San Francisco January 27, 2007 Rally

Yesterday, January 27, 2007, there was a good Showing of people at the San Francisco Anti-War Rally. Though it had little coverage in the mainstream Media...AGAIN, I personally felt proud that I took the time to make a show. Unfortunately, with so little coverage in the mainstream media, much of America won't even know that over a hundred thousand people went out into the streets in Washington DC and San Francisco. Other rallies in smaller cities across the country were barely mentioned if at all.

So, my question is, "How does this mass of people (who oppose the Bush Administration, oppose the war in Iraq and want answers and accountability regarding 911) change this dilemma of no media attention?" The consensus I receive (from individuals to whom I have posed this question) is, "There is nothing we can do. The media is controlled by the corporations and people don't want to lose their jobs." O.k., fair enough. But project, if you will, to the future of the next generation...what kind of life will they have if we sit complacent rather than solve this dilemma regarding media control. I, for one, don't want to see my child paying the bills of this "run away train" or being drafted into the military, or arrested for non-compliance.

We, ALL, are being terrorized by this government. We are afraid of losing what we have today, what we have accumulated thus far in our lives. This shortsightedness of the common man will result in a dismal future for generations to come. People need to put "that" consideration in front of themselves today, look at the truth of the matter and take a stand. It is the responsibility of all journalists to report on the events that draw hundreds of thousands of people across this nation into the streets.

The internet is the peoples conduit. All people can journal the truth here. So, here is yesterday's truth from San Francisco, California where "tens of thousands" (as the media put it), more like 40-60 thousand people marched proudly with their signs to contest this government. May the world someday forgive America for its treachery.

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........That was so well said !

Low Numbers...

From the Wayne Madsen Report:

This editor noted that although the National Park Service once again used snow fences to block off access to grassy areas on the Washington Mall, thus forcing many demonstrators off on side streets and thus skewing an accurate count (the Washington Mall can hold one million people), the numbers of demonstrators were in excess of 150,000 and possibly over 200,000. "Tens of thousands" is therefore a misleading description of the actual numbers.

In the press area, this editor noted a conversation between two mainstream media reporters who, even before many demonstrators had arrived at the Mall, were already using "tens of thousands" to describe the numbers. It was clear from the conversation that the major media had been issued a number of pre-conceived editorial points: use "tens of thousands," ignore rally organizer numbers -- one speaker predicted 400,000 marchers, and point to the marchers as largely consisting of "fringe groups."

After having covered two past massive anti-war demonstrations in Washington, this editor can state unequivocally that the demographics of the crowd had altered from past marches. The participants were largely white, middle and upper class, and from a cross section of professions. Men and woman, young, middle-aged, and seniors, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, and white Southerners and Midwesterners, they hailed from affluent suburbs of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Cleveland, among other cities, and rural areas. Many came in buses from small towns in Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Connecticut, South Carolina, and New Jersey. In fact, the crowd more resembled those which are found at annual Independence Day celebrations on the Mall than those seen at past anti-war demonstrations.

The few "fringe groups" present, such as Revolutionary Communists, were minutiae compared to the major unions, church groups, and veterans organizations that participated.

On January 18, 2003, the editor wrote the following about an anti-war march in Washington: "A large banner hanging on the side of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art could not have been more appropriate for the January 18 anti-war protest on the Mall in Washington, DC. Promoting an art display inside the museum, the banner read: 'Deceptions and Illusions.' It could have easily applied to the deception foisted on the public by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department and the corporate news media.

The Park Police cleverly fenced off a large portion of the Mall closest to the Washington Monument, forcing large numbers of protestors on to Jefferson and Madison Drives. If one were to count the numbers solely on the grassy area of the Mall it would appear that 30,000 or, as the news media is now reporting, 'tens of thousands,' were present. However, if the count were to include those forced on to the periphery of the Mall, the number was well over 100,000.

The New York Times has become the chief perpetrator of low balling anti-Bush protestor numbers. A photo caption on its web site stated, 'thousands of protestors' took part in the January 18 protest. A similar anti-war protest held in Washington last October 26 was estimated at between 100,000 and 200,000. It was the largest anti-war protest since the Vietnam War, but the Times reported the number of protestors as being in the 'thousands.'

However, an April 15, 2002, pro-Israel rally at the US Capitol, was reported by the Times to be 100,000. In reality, the numbers were merely in the low thousands. The 'Old Grey Lady' later admitted it had erroneously reported the inflated number due to a 'coordination' problem with one of its desks. Five days later, a pro-Palestinian rally was held on the White House Ellipse. Organizers claim the crowd was 100,000 but Washington police chief Charles Ramsey put the numbers at between 35,000 and 50,000. Once again, the Times reported the numbers to be in the 'tens of thousands.''

This is not just shoddy journalism but willful disinformation being perpetrated by corporate newspapers that want to curry favor with the White House, Congress, and the Pentagon. In fact, the January 18 protest was larger than those held in October and April last year. That would obviously put the January 18 numbers well over 100,000. But the failure to accurately report the numbers is not entirely the fault of the news media. In the past, the media was permitted to use their news and traffic helicopters to more accurately gauge crowd numbers. But in the wake of September 11, the only helicopters now permitted over Washington are those belonging to the police. They count the numbers, divide and subtract, and then feed the phony figures to a sycophantic media."

It is clear that the White House spin doctors and their facilitators -- "New York money people" as Gen. Wesley Clark accurately describes them -- long ago decided that "tens of thousands" and "thousands" would be used to describe anti-war and anti-Bush rallies in Washington. The media continues to stick to those numbers even when confronted with facts.

SF Peace Rally

Well said! That the media would rather chase fire engines than cover these events properly, never surprises me. It is no wonder that TIME inc. and other MSM agencies are losing the people's trust and reader/viewership- they don't tell the whole story, so people look elsewhere. "Tens of Thousands" became a mantra for the media yesterday- rather than reporting the actual number of citizen protesters in DC and other cities across the country, they used the same spoon fed number quoted off the wire. 75% of the county (those opposing the occupation/war) know better and are seeking the truth from alternative sources.

Here's the bbc