Accuracy in Media

On Saturday the largest tax and spending protest in American history took place in Washington D.C.  With crowd estimates varying from the tens of thousands (Washington Post) to one million (London daily Mail) with other estimates falling somewhere in between there is no doubt that more people showed up than anyone expected.

 

While the liberal media did their best to play down the importance of the protest the fact remains for those in attendance or watching on C-Span or Foxnews.com that it was by far the largest conservative protest on record in Washington. 

 

The most egregious example though of trying to dismiss the protest though came not from the Washington Post or Los Angeles Times which had page one stories on the event but from the New York Times.

 

The Times which carries on its masthead the slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print” decided on its infinite wisdom that while the protest was worth covering it was only deserving of a story on Page 33!  The front page carried one small photograph below the fold of a protester hold a Stop the March to Socialism sign with a reference to a story on page 37.  They couldn’t even get the page number right.

 

As for the story itself written by Jeff Zeleny it occupied less than half a page for an event of record proportions on many fronts.

 

Instead of the protest the Times ran a story about clean water laws complete with a large picture.  What makes that story more important than a protest that takes over the nation’s capital for almost an entire day and is covered by C-Span? 

 

Compare that to the coverage of the Million Man March which took place in 1995 and drew an estimated 400,000 plus people.  It was page one news in every major newspaper in the country as well as a major story on the evening news. 

 

The Pew Center for the People & the Press released a new survey that showed that just 29% of the American public believed the news media was accurate.  Well not only was the New York Times not very accurate in their reporting on the protest but more importantly they showed their liberal bias by burying the story to give its readers the impression it was much ado about nothing.

 

Overall the protest was  a stinging rebuke of not just the Obama administration but all politicians who have and continue to support runaway government spending and taxation.

 

The mood of the protesters may be best summed up by what Howard Beale said in the movie “Network”  “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

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