Citizens for Legitimate Government, a multi-partisan activist group established to expose the Bush Coup d'Etat and oppose the Bush occupation in all of its manifestations.

Yes, Virginia,
There Really Are Downing Street Memos

by Mary Titus

Editorial Page, The Washington Post, 2005

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Post:

I am 8 years old. Some of my little journalist friends say there are no Downing Street Memos. Papa says, "If you see it in The Washington Post, it's so." Please tell me the truth, are there Downing Street Memos? -- Virginia O'Falon

Virginia, your little journalist friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see on FOX. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be Judith Miller's or children's, are little. In this great media consolidation of ours, American news is a mere insect, an ant, in its intellect as compared with the boundless world about it, as measured by the intelligence of the international press who are capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there are Downing Street Memos.

They exist as certainly as truth and honesty and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no info-tainment! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith in corporate media, no muzak, no blind consumerism to make tolerable this existence. We should have information, instead of sports and entertainment hoopla. The external light with which good journalism fills the world has all but been extinguished.

Not believe in Downing Street Memos! You might as well not believe in Greg Palast. You might get your papa to hire men to watch all the TVs on the eve of the State of the Union address to catch a lying President, but even if you did not see the boldface liar yabbing about WMDs, what would that prove? Nobody sees WMDs, but that is no sign that there are no Downing Street Memos. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor New York Times' men can see. Did you ever see protesters on the White House lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. 30 million or so. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the mainstream media world.

You tear apart the cluster bomb and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the biggest east coast paper, nor even the united strength of all the strongest American media that ever were could tear apart. Only a few phone calls, fact checking, or a foreign press, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the obscene child killing and DU effects beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding (even if it is censured here).

No Downing Street Memos? Thank God they live and live forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, they will continue to make fools of the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Happy May Day!!!!

Citizens for Legitimate Government

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