US News Media Largely Ignored Antiwar Protests


The US news media largely continues to marginalize and ignore the antiwar movement, as they have done since the war began in 2003. Jerry Lanson writes in the Christian Science Monitor,

it seems remarkable to me that in some of the 11 cities in which protests were held – Boston and New York, for example – major news outlets treated this "National Day of Action" as though it did not exist. As far as I can tell, neither The New York Times nor The Boston Globe had so much as a news brief about the march in the days leading up to it. The day after, The Times, at least in its national edition, totally ignored the thousands who marched in New York and the tens of thousands who marched nationwide. The Globe relegated the news of 10,000 spirited citizens (including me) marching through Boston's rain-dampened streets to a short piece deep inside its metro section. A single sentence noted the event's national context.
For what it's worth the San Francisco Chronicle did give coverage of the protest that took place in San Francisco. But that was apparently the exception.


Heather W. Reichgott said...

I wonder how much communication the organizations had with news media. It really helps to invite the media to stuff.
Of course we could still ask "why didn't they just show up, invited or not? this is NEWS!"
which is totally true.