Conservative and faith events are used to being ignored or downplayed by main stream media. Last Friday, nationwide rallies were organized for public witness and prayer opposing the HHS mandate. In Minnesota, over 2,000 of various faiths showed at the Federal Office Building in St. Paul. James Stack at Ricochet reports:
Kathleen Sebelius' visit to St. Paul was covered by the local TV and newspapers. This protest, which of course was considered "right wing," was ignored. More than 2,000 citizens showed up. The event was coordinated nationally to oppose the Federal HHS mandates forcing religious institutions to pay for and provide abortion drugs, contraceptives and other hideous violations of conscience. 2000+ people showed up at the Federal Building in downtown St. Paul on Friday for the nationally coordinated protest over the HHS mandates, and their onerous freedom of religion consequences. But as I suspected might happen, I literally couldn't find a TV camera.
I did find local coverage from WCCO, who reported a smaller attendance, and Catholic media did pick up the rally in St. Cloud where 250 who attended. A Google search does show that media picked up events in other states. The media and cameras were giving most coverage to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' visit, but ignored thousands of their readers and viewers in St. Paul. This is another reason why citizen journalism is key - it's up to us to do the job our local mainstream media won't. It's also up to those in opposition to Obamacare to rise up and show up.
On Monday, Citizens Council for Health Freedom is organizing oppositon to appear at public hearings Monday night in St. Paul:
On Monday evening, March 26 (6:00 p.m.), there will be a hearing at the State Capitol on a bill to build, establish and implement an Obamacare exchange ("takeover center"). SF 1872authored by Senator Tony Lourey (D-Kerrick), is deceptively called the "Minnesota Insurance Marketplace Act."
Another bill we've testified against will also be heard: SF 2255 (Gerlach). As several lawyers have informed us, despite the author's best intentions, the bill could give Governor Dayton legal cover for implementing a government health insurance exchange. The bill says if an exchange is created, here is a list of what it cannot do.
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments challenging the constitutionality of the health care law sometime this week. This NRSC Fact Check video show promises made by Obama and Senate Democrats two years ago, with a follow-up: