Left: Media vehicles along Detroit's Jefferson Avenue; photos by historymike
There was an impressive turnout by the mainstream media for the coverage of the protest by auto workers outside the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. I counted at least 20 news vans from cities as far away as Cleveland, plus several media vehicles of national outlets.
The protesters marched in support of Delphi employees, from whom huge concessions are being demanded. I was impressed that so many outlets chose to cover the event.
Left: Unidentified journalist talks on his cellular outside the convention center.
Many of the media present, though, had the telltale bright green NAIAS media badges, and likely took a break from the auto show festivities to get a look at how the rest of the world looks. There were a lot of suits and ties on many of the media covering the protest, which is somewhat atypical of most protests (with the exception of the on-air television reporters). My guess is that there will be a lot of 10-second snippets at the end of Auto Show promotional stories on the protest ("And, by the way, there were a bunch of protesters at NAIAS today").
The media was given free access to come and go from the protest zone, and the Detroit Police did not go out of their way to give the media much difficulty. Despite the cold and the large crowd, most of the officers seemed to be in good spirits.