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Were FOX News Reporters Too Blind To See The Protesters?

Reported by Ellen - January 21, 2005

Major Garrett substituted for host Alan Colmes last night during part of his FOX News radio show. As I have previously posted, during my work on Outfoxed I discovered that as soon as Major Garrett showed up, I'd have something to write about. Last night was no different as Garrett sought to belittle the protesters at yesterdays inauguration.

In a conversation with FOX News reporter Mike Emanuel, Garrett said that the crowds seemed smaller at yesterday's inauguration and that "the protesters didn't really live up to the billing."

Emanuel added, "They were expecting big numbers and it didn't turn out to be all that."

Apparently, Garrett and Emanuel missed the following:

At the parade's start, at Third Street and Constitution Avenue, hundreds of sign-wielding protesters chanted "shame, shame," and "four more wars," as Bush's motorcade passed, easily drowning out supporters. (Kansas City Star, reprinted from Knight Ridder Newspapers)
The National Park Service made space available for only about 150 protesters in the bleachers, although thousands with signs, banners and buttons lined the curb of Pennsylvania Avenue. They stretched for about five blocks. (Kansas City Star, reprinted from Dallas Morning News)
The antiwar march spilled down several streets near the inaugural parade route and demonstrators mixed in line with Bush supporters and others waiting to get through security checkpoints (Kansas City Star, reprinted from Dallas Morning News)

Interestingly, neither article mentioned that the protesters were fewer than had been expected. Nor did any other article I read.

This is the second time I have heard Garrett substitute for Colmes on his radio show. Like the last time, it was refreshing to hear Garrett lose most of his usual snide tone that irked me so much during my Outfoxed research that I wrote in one of my reports, "I hope you nail this guy." (Alas, my request went unfulfilled.) Also gone was much of Garrett's usually blatant bias, although some of it did slip out (in addition to his above comment) when he read two opposing views of the inauguration, one from "a guy named John Nichols" from The Nation and one from "Jonah Goldberg" of the National Review.

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