March 23, 2009
Some Demonstrations Are More Equal Than Others

Last week I saw a story on an anti-AIG bonuses demonstration here in Seattle.  The brief video clip on Q13 was up long enough so that I could count the demonstrators.  (Who all looked as if they had come from Rent-A-Demonstrator.)

There were three demonstrators.

Just three demonstrators after our local TV stations had been running angry stories on the retention bonuses for days.

And that may explain why these three demonstrators got air time.

And why I saw a story on one of the local TV stations on the Acorn rent-a-mob that went to Connecticut to demonstrate at the homes of AIG executives.

And why I seldom see stories on other kinds of protests, not supported by our local TV stations, such as this one.

Some demonstrations fit our local TV stations' agendas, and others don't.  As Orwell might say, some demonstrations are more equal than others.  Even if showing them makes a TV station look foolish.

Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.

(To be fair, I also saw a story this weekend on a later anti-AIG bonus demonstration, this time on KOMO 4.  According to KOMO, there were "dozens" of demonstrators at this later demonstration.  So there were at least twenty-four demonstrators there, but probably not many more than twenty-four.  The pictures KOMO showed suggested that there were almost as many members of the media as demonstrators.

Three isn't a record low.  I have seen stories on a single demonstrator, and I suppose that there must have been a story or two on demonstrations with no demonstrators at all.  But a story on three is demonstrators is impressive, in its own way.)

Note to commenters:  This post is filed under local media.  The discussion will be most useful if you limit your comments to the policies of our local media, and not wander off into other subjects such as the bonuses themselves.  (And, as I have said before, if you want an open post to discuss some other subject, then you should email me.  I don't mind doing a few of those, from time to time, as a public service.)

So, keep your comments on this subject:  How our local media covers different kinds of demonstrations.

Posted by Jim Miller at March 23, 2009 07:49 AM | Email This
1. Think they will cover the Tea Partys planned for April 15 at all?

Posted by: johnny on March 23, 2009 08:23 AM
In a way, I hope the local press doesn't cover the 4/15 tea parties. It will make the MSM seem even more out of touch and unworthy of any credibility.

After all, it is not like we aren't succeeding in getting the word out.

Posted by: iconoclast on March 23, 2009 08:47 AM
3. It's time that the auto-response reflex of the MSM was given some real scrutiny. That reflex follows announcements of 'protests' by ACORN, and ANSWER, and all the other acronymic lefty organizations. It's beyond belief that 'news' organizations will just pop to attention and dispatch TV cameras and reporters on summonses by those murky organizations, but all the 'demonstrations' whose members are outnumbered by media chroniclers make undeniable evidence of the connection.

Very likely it's because the credibility of ACORN, ANSWER et al with the city desks has been established by the violent acts of some of their 'demonstrators'. An editor would probably commit seppuku or be fired for failing to capture a front-page photo or video of a masked thug burning a flag or busting a window or kicking a cop.

Whereas if an insignificant 3,000 people or so gather to protest the latest Federal overdraft on future taxpayers like our grandchildren, it can pretty well be predicted by said 'editors' that no violence worthy of documenting will occur. Better to use their resources for busting the City for snow removal failure, or highlighting a sobbing gay couple who can't get married.

But I have a prediction: should the 'tea party' protests gather steam and start attracting serious public attentention and sympathy, it's possible that 'progressive' street armies from ACORN et al will beset them with unnanounced counter-demonstrations. After a couple of such events, the editors love of violence will ensure that, on announcement of a 'tea party', media crews will be dispatched in hopes of dramatic footage - though it won't be sympathetic to the Lipton brigades.

Posted by: Insufficiently Sensitive on March 23, 2009 09:32 AM
4. Make a sign, paint your hair green, find a street corner not too far from a TV station, and get $10,000 of FREE advertising!

Posted by: Scott on March 23, 2009 09:40 AM
5. It will get nasty. An Obama volunteer in Alabama was going door-to-door this weekend asking people to support Obama's budget. He said they weren't looking for a fight yet, but would "when we have an army".

Stock up.

Posted by: Gary on March 23, 2009 09:46 AM
6. Right, and MSM blackout continues on the Tea Parties comprised of real people who are not rent-a-demonstrator union goons, and who are unsure of Obama's policies and lurch leftward.

Remember, dissent was patriotic under Bush, but now apparently, it's a taboo topic. Nice. Lefties know that this is an overt, and deliberate suppression, and that's why they don't comment much on topics like this one.

Also note, in 2004, I attended the demonstration at the capitol regarding the illegally counted provisionals for gubernatorial race. Sure enough, there was a disgusting gaggle of threatening, bussed in union goons as the counter to the legitimate citizens who were questioning why, and still wondering today, why the number of votes did not equal the number of voters. And the union goon types proudly supported their union jackets, patches, etc. and made no attempt to hide the fact that they are all in the back pocket of the Democrat machine.

It's the individual vs. the collective. Time to stand up and be counted, lest you lose the rest of your freedoms.

Posted by: Jeff B. on March 23, 2009 10:05 AM
7. Well, we ought to all be out in the streets protesting after the media has quietly revealed that the State Ferry System spent 45 million on "consultants" between 2005-2007.

Most of this dough was blown supposedly designing upgrades for ferry terminals in locations such as Mukilteo. It's insane but that's how the government works. Form task forces, or "blue ribbon panels", hire "consultants" and never actually end up doing anything. The media refuses to do it's job uncovering this nonsense.

It is an absolute outrage. Surely there exist companies capabable of designing, engineering and upgrading a little ferry terminal. Have we all gone insane? Well, yes. We've let Democrats run the State for nearly 30 years.

Oh yes, and the good news is that the new Ferry Chief plans to reduce the amount spent on "consultants" by around $25 million, "and is studying options to reduce spending even more". I wonder how many consultants it's taking to study how to reduce spending.

In the meantime the Democrats in charge of the State have begun their usual threats to cut essential services unless we pony up more tax money for them.

Sometimes I wish we could be like the left and pour into the streets chanting slogans whenever something like this stupidity is brought to light. We don't, of course. And on the odd occasion when we actually do we are lucky to get 15-seconds on the evening newscasts.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 23, 2009 10:43 AM
8. I noticed that same story and that there were a whole 3 protestors. Most of it is the bias of the media, but I also think that, since the right doesn't usually do such things, they probably aren't as media-savvy. But then, the media always portrays lefty protests as profound grass-roots expressions of dissatisfaction no matter how orchestrated and vile they are, so it might be naive on my part. After all, once they finally start covering the tea party protests, the media will invariably describe them as orchestrated by "far right special interests" -- which they already have -- and as "angry conservatives".

I also saw a report on KING this weekend on out of wedlock births. The reporter described Sarah Palin as "ultra-conservative". Um, right. I wonder how many times they've referred to Jim McDermott (or anyone on the left for that matter) as "ultra-liberal".

Posted by: Frank Black on March 23, 2009 10:47 AM
9. Yes, Frank. The media destruction of Sarah Palin has been something to behold.

Has the media put the slightest fraction of the energy they've used to pillory Sarah Palin into analyzing the appalling news that 40% of children are now born to single mothers?

Certainly not. The media and the left are celebrating this destruction of civilization as "progress".

Eventually the mainstream media will degenerate to the level of The Stranger, where sh--t, f--k, and p--s are considered to be standard tools of journalism. It's not that far off, folks. It's where we're headed.

We've gotten to a place where traditional families and values are mocked openly by the media. The large conservative protests held every year on the anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision are entirely unreported.

Awfully sad, isn't it?

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 23, 2009 11:38 AM
10. Dear Bill,
Do you enjoy being a hypocrite?

I guess you did not realize that Palin's daughter is an unwed teenage mother.

Some example the Palin's are setting, I guess that the abstinence only education did not work.

Oh yeah, that is what the actual research studies say also. But you guys don't believe in research or facts, do you?

You prefer to babble on about family values - you know, things like avarice, gluttony and other vices associated with "free enterprise", Wall street and the excesses of capitalism.

While you are screaming socialism, the lack of regulation in the banks has led to the collapse of the our economic system. Way to go for distraction. You claim family values but support torture. You claim family values but support the values of short term profits over staedy work and employment. You support wasting over a trillion dollars on unnecessary the war in Iraq but are against money for jobs here in our country.


Posted by: correctnotright on March 23, 2009 02:14 PM
11. @10 correctnotright - stop giving us hell! It's the truth and it sounds like HELL to us conservatives! Stop it, please!

Posted by: Crusader on March 23, 2009 02:50 PM
12. It would be refreshing correctnotright, whoever you happen to be, if you could at least stay reasonably close to the topic.

We've heard the same talking points over and over.

You do bolster the point with out realizing it however. We have a 40% rate of unwed childbirth and the media barely recognizes it. It's a bigger problem than Sarah Palin's less than bright teenage daughter whom I think it is safe to assume attended liberal public schools,(the fact that liberal hypocrites such as the Clintons, Gores, and Obamas send their kids to private schools is also something the media avoids mentioning).

That is what liberalism, aided by media both on a national and local scale has done to our culture. It's why our cities are covered with graffiti. It's why the school drop out rate is so high. It's why our inner cities are war zones every weekend.

There is no media outrage about any of this. No investigative reporting. Liberals don't have the courage to examine the mess they have made of society since the mid 1960's.

It follows that the right simply has no voice in the local media. Should anyone from the right emerge they will immediately be branded as a "right wing extremist". That how it works in the charming world controlled by the left.

My favorite example is when John Carlson ran for Governor a few years back. The Seattle Times, The P-I, and the local talking heads reporting the news on television simply didn't cover the race. The weren't about to give Carlson any kind of forum.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 23, 2009 03:06 PM
13. Ease up on correctnotright.

At least this time he didn't put on his Internet Warrior Face, puff out his chest and threaten to punch us in the mouth.

Posted by: jimg on March 23, 2009 03:15 PM
14. And 2,600 rallied on the Capitol steps last week protesting gay marriage and not a word from the media. Total blackout.

Journalism is dead. Thanks to the advent of the internet we can at least get unbiased information directly.

Posted by: Chad Minnick on March 25, 2009 12:50 PM
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