Monday, January 29, 2007

missing in action

"Silence is no longer an option," said Fonda.

Except when it is.

"...police declined to give an official crowd estimate."

Kia contributed one body, and this report with photos of seditious hoosier hippie freaks and pinko fringe elements.

These members of SEIU traveled by bus from Indiana to be in the march. The Service Employees International Union is, well, just what it says. They work in places like nursing homes. In other words they have some of the least appealing low-wage jobs and have had to fight really hard to be allowed to unionize. These folks probably left work Friday night, boarded the bus, rode all the way to Washington. Then after a day of standing around, waiting, marching, chanting, and beating their plastic-paint-bucket drums (really well!) they would get on that bus for the long ride back to Indiana. One day of rest then back to work. #

Somehow NPR missed them.

What counts as news is what can be counted. The rest is silence.

(apologies to Kia - more Kiefer here, here, here)


Blogger Jon Husband said...

I saw a blog post I-don't-remember-where which offered reasonably compelling reporting that whereas newspaper "X" or "Y" (one of the big ones) stated there were "tens of thousands" of protesters, conventional methods of estimating crowd sizes put the number at approximately 400,000.

Of course this went unexamined and/or unreported in the mainstream news.

1/29/2007 10:25 PM  

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