I got no idea why and how the Dallas Morning Snooze got this story, but it was on the
front page below the fold today, by staff writer Colleen McCain Nelson. This is just so uncharacteristic of the Morning Snooze, I wonder WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON in the city of the bronze cows.
DOES THIS SIGNIFY A SEA CHANGE?, or just a slow news day, and a smart ass reporter and editor who will get their asses kicked this afternoon by (re)pub. Jim Moroney or Belo boss Robert Deckerd?
Headline: Smarting after GOP's party
They were captured in nets, handcuffed and thrown into crowded jail cells. [THATS THE LEAD LINE IN THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS !! WHERE"S THE TYLENOL?]
For more than 1800 protesters arrested at last year's Rupublican convention, free speech came at a price. Some are still fighting charges such as disorcderly conduct and failure to disperse. Of those who have made their way through the judicial system, nine in 10 were not found guilty of anything.
(link is here; too bad you can't see it "in the paper")
Below the jump: POLICE STATE?
Demonstrators say that New York City was transformed into a police state for the benefit of President Bush. They point to the lack of convictions as evidence that Republcans were more concerned with squelching dissent at their carefully scripted convention than with keeping the streets safe.
But party officals have said that security was their main focus..blah..high alert for terroist threats while controlling the 500,000 demonstrators...[!!!]
continued on top of page 10:
BIG HEADLINE: Protesters: GOP, police went too far in New York.
BIG COLOR PICTURE OF PROTESTOR BEING CARRIED AWAY BY TWO COPS !!!
The protestors describe being accused of blocking traffic while standing on streets that were barricaded off and of resisting arrest when videos show them following police instructions.
"They threw these guys into cuffs and threw them into trucks," said Christopher Williams, an attorney..."... Because they disagree with certain policies?"
Gael Murphy...snagged a pass to the GOP convention. She donned a pink slip (suggesting that the president deserved one) and wrote "Fire Cheney and Halliburton' on her outfit...she didn't yell or wave her arms but positioned herself where TV cameras... might catch a glimpse.... she was wrestled to the ground and hauled off in handcuffs.
Last sentence of this massive piece: from the attorney Williams:
I could go on but the Morning Snooze is a little testy about fair use.
But trust me, this is really a very nasty article which pays short shrift to the Rethugs.
A very strange, almost unique piece in the Dallas Morning News...??????????? This is like Aljazeera doing a promo for Pat Robertson!!!
Why now? is the Downing Street piece penetrating the consciousness of the unwashed? Is this the rapture? WTF?