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October 18, 2005

Disproportionate Coverage

As much as we'd prefer to pretend we didn't screw this up, TNS editors made a big mistake by not sending a reporter to last weekend's Millions More Movement event in Washington, DC. The event was certainly worthy of our note, so before anyone points out that we heavily covered an internal controversy vis-a-vis black gays wanting access and acceptance within the larger movement, we feel it necessary to note that our reporting was highly disproportionate.

As serious as the conflict highlighted by queer activists within the black community is, the conflict between races looms much larger and broader, and the overall good of a mass gathering like the MMM, despite significant blemishes, is deserving of note.

At The NewStandard, we are committed to pointing out when we fall short as well as when we excell -- in fact, more consistently the former. We think that's a big part of what makes us a trustworthy news outlet.

But we should also note that our failure to cover the MMM on the ground was a direct result of our limited budget and staff resources at this critical juncture. In the future, we will make greater efforts to cover events like the MMM the way we have covered major demonstrations in the past.

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