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Something's Happening

by CNN Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000 at 1:23 PM

Corporate media outlet writes fairly positive piece on "the movement."

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Nothings as it seems

by Stephen Konieczka Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000 at 7:42 AM
spkonieczka@juno.com Chicago, IL

Of course the question here is did they bother to run anything on CNN TV? I don't know I don't own a TV (Unless you count my monitor.) But lets look at the Associated Press' wire CNN.com posted, shall we?

First…"The demonstrations followed a series of protests in the U.S. dating to last year Seattle, when some 50,000 protesters took over the city center in opposition to World Trade Organization meetings being held there."

It's subtle, or perhaps I'm just to critical, but protests were not "in opposition to the World Trade Organization meetings being held there." They were in opposition to the WTO period. And even if I'm just being picky, why not say, "the policies of the WTO?" CNN/AP at it's best!

Also, if I remember correctly, wasn't it the state who "took over the city center" and shut down 50 square blocks of Seattle? Or was that Washington DC? Either way protestors were not to blame.

Second…"Some observers believe the diversity of the activist groups will dilute their effectiveness."

Enter Prof 1 and 2, whom, did you notice were not very keen on this thing lasting too long. Perhaps the AP couldn't find one of those Profs who do think something special is building? It is summer vacation after all.

Third…"I get a real sense we're on the cusp of a very different paradigm when we're looking at the connections of protest movements."

In other words: "This will be interesting in a historical perspective."



Fourth.. "And earlier this month, some 300 protesters were arrested in Philadelphia after sometimes violent brawls with police protecting delegates at the Republican National Convention."

All of you who tried to attack a RNC delegate and were beating silly by a cop "protecting delegates" raise your middle and index fingers!

Fifth…"But, voicing a concern that was expressed by other protesters, he said he feared the diversity was a drawback: With so many different causes, he doubted any particular message was getting out."

Well CNN and AP lets see just how good your reporting skills are!?

"I'm sure there's a unifying factor in there somewhere," media mogul Ted Turner was believed to have been overheard by an unnamed source a person refusing to be cited and contacted the office via telegraph, said. "Report it and your fired," he's believed to have said from his underground bunker in downtown Atlanta where he's keeping company with Michael Esiner and Rulpoh Murdoch.

Lastly..."It's reacting, rather than taking the initiative," he said.'

While the AP may come by and write up a story on anything we do proactively is CNN ganna come by and show us? If it's "reactionary" to "take the initiative" to go to the spots were the action is and put forth a message because the cameras won't come to us, then by god REACT!

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