American Media Not Paying Attention. Period.
Cyberspace, Earth - There was a big story Saturday Sept 22 in the Washington Post about the database kept on US citizens flying abroad. Raw Story, which bills itself as an alternative news source to the MSM feels this is new information and gave it a prominent headline.
Assimilated Press (AP) had this story quite some time ago. AP didn't find out this information by hanging around in underground parking garages painstakingly cultivating an informant, or by rummaging through dumpsters tediously piecing together shredded intelligence, or by sleeping with a senior government official.
The information about passenger databases was reported in the European press. It was available at the click of a mouse, in English. That's how AP got its story. It was easy.
Raw Story and all the other alternative outlets could have had this story back then, too. The Washington Post, The New York Times, Air America, The Nation, PBS: all of them had at least the same, and assuredly greater, access to the information found by a dedicated amateur. "Alternative" or "mainstream", "liberal" or "conservative", "objective" or "partisan", in one important way the labels make absolutely no difference; American media outlets are not paying attention to what really matters. Unfortunately, that isn't "news" either.
Written for Assimilated Press by roving reporter pinko