Skip to comments.A rally that got no news coverage (Letter to Editor, Bos. Globe)
Posted on 04/09/2006 6:56:38 PM PDT by raccoonradio
On Thursday there was a large gathering at the State House in Boston to support legal immigration and to show state lawmakers that there is a large group of underrepresented people opposed to granting amnesty to criminals and to letting this country's border security remain a joke.
Why was there not one word about this rally in the Globe? I can't think of a bigger news story than a large group of patriotic, taxpaying Americans gathering (in the middle of the work day) to stand up and defend this country, especially in a city known for its liberal position on this issue.
It is a huge disservice not to report inspiring events that you may disagree with. I can only hope that people realize that just because they don't hear about it in the news media, that doesn't mean that there aren't passionate and concerned citizens in this city -- people who won't sit idly by while this country is handed over to those who have not earned the right to be here and who are uninterested in embracing the culture and patriotism of the greatest country in the world.
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
More from a Margery Eagan column in the _Herald_...
"If you want to know how liberal bias in the media stories gets started, heres a textbook case.
"For days weve seen big media coverage of rallies in Boston and across America by illegal immigrants. The point of these rallies: to exert political pressure via media exposure so illegal immigrants can stay.
"On Thursday afternoon, 3 to 5, Gardner Auditorium, the State House, there was the counter-rally by those who dont like illegal immigrants breaking the rules. The point of this rally: to exert political pressure via media exposure so Congress wont grant illegals amnesty.
"By 3:15 the 600-seat Gardner Auditorium was packed. By 3:30 park rangers were re-routing people to Doric Hall, which soon filled up. Outside, those too late to get in peeked through windows or waved to passing cars. Crowd estimate: close to 1,000. It was one of the biggest Ive ever seen and we only put out the invitation on two days notice, said Marie Parente, the 20-plus-year state representative who sponsored the rally, organized by 96.9 FM talk host Michael Graham. (Disclosure: I work there, too).
"But dont feel bad if you had no idea any of this happened. The Boston media, basically, ignored it.
"The Herald covered it. And New England Cable News and The MetroWest Daily News.
"But The Boston Globe, which ran a picture and 536-word story on the 2,500-person rally in Boston on March 27 supporting illegal immigrants - as well as a picture and 64-word story about a pro-illegal immigrant State House event Tuesday - ran nothing on Thursdays anti-illegal rally. Likewise channels 4, 5, 7 and 25.
"I rushed home from work to watch the 6 oclock news, Ron Lambert of Millis complained to Graham. What did I get for a report on the rally? Nothing.
"Cris Cataudella wrote the Globe, First off, a few months ago, you released my credit card number. . . . I was willing to accept this as a mistake. But how, Catudella asked, does the Globe justify this?"