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The mainstream media loved the Iraq war

Long Island Press. North Coast Journal. Monterey Coast Weekly. Random Lengths (San Pedro). Memphis Flyer. Boston Phoenix. ArtVoice (Buffalo). Rochester City Newspaper. Colorado Springs Independent.

"We came out against it immediately," wrote Bradley Zeve, publisher of the Coast Weekly. "And we sent a report to Iraq."

Said Robbie Woliver, editor in chief of Long Island Press: "We were on this from the start and even had some amazing ongoing coverage by a reporter who was non-embedded. Back then that was pretty rare."

Paemla White at Boulder Weekly noted that her paper "wrote a mondo article covering every single antiwar event in the week prior to shock and awe in an effort to prove conclusively that there was opposition."

Ken Neill, publisher of the Memphis Flyer, reminded us that his paper was "ahem, outspoken in our editorials and in coverage of marches, etc." That's something of an understatement - Neill and his publication were among the most vociferous opponents of the war in the country.

In fact, most of the alts were writing about the war well ahead of the invasion: "Don't forget that we gave the anti-war perspective BEFORE the war started," said James Allen, publisher of Random Lengths.

The Village Voice and the L.A. Weekly both had strong antiwar articles in 2003. But they're now part of the same chain that owns the SF Weekly, and the chain (now called Village Voice Media) doesn't allow editorials in its publications. In fact, the Weekly made fun of the antiwar protesters (including the Guardian staff).

But overall, if you wanted to find out the other side of the war story, the alternative weeklies were offering it.

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