This Is What Democracy Looks Like

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And it's not like your typical short network news montage headlined "State of Chaos" (NBC Evening News tonight) and giving the pro-union demonstrators and the Tea Party counter-protesters equal time, even though there were 70,000+ of the former and maybe 2,000 of the latter at best. Unbelievably moving to watch tens of thousands of Americans, an endless stream of people completely surrounding the Capitol Square, demonstrating their conviction about fairness, labor rights and democracy. If Scott Walker couldn't hear them, he isn't listening!

  1. Ryan's Take 50 months ago | reply

    It's amazing watching most of the MSM try to ignore this story, then try to discredit it, but they just can't stop it. Thank goodness for the internet and social networking, this story is going to be *forced* on the MSM, because it's not going to die or go away until the people are heard.

  2. shiphome 50 months ago | reply

    I saw that... you would have thought that the Tea Party was 70,000 strong, given the coverage.

    And it is frustrating the way that they keep presenting it as a clash over how to handle the state's "horrible budget deficit". It can't be that bad since Walker just signed millions in tax breaks.

    The MSM has also gone out of their way to find people who say "I have no sympathy for public employees. I don't get those kinds of benefits, so why should they?"
    What those people should be asking is "why don't I get those kinds of benefits?"
    This race to the bottom amazes me. The Tea Party mentality has blinded people to the fact that we should all be earning a living wage and provided a pension and health insurance... instead of corporations continuously lining their pockets at the expense of the working class.

    Wonderful video, Peter. Hope that you do some more of these.

  3. Madison Guy 50 months ago | reply

    Thanks, Don. Wish you could be here -- though the way things are playing out, this battle may have to be fought in most every state before it's over.

  4. Cybergabi 50 months ago | reply

    Exactly. Two wrongs don't make it right.
    I'm glad they play decent music at your rallies. In Rotterdam, it would all be techno music, if anything. If there were any rallies of this magnitude.

  5. ibm4381 50 months ago | reply

    Locally the coverage mentioned the counter-protest but made no mention of the relative sizes of the crowds. That made things seem more evenly split than they really were. Sloppiness, or intent?

  6. Madison Guy 50 months ago | reply

    John, A bit of both. Also, the editing included lots of shots of people from the two groups arguing. Actually, there was relatively little contact between the two groups, or when there was, relatively little arguing. But conflict makes for more dramatic news coverage. I think some of it was intent, but a lot of it locally was just "the medium is the message" and some sloppiness in the voiceovers. To cover the Tea Party visually automatically gave it a disproportionate weight. I tried, but really couldn't get, a good picture that showed the relative size of the two groups. Would have needed a helicopter -- and then marked up the photo and its sea of dots with graphics to show who was who.

    That said, there was no excuse for the national media framing it as chaotic and verging on violent.

  7. Aunt Teena 50 months ago | reply

    Looks pretty peaceful to me.

  8. Madison Guy 50 months ago | reply

    Where to contribute to help support the rallies -- helpdefendwisconsin.org/

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