[sixties-l] Fwd: NPR news blackout on protest activities

From: radman (resist@best.com)
Date: Thu Aug 03 2000 - 20:34:36 CUT

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    >From: tech@phillyimc.org
    >Subject: NPR news blackout on protest activities
    >Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2000 20:19 +0000
    >NPR news blackout on protest activities
    >By Jonathan Lawson
    >Ongoing protest activities, police response and
    >mass arrests in Philadelphia have gone almost
    >completely unreported by National Public Radio news
    >programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
    >On today's Morning Edition broadast, reporter Steve
    >Inskeep acknowledged that Governor Bush's
    >nomination acceptance would likely be the only
    >truly newsworthy item to emerge from the RNC all
    >week. Nevertheless, both NPR news programs have
    >focused on the convention and convention-related
    >"human interest" fluff pieces to the exclusion of
    >coverage of mass protests and police activities
    >elsewere in the city.
    >Morning Edition's last mention of the protests came
    >on Tuesday, Aug. 1, as Eric Westervelt reported
    >that "thousands of protesters wound their way along
    >city streets... few arrests were made and city
    >police say they would accommodate the protesters as
    >long as they remained non-violent." As protest
    >activities continued through the week, police
    >pressure on protest groups and arrests dramatically
    >increased. NPR's coverage, however, dropped off
    >Alternative news organizations including the
    >Independent Media Center have published and
    >broadcast reports of questionable arrests and
    >possible rights violations as protesters are held
    >in Philadelphia prisons, some evidently being
    >denied access to legal counsel, medical attention,
    >and food for extended periods.
    >It remains difficult to determine exactly what is
    >going on on the streets of Philadelphia as NPR and
    >other major national media continue to ignore the
    >protests; indeed, most of the public may be
    >completely unaware that protests continue at all.
    >National Public Radio went on the air in 1972 with
    >its flagship program All Things Considered; the
    >first broadcast featured on-the-street coverage of
    >police violently clashing with anti-war protesters.
    >Today, many of NPR's regular listeners still
    >consider the network's news coverage to be more
    >"liberal" and to have greater depth than that of
    >commercial broadcast networks.
    >Morning Edition: morning@npr.org All Things

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