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1 posted on 04/09/2006 6:56:41 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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More from a Margery Eagan column in the _Herald_...

"If you want to know how ‘‘liberal bias” in the media stories gets started, here’s a textbook case.

"For days we’ve 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 don’t like illegal immigrants breaking the rules. The point of this rally: to exert political pressure via media exposure so Congress won’t 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 I’ve 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 don’t 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 Thursday’s anti-illegal rally. Likewise channels 4, 5, 7 and 25.

"‘‘I rushed home from work to watch the 6 o’clock 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?"


2 posted on 04/09/2006 7:00:34 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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