Lee Camp, a budding Stewart-like journalist/comedian hits the nail on the head
Lee Camp used the story of his arrest at Democracy Spring and the lack of coverage by MSM to make an important point about the state of journalism. Camp in one sentence explained the basic tenet of Democracy Spring — the movement going on this week demanding money out of politics and an end to voter suppression.
Lee Camp pointed out that hundreds of activists marched from Philadelphia to Washington DC. It culminated at the nation’s capital, Washington DC. The largest number of people ever arrested occurred. Lee was one of those arrested. He said his act of civil disobedience was a personal act. That is why he did not take the cameras along with him.
Camp then went on a rant. First of all, he defended his journalistic integrity. “Of course, you might think, but Lee if you are taking part in acts of protest, how can you claim to be unbiased,” Camp said. “What about your journalist integrity. And to that I say, what journalistic integrity. I am a comedian.”
He went on to say that in a country where an event like Democracy Spring went virtually uncovered by the ‘bastions of journalism,’ the mainstream media, there is no journalistic integrity to aspire to. He pointed out that today’s journalism is in bed with the political establishment and corporate establishment. Lee gave examples of donors to politicians from the media, substantive stories being quelled and more.
The reality is Americans will have to reinvent the media. It is no longer the watchdog for Americans to ensure their freedom. It is the watchdog of the plutocracy. Lee Camp hits the nail on the head.
It will take a movement. And the movement is growing. I discussed this with Lady Liberty, Kaja Rebane, a participant in the Democracy Spring event. As more young people realize they have been had, and more ‘adults’ join the movement, change will occur.
(r/t Redacted Tonight)