More strong words from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. this week, directed at a complacent media and corrupt politicians.
During a three-day tour of mountaintop removal mining sites in West Virginia, Kennedy spoke at rallies and town hall meetings. He gathered footage for a new documentary film to be based on his best-selling book Crimes Against Nature. He also gave several interviews (see associated story below) with local print and broadcast media outlets in which he took direct aim at them, asking why they are not doing a better job of informing the people.
In one particular interview with West Virginia Public Radio, RFK Jr. really gave `em hell.
He offered such a scathing critique’ of the media’s poor job performance that the reporter, clearly taken off her guard, was literally left speechless (a rare occurrence with radio hosts, who are windbags by nature). When he began to question her directly, she could only stutter this reply: “Well, I…I don’t editorialize.”
He was speaking about the practice of mountaintop removal mining and said: “The problem is, we have a press that doesn’t cover it, and if we did there would be a revolution in this country. If the press were doing what it ought to be doing, we’d have a revolution in this state. People wouldn’t stand for it.”
“But you go out on the street in Charleston, and most people out there have no clue what’s happening.” He added. “And then you have politicians who have been corrupted though our campaign finance system, so it’s just a system of legalized bribery. They are owned by coal industry, and as they say, ‘West Virginia has the best politicians money can buy.'”
“It is corruption and there is no other word for it.” Kennedy stated. “It is criminal.”
“I think the people of this state have become so accustomed to being so powerless in the face of corrupt government officials, this coalition of corporate power and corrupt government officials, that it’s really going to take something revolutionary to stir the people.”
Although this comment was about the people of West Virginia, RFK Jr. could have been just as easily talking about the feeling of Americans in every state in the union.
Kennedy was also asked his thoughts on John Edwards’ poverty tour of the south this week, so reminiscent of Robert Kennedy’s efforts there 40 years ago. “I commend him for it.” RFK Jr. replied. “I think he’s running a great campaign, and he’s appealing to the intrinsic populism that is part of the American experience.”
While this blogger is pleased that RFK Jr. graciously gave John Edwards a much-deserved pat on the back, I feel that no one could carry on the anti-poverty campaign his father started than Robert F. Kennedy Jr. himself. And he should do it himself, as a candidate for President in 2008.
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Everybody should hear this interview Bobby gave West Virginia Public Radio – it’s one of the best I’ve ever heard from him: http://www.wvpubcast.org/av/0719wvm2.mp3
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