Airport screening protest shows power of media

You’ve heard lots about the possible stalling tactics some are planning for the Thanksgiving holiday to protest the invasive airport screening tactics.  The media have told us all about it. But what if the media had simply ignored these protests? It would be a non-issue. If you know someone who has worked with the media in publicizing events, you would find out how powerful the big media are in directing public attention to this or that issue. If the media decides it’s an issue, it’s an issue. If not, it just doesn’t exist in the public eye. The internet has allowed lots of communication between individuals, but it has not democratized the news dissemination in this country. When it comes to what the public feels is really important, they tune in to the big news networks to find out. I’ll agree that the airport screenings are too invasive, and that the wrong people are getting shaken down. But how many people are planning to use the stalling technique of demanding a pat-down over the body scan? Is this a large movement promoted via the internet, or just something put on by a few people? We aren’t told that, at least by TV or radio news — just trust us, says the media. At least this cause seems...