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Posted on 03/24/2003 5:47:39 AM PST by sjersey
Activists involved in the left-wing student and anti-war grassroots group MoveOn.org were bragging on Friday night at protest-organizing meeting in Washington, D.C. that they have members working in the newsrooms at CNN, ABC News and NBC, which also feeds news to its sister cable channels MSNBC and CNBC. "We're affecting news coverage of this war. We know it, because our friends are telling us they are affecting it," said an anti-war activist in an Adams-Morgan bar.
Members of MoveOn were meeting in Washington to plan weekend anti-war protests in the streets of the capital.
The MoveOn volunteers employed by the new industry work as content editors and producers for the TV networks' websites, as well as low-level production assistants and researchers for the news divisions.
"At CNN and ABC we know that the producers and the anchors have been really receptive to our message," said the MoveOn organizer. "Peter Jennings even put our people on the air, with no opposing view. He loves our message."
The friendly faces for anti-warriors might explain the high-balling of protest numbers on the network news. For example, on Thursday and Friday nights, there were protests in downtown Chicago that NBC and ABC reporters said featured "thousands and thousands of protesters." But Chicago police estimates put their number at no more than 1,500.
Even the I>San Francisco Chronicle has cast doubts on its own reporting of protest estimates. It now admits it bloated protest numbers on several occasions by as much as 60,000.
The Jennings situation is just as interesting on Friday evening's coverage of the war, the Canadian ABC news anchor spent a half hour examining the motivations for President Bush's decision to spend the weekend in Camp David with his war council. No other network devoted as much time to the issue.
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