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June 10, 2009

Washington Post Out of Step on Parade

An estimated 100,000 people participated, as marchers or spectators, in the world’s largest celebration of the birth of the State of Israel in New York City’s May 31st “Salute to Israel” parade. The huge procession down Fifth Avenue not only commemorated Israeli Independence Day, it also marked the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of Tel Aviv. Participating were Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and New York State Gov. David Patterson. The Washington Times Associated Press report on the parade, headlined, “Thousands celebrate birth of Israel” (June 1) was accompanied by a large black and white photograph. The Washington Post published the same AP article on its Web site on the day of the event, but ran nothing in the June 1 print edition. Space is always tight, and the parade was in New York, not Washington, DC, but the Post is a national as well as local newspaper and, having found the parade newsworthy enough for Web readers, at least should have published it as a brief in the printed edition. -A.L.

Posted by ER at June 10, 2009 02:28 PM

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