Can you find a news source for the rally against Ahmadinejad at the UN yesterday? Correction: Can you find a non-Jewish media source, or a non-blogger source, for the rally?
I can’t. Except for the New York Sun.
I checked AP. Nothing. Reuters. Nada. I checked Google News. Nothing. 1010WINS. Nothing. I checked WABC, NY1, all the New York media sites. Gridlock alerts are the only thing you can find about the march. After all, it’s not newsworthy. The fact that 2,000 people marched a day earlier to protest the Iraq war? Oh, yeah, that made the news.
35,000 people protesting against a man who wants to “wipe Israel from the map”? Not newsworthy at all. John Bolton speaking? Who? Elie Wiesel? George Pataki? Who?
Some 35,000 people rallied across from the United Nations to protest Ahmadinejadâ€™s presence at the world body. The crowd also wanted to show solidarity for Israel and implore the United Nations to enforce Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended Israelâ€™s war this summer with Hezbollah and calls for the release of three Israeli soldiers taken hostage by Hamas and Hezbollah.
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Presidents Conference, referred to Ahmadinejadâ€™s Tuesday night speech to the General Assembly, in which he portrayed the creation of Israel as aggression against the Muslim world.
â€œHeâ€™s constantly lied and misrepresented the truth,â€ Hoenlein said, â€œand he comes and lectures the rest of the world?â€
The rally drew dozens of speakers, including Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, New York Gov. George Pataki and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.
If you want to read about the rally, it appears that you have to go to the bloggers who were there, or whose readers sent in pictures. Or the Israeli press. Or the Jewish media. But nowhere else can you find any evidence that 35,000 people protested the Iranian president’s message of hate.
However, watch for the zillion headlines on this news story next week:
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Among demonstrations planned for next week’s American Legion national convention and President Bush’s visit is one calling for “Death to Israel.”
Laura Green, director of the United Jewish Federation of Utah, said Thursday that she has received dozens of calls about the demonstration planned near City Hall on Wednesday. Many fear the rally could incite violence against Jews.
Amazing, isn’t it, that the AP can cover that story, but can’t seem to be bothered noticing that Dag Hammerskjold Plaza was full of anti-Iran protesters yesterday.
The news media doesn’t think that 35,000 people protesting the president of Iran outside the UN is worth a story. But 2,000 people protesting the Iraq war? Now that’s news.
Update: The New York Daily News mentioned the rally. I missed it.
Update 2: WNYC, New York’s public television/radio station, has added the story today.