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MSM today: preferring rallies for Equality to those for freedom?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:12 am - October 12, 2009.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Politics

Seems I’m doing pretty well on my predictions this weekend.  First, I predicted that the President would get a standing ovation when he addressed the Human Rights Campaign dinner last night.  And he did.  Then, I predicted that no matter how large the crowd, the MSM would offer better coverage of yesterday’s “National Equality March” for gay rights than they did for last month’s Taxpayer March on Washington.  And it seem they did.

Yahoo! had a link to pictures from the rally all afternoon (Pacific Standard Time); it remains up there as I sit down to write this post at 11:36 PM PST (and when it went up at 12:12).  Please note I don’t object to this headline.  Indeed, I find it entirely appropriate. It is news when a large number of people from across the country gather in our nation’s capital to demonstrate.  And a large number did assemble yesterday in front of the Capitol steps.

But, a far larger number gathered last month.  And yet yesterday’s smaller rally garnered more coverage on Yahoo! than did the Taxpayer March with a considerably smaller turnout.  The highest figure I’ve heard for yesterday’s rally was 100,000, with the consensus coming in at ‘Tens of thousands“.  So, we’re talking about a rally no bigger than a quarter the size of the earlier march.  People seem to turn out more readily to march for freedom than they do for equality.

Still, Yahoo! provided 31 pictures, including the ones below, not from the current rally, but from the “April 25, 1993 . . .  National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights” where 300,000 showed up.

A couple participates in a gay rights demonstration in Washington ...FILE - In this April 25, 1993 file photo, a view from atop the ...

And note the sign above.  These guys have noticed the same thing we have noted—as have a number of gay lefties.

Interestingly, albeit likely for different reasons, Barney Frank and I agree on one thing about the rally.  According to the New York Times, the unhappy Massachusetts Democrat  “called the march ’emotional satisfaction’ for its organizers and said of their intention to pressure the Obama administration, ‘The only thing they’re going to put pressure on is the grass.’”  The Washington Post quoted him as calling the march “useless.”

I’m not so sure it was entirely useless.  While the organizers may have had diffuse goals, they acted independently of the leading gay organizations.  The Times reported that HRC  had “virtually no involvement in Sunday’s event.”  And through this grassroots effort, they brought “tens of thousands” to Washington. No small achievement that.  Given the tone of the organizers’ communications, I hope they will build on their efforts.  And wish them well in their future endeavors.  It would be nice to have an alternative, even on the left, to HRC and the other establishment left-wing gay organizations.

Perhaps, the bias is limited to Yahoo!  The New York Times puts its article on Page A12 of the New York edition.

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10 Comments

  1. […] MSM today: preferring rallies for Equality to those for freedom? […]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » The (Unexpected) Integrity of Gay Left Bloggers — October 12, 2009 @ 4:14 am - October 12, 2009

  2. The only thing they’re going to put pressure on is the grass.

    I am a pretty big Frank detractor, on style and rhetoric as much as substance but this is one genius logism. Of course it would have come in handy when Bush was being burned in effigy every other weekend but it’s out there now.

    Comment by megapotamus — October 12, 2009 @ 6:55 am - October 12, 2009

  3. Well if the UK Guardian can vanish Jews they don’t like, then I’m sure the DNC will be able to vanish the protestors as easily.

    Comment by The_Livewire — October 12, 2009 @ 8:03 am - October 12, 2009

  4. […] Mainstream Media Today: Preferring Rallies For Equality To Those For Freedom? […]

    Pingback by Monday, October 12, 2009 — ExposeTheMedia.com — October 12, 2009 @ 9:38 am - October 12, 2009

  5. #3: The Livewire, seeing your link to The Guardian story this morning has confirmed for me that it actually wasn’t just another vivid, bone-chilling nightmare I had about the Left yesterday. Seriously, that story still hasn’t completely sunk in for me because it’s THAT shocking. The Guardian is a major newspaper in a European capital that just about 6 or 7 decades ago was occupied by a regime that wasn’t stopped until 6 million Jews had been EXTERMINATED. And now, we see an influential newspaper (with God knows how many editors involved) insidiously trying to erase Jews and their accomplishments from their version of the historical record. This is how holocausts begin.

    This should not only end the careers of the “journalists” and/or “editors” involved. It should END The Guardian. If this scandal is quickly dismissed as a computer glitch or the lunatic actions of one disgruntled employee–or worse, if the paper cops to it and then blows it off as a momentary “poor editorial choice,” then anyone that continues to subscribe to or work for that rag is a vile, anti-semitic brownshirt. That’s it. This is a “teaching moment.” The mask has fallen, broken into pieces, and revealed the rotting, hideous faces of the Euro-leftist scum bags in charge at The Guardian.

    Comment by Sean A — October 12, 2009 @ 9:38 am - October 12, 2009

  6. It seems very journalistically dishonest to display a photo of a different larger event when reporting on a smaller less successful event. Yahoo should be given grief over this, even if they did annotate it correctly since many people will not have read the fine print (and Yahoo would have known that fact in advance).

    Comment by Stephen — October 12, 2009 @ 11:04 am - October 12, 2009

  7. QUOTE: “Well if the UK Guardian can vanish Jews they don’t like, then I’m sure the DNC will be able to vanish the protestors as easily.”

    This is a wonderful example of paranoia and ignorance. The incident no doubt was the result of the often very unreliable way in which copying-and-pasting from web pages works. At most the Guardian should be given grief over their lack of proofreading. Making a tempest over this only furthers the reputation of Jews as all having a persecution complex. Come on, can we develop a public relations sensibility here?

    Comment by Stephen — October 12, 2009 @ 11:11 am - October 12, 2009

  8. If any gay person honestly believes that Obama won’t string the gay community along into getting him reelected and then drop them and blame it on the “evil Republicans”, they’re deluding themselves.

    But I’m glad to see my gay friends starting to wake up and go “hey wait a minute…”

    Comment by Nick — October 12, 2009 @ 11:25 am - October 12, 2009

  9. Stephen,

    so the cutting and pasting error somehow only affected Jewish represenatives of the Nobel Prize?

    Your ability to ignore the date in front of your face is amazing.

    Comment by The_Livewire — October 12, 2009 @ 2:52 pm - October 12, 2009

  10. […] NBC News fascinating. It’s certainly thrown the gay Left into a tizzy. Just a day after the National Equality March where Barney Frank was quoted as saying “The only thing they’re putting pressure on is […]

    Pingback by Attention Gays: Democrats are not your Friends « The Angry Bear (ALPHA) — October 12, 2009 @ 7:23 pm - October 12, 2009

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