A summary of how some major newspapers covered the 2008 May Day immigration protests:
New York Times – Score: C-
“Crowds Are Smaller at Protests by Immigrants,” a 714-word story focusing on the diminished crowds and lack of focus.
Washington Post – Score: D
Did not feature a story on the demonstrations in their online newsfeed. In 940 words “Thousands rally in May Day effort for immigration reform” produced quotes from a cross-section of demonstrators across the nation.
Los Angeles Times – Score: B
“March smaller but festive” in 1,297 words the LAT stressed the negative economic effects of workplace raids.
The length of all the stories in these newspapers were shorter than average, indicating a lack of news value in the judgment of the editors.
Raul Ramos y Sanchez