Putting pressure on the press: Dozens of protesters in Manchester part of nationwide demonstration against biased, lazy media
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Thousands of people gathered in up to 100 cities nationwide on Saturday, Oct. 17, to protest media bias that favors the progressive Obama government, omits facts about government corruption, and lies about those trying to call them on it. Protesters noted that it is time for the media to put the interests of American citizens and the principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution first, and do their job to report the facts about what government is doing and what it plans to do.
Saturday's event, Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?, was organized by citizens who went to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12 to protest the unconstitutional direction of the U.S. government and were later upset by the general lack of media coverage of the event, which drew anywhere from 1.2 million to 1.8 million people. Fox News was the only news network to fully and accurately cover the 9-12 event, while most other networks that gave any mention of the peaceful gathering grossly misinterpreted and/or misrepresented the intentions of protesters.
"We've packed Town Hall meetings, local TEA Party events and even Washington, D.C., but you wouldn't know it if you were home reading and watching 'mainstream media.' They obviously need our help," event organizers said on their Facebook page. "Join 'Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?' and help make sure the media hears our voices."
The event in Manchester, N.H., was one of about 100 planned protests in cities across the country, and attracted anywhere from 50 to 75 people outside WMUR-9 TV studios downtown. The general idea on attendants' minds was that the media should do more investigative work on the things government is planning and doing, and they should communicate their findings to us objectively. Commentary and straight reporting should be clearly labeled. Soundbites and other comments from politicians should be used sparingly.
WMUR sent a camera man outside without a reporter, and he captured less than five minutes of footage.
For the record, I participated in the protest, but also filmed and participated in the following videos, thus they can be categorized as journalistic commentary. Please view them to get a better sense of the protest and what people were saying: