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Thursday, December 11, 2003
Many bloggers are complaining (sample here) of the lack of press coverage of the Iraqi anti-terrorism / pro-democracy march. Well, it was prominently sited on the front page of the Houston Chronicle, main photo, above the fold. How 'bout them apples?
Unfortunately, two photos and the accompanying captions were all there were on the subject! There was no story inside, as there usually is with a front page photo.
(I'd link to the Chronicle's web site, but I didn't see the photos or anything about the march on their front page. They typically have very few photos on their web site.)
The main photo is of men on the pillars in Fardus [sp?] Square. They're waving red flags, so presumably they were Zayed's Commies. (Here and here are Zayed's pictures of the Communists standing on the pillars, waving their flags. Your totalitarian philosophies always know how to make a stunning visual impression.)
(UPDATE: The photo accompanies this story by Maureen Fan in the Seattle Times. Click on the picture for a larger image.
The article takes a very ambivalent view of the march, devoting several paragraphs to news of continued attacks, a woman equally angry at Saddam and the US, and men who cite shortages and unemployment as their complaints---though they blame these on the terrorists. No bias in the article, though!)
The caption in the Chronicle reads:
There was also a picture of two men in white burnooses (they looked like brothers) standing next to a man in a fur cap, who has his back to them but is looking over his shoulder at them. He seems to be holding hands with someone on his left. This picture is captioned:
UPDATE II: The photo is here, as part of a slide show. This is the link if you want to see the other pictures. The same Maureen Fan article (linked above) accompanies them.
None of the al-Sadr supporters in his picture is wearing a burnoose. However, several men in his photos of tribal leaders are.
Anyhow, at least this is some scrap of attention from Old Media.