Protest Seen and Not Heard

There’s a category of media criticism we’ve often called “Seen and Not Heard.” It’s usually a protest that’s covered via a photo and caption, with no accompanying story to inform readers about what seems like an important issue.

I came across this today in the Washington Post (9/16/11)–the caption headline (not pictured here) is “Nurses Rally for a Tax”:

A little more reporting on what they’re talking about would have informed readers about an issue the Post probably doesn’t spend much time discussing. (Read this paper by Dean Baker about the $150 billion a speculation tax could raise every year–you’d think deficit-obsessed media would rally around this, right?) With any luck that article would include a better headline than “Nurses Rally for a Tax.”

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Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.