Upper Left Coast

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Friday, November 14, 2008

The Oregonian: official PR agency of radical environmentalists

That's not an unreasonable interpretation of this news story on the O's website, which leads with the assumption that a Bush administration logging plan is a bad idea and finishes with instructions on how to protest against it:

Salem is bracing for an afternoon rally to halt harmful logging in Western Oregon.

The Stop the Western Oregon Plan Revision & Save Our Forests rally, set for noon on the Capitol Building steps, is aimed at encouraging Governor Kulongoski to protest a Bush administration plan to increase logging on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management.

On Tuesday, a University of Oregon student clambered 50 feet up a pine tree at the Capitol and settled into a tent with a banner that read, "Don't Clear Cut Our Future."

Free buses were leaving at 10 a.m. from Portland's Daily Grind coffeehouse at Southeast 42nd Avenue & Belmont Street, according to organizers.

Got it? That logging plan is "harmful." It says so right in the lead. And Salem is "bracing," so it must be such a terrible plan that the Capitol will be overrun with protestors, right?

No value judgment about the loony-toon hanging out in a tent five stories above the Capitol mall. No value judgment about the rally's legitimacy. It's harmful. End of story.

And if you agree, we'll link to one of the area's most left-wing media sources (a self-described "tool for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth") to let you learn how to join the rally. After all, you probably don't have a job and might be looking for something to do on a beautiful Autumn afternoon.

Ironically, if this story had first appeared in the Oregonian, it might not have made the pages of Portland indymedia. Their website says they reserve the right to hide posts that "are reposted from corporate media outlets."

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