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Monday, October 8, 2012

Media coverage of Christopher Columbus

Today is Columbus Day.

Many government buildings and businesses such as banks are closed for the day.

Why? For the man who "discovered" America?

Google it. Here is what I read:

Columbus "discovered" the Bahamas (with people already living there), then "discovered" Hispaniola (with people already living there), then came back to "visit" what is now Venezuela. And every time he landed in the region, he thought he was in Asia? China specifically.

Given Americans' knowledge of geography, that sounds like a man we should celebrate!

But just whom are we celebrating, really, besides the man who knew nothing about geography and the continents that he accidentally sailed into?

According to a blog on Huffington Post:

"If Christopher Columbus were alive today, he would be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Columbus' reign of terror, as documented by noted historians, was so bloody, his legacy so unspeakably cruel, that Columbus makes a modern villain like Saddam Hussein look like a pale codfish."

Now, that sounds like a guy the media would love to cover! I mean, all that crime!

Wanna' know what he really did? (things like kill women and children, rape women and children, force people into slavery, etc.). Read it here:

Or just Google "The real Christopher Columbus."

Spend even just a few moments reading these accounts and an obvious question is, why do we celebrate this man and this day? Another is why is there nothing about this on most mainstream media websites?

This media silence is a great example of what is wrong with the mainstream media today--far less about reality than about myth ever makes it to the news.

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