A bunch of hippies from some fringe group called the "Plowshare Peace Center" staged a protest in Roanoke yesterday over the fact that the local public radio station won't air a fringe left-wing radio show called "Democracy Now!" Which is funny in itself in that the last thing the radical left wants is democracy. They want results, regardless of means. But that's off-point.
What's even funnier is the fact that someone at the Roanoke Times felt the protest rose to the level of being newsworthy. The protest, as it turns out, could have been staged in a Cheech & Chong Doobiemobile:
Group protests decision by public radio stationNine protesters. Stop the presses.
By Katelyn Polantz
Sixteen months after launching a campaign to bring news radio show "Democracy Now!" to Southwest Virginia, a Roanoke nonprofit group won't put down the cause.
Nine members of Plowshare Peace Center marched in protest Friday night to Roanoke's WVTF-FM, a public radio station that broadcasts news and music. They carried signs and passed fliers to visitors attending ... [link]
What do you want to bet there was a little Joan Baez playing in the background. With chants of "We shall overcome" wafting through the mid-day air. The obligatory clenched fist salute to one another. The droning peace songs punctuated by frequent breaks so that the protesters could go and change their Depends.
A protest. Hell, I've attended bigger protests in the Wal-Mart refund line. Where was the Roanoke Times for that?
Anyway, I have a question. If these throw-backs to a bygone era want "Democracy Now!" to be aired locally on the radio, why don't they pool their resources and make it happen, rather than pester the good folks at WVTF?
Or would that cut into the monthly Social Security allowance?