Dec
01
2002

New York Times, NPR Recount Anti-War Protests

The day after the huge October 26 antiwar protests in Washington, D.C. and around the country, the New York Times (10/27/02) severely downplayed their significance. The paper's short, page-8 report claimed that the "thousands" of demonstrators in the capital were "fewer people...than organizers had said they hoped for." Three days later (10/30/02), however, the same newspaper was reporting that the protests in D.C. "drew 100,000 by police estimates and 200,000 by organizers', forming a two-mile wall of marchers around the White House. The turnout startled even organizers, who had taken out permits for 20,000 marchers." The Times' first draft was, […]

Dec
01
2002

Connie Chung: Skeptical of Skepticism

On her October 7 broadcast, CNN's Connie Chung took a U.S. congressmember to task for doubting George W. Bush. After Rep. Mike Thompson (D.-Calif.) told Chung that there seemed to be no evidence that Iraq posed an immediate danger to the United States or its allies, the anchor responded, "Well, let's listen to something that President Bush said tonight, and you tell me if this doesn't provide you with the evidence that you want." She then aired a clip from a speech that Bush made in Cincinnati, in which he stated that "Some Al-Qaeda leaders who fled Afghanistan went to […]