Thanks to reporter, protest gets back on course

  • Article by: Scott Gillespie
  • Updated: September 1, 2008 - 6:09 PM

The "March on the RNC'' was supposed to be the major protest during the Republican National Convention. As the event kicked off around 11 a.m. Monday at the State Capitol, there was plenty of room for picnicking on the grounds. Organizers had floated the number 50,000, but far fewer were in attendance. It looked more like a Gophers football crowd. A few dozen bored-looking police officers on mountain bikes looked on from a shady spot, probably wishing they had chosen another line of work. It was, for the most part, a very dull affair before a splinter group of of about 100 protesters took off toward downtown, carrying a "Students for a Democratic Society'' banner and broadcasting a strange mix of rap and broadcast messages. <more>

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davehougSep. 1, 08 7:57 PM

Not a single juror from Minneapolis would convict a protester who got lost in St. Paul.

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pdxtranSep. 1, 08 8:26 PM

and that the violence didn't occur until the main protest was over. Why are the Strib and other media emphasizing the violent protesters instead of the peaceful majority?

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ajfroggieSep. 1, 08 9:37 PM

Because violence begets sensationalism which begets ratings and advertising dollars.

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pdxtranSep. 1, 0810:55 PM

and I hope the Strib editors take a look at the comments and see the hatred that their coverage has provoked. Years ago, in another city, I actually confronted TV reporters who were filming only the tattooed and pierced punks at a demonstration, when the vast majority of the crowd was ordinary, middle-class families. To their credit, the reporters interviewed me and another middle-aged person in business clothes and asked us our reasons for protesting. But that type of balance is rare. All too often, reporters go for the sensational.

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tdroogSep. 1, 0811:57 PM

I must have been out sick the day they taught that it was a reporter's job to "save the day" for protestors and anarchists. I WAS there for the "report news, don't make it" lesson that Furst apparently missed. If the Strib had any internal ethics police this would be a suspension, but since it was done in the cause of advancing protests against Republicans, nothing will be done.

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bigticketSep. 2, 0812:43 AM

Unless this last line of the piece is sarcasm, I can't even come up with words to describe that statement. That line should make just about everyone reading it speechless. Seriously.

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tkeulSep. 2, 0810:25 AM

with his comments in this article I'm confused. He describes a peace march of appoximately 10,000 participants as dull but with remarkable ignorance, or is it intentional, comments about police response with pepper spray, etc as only due to "reported violence". I would think that journalists that could guide 10,000 people in the Big City of St Paul would also be aware of broken windows, pepper sprayed 80 year olds, open defiance just to be defiant by the promient media seeking protesters. Their intent to precipitate conflict is clear to anyone and with the help of journalists(of course this is when they aren't guiding the ignorant)they accomplished this, had it photographed, written about. I am however still confused. Is Scott really a paid employee of the Strib or someone handy from the band protester that was allowed to offer their skewed commentary?

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helterSep. 2, 0811:21 AM

Gee what tipped off this crack journalist - the outlaw kerchiefs or the messages of hate?

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