Trying to crucify Helen




October 5, 2006



By Julie Kay Smithson



The Washington Post and other newspapers dutifully follow in the footsteps of history, printing what is seen by most as an attempt to crucify Helen Chenoweth-Hage. "Major media" appear to be in lock step as they paint a picture that bears no resemblance whatsoever to our Helen, our friend, our staunch ally, our gentle, "iron fist in a velvet glove" consummate patriot lady and statesman. How much they've all missed, but selling their newsprint and other media souls to the highest bidder...


A U.S. Congressman from Texas best explained such actions when he uttered these words 89 years ago:


"In March 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press.... They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers." - U.S. Congressman Oscar Callaway, 1917.


The words still ring true. Helen, in full agreement with Rep. Callaway, would simply 'consider the source' and move on.