I loved Saturday's Healthcare for All march up State Street from the UW Library Mall to the Capitol -- especially the "Raging Grannies for Single Payer." It was exciting that so many people took time Saturday to demonstrate their commitment to healthcare reform now. (View Large On Black.) I looked for a story in my Sunday paper about the rally, especially since the featured speaker was our own U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who has worked for healthcare reform since she first went to Congress.
Isn't it news when your representative in Congress addresses 1,000 constituents about a major issue in downtown Madison? Apparently not for the Wisconsin State Journal. Maybe they think marches up State Street are so yesterday. Or maybe they think this page 3 picture of a handful of Iranian Americans demonstrating in Dallas against the Iranian government is more meaningful to Madison readers. Who knows.
The event did, however, typify what seems to be a growing trend in Madison: TV stations increasingly providing more news about some local events than what remains of our daily newspapers, the Wisconsin State Journal and the online Capital Times. Channel 27 had some on-air video of the rally and additional coverage on the web.
Channel 3 covered most of the speakers on the web and then "balanced" their coverage by quoting Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus on the party's current talking points.
"Giving more power to the federal government is not the answer to finding affordable health care for families. In fact, the 'public plan' President Obama and congressional democrats have proposed and are poised to rush through is the first step to a government takeover which will take decisions away from doctors and patients."However, Channel 3 didn't mention Tammy Baldwin at all. Go figure.