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  •  Really? Chancellor and Rather comparisons? (1+ / 0-)
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    While I agree that the event was telling and this story should get more coverage than it is currently receiving, and that CNN is cutting off its reputational nose, I can't let the comparison to 1964 and 1968 to unchallenged.

    In those events, journalists were assaulted by security forces -- in other words, by instruments of the official power structure of the parties involved. That's a case of political parties literally strong-arming journalists because they don't like the tone of their coverage. As such, it's major news in a society that values a free and dynamic press and aspires to equally free and dynamic political debate.

    By contrast, the event this week is by no one's report sanctioned by the RNC or convention leadership. Indeed, the convention did what it should have done -- ejected the transgressor.

    I'm no apologist for the Republican party. I deplore everything the party stands for, especially the new platform, which manages to be more racist, sexist, homophobic, exceptionalist, anti-intellectual and wealth-driven than any major party platform in at least two generations, and possibly longer than that. But let's not get carried away with our comparisons.

    Underscoring as it does the small, bigoted mindset that besets today's GOP, the event is telling enough as it is. Let's hold it up to the light of day and insist on fair reportage. Gilding it by suggesting it equates to '64 and '68 just undermines our own credibility and gives the apologists a chance to change the subject.

    "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

    by pragmaticidealist on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 12:54:10 PM PDT

    •  not equating (1+ / 0-)
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      I was not trying to equate this incident with any particular incident that occurred in the 1964 or 1968 conventions. That was not my point. The point of comparison is to the type of news coverage we were used to in the 1960's compared to the coverage we have now. The networks used to give us wall to wall coverage and would be all over all kinds of stories, large and small. And now we have three cable stations, and they seem to be satisfied with mostly doing talking heads with personalities and pundits.  

      As far as comparing this incident with the Chancellor incident, however, you could make the argument that this incident is worse. Chancellor was thrown out of the convention by security guards for blocking the aisle. The CNN person was possibly subjected to a racist assault. You're right that the assault was not officially sanctioned and no doubt will be officially condemned. But it might indicate a more prevalent attitude among the rank and file than any official sources, including the media, would like to acknowledge. And that story deserves to be investigated.

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