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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 shoot cod it seems remarkable to me that in some of the 11 cities in which protests were held – Boston and New York, order shoot cod for example – major news outlets treated this "National Day of Action" as though it did not exist.  As far as I can tell, order shoot cod 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 shoot cod The Times, order shoot cod at least in its national edition, order shoot cod 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 shoot cod000 spirited citizens (including me) marching through Boston's rain-dampened streets to a short piece deep inside its metro section. Order shoot cod A single sentence noted the event's national context." "With prescient irony, order shoot cod Frank Rich wrote in his Oct. Order shoot cod 14 Times column, order shoot cod "We can continue to blame the Bush administration for the horrors of Iraq.… But we must also examine our own responsibility. Order shoot cod And, order shoot cod he goes on to suggest, order shoot cod we must examine our own silence." "So why would Mr. Order shoot cod Rich's news colleagues deprive people of information needed to take exactly that responsibility?" "Joseph Pulitzer, order shoot cod the editor and publisher for whom the highest honor in journalism is named, order shoot cod understood this well. Order shoot cod In May 1904, order shoot cod he wrote: "Our Republic and its press rise or fall together.  An able, order shoot cod disinterested, order shoot cod 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 shoot cod O.J. Order shoot cod Simpson, order shoot cod Paris Hilton, order shoot cod Britney Spears, order shoot cod and the like – to use that power more vigilantly, order shoot cod and more firmly, order shoot cod with the public interest in mind." • Jerry Lanson is a professor of journalism at Emerson College in Boston. Order shoot cod More of the article at: http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1030/p09s02-coop.htm