Dec 8, 2005

On Media "Blockades": An Editorial

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Left: Protesters at the aborted October 15 NSM rally; photo by historymike

(Toledo, OH) The arrival of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) in Toledo this Saturday will generate a considerable amount of media fanfare. Short of natural disasters and celebrity court cases, few events bring out the media like brownshirted Nazis shouting racial slurs.

Those on the anti-racist left often decry what they perceive to be a concerted campaign to impose a media blockade on them. I used to be skeptical of this complaint until this week; now I am not so sure.

Let me preface this post with a short quote from a Toledo Blade article in today's paper about the upcoming neo-Nazi rally:

Flyers were being circulated yesterday by an unknown person or persons purporting to represent a group called the National Women's Rights Organizing Coalition.

No one representing the group was identified on the flyers, one of which was left at the entrance door at The Blade, and no information about such a group could be found on Internet searches.


This is the entire Blade coverage to date of the anti-Nazi protesters massing downtown and other places on Saturday.

I am puzzled at the statement that "no information could be found about such a group on Internet searches;" I did a Google search on NWROC and found 841 hits, while "National Women's Rights Organizing Coalition" generated 170 hits. Maybe I am just a little more savvy in my search techniques.

I also find it interesting that the Blade did not decide to report on the opposition until a flyer was "left at the entrance door of the Blade." Now, I don't know how things work at the Blade, but I think my editors at the Toledo Free Press and other periodicals would give me an odd glance if my investigative techniques revolved around waiting for flyers to show up at my door.

There was a press conference Tuesday at the Sanger branch library, and at that time over a dozen groups had signed onto the coalition named TUAR (Toledo United Against Racism). A representative from NWROC was there, and we had a good conversation about the group's reasons for joining the protest.

I covered the conference for the Toledo Free Press, a reporter from the Independent Collegian was there, and two local television stations carried the event. How can one of "America's Great Newspapers" be so in the dark?

There may be over 20 different groups represented on Saturday in downtown Toledo opposing the Nazi rally. The Blade, for reasons unknown, just found out about one of these groups thanks to a flyer at their door.

Three possibilities come to mind, and others may think of different interpretations. The first is that the Blade has been coopted by city and/or police officials into minimizing pre-rally publicity out of some sense of civic duty. I think there also could be an argument made that there exists a paternalistic editorial attitude held by the Blade management that they know best what their subscribers should read, and that readers do not need to know about these activists.

The third possibility, of course, is that the paper is just plain clueless about what happens beyond a radius of ten blocks from the Blade building. Perhaps the idea that there are a lot of people for whom neo-Nazi rallies are an abomination just does not fit into the abstract model of docile Toledoans that the Blocks seem to possess.

I will give the Blade credit for one item, though: they were all over the breaking news that COSI will indeed be closed on Saturday. When I spoke to the COSI director Monday morning, they were still going to hold regular programming on Saturday. The Blade correctly noted that COSI directors have since decided to close, given the potential for unrest.

Of course, COSI is about two blocks from the Blade building. Maybe someone walked over from COSI and gave them the scoop.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

shut up you Jew scum

historymike said...

Dear Racist Right:

I f you are going to come on my blog and flame, you might want to think about getting some brighter posters to visit.

At least the ajax character knows how to debate and write.

Posters like Anonymous #47185 only serve to reinforce stereotypes of the white supremacists as morons.

Do said...

Anonymous (whatever # you are!) - you are funny. Your attempts at eloquence are astounding and the range of your vocabulary is impressive.

I certainly hope that there is a time in my future where I might aspire to be as intelligent as you seem to be.


***coughbullshitcough***

Do said...

Mike,

The Blade (and the Blocks) have maintained control over the thought processes in Toledo for so long that they apparently feel that by NOT reporting on something they are saving us from ourselves.

I was always under the impression that as a citizen of the US and an adult that I was capable of reading what I want to read and disregarding that which doesn't interest me. The Blade's attempt at protecting me isn't really necessary. ;)

historymike said...

Very true, Do.

ajax saith said...

to historymike:

i appreciate the kind words and on behalf of my fellow white nationalists who do not know how to behave themselves in proper fashion on this weblog (and on the nikki-nest weblog as well)i extend apologies

i find the stereotype of the white supremacists as being dumb and moronic to be a justified stereotype (unfortunately) and i would want to disassociate myself from these 'spotted sheep' and have them purged from any parade of white nationalists

the highest level to travel on in discussion and debate is the high moral ground

i would desire my fellow white nationalists to exemplify themselves at all times with the highest possible moral standards and superior civil conduct, being considerate and gentlemanly at all times to all people, while at the same time resisting the negative aspects of black and mexican culture and refusing to become multiculturally branded

Hooda Thunkit said...

Mike,

Drifting (not so subtly) back on topic:

”How can one of "America's Great Newspapers" be so in the dark?”

By CHOICE, my friend, and possibly with a little ARROGANCE thrown into the mix.

Besides, it doesn’t fit into their AGENDA. No enlightenment here...



”The first is that the Blade has been coopted by city and/or police officials into minimizing pre-rally publicity out of some sense of civic duty.”

We all know that the Blah RUNS this City. (or THINKS that they do), and civic duty is not in the Block’s vocabulary.



”I think there also could be an argument made that there exists a paternalistic editorial attitude held by the Blade management that they know best what their subscribers should read, and that readers do not need to know about these activists.”

Of this, there is no doubt.



”The third possibility, of course, is that the paper is just plain clueless about what happens beyond a radius of ten blocks from the Blade building. Perhaps the idea that there are a lot of people for whom neo-Nazi rallies are an abomination just does not fit into the abstract model of docile Toledoans that the Blocks seem to possess.”

BINGO! Everybody hold your cards, I think that we have a winner…

CLUELESS is indeed a winner with 2nd place going to “Paternalistic Editorial Attitude.”



Good work Mike!

Anonymous said...

I have not formally met him, but this Craig Cobb person seems like a good guy. He is evidently passionate about what he does and is willing to put himself at risk for what he perceives as the good of the organization/race.

I have no problem with him or his message. I care about and look out for all of my white brothers, even those who do not believe in segregation, and even those who believe false things that are said about me. A house divided cannot stand. We must stand together.

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