(WELCOME VISITORS FROM MUDVILLE GAZETTE, MICHELLE MALKIN, AND OTHER BLOGS I'M SURE I'VE MISSED.
I WROTE THIS POST SATURDAY NIGHT AFTER THE RALLY. MY PREDICTION ABOUT HOW RALEIGH'S NEWS & OBSERVER WOULD REPORT THE RALLY SUNDAY WAS ACCURATE. HOW DID YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER DO? THANKS FOR VISITING. John)
I'm beginning to recognize the power of photo blogging, and the challenge it poses to MSM news organizations.
Maybe you've known for a while about that challenge. But I haven't, so please listen to my story.
Tonight, Saturday, Sept. 24, I went to Michelle Malkin's blog and saw photos of today's anti-war rally in Washington, where assorted Democrats and Leftists demanded America do what the terrorist al-Zaquari's been demanding: Pull our troops out of Iraq.
The rally photos Michelle posted included one of an activist holding a sign about the Vice-president: "Convict and castrate Cheney." Another was of a group marching down an avenue holding a large banner proclaiming: "911 WAS AN INSIDE JOB." Below that was an Internet address: "www.ny911truth.org"
At other blogs I found more rally photos. One showed activists holding a large sign: "THE POLICE ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS." Another in script declared: "From Baghdad to New Orleans Capitalism means Mass Murder. Socialist Revolution is the Only Answer."
At that point (it was about 9 PM Eastern time) I asked myself: How is MSM reporting all of this?
So I read The Associated Press' Internet account of the rally.
And oh, as the AP told it, the rally was all just grand, and no one carried signs and banners such as I'd just seen.
Here's the AP, a news organization every bit as objective as The New York Times and The BBC, reporting to you:
Crowds opposed to the war in Iraq surged past the White House on Saturday, shouting "Peace now" in the largest anti-war protest in the nation's capital since the U.S. invasion.And what about the signs and banners, you may be asking? Didn't the AP tell us about them?
The rally stretched through the day and into the night, a marathon of music, speechmaking and dissent on the National Mall.
In the crowd: young activists, nuns whose anti-war activism dates to Vietnam, parents mourning their children in uniform lost in Iraq, and uncountable families motivated for the first time to protest.
Well yes, it did, sort of. But it only mentioned two; and neither one of them have we been talking about. But that doesn't surprise you, does it?
Here's everything the AP told us about signs and banners at the rally:
"Bush Lied, Thousands Died," said one sign. "End the Occupation," said another.That's it, folks. There was nothing else.
Now, how do you think an MSM news organization such as Raleigh's News and Observer is going to report the rally?
Do you think you'll read anything in The N&O about castrating Vice-president Cheney or that "THE POLICE ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS?"
But when The N&O's devoted readers say tomorrow morning after church or coffee or during a cell call, "Well, I didn't see anything in The N&O about the sort of signs you're talking about," the other person is going to be able to say, "I'd like to show you these Internet sites here and here and here."
And therein lies photo blogging's challenge to MSM news organizations like The N&O still trying to hang on to a "we control information; we know what you need to know" world.
Take a look at tomorrow's N&O.
And then let's talk more about all this Monday.