If Big Brother stomps on your constitutional rights, but all the political reporters pretend not to hear it, does it make a sound?
Today, Politico, the Washington D.C. insider political newspaper, has no front page story about the fact that the House of Representatives voted yesterday to renew for 5 more years the FISA Amendments Act, a law that allows the federal government to grab Americans’ private, personal information from their cell phones, emails, financial transactions and use of the Internet. However, Politico does have a front page story devoted solely to the fact that Congressman Paul Ryan likes to watch television shows about people who catch catfish by jamming their hands down the throats of the giant fish.
The Hill, another Washington D.C. political publication that is supposed to take a serious look at legislative news from the U.S. Congress, does not have any front page story today on the passage of the FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012. However, the editors of The Hill did see fit to publish a full-length front-page article about how Jonathan Goldsmith, an actor who is best known for appearing in advertisements for Dos Equis beer, is hosting a fundraising party in Vermont for Barack Obama.
The New York Times doesn’t link to any story about the 5-year renewal of the FISA Amendments Act from its front page, but it does have a prominent front-page link about a trend in elite fashion design to use less black.
The Washington Post has no front page story on the passage of the FISA Amendments Act extension, but it does have a front page story examining the question of whether it’s worth going to a party if no one there takes your photograph.
It seems that the Fourth Estate has been sold to commercial developers and turned into an amusement park.