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Local TV stations have been accused of adopting an "if it bleeds; it leads" philosophy of journalistic judgment.  

If a local event doesn't produce eye catching dramatic images does it deserve play?  

If the Internets are providing a venue for citizen journalists to cover issues that the national media ignore, doesn't that mean that protests that don't result in mass arrests deserve coverage?

Are the No Justice No BART protests getting coverage on Fox Views (AKA Fox News) Network?  

What if the next No Justice No BART demonstration features an adorable kitten playing the Kingston Trio's song "(Charlie on the )MTA" on a piano?   Would an online video of that "go viral"?   Would it be newsworthy?   Would folks fwd that to their friends on Facebook?   Would it help publicize the effort to disband the BART cops?

When it becomes obvious that without a large number of arrests an event loses news value, then some home-truth aspects of journalism start to become apparent.  

Maybe before covering the next No Justice No BART event, we should read the classic short story "The Lady or the Tiger" to see if there is some subtle journalistic symbolism in it?

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