Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Protester protests (lack of) protest coverage

A letter in the Post from one Loring Wirbel excoriates basically everybody in the media for not covering this weekend's antiwar rally:

The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, as well as Denver-area electronic media, simply do not have the right to ignore as significant a news event as the antiwar rally at the state Capitol on Saturday, one of the largest since the war
began [not true, or perhaps, true but pathetic]. . . .

No right? No right? What have there been, six or seven national/local anti-war protests since OIF began? Each one was dutifully covered, each one was a bigger embarrassment than the last, and all drew attention only to the utter corruption of the antiwar movement by communists, antisemites, bandanna-wearing narcissists, eco-airheads, just plain airheads, and lout-shouting (h/t JWP) fake indigenes. Denver's protests, including this latest, have followed the pattern.

So I agree, it should have been covered. In fact, it should have received a lot of coverage for the only newsworthy thing about it: its permeation by Truthers, who were everywhere, did brisk business at their merchandise stand, and were apparently welcomed with open arms by rally organizers.

Anyway, the euphoniously monickered Loring Wirbel continues:
Apparently, both Colorado and national media representatives need some lessons in remedial Journalism 101 [hey, I majored in remedial journalism 101!]. What celebrities do in their private lives is not news. Major sports events only are news to the extent they impact the local economy, like a World Series, but do not warrant occupying an entire front section of a print edition. Crime and chaos only are tangential news events [sic]. Real news is made by political leaders, business leaders, and particularly by common people exercising their civil rights and responsibilities as citizens.
Not even going to bother mocking that farrago (Okay: "Major sports events only are news to the extent they impact the local economy." One more? She doesn't know how to use "only.") More:
Sure, we all love to click on stories of Lindsay Lohan and Rockies human-interest angles first, as eye candy. But if journalists are going to retain any role as gatekeepers
And deep down, isn't that what we all want?
they need to mix in some nutrition with all the puff pieces. When major citizen events take place in Denver, it is unconscionable to snub them because they are less than fashionable.
Less than fashionable. A new synonym for "irrelevant."

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