On Monday I wrote to the national desk of The Post wondering where was coverage of the One Nation progressive march scheduled for Saturday. I also had an exchange of emails with staffer Dan Balz. He argued that The Post had coverage in July, but that story was about the One Nation coalition forming, not about any march on Washington.
On Tuesday, a story about Saturday’s plans appeared online, posted about midday. I expected the story to appear in the dead tree edition the next day. It didn’t. Instead, a similar version of that story appeared online again yesterday, with a new time tag. But if you click on my original Monday link to the story, you get the new version, which deleted a paragraph I quoted in my Tuesday post about how this rally may compete with the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rally scheduled for the end of October.
(This is not the first time The Post has posted a story and then reposted an edited version. The first version is no longer available.)
So far, this rally has received much less coverage by The Post leading up to it than did the Glenn Beck “restoring Honor” rally on August 28.
In the week before Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” march, The Post published in its dead tree edition:
· Three op-eds
. A 2,342-word story on how the march would be a “measure of tea party strength.”
· On the day of the march, it published a 2,722-word story on the “meaning of the march.”
· Plus a 795-word story about TV coverage of the march.
· And a 1,331-word story on how to host a march on the Mall, giving further exposure to Beck’s march.
So far for the progressive’s rally, we have basically the same 600+ story that has been online for two days but finally makes the paper today and an op-ed by Harold Meyerson.
Meanwhile, E.J. Dionne comments today that the upcoming rally has received much less attention than the Beck rally because Fox News seems to set the mainstream media agenda. Amen.