Every time I view this photo of Wilbur Riegert, founder and now deceased owner of the Wounded Knee Museum I experience a variety of emotions.
An elderly wheelchair bound grandfather evicted from his home by Assholes In Moccasins so that the great “warrior, liberator, statesman” Russell Means could have an office and place to flop his sorry ass during their modern day reenactment of Wounded Knee.
These same Assholes In Moccasins ransacked the museum and then went about systematically destroying it.
In the years following WK2 they have made every effort to portray their “cause” as a righteous one, and to portray Riegert and the Gildersleeves as vampires feasting on the poverty of Pine Ridge.
The greater ignorance and infamy may be those within and without the media who have pointedly ignored the realities, swept them under the journalistic rug, and perpetuated the lies they were spoonfed.
Without their willing cooperation the AIM leadership would have in all likelihood been held to account, they would have had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.
It seems to me the mainstream media is generally held in low esteem, some outlets more than others, and deservedly so, if true I’d say they’ve earned it.
Corporate owned talking heads biased in the direction of ownership or personal opinions.
News as it is presented becomes more than what it is, it becomes a creation, the emphasis placed on that, an emphasis not merely to report but to milk a story and mold opinions – to take the story in a specific direction. An emphasis placed on personalities, like those of anchors and reporters.
It’s a business with a product to sell, one that includes a crafted “celebrity” fronting the presentation.
A presentation in a continuous state of flux as the result of their own and national polls.
The worst thing that ever happened to the televised news media was that it began to turn a profit, once that took place the handwriting was on the wall.
Wilbur Riegert and the truth of WK2 are little more than footnotes in the media’s archives, they didn’t give a damn then and could care less now. To address the truth now would be to expose themselves, and they aren’t noted for doing so.
I doubt many people even know who Riegert was, but those of us who do have not, and will not forget. No more than we will forget the names of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, or Perry Ray Robinson Jr.