The news media is generally failing to report the historic verdict against the FBI in the 1990 bombing of non-violent environmental activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney. That would not surprise Judi, were she alive today. In her book Timber Wars she described how the news media eagerly parroted the FBI's lies and deception, casting Bari and fellow bomb victim Cherney as terrorists. "The news quickly went national, with newspapers across the country screaming about Earth First!ers carrying bombs. It was the only time we ever made the front page of the New York Times. The press ate up the police lies with a big spoon, instantly convicting us in their stories. ... 'Earth First! leaders hurt in a pipe bomb explosion have no one but themselves to blame for their injuries,' smirked the blow-dried talking heads on the TV news. This really hurt Earth First!'s image on a national scale." Meanwhile, Collin Levey of the Wall Street Journal opines today that "bomb or no bomb, folks like Bari and Mr. Cherney are the intellectual godparents" of eco-terrorism, in a mocking column headlined "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? An environmental extremist wins big bucks from the FBI."
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