To the editors:
Re: Michael Miner’s Hot Type on Raymond Bonner, removed from reporting on El Salvador by the New York Times [April 16]
Michael Miner is right to focus on the efforts by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to suppress Raymond Bonner’s report of a massacre and other human-rights violations by the U.S.-backed Salvadoran military in the early 1980s. Bonner wrote a book, Weakness and Deceit, about U.S. policy in El Salvador, and another book, Waltzing With a Dictator, about the U.S. relationship with Ferdinand Marcos, president of the Philippines.
What about today? Is there something we should find out while it’s still going on, before it’s too late to stop it? Should we assume that those newspapers are still not covering, but covering up? Some call it genocide when indigenous peoples are being attacked by their governments in Guatemala, East Timor (Indonesia), and South Africa. Shall we be skeptical enough to read the alternative press (such as the Nation, Z Magazine, In These Times, Extra!, National Catholic Reporter, and Lies of Our Times) to find the truth we can act on?
I say yes. And, for north-siders, a half-hour radio report from Pacifica News in Washington, D.C., is available Monday through Friday on WZRD, 88.3 FM, at 4:30 and 10 PM. For those who can’t get “the Wizard,” call a local college radio station and ask if they’ll consider running Pacifica News.