Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Just Like in Israel II

The left-wing rallies in Israel are usually accompanied by musical groups and leading popular singers. That's how they draw the crowds. Right-wing groups only in the past few years have begun using singers, like Ariel Zilber.

I mention that after reading this:

From CNN to the New York Times, the media hyped Barack Obama's Portland, Oregon rally on Sunday, some comparing him to a rock star.

Unmentioned in national reporting was the fact that Obama was preceded by a rare, 45-minute free concert by actual rock stars The Decemberists. The Portland-based band has drawn rave reviews from Rolling Stone magazine, which gave their 2005 album Picaresque four and a half stars (out of five), and another four and a half stars for 2007's The Crane Wife.

How many of the people showed up to hear Obama, and how many to hear the band?

The NYTimes didn't mention the band at all.


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