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Your cover story “Best of Protest 2002” (10/4) left out the two major categories: Best Performance by the Local News Media and Most Patriotic Act by D.C. Police.

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For the former, I nominate the Washington Post for its 33-inch Metro-section Page 1 story on Sept. 30 headlined “Against War, A Peaceful March,” in which not one single fact about the march appeared until the 28th inch and not one single marcher (of thousands) was interviewed. (Nor was a single speaker at the rally quoted.)

As for the cops, they clearly win, hands down, the John Ashcroft Pre-empt the First Amendment Patriot Prize for their mass-arrest sweep at Pershing Park of 600 people who were just standing around, because, in the words of the psychic D.C. police chief, “They were going to do something wrong.”

Takoma Park, Md.