Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pro-Military Supporters Outnumber Protestors in Berkeley- Will MSM Report This?

The mainstream media (ABC, NBC, CBS, New York Times, CNN, etc) have made their opposition to the US campaign against Islamic terror, particularly the current Iraq campaign a centerpiece of their coverage almost since the beginning. Current headline stories include complaints that not enough bodies are available to graveyards and complaints that not enough US soldiers are killing their commanders, a practice known as 'fragging'. Further examples of the media's partisanship include their constant hero-worship of people like Cindy Sheehan and their ignoring of other soldiers' parents who still support the campaign and the President.

Today, a group of Code Pink protestors assembled in front of Berkeley's Marine recruiting office to protest, but unfortuantely for them, they were far outnumbered by pro-military supporters, who gathered across Shattuck Avenue. As the COntra Costa Times reported,
Protests in Berkeley are nothing new.

A protest of a protest is unique -- even in Berkeley.

On one side of the street was CodePINK, Grandmothers Against the War, Berkeley East Bay Gray Panthers, Women in Black and other peace groups holding "no war" signs and chanting "out of Iraq."

On the other were military veterans, mothers and fathers of soldiers, members of the UC Berkeley College Republicans and Melanie Morgan, whose conservative talk show airs on KSFO. They waved American flags and chanted "USA, USA, USA."

To their credit, the Contra Costa Times led its story with the report that the pro-military group vastly outnumbered the anti-American Code Pink. However, I have yet to see a single mainstream media organization pick the story up other than Drudge. I won't hold my breath- reporting this story would force media organizations to acknowledge that their constant protrayal of Iraq and the war against Islamic terror as hugely unpopular is not as representative of the truth as they would like. Cross-posted on NewsBusters.

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