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    The weekend thing I sort of get, although I'd never have been to the big anti-war rally in D.C. in September of 2005 if it hadn't been a Saturday.

    The media is a whole different kettle of fish. Saturday is a slow news day. Unless there's something more important, like a warehouse fire, they are looking for someplace to send their trucks — or anything to fill up their nightly broadcast.

    And heck yes, the media ignored that march which was estimated to have about a half million people and be the largest march since the Vietnam era. My local paper ran a story which devoted as many column inches to the counter-rally the next day, hosted by I forget who — Glenn Beck or someone like that. Someone posted photos of that rally here at DailyKos, and there were so few people you could count them. "Crow" estimates were in the low hundreds.

    When the war in Iraq started in March 2003, there was a big rally on Public Square here in Cleveland where clergy stood in front of our Soldiers and Sailors Monument, commemorating war dead all afternoon, reading the name of those killed in prior wars. There were probably a few thousand in and out all day, with maybe a peak crowd of a thousand. I was there a few hours, walking around and talking photos. I never saw a counter-protester. The nearest thing I saw was a carload of young frat jock types who drove by and yelled "Bush! Bush!" out the window.

    The next day, our local paper had a headline that said "Demonstrators for, against war gather at Public Square," making it sound like it was two equal sides.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 12:00:08 PM PST

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