How does the media deal with thousands of war veterans and their supporters storming the World War II memorial in defiance of Barack Obama’s orders, tearing down his barricades, and leaving them in a neat pile at the White House gate? You probably already know the answer, but if you need a hint, try hitting your favorite mainstream media “news” site and looking for headline coverage. ABC News, for example, thinks movie star Orlando Bloom listing his house for $4.5 million is a front-page featured-item event, but not the Million Veterans March. Needless to say, if a liberal group 10 percent this large held a comparably spirited demonstration against a Republican Administration, they would have been outnumbered by the journalists rushing to give them saturation coverage.
Shutdown Theater coverage from the MSM has been generally appalling – they usually just mention monument and park closings as a sad but inevitable side effect of the “shutdown,” without going into little details like Park Police storm troopers holding elderly tourists at gunpoint in Yellowstone, and when something really disastrous happens – like Obama halting death benefits to military families – the debris is swept into the Memory Hole as quickly as possible. Reporters always tell us they’re looking for “context” and the “rest of the story,” or even better the “untold story,” but not when it comes to Obama’s punitive war on the American people.
Thus we have the amazing spectacle of riot police surging forth to greet the marching veterans and keep them away from the National Mall, which just the other day was opened to Barack Obama’s political allies in the “immigration reform” movement, along with Port-a-Potty service and trash pickup. But when America’s veterans approach the Mall with an indisputably legitimate complaint about the President’s temper-tantrum antics? Beat it, Grandpa.
We’re being bludgeoned with polls that say Republicans are suffering more blame than Democrats for the shutdown, but I notice none of those populist Democrat Men and Women of the People felt like addressing the Million Veterans and explaining why extra manpower had to be deployed during the “shutdown” to barricade open-air memorials. There is no good explanation, but fortunately the media won’t ask Democrats about it, and they’re not going to appear before any crowd that would expect a straight answer.
Fox News, unsurprisingly one of the few major media outlets to give the veterans headline coverage, reports that Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) did address the rally, along with 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin:
???This is the people’s memorial,??? Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a crowd of several hundred gathered near the WWII Memorial on the closed National Mall, which has become a national symbol of the shutdown and the country???s response. ???Simple question: Why is the federal government spending money to keep veterans out of the memorial? Why did they spend money to keep people out of Mount Vernon, Mount Rushmore? Our veterans should be above political games.???
Veterans, including many in wheelchairs, took down police barricades and entered the memorial at about midday as others took the protest to the edge of the White House South Lawn.
???Today somebody???s wife [or] husband is dead in Afghanistan. Is somebody going to pay her husband [or] his wife or their children???? one protester shouted at the White House, referring to the partial shutdown cutting off benefits for the survivors of military personnel.
[…] ???Veterans have proven they are not timid. And we will not be timid in calling out anybody that uses the military as pawns,??? Palin told the crowd assembled at the Million Vet March on Memorials. ???We can only be America, home of the free, if we are America, home of the brave.???
Protesters shouting ???U.S.A.??? and ???Tear down these walls??? put the blame squarely on President Obama and Democratic congressional leaders.
???In a mean-spirited fit of selfish anger, Barack Obama has shut down our nation???s war memorials,??? march organizers said in a press release. ???And he has declared open war on our honored veterans. The World War II memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Obama has shut them all down to force his will on the House of Representatives and, frankly, to get revenge on the American people who oppose ObamaCare and his other naked power grabs.???
There were a couple of troublemakers. The Fox News report mentions a man arrested for carrying a gun in a bag, while standing in line to see Rep. David Reichert (R-WA). To the extent that “reporters” covered the march at all, their attention was quickly focused on one guy who showed up with a Confederate flag. (Actual headline at Salon.com: “DC protesters wave Confederate flag, tell Obama to ‘put the Quran down.'”)
I guess that big old Confederate flag was blocking the handful of MSM “reporters” who bothered to cover the event from taking in the amazing sight of wounded warrior Joey Jones, a Marine sergeant who lost both legs in Afghanistan, pulling Barack Obama’s barricades down from the World War II memorial:
If this was a Bush-era lefty protest, Sgt. Jones would be one of the most famous men in the world this morning. But that was back when dissent was the highest form of patriotism. The Times Free Press tells his story, including his first phone call home after losing his legs to an IED: “Momma, I’m coming home… or most of me is.” Not only is he standing tall against oppression once more with his prosthetic legs, but he retains his self-effacing sense of humor, apologizing on Twitter for being “late to the party” before getting to work on the Barrycades.
Looks like Segways work great for transporting barricades back to the Spite House:
More photos at The Blaze, ZeroHedge, and Twitchy.com, which shows demonstrators breaching the Barrycades at the Lincoln Memorial, too. Funny how the mainstream media managed to miss all that. Most of the actual reporting on the event came from citizen-journalists posting photos on Twitter, just like the Green Revolution in Iran.
The media also failed to notice the line of truckers pouring into the nation’s capital in support of the veterans, but according to 21st Century Wire, the “Ride for the Constitution” produced a “mile-long convoy” of “big-rig trucks, four-wheel drive, and motor vehicles.” According to this report, when demonstrators were confronted by riot police at the White House, they shouted “shame on you,” and the police backed away. I guess they didn’t shout loud enough for the big news networks to hear them.
Update: Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com notices that our helpless, shut-down, impoverished government was somehow able to scrape together enough pennies to put an “essential” helicopter or two in the air over the Million Veterans March.