As the November election nears and polls show the presidential nominees head to head, the most extreme viewpoints are becoming more prevalent. Alaskans for Peace and Justice showed a movie Oct. 22 with a liberal slant in the lecture hall of the Social Sciences Building.
The movie, “Bush Family Fortunes,” is a documentary in the style of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and is narrated by journalist Greg Pulust. The movie is based on his book “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.” It depicts connections that George Bush, his family and his presidency have to oil companies and Iraq. The Alaskans for Peace and Justice are trying to bring these connections into light as the election nears.
Paul Prebys, the man in charge of this particular event believes that gatherings like this one are necessary in order to present a side of the news that popular media won’t.
“Bush has a lot of issues that no one is looking at and the media is so slanted that few of the real issues are being looked at,” he said.
Another problem was addressed at this gathering: why the media is not covering these issues. People agreed the few news companies that control the market are not able to accurately cover the entire spectrum of news issues that should be covered in a democratic society, much less in a election year.
Bruce, another member, spoke during the general discussion, and tried to express how he felt on the state of today’s media.
“The media has somehow gained control over every medium, controlling people’s impressions of the world and its issues,” Bruce said. “It is starting to come to a question of how many people will catch on.”
After the movie organizers held an open discussion with the audience. Several people brought up the idea that the more they attended events like this, the more disgusted with the system they become.
“The more I learn the angrier I get,” one viewer said.
“It just makes me so angry to know that young men are over there fighting and dying without just cause,” another audience member said.
Very little, if any, from the opposing viewpoint was expressed at this event.