With numbers now being solidified for the turnout of the HKonJ march on Saturday, I can only wonder where the mainstream media is on this story. Absent a few short segments on MSNBC, there really hasn't been a lot of attention being directed toward the reality of what we all witnessed in Raleigh this past weekend.
80,000 or more peopel marching, makes this event the largest single protest march since the March in Selma, Alabama for voting rights, over 50 years ago.
That is huge.
A few cable news shows covered it in any way at all. Last night, I saw my left arm in a shot shown on the All In With Chris Hayes show on MSNBC. Rachel Maddow, over-induldged for three fourths of her show last night, drilling into the drill-worthy Chris Christy story. But could not a little more time have been spent on the Moral March? She covered it in under 2 minutes, then shifted to a needed examination of Duke Energy's coal ash spill in the Dan river, and how the connections between Duke and Puppet Pat, are worth questioning.
I noted yesterday, that I felt that far too many news agencies that ran photos of the Moral March, went out of their way to ONLY photograph black people in the crowd, thereby creating a false impression of the racial breakdowns of the crowd there, which was a wide array of races, ages, and backgrounds. If you don't believe me, look at some of the wide shots I took that have been posted here on this blog site, and on the 880 facebook page. The wider shots of the crowd show the diversity, while a lot of media (national, state and local - I'm looking at you Citizen Times!) zoomed in on pockets of people of only one race. Curious, isn't it?
Media perceptions are critical, and no one seems to be holding them to standards that are honest or fair. And when the honest and fair coverage does come, as in with MSNBC, it is almost a throw away blurb. Then they go to a commercial of the honest looking blond lady talking about the natural gas industory and the "safe and effecient" fracking.
If you haven't figured it out yet, the media at large is not playing honest of fair. No surprise. I guess I'm just going to have to get louder from the tiny Progressive studios here in Asheville.