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The Boston Social Forum in the media
27 Jul 2004
The coverage of the Boston Social Forum in mainstream newspapers is telling about the state of the American media. There were more mentions in major foreign papers (5 in major Italian papers, 2 in French ones, according to the NEXIS database) than in American ones - a mere 3 mentions, all of them in the Boston Globe. The first European Social forum in Florence, by contrast, received thoughtful coverage in more than 2,000 stories in papers of all orientations all over Europe. It's notable that the most extensive report on the BSF by any major newspaper (though one affiliated with the Communist party) was in France.
The coverage of the Boston Social Forum in mainstream newspapers is telling about the state of the American media. There were more mentions in major foreign papers (5 in major Italian papers, 2 in French ones, according to the NEXIS database) than in American ones - a mere 3 mentions, all of them in the Boston Globe. The first European Social forum in Florence, by contrast, received thoughtful coverage in more than 2,000 stories in papers of all orientations all over Europe. It's notable that the most extensive report on the BSF by any major newspaper (though one affiliated with the Communist party) was in France. Here is a translation of today's report in L'Humanite (www.humanite.fr):

From Porto Alegre to Boston
L'Humanite, July 27, 2004, page 4

BOSTON (special report) -- The American progressive movement has been awaited here for a long time. From last Friday to Sunday, the first Social Forum in America was held in Boston, on the same principle as the world social Forum of Porto Alegre. While the Social Forum met with enthusiastic approval from its participants, it was not very visible in the American media.

For three days, the campus of the University of Massachusetts was transformed into a true fair of debate. Backed by the famous intellectuals of the American left Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, the Boston Social Forum (BSF) attracted more than 5,000 people. For Maureen, who took a stand against the war during the whole weekend, the BSF is "an encouraging sign of the movement against the war, in a sympathetic atmosphere of solidarity". Equally optimistic was Thomas, of the International Socialist Organization, who, at the end of "this convocation of the left", said he was delighted to "feel this enormous will to organize ourselves to make a true third political voice heard".

Among the 600 debates and other meetings, the events in favour of the abolition of the death penalty, for social security, against the control of the American media, and the speech of the Socialist Peter Miguel Comejo, fellow candidate of the independent candidate Ralph Nader in the race in the White House, attracted the most participation. Suren Moodliar, initiator of this first American Social Forum, gathered 75 progressive organizations "to face the crisis of representation of the American left". He was delighted to have thus been able "to import the concept of Porto Alegre into the United States" on the day before the Democratic Convention. -- M.C.
See also:
http://www.humanite.presse.fr/journal/2004-07-27/2004-07-27-397926

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