Not Tea Party? Not News

Protests were held across the country yesterday to pay tribute to the legacy of Martin Luther King and to push back againstattacks on workers’ rights. AlexSeitz-Wald at Think Progress provides thistake onone D.C. rally:

In Washington, D.C., today, an estimated 2,000 protesters marched on Koch Industries’ Washington, D.C., offices and attempted to give Charles and David Koch an invitation to come out and speak with the protesters. Not surprisingly, the building’s doors were locked and no one was allowed inside. However, a representative from the real estate company which managed the building told an handful of organizers who attempted to deliver the invitation, “I’d be here with you guys if I wasn’t working right now.” Noting that he works for the building, not Koch, he said, “I don’t want to be here.”

And the media?

Last Thursday, Tea Party activists rallied on Capitol Hill to pressure Republican lawmakers to cut government spending. Crowd estimates ranged from “dozens” to “fewer than 200,” yet the event attracted dozens of reporters and significant media interest, producing hundreds of stories in local and national press. At today’s rally, which was 10 times bigger than the Tea Party one, ThinkProgress spotted three reporters–none from mainstream publications.

To corporate media outlets, nothing says “news” quite like a lightly attended Tea Party rally.

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