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by jhwygirl

Don Brown in a landowner near Fort Peck who will be directly affected by the proposed KeystoneXL pipeline. He’s been a vocal opponent to the Keystone XL pipeline since early on. He’s criticized Max Baucus’s attempts at circumventing legal process for the pipeline, and more recently, he signed a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama that included signature of affected landowners in 5 states.

Keystone XL pipeline will utilized eminent domain to obtain the land this Canadian company needs to transport its Athabasca tar sand oil from Canada across the State of Montana and down to Texas.

This weekend Don Brown asks Montanans whether this pipeline is in our national interests. I ask whether it is in Montana’s:

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and President Barack Obama have a decision to make soon — whether TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is in the “national interest.”
As a landowner along the route who has much to lose when this pipeline comes through, I hope that our decision-makers are absolutely clear about whether this pipeline is in the national interest when it is permitted, but I think there are questions that still haven’t been answered.
Since TransCanada is a foreign corporation, is this pipeline in the national interest? Since this pipeline goes to a port on the Gulf Coast, and they already have a pipeline going to a refinery in Illinois (Keystone I pipeline), that would lead me to believe they plan on exporting the product carried on the Keystone XL. Is that in the national interest? And tar sands, which Keystone XL is going to be carrying, are especially corrosive, and the Keystone I pipeline has already had 14 leaks in about a year of operation — is that in our national Interest?
Should we just be the nation where the pipe crosses, potentially with leaks, en route from one foreign country to another? Is that in our national interest?

by lizard

Here is the lead-in from today’s Missoulian piece on the occupation of Missoula:

“The rhetoric was rough but the action was mostly peaceful as about 300 Missoulians launched a local version of the Occupy Wall Street protests on Saturday.”

(my emphasis added)

Mostly peaceful? Really? Why just mostly? What “actions” occurred to not make this a totally peaceful protest? I guess Rob Chaney just wants to insinuate un-peaceful things occurred without providing any examples. Is this the kind of reporting we can continue to expect from Lee Enterprise’s corporate-shackled reporting staff?

The rest of the article features the usual cherry-picking that the #OWS movement has been plagued with from the start. This is how corporate media tries to set the narrative. Frame an organic, evolving movement by highlighting certain statements made during the open-mic soapbox session that went on for nearly an hour, and was an open forum for anyone to step up and rant a bit.

Then there’s this:

“The messages occasionally got mixed. A group of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s supporters waved signs on one edge of the courthouse lawn, and someone in a bandana hung a “Don’t Tread on Me” rattlesnake flag (commonly seen at tea party events) from the Higgins Avenue Bridge.”

The Missoula version of #OWS is less than 24 hours old, and already our local corporate media is trying to narrowly define what the “message” is, implying Ron Paul supporters aren’t part of it; that their support for their candidate makes the message “mixed”.

WE ARE THE 99% is one of the main themes of the occupations spreading across the country. It’s not going to be easy to honor what that means, and it will be made that much more difficult by corporate media trying to set the narrative. Already, a few days ago, I saw something on CNN that was telling. A little caption at the bottom of the screen read Occupy Wall Street vs. the Tea Party.

Yes, corporate media would absolutely love to pit the Tea Party against the occupiers. The execs at the top would love for us to forget how, before the corporate money came pouring in, the Tea Party started out as an anti-TARP, anti-Fed movement that got quickly co-opted and redirected during the summer of rage toward attacking Obamacare (giving Democrats like perennial corporate tool Max Baucus the cover they needed to sell us out to the for-profit health insurance industry and pharmaceutical industry).

Let’s forget people who identify with the Tea Party and those who identify with #OWS have more in common as part of the ripped-off 99% than those who sit atop the corporate media megaphones trying to tell us what this movement is all about.

Yesterday Missoula joined a movement that has spread to well over 300 cities, and a General Assembly began the sometimes tedious work of organizing folks who will have a variety of views, agendas, and pet political gripes. This is what Democracy looks like.

And this is just the beginning.

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