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Mrz
2005

Covering Protests: the Iraq War and the Terri Schiavo Case

(On March 19, 2005, according to United for Peace and Justice, 765 actions to End the Iraq War and Bring the Troops Home took place nationwide. But on March 20, the front page of the New York Times was silent on the nationwide protests. Instead, it [in the national edition] included the lead paragraphs of an article "Protesters at Hospice in Florida Push Showdown over Schiavo" by Abby Goodnough. . . . Robert D. McFadden's article "Hundreds of Rallies Held across U.S. to Protest Iraq War" [so titled in LexisNexis], however, was buried in page 35. Worse yet, the title given to the same article online is "Two Years after Iraq Invasion, Protesters Hold Small Rallies." Why the prominence of the Schiavo case? Is it because the public support conservative protesters, who prayed outside the hospice, with three of them arrested "when they tried to force their way past officers guarding the driveway of Woodside Hospice to take bread and water to Ms. Schiavo as a symbolic gesture" (Goodnough, March 20, 2005)? Not at all. The public "supports the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube" by a wide margin, according to an ABC poll. In contrast, the demands of anti-war demonstrators give voice to the view quietly held by a majority of Americans) -- FULL TEXT:
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