Why No News

The news blackout on the March for Life this year is truly astounding. So far, looking online with Google searches I have found one article that reports that 4,500 people were involved in the protest. 4500!!??!!?? Meanwhile this report from the Associated Press and this report from AFP and this report from the BBC simply report that there were ‘thousands’. What??!! Come now ye accurate and professional journalists, tell us how many thousands. The Washington Post is better, reporting ‘tens of thousands’ and reporting that there were over 20,000 young people at the Verizon Center.

I was there, and there were actually over 25,000 in the Verizon center youth rally all went on the march, and the crowd of young people was so large they had overflow in the Constitution Hall, and when that crowd of 25,000 arrived at the Mall they were joined by many many more.

When I stood on a platform at the front of the Mall to see how far back the crowd went I couldn’t see the back of the crowd. 4,500???!! ‘thousands’??!! How many were really there?

I realize that an annual protest loses somewhat of it’s news interest, but the total non interest makes you wonder just what is reported, and what is not reported in the news. The larger issue is one of trust in our media sources. If an event like this is so widely and profoundly ignored, if there is such obvious bias and under reporting of a genuine phenomenon you have to ask just what the media is about. Without being too paranoid-conspiracy-theorist it causes me to worry very deeply about the subtle and insidious nature of our media control centers.

Soviet Russian and Communist China and Nazi Germany were known for their propaganda campaigns. They went in for five story high billboards, blatant propaganda and obvious inyerface lies. Our own atheist, secular genocidal media people are far more effective, far more subtle, far more professional in their manipulation of the media. They simply ignore or promote whatever they wish us to know, and so the mind control of the unsuspecting citizen is neat, tidy and complete.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not surprised. The media has been doing that for as long as I can remember. Thanks for reporting on it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04813352384461362672 Deacon Volker

    I couldn’t attend this year but the group from my Parish reported this as “the largest crowds we’ve seen here”!!That there has been weak, or non-existent coverage by our friends in the MSM is but a powerful indication that “their” side is running scared. I watched video of the March over and over and wept when noticing the overwhelming majority of marchers were YOUNG FOLKS! This bears powerful witness that our message is in fact sinking in, and I think the main reason the pro-death crowd is mightily concerned. Our group is young, vital, energized…theirs, well, is not. Keep up the good fight, we must not waiver now when the opponent is nearly on the ropes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04298493682961935337 Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13669565372315999650 Jeffrey Smith

    I’d say it’s more a case of the people running things being clueless at PR. They seem more interested in complaining that the press pays no attention than in making sure they do. After all, when you regularly attack the media as atheistic, leftist liars you can’t really expect them to help you out, can you?

  • Jeron

    Father, I gave up believing in the existence of an unbiased press a long time ago. Follow the money. Love your reporting on it & I noticed the same thing, too, on EWTN this weekend: the YOUTH hitting the streets. Inspiring!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01562944653624224107 Adrienne

    The internet is cutting in to the biased reporting by the main stream press. That is why you see so many young people involved.The days of my Dad, who believed anything he read in the newspaper, are just about over.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02790738673074885191 Oliver Hayes

    No surprises here! The BBC reported the opposition from a small group at the La Sapienza University to the Holy Father’s visit, but made hardley a mention of the fact that nearly a quarter of a million rallied in St. Peter’s square to show their support for him. Perhaps BBC could stand for ‘Beelzebubb Broadcasting Corporation’?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17691145638703824456 kkollwitz

    The MSM (mainstream media) continue to advance their own irrelevance.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06624317806947588259 Rachel Gray

    It’s true, the bias shows in what papers write but even more in what topics they never address at all.The good news is that people are now skeptical of the mainstream media as a matter of course– even the liberals at my workplace.The new media– like blogs– have been good for causes ignored by the mainstream media. Also good for orthodox Catholicism, I think. When I was converting and the parishes I visited were too wishy-washy to preach the faith, the internet kept me encouraged. I could see that there were lots of Catholics out there who really did believe it.

  • Anna

    Jeffrey, I beg to disagree with you about the causes of MSM blindness. If you read Bernard Goldberg, who is a classical Liberal and in the news business, you will find that he says that they tend to be blind to all but their own viewpoints.After all, they are never exposed to anything else in their normal lives. He has also paid a price for exposing their bias in his books.

  • 1/2 Cent

    I thank and praise God for the free exchange of news on the Christian and ProLife internet/blogs. We would be blinded by the neo facists of the un-liberal media propaganda, LA,NY Times and et alii.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03771332473693479830 Hilary Jane Margaret White

    well, not to throw cold water on your red hot indignation, but there may be a fairly straightforward, non-sinister reason. News outlets are about news. Something that happens on the same day every year, does the same thing, with the same people, isn’t really news. There are a heck of a lot of large protests in Washington every year. It’s kind of what the Mall is for. A lot of them get no coverage. Esp. the ones that happen every year. If there is an anniversary, or something like that to make it newsworthy, there might be more expecation. What pro-lifers often fail to realize is that their issue is not as important to the outside world as it is to them. They think that the news is dominated by abortion and related issues because it is of interest to them. But it is really of very little interest to anyone outside the pro-lifer universe.Whether it ought to be is another matter. But it is important to remember the realities. The things that are important to us, are not really all that important to most other people. And the news reflects that reality.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 Carolina Cannonball

    Jeffrey, The media black out was nation wide. Many cities held their own mini marches, Charlotte included in the numbers- some 200 marches, and that event did not make the local news either.