-- Bob Campbell
Name a truly important issue the media has avoided. Coverage of the water issue has made it seem like those problems are mostly local and this-year-only. I just moved here from New Orleans, and Louisiana is experiencing catastrophic wetland losses. A friend from Minnesota says it's happening there, too. Water issues are national in scope, but media coverage is being driven -- especially locally -- by desire to avoid growth limitations of any kind, and if that means ignoring water problems, them's the breaks.
Are there any rhinoceros in the front room the media is refusing to notice? For one, I don't understand when the war on terrorism switched to the war on Iraq. I suspect Bush is using his high approval ratings and a wave of paranoia to do what he's wanted to do all along, which is protect the oil interests.
Who's really behind crop circles? It's a giant publicity stunt engineered by M. Night Shyamalan [director of the movie Signs].
Are there any important issues the press isn't covering? The erosion of environmental protections. Vast areas of public-owned lands are being opened to drilling, logging and mining.
What key local issues is the press ignoring? The impact of budget cuts on long-term arts and social-service funding.
Has the media been issuing President Bush a free pass? The press is tiptoeing around how most of the world will side with Iraq if we attack without prior and direct provocation. It will prompt a flood of recruits for terrorist organizations by dispossessed people who will see martyrdom as a noble end.
Who or what is behind crop circles? (Grinning) I'm not at liberty to divulge that information.
What key issues is the press avoiding? The rip-off of the common man by corporate America. I agree with Noam Chomsky that the corporate elite has to be made more responsive to taxpaying common citizens.
Are there issues the local press isn't covering? The absolute necessity for growth limitation. It's increasingly imperative that we make Mayor Makepeace and City Council face up to the fact that our infrastructure can't handle unrestrained growth.
Has the press let President Bush off the hook? Not really, though his oil company went bankrupt while he was CEO and corporations he headed issued misleading financial reports. We shouldn't be surprised if the country goes bankrupt while he's at the helm.