The total lack of coverage by the San Diego U-T of Saturday’s 1000-strong demonstration in support of the Wisconsin protests here on the steps of the County Admin Building displays the local daily’s favoritism toward the tea parties.
And it has spurred us to mount a letter-writing campaign to the U-T. (See below.)
Here is the OB Rag’s coverage of the rally from yesterday.
In today’s (Sunday, Feb. 27) Sunday edition of the Union-Tribune and in its online SignOnSanDiego, there is coverage of protests in Libya, of course, and even of nation-wide protests in support of the Madison unions, with a few words of how a thousand people rallied in Denver, CO, and briefly of how there were rallies in New York City and even in Los Angeles. But still not one word nor one photo of the San Diego Labor Council sponsored event on Saturday the 26th.
The U-T did have coverage of the Black History Month Parade and that a couple hundred people watched it, but nothing about San Diego’s unions and progressive organizations holding the largest non-electoral demonstration within San Diego in months, and how up to a 1,000 people attended.
Our local daily, historically conservative despite significant demographic changes in its home town and new ownership that vowed to represent the community, did not publish one word, not one tidbit about the demonstration. Yet on last Wednesday of this past week, it carried an article and photo of a local tea party event where less than twenty people attended. Plus on Friday, they published a reference to that same event, its sponsor and spokesperson.
So the “new” U-T covered a tiny tea party thing but intentionally ignored a labor-sponsored event fifty times the tea party event size. What do you call this, besides favoritism toward a politics that holds onto a radical, far-right agenda?
The U-T is supposed to represent all of us, and inform the community at-large about important news and events. Yet a large progressive event that does not set well with the editorial policies of its owners gets no mention. This must be countered! We must do something!
What to do?
We have something … – please join us …:
We are today mounting a letter-writing campaign to the San Diego U-T !
Write a letter to them complaining of their lack of coverage – and then send us a copy – or leave a comment here below. Please send us a copy so we can keep track – send it to us at our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the U-T‘s letter-writing requirements, reprinted verbatim:
To be considered for publication, a letter must include a daytime phone number and, if faxed or mailed, be signed. E-mail it to email@example.com, or fax it to (619) 260-5081. You can also send it to Letters Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune, P.O. Box 120191, San Diego, CA 92112-0191.