Mainstream Press Seems To Think Fighting For Civil Liberties Is Childish

from the oh-grow-up dept

We've already pointed out how many mainstream newspapers and magazines have been mocking the concerns of people who are upset by the TSA's new search procedures. And, of course, the latest is that the press has decided this story is over because not enough people (in their estimation) opted out of the naked scans last week. NYU professor Jay Rosen notes a related, but disturbing, trend in the mainstream press coverage, with multiple publications suggesting that it was somehow childish to suggest these machines invade privacy with little actual security benefit. The common theme in all of these reports? "Grow up."

I find this incredibly disturbing. No, perhaps, being scanned or felt up in this manner isn't a huge deal to some people, but is it really so crazy that some people are actually concerned about their civil rights? That some people are actually concerned about the efficacy of these scanners? That some people are actually concerned about where this leads to next? That doesn't strike me as being childish or immature. It strikes me as exactly the opposite: it's about adults recognizing that rights are being eroded and that it's happening with little evidence that the reasons given make much sense. Simply giving in and submitting to authority because of some bogeyman claims certainly seems a lot more childish than asking "why"?

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Dec 2010 @ 10:47am

    Re: The problem doesn't begin with the press...

    What I find interesting is that the MSM complained loudly and forever (at least it seemed that way) when GW Bush uttered something to the effect "if you are not with us then you are against us." They complained that the freedom of Americans to disagree with the Government was under attack. (BTW, I agree that W's statement was distrubing.) And every time that the GW Bush administration proposed or implemented a new policy, the MSM just piled on more of the same. (Again, I criticized the W administration over almost every one of their policies.)

    Now, the MSM is the one attacking citizens if they complain about a policy that clearly unconstitutional.

    It is amazing that so many Americans think that Fox News is the only biased new source.

    Wow! What a difference a Democrat administration makes.

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