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Monday, September 26, 2005

Over 100,000 Protest War in Iraq @ White House

There's a wonderful scene in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel, 100 Years of Solitude, which depicts a mass demonstartion against a government in which soldiers murder all of the participants. They are destory all evidence of the masscare and thereby cover up any telling of it to others. Based on a real incident in Mexico, it comes to mind again in seeing the recent demonstration that occurred in front of the White House Saturday. Some news outlets say 100,000 attended; CNN reported (in the rolling headlines under the talking head) 150,000. Yet, the demonstration itself was not covered in full and took a back seat to hurricane coverage.

The obvious question that pops to mind is the following: "When do you have a demonstration with over 100,000 people and it doesn't happen?" While the news media are congratulating themselves over their criticisms of the govt. in their response to hurricanes, they obviously still have a prejudice against reporting dissent against a war that is killing thousands every month. Even the following article reports on the anti-Cindy Sheehan demonstration--with its 400 attendees--rather than reporting on the larger event! How's that for proportion!

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