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A revealing fact makes it's way into the AP coverage of the President's trip to Denmark:
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.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.
Meanwhile in Mosul:
Hundreds of Iraqis gathered in Alqiar area south of Mosul in a demonstration showing opposition to terrorists and terrorism. About 1500 civilians & military Iraqis from cities and villages in southern Mosul joined the demonstration to denunciate terrorism in their areas. Religious leaders, imams and government employees initiated the demonstration after they realized the need to express their public opposition to terrorism.But you have to read blogs for stuff like that.
But consider the courage of the brave 200 of Copenhagen - the weather was cold and damp, but they didn't let that stop them. This is the sort of stuff that inspires the AP reporters of this world.Posted by Old Soldier at July 6, 2005 07:18 PM
In fact, years from now ballads will be sung in honor of the Copenhagen 200, and millions will claim they were there.Posted by Old Soldier at July 6, 2005 07:21 PM
Kurdish Media has a note on the Mosul protest too, but I'd say the "blogs only" statement is still essentially correct. You're not going to see mainstream reports that conflict with the angle of their G8 coverage - Iraq bad - Africa - global warming. (Or any other time, for that matter).
But doesn't the AP have stringers in Mosul? Are they all with the terrorists?Posted by Fact Chekr at July 6, 2005 07:32 PM
Don't these Iraqis know that terrorism is okay since it is "supposedly" against western imperialism? Where did they go to school?Posted by Ashish Hanwadikar at July 6, 2005 07:34 PM
Copenhagen 200?!? Sounds like a NASCAR race.Posted by Ross at July 6, 2005 07:51 PM
Hmm... 200? Must be a short-track.Posted by Nate at July 6, 2005 08:00 PM
See, they;re more patriotic because there are fewer of them.Posted by Dacotti at July 6, 2005 08:13 PM
200? I've been to Portugese weddings with more bridesmaids than that.Posted by RufusLeeKing at July 6, 2005 08:14 PM
I think they only run Saabs and Volvos in that race...Posted by Clark at July 6, 2005 08:15 PM
What can you expect from a city named after a brand of chewin' tobacco?Posted by Andrew at July 6, 2005 08:41 PM
Where did it take the most courage to demonstrate? No one will want to kill demonstrators in Denmark, but in Iraq it could get you killed by the "people who aren't in Iraq," al Qaeda. The news judgment probably reflects on whether the media thinks a demonstration will help or hurt the President of the US.Posted by Merv Benson at July 6, 2005 08:55 PM
Don't dump on the Danes. President Bush went to Denmark to thank them for sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan to serve with us. Save disdain for the French, please. And the Belgians. Obviously.Posted by Brian Dunn at July 6, 2005 08:57 PM
Glad to read that someone is demonstrating againist the terrorist. It took alot of guts to demonstrate in Mosul.Posted by A Military Mom at July 6, 2005 09:11 PM
Just for reference, I checked and Mosul has a similar population of about 1.7 Million. So the comparison is pretty direct.Posted by Skeptic at July 6, 2005 09:24 PM
Thousands protest Bush visit to Denmark
Xinhua, China - 4 hours ago
STOCKHOLM, July 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Thousands of Danish demonstrators gathered outside the US Embassy in Copenhagen on Wednesday to protest a visit by President ...
Hmmmm... pump up the volume, pump up the volume...
Curious Skeptic, where did you find that data?Posted by Thomas at July 6, 2005 09:52 PM
Google picked up the "thousands" comment from Xinhua and ran it as a headline......Posted by Thomas at July 6, 2005 10:01 PM
Andrew - S'nuff said.Posted by triticale at July 6, 2005 10:09 PM
From the Copenhagen Post:
"Protestors used President Bush's visit to demonstrate their displeasure with US foreign policy by marching through Copenhagen's streets Tuesday evening.
About 150 protestors dressed in black gathered at Christianshavns Torv and continued through the city with banners declaring 'Death to Imperialism. Death to Bush'." (Protestors take to the streets, 07/06/05.)
Luckily it didn't end in the same way as the riots in Gothenburg in 2001...
All the Best,
Martin Lindeskog - American in spirit.
to get to the zen of the matter, one must think like a typical AP hack... hmmm, do I cover a meaningless demonstration from a bar in Copenhagen, or do I follow in Ernie Pyle's footsteps and risk life and limb covering real news in Mosul?
The sons and daughters of Ernie Pyle are embedded in Iraq. The sons and daughters of Peter Arnett are covering meaningless demonstrations in Copenhagen from the Hotel D'Angleterre's bar.Posted by robert thompson at July 6, 2005 11:13 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(20) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)