June 7, 2004
Dear BBC News: Thanks for Covering the Protests in Italy
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To the cool people at BuzzFlash:
I found a link on your site to a BBC News story about the anti-Bush protests in Italy. I was motivated to send an email of thanks to BBC and am copying it here. Thanks for your good work.
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Dear BBC News:
I am American and I want to thank your news organization for providing me access to photos of the protests against President Bush during his recent trip to Italy. I live in Washington DC and read 2 newspapers daily: the Washington Post and the New York Times (in addition to a few U.S. news internet web sites) -- but I hadn't seen a single image of the Italian protestors in any U.S. news outlet.
What I did see were numerous stories about Bush's visit with the Pope -- all presenting the President in a very positive light and downplaying the Pope's critical comments.
While the New York Times apparently had no space to devote to even a single photo of hundreds of thousands of Italians expressing deep disgust and rage at the U.S. President and his policies, they did find ample space to devote to the subject of their primary front-page photo in Saturday's edition: schoolchildren pretending to be horses running around a race track.
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