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.
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.