Sunday, September 02, 2012

Corporate Imposed Censorship In Rural Nevada

I noticed that this month's issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was missing from the racks at Ridley's Market. That's not particularly interesting until you realize who's picture was on the cover. Mitt Romney – giving a swift kick to an American worker. That's right; one of my favorite reporters, Matt Taibbi, had done a cover story, “Greed And Debt – The True Story of Mitt Romney & Bain Capital.” And the magazine was missing from the rack... for a month.

Was someone trying to hide something at Ridley's? Did someone not want us to see that picture of Mitt Romney giving a swift kick to an American worker? If so; that would have essentially been corporate imposed censorship.

Ridley's is the only retail source for this magazine in our small community. I have to wonder. Did Ridley's ban the August issue of Rolling Stone Magazine in Ely, Nevada? If so, this statement from Matt Taibbi may have been what they were trying to hide:

But what most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America's top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.”

It doesn't matter what religion Mitt Romney claims to be. His god is money. We need to know that. And if Ridley's wants to prove to us that this wasn't about censorship, they can put the August issue of Rolling Stone out on the magazine racks along with the September issue. 

One more thing; did this just happen here? Ridley's is a chain of 20 stores in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. Did all of these stores hide the August issue of Rolling Stone Magazine? And in the future, will they cease selling Rolling Stone Magazine? And if it happened at Ridley's, could it have happened at other retail outlets?  Corporate imposed censorship might be much bigger than any of us imagine.