Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Dueling Protests

The Mudville Gazette compared and contrasted a protest in Copenhagen covered by the AP:
Just hours before Bush's arrival, hundreds of people demonstrated across Denmark, including in Copenhagen where about 200 protesters marched to the U.S. Embassy, chanting anti-American slogans and burning Danish and U.S. flags.

Greyhawk comments:
That's 200 from a city of 1.7 million. That's slightly over .01% of the population of the city, and the AP felt it was important that their opinions should be known. Which is fine.

And then he goes on to site a much larger 1500 strong protest in Mosul that was largely ignored by the AP and reported by a blog.

Additionally, a commenter to the Greyhawk post sites this article which numbers the Copenhagen demonstrators in the "thousands". However, later that same story says:
In the capital, some 200 protesters, mostly black-clad youths, marched to the US Embassy, shouting "Death to Bush, death to imperialism."

Isn't Copenhagen the capital of Denmark??
Yeah, I thought so. is it possible that the AP missed a chance to make President Bush look worse by accurately reporting the thousands of protestors in the capital.

Or Copenhagen. Whichever.

No, I think what actually happened was that the elite media outlet "China View" which printed the above article, just doesn't know European geography.

In any even, protests in already free countries shouldn't beat out Demonstrations in burgeoning democracies for the front page.