WE are the 900-pound gorrillas

Posted by Mitchell - March 19, 2003 (entry 16)

I had the good fortune to meet up this past weekend with investigative journalist Greg Palast at a benefit he gave for In These Times and This is Hell radio. I read part of an interview in which Greg was asked about the newly-published paperback version of his outstanding book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

Q: With these stories getting so little attention in the mainstream media, how do you account for the bestseller status of your book? [NB: At this writing, Greg's book was #9 on the New York Times' Paperback Nonfiction bestseller list.]

"A: You, the Internet, the so-called alternative media, the weeklies, and radio, the independent, nonprofit radio stations. People hear about it and they want to know. And the information often goes out from the left and the right. There are what I call the honest conservatives -- they're not comfortable with the country club set. I've been having discussions with my big, huge corporate publisher about something called "alternative media," which is bigger than the mainstream media. We are bigger. We should stop acting puny and stop calling ourselves alternative. They're like Lilliputians who don't want us to know that we're giants because we might do something.."

That's a great slogan/band name: We might be giants. :-)

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