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Mumia Abu-Jamal

“When Congress Isn’t Enough.”

Former special prosecutor Robert Mueller came before two committees of the U.S. House of Representatives, haltingly answered critics and questioners, and left the scene in silence. Much of the media had drummed up his appearance, calling it a turning point on the reign of Trump. But afterwards, the disappointment was palpable.

Mueller, seeming tired and unsure, who told politicians he didn’t want to testify before Congress, shaved his remarks into exceedingly thin slices and therefore failed to perform as democratic leaders hoped he would. Mueller’s presentation was supposed to give heft and color to his recent report. But truth be told, his performance could hardly be more colorless.

All of this was necessitated by the public’s reluctance to read long books like Mueller’s over 400 page tome. Alas, TV, that great democratizer of images, was meant to spread the images and sound, but it was a bust. Mueller’s responses were dry as stale toast. Democrats are still trying to excite the masses, but they ain’t biting, nor are they chiefly the ones to blame.

The media, the very force which magnified Trump, which exploded him into ubiquity during the Republican primary, failed to take the time to explain the Mueller report to a bored American public. By utilizing five minutes a day over TV and radio, the corporate media could have educated millions, but time is corporate, commercial time, ad time. Time is how stations make money, not teach, not enlighten. Once again, Trump faces an election that the corporate media gifted to him.

From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.