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Touting the tea baggers

Because I know some of us keep score…
The Star Tribune put the Capitol’s 2,000 teabaggers (police estimate) front-page-and-center, while the Pioneer Press relegated the news to its inside local-section front (downplaying the turnout as “several h

Because I know some of us keep score…

The Star Tribune put the Capitol’s 2,000 teabaggers (police estimate) front-page-and-center, while the Pioneer Press relegated the news to its inside local-section front (downplaying the turnout as “several hundred”).

If you’re looking for historical comparisons, the Strib also put the April 2006 pro-immigrant marches on the front page — police put that rally at 30,000 to 40,000, by the way — though I don’t know placement.

The Strib devoted more ink to the teabaggers (about 1,000 words plus sidebars, compared to roughly 750 for the immigration folks), but a lot of the former was national wire copy.

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March 2003 protests in advance of the Iraq War, which drew at least 8,000 people in Minneapolis, also made the Strib’s 1A.

Two years later, a second-anniversary demonstration that “drew more than 1,000 protesters” landed on 14A. Two years after that, a photo of the fourth-anniversary protest made the front page, with a story on the metro section front; organizers claimed 4,000 people marched, but police provided no estimate.