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2004

Media Declares War on Anti-War Protests

by Mickey Z.

Media Declares War on Anti-War Protests (but more Generals, please)

The August 26, 2004 New York Daily News headline blared:

ANARCHY, INC. The idea, of course, was to paint the upcoming RNC protests with the broad brush of corporate media propaganda. An influential ingredient of wartime spin is shaping public perception of the anti-war movement. As a result, coverage of demonstrations is usually a tepid combination of low crowd estimates and footage of police arresting “unruly” protestors. “War, and the threat of war, sells newspapers,” says media analyst Danny Schechter. “Peace does not. The 'action' of war builds TV ratings. In contrast, the quieter work of diplomacy and negotiations is boring and not highly visual. War gives journalists a chance to show how brave they are in a macho sport where only the strong survive. Peace is far headier, an intellectual's vocation, a game for lawyers, softies and sissies.”....

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