Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Activist's Valentine

ABC News' Blotter site is celebrating Valentine's Day with a story by Justin Rood about worker exploitation at South American flower plantations. This morning Amy Goodman promised a story that would cover both flowers and jewelry, but it got preempted by KPFA. Instead they chose to run excerpts from the soundtrack of When the Levees Broke, which is probably part of their fund-raising campaign. As I write this, the flowers/jewelry story has not yet been released on the Democracy Now! Web site. Nevertheless, it is nice the see a couple of sectors of the media finally decide to push back against a holiday that was clearly invented for solely commercial purposes, as if the extent of one's love is measured by the number of products one chooses to buy on this particular day!

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