#MillionMaskMarch: Epic, Global — But Where Were the News Networks?

On November 5, 2013 tens of thousands of protestors marched in 477 locations around the globe. There were masks, chants, goofy signs, sincere view points, arrests, beatings, police opening up with non-lethal projectiles on protestors, flag burnings. There was lots of print/online coverage, but where were CNN, MSNBC and Fox News? And why weren’t they giving this global event any play as of November 6 at 9:54pm?

NBC News Worldwide did online coverage, ABC News posted a photo from Brazil and mentioned in the caption a global march, while CBS News had nothing. Al Jazeera America ran eight photos on their website.  RT.com gave the Million Mask March a big spread on their website (Oh hai, Mr. Putin and your pals in the Kremlin!) plus posted videos on YouTube; the BBC posted three stories.  CNET posted a story.

But considering the airtime the (failed) truckers’ protest got on Fox, and the amount coverage given by cable news programs–which can provide up-to-the minute, breaking news stories via affiliates–to a crack smoking Canadian mayor, Justin Bieber’s alleged brothel visit, and Google’s mystery barges, you’d think that the telegenic sight of a global protest–one set against landmarks like the White House and Buckingham Palace with cute masks and catchy slogans–would have merited 30 seconds of cable network news time. The Million Man March was happening in Europe, in Australia, in Asia, Africa, South America. It was happening here. In the US. Did you see anything on your local news channel, in your local paper?

A November 6 search of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News’ websites showed no stories about a worldwide Million Mask March protest, nor of the ones in Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, or Atlanta (Though in Denver both the local  ABC station and the Denver Post ran a story after the fact, focusing on arrests, and Portland, Oregon’s KATU posted a YouTube video of police beating protestors). The map of Million Mask Marchers (below) is covered in dots indicating marches and participation.

But wait: There is no live footage by the major networks. No wrapped-with-a-bow “look at what happened” video story. Oh wait, there were two CNN ireports, but those are viewer created, and Fox Latino had two stories. En español.

There were protests across America, around the globe, all themed, organized via social media and websites, and they were ignored, overlooked, avoided–pick a verb–by the major broadcast news organizations.

Twitter #MillionMaskMarch has a running thread of press coverage, and the written word and dead tree media—the Guardian, the Independent, even the gutted and limping  Los Angeles Times all ran stories (though the LA Times’ sister TV station KTLA did not cover the Million Mask March in downtown Los Angeles)—came through where  television stations didn’t. The Washington Post covered the protests, as did the Wall Street Journal and  International Business Times, but a November 6, 2013 search of the New York Times for the terms “million mask march,” “protest” “anonymous” and “Guy Fawkes” turned up nothing about the November 5, 2013 Million Mask March, though this item from earlier this year is pretty interesting:

A decision by authorities in Bahrain to outlaw Guy Fawkes masks looks like a pretty desperate and ineffective way of crushing dissent.

And a decision by network and cable news to ignore Anonymous and its global protests is equally as desperate and ineffective.


Photos: Twitter feed #MillionMaskMarch

10 Responses to "#MillionMaskMarch: Epic, Global — But Where Were the News Networks?"
Kassandra | Thursday November 7, 2013 08:42 am 1

If the media showed this, it might encourage others to realize that there IS a resistance movement to the New World Order and maybe act accordingly
They covered OWS only to fade to black when it lost it’s comic appeal and the media pretended it was over; stomped into the ground by our militarized police: “take THAT ya hippie, pinko commie barstads!”

The coverage of OWS was an object lesson to the masses. that’s all


Kassandra | Thursday November 7, 2013 08:43 am 2

If the media showed this, it might encourage others to realize that there IS a resistance movement to the New World Order and maybe act accordingly
They covered OWS only to fade to black when it lost it’s comic appeal and the media pretended it was over; stomped into the ground by our militarized police: “take THAT!!! ya hippie, pinko commie barstads!”

The coverage of OWS was an object lesson to the masses. that’s all

PS: not all of my comment posted…..we’ll see if this one does….


Kassandra | Thursday November 7, 2013 08:44 am 3
In response to Kassandra @ 2

Oh well. getting as bad as HuffPO, I guess


onitgoes | Thursday November 7, 2013 08:55 am 4

Thanks, Lisa, for reporting on this. Color me unsurprised. My limited access to M$M nooz media provided no stories about the Million Mask March, which was as I expected. I was rather hoping to see a bit more coverage here at FDL or similar blogs.

Of course the M$M in the USA studiously ignored the protests, just as they have done as often as possible with such protests, esp since the BushCo reign. Don’t want the rubes to get any ideas, now do we? And of course, the M$M propoganda outlets, including PBS/NPR, are owned by the 1% against whom these marches and protests are mostly about.

Oh sure, we’ll see lots of attention paid to Tea Party protests back in the day, but anti-War or anti-Wall Street? Nah, fahgeddaboudit. Or if such protests happen to receive some attention, it’ll all be couched in terms of: look at these lousy lazy slackers who don’t want to work & who are dirty & smelly & who just have their hand out expecting a load of freebies. All they want is to rip off all of you hard workers out there. Go spit on them!

And so: on it goes…


onitgoes | Thursday November 7, 2013 08:56 am 5
In response to onitgoes @ 4

hmmmm… some of my post got cut off, too, but the gist is there.


Lisa Derrick | Thursday November 7, 2013 09:39 am 6
In response to onitgoes @ 4

I did tip it on Nov 5, and that story spread pretty far. The blogosphere and twitter are full of photos, links etc. RT was the only “major” news outlet to cover it, which is pretty embarrassing because because, well Snowden, etc.

Ignoring Anonymous will not make it go away. That is lesson that has been seen repeatedly over the past five and half years. Ignoring popular sentiment will not make it go away either, something that has been seen over the past two thousand years.


marblex | Thursday November 7, 2013 10:01 am 7

TV nooze is increasingly irrelevant to the lives of human beings, most of whom (who have access) rely either on the internet, Al Jazeera or the Daily Show for their real news.

The fact that none of these dinosaurs covered the incipient progressive revolution that will sweep the globe and make radical changes for the benefit of 100% of human beings around the world, is further evidence of their total lack of importance to people in 2013- .

Television networks in the USA have fewer and fewer viewers as people become increasingly aware of their obvious failures to provide any meaningful news and information. All you get on your Tee Vee now are commercials, propaganda, “reality” (hahaha the irony) shows and bad sitcoms. People are sick of this shit and no on I know even watches TV nooz. Those who do, look to it only as entertainment (really, when you think about it, Foxnooz is just as funny as many TV comedies) or examples of how real journalism in the USA is just about dead and gone.


cyberburl | Thursday November 7, 2013 10:22 am 8

I can’t even watch the Cabal Nooze anymore.


Lisa Derrick | Thursday November 7, 2013 11:30 am 9
In response to marblex @ 7

Depends on which demographic you’re looking at.


Lisa Derrick | Friday November 8, 2013 12:45 am 10

From twitter:

Mz Rae Frost @XDEVASTATEDX

@lalisa93 ty! in #CHICO #ca there was a march & the TV crews showed up @ location to film homeless issues, refused 2 use any shots of #anons


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