Protestor Protests No Coverage
In my inbox this morning via the Redwood Peace and Justice Center e-mail list was an e-mail sent to John Driscoll, environmental issues reporter for the Times- Standard. It was sent by one, Kim Starr, apparently one of the folks involved in the anti- logging protests down by Nanning Creek near Scotia. Kim seems bothered by the fact that the Times- Standard isn't giving them the coverage they want, and asks for more coverage of their protests in the future.
Just speaking for myself, I say NOT! Not saying it might not be news of interest to some people. I'm sure those participating in the action might want to see a picture of themselves in the paper but, to me, seems we've been there and done that. I've lived up here over thirty years and I'm sure most would agree, we've seen our fair share of these anti- logging protests. It gets old. It's no longer newsworthy to most of us, I would think. That's not to say people might not want to discuss such issues, I'd just rather have something more interesting in my morning paper.
That said, I suppose it's at least as newsworthy as the obligatory, day(s)- before- Christmas- shopping story that so much of the main stream media feels it has to run within a few days of Christmas each year. So, since the Times- Standard ran this story today, I guess the Nanning Creek protestors are entitled to one day of coverage, once a year, if the local papers have the space to fit it in. So, you have my permission, Times- Standard, but just for one day. Sorry, I didn't read the Christmas shopping story and likely won't read the Nanning Creek Protest story, either.