I thought my eyes were deceiving me. About four hundred thousand people marched in New York City on September 21st — the largest single protest ever held on climate change — with similar events occurring in 166 countries. Yet my local paper, the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, CT, didn’t mention it on September 22. Not even a news brief. Meanwhile, the paper had space for an all-important brief about a ranger being arrested for poaching in South Africa, a story about a police chief in a small New Hampshire town getting a restraining order, and a story about the US Navy’s plan to restore a historic prison in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. There was a long one about holding back dust mite dung and that stop-the-press feature on “6 simple routines for healthy hair and skin.” But, apparently, THE JOURNAL INQUIRER (which, to be fair, is one of the few remaining snappy papers that doesn’t mainly feature fluff) said nothing about a historic march in New York.
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To clarify: This isn’t a criticism of the general media. The event made the front page in countless outlets; this is a criticism of the Journal Inquirer, specifically, which publishes under the motto: “The JI tells it like it is. Somebody has to.” It is primarily a local paper but it carries national and international news — which means it has no excuse.
I was once in the business and I can hear the replies: “We’re local … we were understaffed on Sunday … we didn’t have space for it … other news outlets handled it … we’re an afternoon paper …”
Nonsense. The editors could have chased the story via the “local angle.” Send a reporter with local groups, interview them, and splash it across the page.
As it was, JI readers were told nothing. Apparently, it was a non-event.
Here is some aerial footage of the non-event event:
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