Nov
22
2010

The Times Recalls the Good Old Days of SOA Protests

In today's New York Times (11/22/10), Kim Severson covers the annual protest at the U.S. military training facility formerly known as the School of Americas. The point of the story, though, is that the protests aren't such a big deal anymore (the headline: "Fort Benning Protest Dwindles, if Not Its Passion.") The dismissive tone was evident in the very first sentence: The annual November protest here at the gates of Fort Benning used to really be something. The "smallest crowd ever" turned out this weekend for the Fort Benning protests–leading the Times to kid that "the times, they are a […]

Jul
20
2009

Honduras Coup Talks 'Presented as Progress' in NYT

Citing a Committee of Family Members of Detained and Disappeared in Honduras report "detailing hundreds of cases of human rights abuses committed by the coup regime, including four political assassinations," Ogg Blog's Chuck Ogg (7/17/09) notes that "the situation is getting worse in Honduras…but you wouldn't know this reading the New York Times": In fact, the story no longer merits front-page headlines. If you dig deeper, you discover that the chief negotiator said Thursday a series of compromises had been achieved between the two "camps" claiming the right to rule Honduras. We are given a sense of optimism with the […]