Heard about the big D.C. rally Saturday? Probably not.
A new liberal umbrella group, One Nation Working Together, is planning a massive rally in Washington, but so far word of the event is only dribbling out. Are organizers on the same page?
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“There have been several books written why the Republicans are always on message and the Democrats are hardly ever on message, and this rally is another example,” Mr. Goyjer says. Noting that the message of the march is to promote diversity and inclusion of many points of view – in a civil, non-sensational gathering – this very inclusivness will push it off the national media radar.Skip to next paragraph
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“Civilized rallies are not covered because they are not visually exciting for TV,” he adds.
Nonetheless, the team behind the rally says it is Facebooking, Twittering, texting and emailing its way to an impressive turnout come Saturday. Noting that major national media outlets such as NBC, CNN and yes, Fox News, have applied for media credentials, One Nation communications director Denise Gray-Felder says she is confident that the event will garner the attention it deserves when the weekend arrives.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, chief executive of NAACP, is one of the rally’s prime organizers. “We are living through a very particular moment in American history," he says via e-mail. "It is one in which diversity is increasing, while prosperity is decreasing. Barring great social movement, this is a formula for a battleground.”
Mr. Jealous says he sees the group's breadth and diversity as its signal strength and emphasizes that the rally is part of a movement to bring people together to solve pressing, national problems.
Some conservative bloggers have picked up the trail. Daniel Foster at National Review slams the event for what he regards as its extreme left leanings, noting that while the rally will consist of the NAACP, the AFL-CIO, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Council of La Raza, and other liberal groups, it will also embrace: Communist Party USA, International Socialist Organization, Planned Parenthood, Democratic Socialists of America, and Code Pink.
But as the election season swells with an increasing number of events, New York political analyst Jerry Kremer, chairman of Empire Government Strategies, suggests this march may suffer from what he calls rally fatigue. A lack of a single, distinctive message emanating from the rally is not helping its profile in the national consciousness, he adds.
“There is just too much going on,” Mr. Kremer says, adding that these events tend to draw the faithful without sending out a clear effective message. If the public perceives that there are too many rallies, he adds, "most likely more groups will decide not to do them because they aren’t effective.”