[Vision2020] Where were reporters?

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Tue Feb 3 03:30:36 PST 2015

Courtesy of today's (February 3, 2015) Moscow-Pullman Daily News with thanks to Christine Moffitt.

Letter: Where were reporters?
I read with pleasure the feature on Angela Davis in the 360 insert in the Lewiston Tribune this past week. However, I found a complete void of coverage of this event after it took place. I eagerly attended the Thursday, Jan. 22, lecture at the CUB ballroom. At the event, the room was packed with at least 1,000 people, including students, staff and many local citizens. The ceremony was well organized and opened with music from the God's Harmony Gospel Choir and School of Music musicians.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day committee presented distinguished service awards to staff and faculty at Washington State University and recognized our Moscow activist, former City Council member and lawyer, Dr. Linda Pall. She was presented with a distinguished service award for community contributions to recognize her longtime membership in the Latah County Human Rights Task Force, activity in the diversity section of the Idaho State Bar and her Love the Law Program.
Angela Davis spoke for about an hour on many topics of high interest to human rights. The lecture was absolutely first class, and she made a number of important points about our need for global reforms and awareness of human rights.
Why did the Tribune and the Daily News not feature this world-famous activist and her important message at this important event? WSU should be commended for bringing Dr. Davis to speak to the community and students. It was a very significant event, and a highlight for our community. It should have been covered on the front page of the newspapers. Where were your reporters?
Christine Moffitt

Good (and valid) question, Ms. Moffitt. 
Why didn't the Daily News and/or the Lewiston Tribune dispatch somebody to attend and report on Angela Davis' lecture at WSU?
Perhaps these newspapers (for lack of a more appropriate term) felt that Angela Davis' lecture didn't quite measure up to such a high standard as Nate Wilson's book-signing event at Clarkston's Costco, which received front page illustrated-and-detailed interview coverage in today's Daily News ("Second Generation in the Business of Words").

Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

"There's room at the top they are telling you still.
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill."

- John Lennon
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