The Syracuse New Times–Alternative My Ass.

I had to laugh at the current Syracuse New Times’ edition–their annual pictorial history edition. The main premise of the article, “Power To The People” is that, as an alternative newspaper, they exhibit the same basic qualities as most protest groups over the years: edgy, free-thinking, pushy–even a bit raw with their language and decorum.

Well, if that’s the case, why was their coverage of SUN’s direct action protest in 2002 at the home of County Executive Nick Pirro entirely about how rude and presumptuous we were to arrive unannounced at a person’s home at 9:30 AM on a Saturday morning? Nothing about our concerns that the County was unfairly targeting a minority neighborhood with an unwanted, out-dated and potentially toxic sewage treatment plant. (Concerns that were proven absolutely true–even though we lost the battle on the plant construction.)

In fact, their only coverage was in their Good Week/Bad Week section (we were an example of why it was a bad week for politeness and civility!). This was in direct contrast to the daily “establishment” newspaper that sent a reporter, took pictures and reported the facts of both our side and County Executive Pirro’s refusal to respond.

The New Times loves to trumpet its counter-culture bona fides, I just don’t see it. I still grab it every week, but only for the band listings!


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