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Minimizing the Inauguration Protesters

Reported by Ellen - January 21, 2005

FOX News seems to be doing its best to downplay the inaugural protesters. There's a 1/20/05 article on FOXNews.com called Cohesion Missing From Anti-War Movement. Notice how FOX characterizes the protests as being anti-war, not anti-Bush.

Rather than quote any leaders of the anti-war movement or the progressive left or even Democrats, FOX relies on man-in-the-street interviews to make its case that "some activists (my emphasis) said Thursday that a stronger, more unified anti-war message is needed to achieve any future success in the movement."

For example,

"It doesn't seem to be organized in a very effective way," said Ben Kreith, of New York City, who traveled with his friends to attend the inaugural demonstrations. They participated in a march to McPherson Square near the White House, brandishing life-size images of soldiers carrying wounded children in their arms. "There is an organized (anti-war) movement, but it doesn't seem to be much."
Comment: Notice that this interviewee says the movement is organized, just not big enough.

Later, there's this quote:

"It's the same stuff we've seen at the Republican National Convention and the Democratic convention … the same signs and the same people, and I appreciate that and respect that but for me, I'm really getting to a point where I need to see more," said Ken Krayeske, a Connecticut activist who worked in Ralph Nader's presidential campaign office last year.

He said that failed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and the Democratic Party abandoned the anti-war effort in order to win, and ended up losing both. He said there is no real leader of the movement now, no mainstream effort to reverse the Iraq policy.

Comment: Who are these spokespeople? Just some guys at the protest? They, along with a few others such as John Hammer, father of a member of the National Guard (who said "It's not a cohesive protest") and Beth Oram, a New York City anti-war protester ("I think there was a tactical error made when the progressives spent so much time trying to elect Kerry") seem to be the basis upon which FOX reporter Kelley Beaucar Vlahos makes her case.

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