The Sound of 10,000 Feet Marching
I’ve been curious why the lamestream media has been slow to cover the Stop The Frack Attack! rally on Saturday in DC. After all, there were several thousand protesters. (I was there, I counted them.) Then I was reminded that no major news network, not even CNN, covered the largest public protest in Japan’s history earlier in the month, either – 100,000 people opposed to more nuclear power for that Fukushima-shocked nation. Similarly, the media ignored ensuing protests in Tokyo, though the story was finally picked up by Reuters and The Washington Post after protesters vitalized a key gubernatorial election there. Has ANGA threatened to pull their eight billion ads? Philip Bump examines the troubling phenomena of an under-performing media willfully ignoring the news in A Weekend Of Protests Barely Makes The Papers on Grist.org.
Days later, news of the world’s largest anti-fracking rally to date is finally surfacing. Still very little from major outlets, though. Even MSNBC’s liberal darling Rachel Maddow had a pro-gas guy on her show last night. Richard Muller, the same MacArthur genius from Berkeley who only recently came around to accepting the science of global climate change, said, “The biggest thing is to switch away from coal, and to the one thing that can replace it in the poor countries, which are going to produce most of the carbon dioxide, natural gas.”
The “one thing”? As in the only thing?? Not solar? Nor wind? Nor hydro or geothermal?
To her credit, and my dismay, Maddow replied with characteristic fecklessness, “If we can figure out a way to do that without causing earthquakes and lighting our drinking water on fire, I think a lot of people would follow you down that road.”
Yeah, well, too bad “safe fracking” remains an industry fantasy.
5,000 People Unite In DC To Protest Fracking by Stefanie Penn Spear, HuffingtonPost.com
‘A Contaminant To Our Democracy’: ‘Gasland’ Director Josh Fox Warns Of The Dangers of Fracking aired on Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, Current-TV, July 30, 2012,Current.com
Thousands Gather For Stop The Frack Attack Rally, Sierra Club Compass
Thousands Converge in Washington to Launch National Movement Against Fracking by Sabrina Artel, alternet.org
Thousands Gather For Stop The Frack Attack Rally by Occupy RFK, Jr. in White Plains, NY
Stop the Frack Attack, Washington DC, CNN iReport by Scott Cannon
Talking To A Wall?
Despite the slow but steady coverage, John Krohn cast his doubts on the rally headcount in a petty little post on Energy In Depth. Everyone knows that EID is an industry front-group who deploys industry dollars to promote their dirty fossil fuel agenda and further shale gas slopaganda. It was typical industry tactics, written to mock a valid, burgeoning movement and serve as a red herring to distract attention away from the message that was so forcefully delivered by thousands in DC.
Krohn’s bluster hardly seems worthy of comment. That didn’t stop me, however. The fact is, the shale gas industry has an inherent problem, and it’s not merely with their PR. Their product pollutes. And at least fractivists don’t have to pay people to show up at events! When considered objectively, EID’s manufactured controversy only helps to spark more interest in this growing global movement, and leads one to wonder, just how big is this thing? And how big is it gonna get? For every fractivist who showed up on Saturday, there are five more of us at home. So thanks for that, John.
Walls Have Ears
The real question is whether or not to bother commenting on posts and articles which lend voice to gas industry lies. It takes a lot of time and effort to continually dispel their slick, expensively packaged claims. When I suggested that we “simply ignore this schmuck” on a facebook thread, I received this thoughtful response from Marcellus Shale Protest:
“The power of a grassroots movement isn’t MONEY. it’s the # of engaged & informed bodies that the movement can rally on an action, be it a protest, letter writing, at the voting booth. That’s why I encourage you to read the drill shills’ propaganda & comment on it. That’s how they’ll know that our numbers are growing, that we’re watching, that we’re NOT GOING AWAY. Gloria”
Hear that, Gloria!
Thousands March On Gas Lobbyists, API To “Stop the Frack Attack” on Liveleak.com