Mainstream Media Blackout? Turn to Indymedia for News of DC Peace Rallies

  • Mainstream Media Blackout? Turn to Indymedia for News of DC Peace Rallies
    Meant to post this earlier… More than 10,000 people are on the streets of DC this weekend demonstrating for a peaceful response to the Sept. 11 attacks, and if you rely on the mainstream media you’d barely know it. Journalistic stalwarts like the New York Times and CNN barely made mention of the rallies, while the MSNBC cable network paid a little more mind. On the other hand, the non-commercial CSPAN cable TV network devoted a good portion of Saturday’s coverage to the main peace rally held in the city’s Freedom Plaza.

    Underneath the radar of the mainstream the Independent Media Center of DC was in action providing live 24-hour coverage via an Internet audio stream. The DC IMC took cell phone reports from the streets during tense moments when the Anti-Capitalist Convergence march was surrounded by police in riot gear during the early afternoon. The march was eventually let go by police. The DC audio stream was also picked up by community and unlicensed free radio stations across the country is cities like Minneapolis, Madison WI, Santa Cruz CA and Pittsburgh, leading to call-in discussions from all over the country and the world.

    You can tune in right now and find out what you’re missing. Go to http://dc.indymedia.org/audio/

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