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  • Sylvia Moore 11:28 am on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Revolution Will (Barely) Be Publicized 

    Unless you’re a political junkie, chances are you didn’t know there was a very large civil rights rally going on at Los Angeles City College last Saturday. The event was was among several satellite demonstrations held across the country as part of the One Nation Working Together rally in Washington D.C. Organized by civil rights groups, unions, environmentalists and other liberal organizations, the rally was meant to mobilize Democrats for the Nov. 2 midterm elections, as well as provide a counter-movement to the conservative Tea Partiers. The event took place on the National Mall, where thousands of Tea Partiers – led by conservative TV commentator Glenn Beck – had gathered a month before.

    The pro-corporate, anti-tax Tea Party movement has gotten wall-to-wall press coverage, even though only about 30 percent of the population actually supports it. Saturday’s event did get some national coverage from the major television networks, but that paled in comparison to the kind of attention the Tea Partiers are getting on a routine basis. Locally, all I could find was this 37-second clip from ABC7 News. Kudos to ABC for showing up.

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    Los Angeles’ only major newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, published a small photo of the Washington rally on its front page below the fold, with the story buried inside. There was no mention of the local event. However, the paper went out of its way to cover a Tea Party rally in Beverly Hills last week, where only 200 attended. One of the paper’s columnists, Steve Lopez, even provided additional commentary. Why the Times ignored the much larger, LACC One Nation event is a mystery to me. Maybe the editors thought coverage of the Washington rally was enough. But it seems to me when there’s a local angle to a major national story, the public should be informed about it.

    • Mary Altmann 3:08 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The Tea Party movement is a grassroots effort to restore accountability to our elected officials, and has roots in the 9/11 Truth movement. Sure it has tried to be hijacked by aweful conservative groups. Honesty, after reading the healthcare bill, and having my “liberal” elected officials pass it, I am so royally upset…. Democrats and Republicans are two heads with the same tail.

  • Sylvia Moore 4:48 pm on March 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    L.A. Times’s Mad Ad? 

    On Friday, Los Angeles Times subscribers found this splashed across the front page: a full page advertisement for the new Johnny Depp/Tim Burton film, Alice In Wonderland, featuring a heavily coiffed and made-up Depp as the Mad Hatter. Except this wasn’t the real front page. The ad was wrapped around the actual newspaper. Looking at today’s letters to the editor page commenting on the stunt, some readers were not amused.

    The Times, whose parent Tribune Co. filed for bankruptcy in 2008, has gotten in hot water before over aggressive strategies to raise money. In 1999, a scandal broke out over a profit sharing agreement the newspaper made with the Staples Center sports arena. The incident elicited anger from newspaper staff and readers alike. In April 2009, the paper published a faux front page column about a day in the life of a rookie Los Angeles Police Department officer. The “column” was a promotion for the then-NBC show Southland. Critics said the stunt damaged the newspaper’s credibility, going beyond what is ethically permissive. The newspaper’s executive editor said later that the Southland ad was a mistake. The Alice In Wonderland ad may get fresh criticism, and might cost the troubled newspaper more subscribers. But with the newspaper industry nearing financial collapse, will readers just have to get used to these sorts of creative – and journalistically questionable – ways for news publications to raise money? Or, if we don’t like this cozier relationship between editorial and advertisers, then the only other way to save the newspaper industry might have to be more government involvement and investment.

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