One night before the Million Mask March, taking place in 443 locations, who knows about this event?
You might think, considering that there have been 110 news articles on “Twerking” over the past week alone, that the Million Mask March might generate some interest from America’s “professional” news media.
You’d be wrong. Following up on the article I wrote two days ago, I encourage you to check the record of the past week for yourself. As of tonight, there have been no professional news stories on the “Million Mask March” in the week leading up to the protest. None. Zip. Zero. Nada. Zilch. The closest you’ll find in a news search are some blog posts by the people “professionals” like to call “amateurs,” some articles posted by Russian propaganda outlets, and an article posted by an Iranian propaganda outlet. In the Chico Enterprise-Record there’s a letter to the editor opposing the marches; in the Eureka Times-Standard someone got a guest editorial piece supporting the marches into publication. Those are written by outsiders. Otherwise, there’s a complete news blackout regarding the Million Mask March.
Now, you might have reasons to oppose the Million Mask March. You might find yourself disgusted by the Million Mask March. You might not. For a moment, set that aside and ask yourself the question: do you think you ought to at least know about the existence of a planned set of 443 protests tomorrow? Do you think that it is a healthy function of the news media in a democracy to report on organized efforts to petition the government for redress of grievances?
Finally, do you think it is a coincidence that all of the newspapers and news magazines and TV news outlets have independently decided that the Million Mask March just isn’t a newsworthy issue to cover?