Damn the New York Times and damn �permitted� marches
By Mickey Z.
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Sep 28, 2009, 00:15
On September 26, the New
York Times deemed it fit to run an article, headlined �Thousands Hold
Peaceful March at G-20 Summit,� in which propagandist Ian Urbina informed us of
�several thousand demonstrators� converging on downtown Pittsburgh in light of
that city�s hosting of the Group of 20 (G-20) meeting. Urbina called it a �peaceful
and permitted march.�
The demonstrators, he said, were �calling for solutions to a
range of problems that they attributed to the economic policies of the world
leaders.� Later, he told of speakers urging demonstrators to �fight for an
array of social issues they felt had been largely ignored in global economic
�They attributed� and �they felt.�
Okay, in a rare case of actual objectivity, Urbina was
careful to clarify that not everyone agrees with the protesters. However, that�s
where the any attempt at journalism ended. If Urbina were capable of even an
iota of independent thought, he�d have found out why demonstrators feel and
attribute what they feel and attribute. But . . . it�s so much easier to just
describe what they looked liked.
Some wore fatigues, some chimed cymbals, one played a French
horn, 400 �self-described anarchists� were clad in black, and dig this: one
very radical group even �held aloft with bamboo poles a giant fabric replica of
a dove.� None of these dissidents, Urbina reminded us, ever got closer than the
steps of the city-county building, blocks from where the G-20 meeting was being
Ain�t dissent neat?
Surely peace and justice will be upon us soon.
When telling his loyal readers about a group called �Students
for Justice in Palestine� and what they
were calling for, propagandist Urbina was extra-cautious to use quotation
marks: �the Israeli occupation.� A practicing journalist might have at least
used a search engine to include some context from United Nations Security
Council Resolution 242 (1967), which refers to the �inadmissibility of the
acquisition of territory by war� and calls for the �withdrawal of Israel armed
forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict.�
Unburdened by such rudimentary journalistic standards,
Urbina goes on to end his report by quoting a 20-year-old student from Duquesne
University, who was somehow �optimistic that it would be hard to ignore
thousands in the street.� As the student explained, �They will listen to a
certain degree. They might not necessarily do anything.�
Take home message: Fuck the New York Times and fuck peaceful and permitted marches that won�t
necessarily do anything.
Mickey Z. is the author of two upcoming books:
�Self Defense for Radicals� (PM Press) and his second novel, �Dear Vito� (The
Drill Press). Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found
on the Web at www.mickeyz.net.
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