Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] NMOC: peace march in Washington, DC

Craig Lawton craiggy@ozemail.com.au
Tue, 29 Oct 2002 18:05:39 +1100

I think its important to spread the message via email to other people and
let them know you think it is important.

Be brief of course and only send to people you know, otherwise you will
annoy people, and encourage them to send on.

The media is a complete shocker, hey!?!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Macdonald" <jsmacdonaldjr@yahoo.com>
To: "Glitch" <sena.reisenweaver@verizon.net>;
<powderpolitics@yahoogroups.com>; <powderworks@cs.colorado.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 3:08 PM
Subject: Re: [Powderworks] NMOC: peace march in Washington, DC

> Hi there,
> The numbers seemed to be between 80 - 100,000 people.  It was shown in its
> on C-Span.  There was a pretty good write up of it in the Washington Post,
but it
> was generally ignored or given short shrift in the mainstream media.  Some
even gave
> the ridiculous claim that only a few thousand were there, which is utter
> Consensus is forming around 100,000 though the organizers at one time
tried to claim
> 200,000, which I didn't trust because where I was 30 feet from the stage
> actually more sparse than it was when they said 150,000.  I also don't
trust it
> because I've been to several events now in DC, and this felt comparable to
> events about the size I gave.  I don't see how 200,000 people could have
fit in the
> space we were in.
> I wrote recently on this forum about how bad the media was in general, and
> events go to show you how bad they are.  I'm in contact with some
activists, and
> some are encouraging me to join an alternative media group after reading
my essays
> before and after the event.
> There were a number of cameras there, but I don't know where they were
from.  Often,
> the foreign press does a better job covering these events than the
American press,
> but I have no idea who had all the cameras on the stage.
> I've been through this with the press too many times before to be dejected
about it;
> I saw the same horrifying thing happen at Bush's Inauguration in 2000.
> That's one of the reasons I have insisted that the activist movement turn
> into itself and try to figure out its own mission.  For now, the
mainstream media
> simply is not going to listen to a fractured group of people without a
clear leader.
>  Jesse Jackson said, "Without vision, there is division."  We need that
vision, or
> we will continue to be ignored.
> We cannot judge success right now by who isn't listening to us but whether
we are
> listening to each other.
> I didn't want to post this on this to this group because of the general
> about non-Midnight Oil politics, but since it has been raised, I might as
well.  If
> you'd like to continue the discussion, there is more on the powderworks
> forum at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/powderpolitics
> For all who are interested,  I have captioned pictures of the peace march
> Washington, DC, at http://www.yellowstonemagic.com/octoberpeace and a long
> of the event at
> Take care,
> Jim
> --- Glitch <sena.reisenweaver@verizon.net> wrote:
> > I'm sorry to clog p'works with this, but Tom Davies mentioned he had
been at
> > the peace march.
> > Jim: thanks for the account of the day you provided on powderpolitics.
> > Here's my thing: Tom says there were 100,000 people there - the biggest
> > rally since Vietnam.
> > I knew this was happening on Saturday, and I had wished I could be
> > but since I couldn't I turned on my TV to see the news coverage of the
> > event.
> > Guess what?  IT WASN'T ON THE NEWS.  None of the major news networks
said a
> > word about it, not even in those damned scrolling headlines!  And when I
> > watched the evening news, again, NOT A WORD!!!!!!!  I was starting to
> > it hadn't happened at all.  Then I get Tom's message that it did, and it
> > huge.  Tell me, was the media even there?  Did anyone else hear about it
> > any kind of news forum?  It wasn't in our paper either.
> > What about internationally?  Did any of you in other countries hear
> > this?  This is a big deal, 100,000 Americans turned out to protest war
> > Iraq.  Think of how many were not able to make it from all over the
> > Many of us don't want this war.  That is a message that needs to be
> > and yet the media was silent.
> > I am so irate about this.
> >
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