Strength in Numbers

Brian Cook

I missed Sunday's Chicago Tribune, so I didn't get to see how much coverage they gave to Saturday's D.C. march that drew hundreds of thousands of anti-war protesters. But I was happy to see on Page 8 of today's Tribune that, under the headline "Rally praises effort in Iraq," almost 400 showed up to urge the United States to stay the course. Wow. Four hundred. Helluva rally. Somehow the Tribune missed that an even larger "rally" took place on Sunday, when some 500 attended the 3:30 screening of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence at Chicago's River East Mulitplex. Audience members said they were protesting the standard swill of insulting pablum regularly dished out by Hollywood.

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Brian Cook was an editor at In These Times from 2003 to 2009. He now works on the editorial staff of Playboy magazine.
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