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WHY I'M CANCELLING MY SUBSCRIPTION TO THE GLOBE (english)
09 Oct 2002
Modified: 12:22:49 PM
The Boston Globe willfully omitted reports about huge demonstrations in NYC (20.000+) and Italy (1.5 million!) against the US plans to attack Iraq. This made me realize that I have to get my news elsewhere. My reasons are outlined in more detail in this letter to the editor, mailed 10/9/2002.
To:
The Boston Globe; to the editor:

Re: lack of coverage of huge anti-war demonstrations

When I opened the Globe on Monday, Oct. 7th, I was expecting to
find something about the demonstrations against the war with
Iraq, which had brought tens of thousands to New York City on
Sunday, and a total of about 1.5 million (!) to various
demonstrations all over Italy. But the only thing I saw was a photo
on page A10 with five lines of text talking about a few hundred
peace demonstrators in front of a federal building in Los Angeles.
On that same morning my mother called me from Konstanz,
Germany where she had read about the demonstrations in her
provincial paper and heard about it on TV and radio.

I don't know what rationale you had for the editorial decision to
exclude the biggest peace demonstrations in a decade but I do
know that I can do without the Globe if it does not further it's
readers knowledge and comprehension of matters over war and
peace.
In an event yesterday at Tufts the speaker mentioned that he
always triples the reported numbers of demonstrators to account
for those present in spirit who could not make it. But if the
reported number is zero you can triple that all you want, it's still
zero. And your paper, it seems to me of late, has more omissions
than substance. Is it because its new owner is actively dumbing it
down to increase the Times' circulation?

I have come to the conclusion, along with my wife (a professor at
MIT), that we're better off getting our news from various
international online sources. By the time you receive this our
subscription, started six years ago, will have been cancelled.

Respectfully

Martin Voelker
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002
See also:
http://www.nouturn.org
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Others events not mentioned (english)
09 Oct 2002
They also failed to mention the anti-war rally on Friday night when Bush came to Boston and which concluded with the march to the Boston Common, Copley Square, Newbury Street, Central Square, and Harvard Square.
When I checked for coverage of the march on Sunday in Boston all I saw was a picture of the protest in Los Angeles. And it doesn't stop there, because they also didn't report the anti-war protest on the Sunday after the World Bank protest, insteed choosing to show a large photo of a protedt on England.