The Revolution Will (Barely) Be Publicized

one nation working togetherUnless you’re a political junkie, chances are you didn’t know there was a very large civil rights rally going on at Los Angeles City College last Saturday. The event was was among several satellite demonstrations held across the country as part of the One Nation Working Together rally in Washington D.C. Organized by civil rights groups, unions, environmentalists and other liberal organizations, the rally was meant to mobilize Democrats for the November 2 midterm elections, as well as provide a counter-movement to the conservative Tea Partiers. The event took place on the National Mall, where thousands of Tea Partiers – led by conservative TV commentator Glenn Beck - had gathered a month before.

The pro-corporate, anti-tax Tea Party movement has gotten wall-to-wall press coverage, even though only about 30 percent of the population actually supports it. Saturday’s event did get some national coverage from the major television networks, but that paled in comparison to the kind of attention the Tea Partiers are getting on a routine basis. Locally, all I could find was this 37-second clip from ABC7 News. Kudos to ABC for showing up.

Sylvia Mooreos Angeles’ only major newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, published a small photo of the Washington rally on its front page below the fold, with the story buried inside. There was no mention of the local event. However, the paper went out of its way to cover a Tea Party rally in Beverly Hills last week, where only 200 attended. One of the paper’s columnists, Steve Lopez, even provided additional commentary. Why the Times ignored the much larger, LACC One Nation event is a mystery to me. Maybe the editors thought coverage of the Washington rally was enough. But it seems to me when there’s a local angle to a major national story, the public should be informed about it.

Sylvia Moore

Reposted with permission from the LA Media Reform.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Comments

  1. Nina Z says

    LOL ! seriously folks! I just re read the blurb in the email that led me to this article!

    “Sylvia Moore: The pro-corporate, anti-tax Tea Party movement has gotten wall-to-wall press coverage, even though only about 30 percent of the population actually supports it. Saturday’s event did get some national coverage from the major television networks, but that paled in comparison to the kind of attention the Tea Partiers are getting on a routine basis. Locally, all I could find was this 37-second clip from ABC7 News. Kudos to ABC for showing up.”

    Even we managed to give the tea baggers more coverage than we gave our own event! I could not tell from this, and the picture, that this was not an article about the Tea baggers!

    I’m glad I clicked on in and read the article.

  2. Nina Z says

    Yes, I did know about the rally. I heard about it the day before it happened! And I am on no less than 5 local progressive to left email lists. We need, more than ever, to pull together and work together, and communicate better. My frustration over the mass media coverage of our concerns and ideals and ideas, has driven me to appreciate my local street corner. There folks drive by and see our actions, and can stop and ask “what is going on” or hang out and talk about issues.

    That said, I am concerned when we say “only” 30% of the population supports the anti tax, pro-corporate tea baggers! If I recall my US history lessons, “only” 33% of the new world wanted to split from England, “only” 33% wanted to remain tied, and “only” 33% did not care either way……

    30% is a scary number, enough to push an entire nation toward a goal. This particular 30% has a lot of support from that very wealthy corporate empire it so loves.

    While I see these folks as cartoon representations of the fox news mentality, I am very concerned that they are rallying people to this self destructive, tax-is-a-four-letter-word world without librarys, schools, fire departments, healthcare…..

    • Annette says

      Folks I talk to who are supportive of the Tea Party movement, and who will likely vote for Tea Party candidates, are anti-tax for very specific reasons. They aren’t refusing to pay for regular public services like libraries, schools and fire departments. They’re just fed up with paying for their cheating neighbor’s rent, food and healthcare. They’re looking around and realizing the government is taxing the crap out of the middle class in order to siphon off our wealth to the super rich while supporting lazy cheaters who sit on welfare for years. They’re looking at public employees’ pay, benefits and retirement plans and realizing we’re paying too much for those services.

      Most of these Tea Party folks are not against taxes per se, they’re against the massive abuse of social services that were set up to help a small number of struggling people, but that are now universally abused by people who could choose to work but prefer to live off the rest of us. They’re not against healthcare, they’re against having to pay the rich insurance companies for another freebie for the “deliberately poor.” While the left wing is trying to sneak through amnesty for illegal aliens, the right wing is pointing out that people from other countries are already stealing America’s public resources, even if they’ve never paid into they system like the rest of us have.

      The left wing is running around wondering why the Tea Party is so popular. Take a history lesson. This environment where over taxed working Americans get stuck footing the bill for intergenerational welfare recipients was exactly what drove moderate Democrats to vote for Nixon, Reagan and Bush. Amnesty for illegal aliens? We already gave it three times since the 1970′s. Did that stop illegal immigration? Nope, it just sapped our public resources and encouraged others to break the law. So why is the left pushing for it in a time when so many middle and working class Americans are struggling financially? Probably because we’ve got our heads in the sand and can’t learn from history.

      Wake up lefties. You’re driving moderates back to right wing candidates.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *