sovereignty. “It is time for talk radio and the new media to fill the void and inform the people before it is too late,” the AIM editor said.
A critic of the treaty who has written extensively about its serious flaws, Kincaid has covered both of the Senate hearings that have been held and which featured dramatic exchanges over its provisions. “The hearings have given Senator David Vitter of Louisiana a platform to demonstrate not only his knowledge of the treaty but his ability to expose holes and flaws in the testimony of those in favor of it,” Kincaid said. The AIM editor said Vitter’s performance was so effective last week that State Department Legal Adviser John B. Bellinger was caught saying things about the treaty which were demonstrably untrue.
“When our government lies to us,” said Kincaid, “we should expect our media to report that to the American people. Tragically, most of our media have been AWOL on the matter of how U.S. officials are attempting to deceive the Senate and the public about the Law of the Sea Treaty.” Kincaid’s articles on the hearings are available at www.aim.org.
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