+972’s Ami Kaufman really nailed it…

Over a quarter million, and Israel STILL isn’t a story

Last week I posted a piece about how mainstream media websites did not update their sites with news items about the huge demo taking place on Saturday evening. There were 150,000 protesters on that Saturday.

It’s now 4 hours after this Saturday’s protest. This time it was 350,000 people across Israel. 5% of the population. That would be the equivalent of 15 million Americans marching in D.C.

And yet, before I go to bed, I’m checking the major sites again. Not the TV – I don’t have cable (can’t afford it). So, I don’t know how the TV news sites are dealing with it. But I checked over a few hours how the New York Times, Guardian, BBC News and Huffington Post sites covered the demo.

Or shall I say, didn’t cover it… […]

If there were 350,000 people (or 15 million) in D.C. as we speak, right now – would you see it mentioned on the homepage of major news sites? I think so.

Again, to be clear – my critique is not against the ongoing coverage of this revolution. There are more important stories out there today. And there were last week.

But as a breaking story, especially in the days of Twitter, Facebook, and technology of easy-updating and confirming of facts, I find it astounding that these sites did not mention this demo on their homepages…

As Haaretz reports…

Netanyahu downplays reports of 300,000 protesters across Israel

Police estimate that over 300,000 people took part in third consecutive week of mass rallies across Israel on Saturday; protesters chant ‘The people demand social justice.’

Over 300,000 people marched together in the mass protest that took place across Israel on Saturday, according to police estimates.

Approximatley 300,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv, 20,000 participated in Jerusalem, 3,000 in Kiryat Shmona, 5,000 in Modi’in,1,000 in Hod Hasharon and 1,000 in Eilat. However, those close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the media had inflated the numbers of participants in the protests. […]

Protesters chanted “The people demand social justice” and “An entire generation demands a future.”

A number of signs that were hung on Kaplan Street read “Resign, Egypt is here.”

“Young people of Israel, our time has come,” said National Student Union Chairman Itzik Shmuli at the Tel Aviv rally…

Outstanding Job, Israel…!

You’ve got your work cut out for ya…!

God Speed and God Bless…!