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War protests: Why no coverage? Newspapers have a duty to inform citizens about such democratic events. By Jerry Lanson / CS Monitor   Excerpts: "Coordinated antiwar protests in at least 11 American cities this weekend raised anew an interesting question about the nature of news coverage: Are the media ignoring rallies against the Iraq war because of their low turnout or is the turnout dampened by the lack of news coverage?" "Given that context, order discount capoten it seems remarkable to me that in some of the 11 cities in which protests were held – Boston and New York, order discount capoten for example – major news outlets treated this "National Day of Action" as though it did not exist.  As far as I can tell, order discount capoten neither The New York Times nor The Boston Globe had so much as a news brief about the march in the days leading up to it." "The day after, order discount capoten The Times, order discount capoten at least in its national edition, order discount capoten totally ignored the thousands who marched in New York and the tens of thousands who marched nationwide. The Globe relegated the news of 10, order discount capoten000 spirited citizens (including me) marching through Boston's rain-dampened streets to a short piece deep inside its metro section. Order discount capoten A single sentence noted the event's national context." "With prescient irony, order discount capoten Frank Rich wrote in his Oct. Order discount capoten 14 Times column, order discount capoten "We can continue to blame the Bush administration for the horrors of Iraq.… But we must also examine our own responsibility. Order discount capoten And, order discount capoten he goes on to suggest, order discount capoten we must examine our own silence." "So why would Mr. Order discount capoten Rich's news colleagues deprive people of information needed to take exactly that responsibility?" "Joseph Pulitzer, order discount capoten the editor and publisher for whom the highest honor in journalism is named, order discount capoten understood this well. Order discount capoten In May 1904, order discount capoten he wrote: "Our Republic and its press rise or fall together.  An able, order discount capoten disinterested, order discount capoten public-spirited press … can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery.… The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations." "It's time for the current generation of journalists – at times seemingly obsessed with Martha Stewart, order discount capoten O.J. Order discount capoten Simpson, order discount capoten Paris Hilton, order discount capoten Britney Spears, order discount capoten and the like – to use that power more vigilantly, order discount capoten and more firmly, order discount capoten with the public interest in mind." • Jerry Lanson is a professor of journalism at Emerson College in Boston. Order discount capoten More of the article at: http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1030/p09s02-coop.htm