Along the Tracks

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Joining in the protest-busting fun

I couldn’t help myself after Glenn Reynolds suggested bloggers Google the names of some of the “average Americans” the press is trumpeting as war protesters.

In MSNBC’s version of the AP story, there was a photo of a young lady shedding a tear at one of the crosses set up before the Washington Monument. Her name is Cecily Letendre. She is listed as a native of Nashville.

Surpisingly, this is not her first effort at political activism – or even the first time the media has noticed her as an activist. It seems she intended to protest at the Republican National Convention in New York, but a negative tarot card reading convinced her to simply donate the money to John Kerry’s campaign, according to a New York Times story reprinted in the Rochester Democrat. Average, everyday American … right.

On the other hand, Erika McCroskey (also mentioned in the AP story) appears to be a devoted volunteer from her early years – and one who didn’t always feel so strongly against the president. So in this case, I’d have to say the media most likely played it straight.

My conclusion: The reporter here, as with the Washington Post yesterday and other members of the mainstream media, came with a preconceived storyline, found at least one protester to support it, then moved on without worrying about details which might indicate the “average Americans” present were the exception, not the rule.

By the way, that’s not journalism, it’s propaganda.

P.S. – Here’s a complete teardown of Jennifer Kerr’s AP story at Protein Wisdom.

I was relieved to discover I'm not the only one who googles names in articles...Sometimes you can find out some really interesting information.

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