When Sheehan savaged George Bush, she was the darling of the major media. She was lovingly interviewed by Chris Matthews and he urged her to run for Congress.
In Pittsburgh, she was ignored.
CNN demonstrated a dramatic contrast in protest coverage. For the conservatives on Sept. 12, they found violent radicals. For the leftists on Sept. 24, they found peaceful nonpartisans.
CNN producer Jim Spellman couldn't find a scary nut in Washington on Sept. 12, so he aired canned footage of a man -- somewhere in Michigan -- holding an AK-47 and talking of a possible civil war. This allowed our intrepid CNN correspondent to highlight a "dark undercurrent" poisoning the right: "It's a bit of a dark undercurrent. You have the bulk of the people that are there for low taxes, less government control, but there really is an element that's got these kind of outlandish conspiracy theories about death camps and about the, you know, this takeover, people comparing President Obama to Hitler. That really is a sizable thread. It's not just a couple of people on the edges."
In Pittsburgh, CNN reporter Brian Todd sang from the usual protest songbook, highlighting the "very, very diverse" nature of the protesters: "We're told this is the biggest march in Pittsburgh since the 1970s, estimated at least a few thousand people. But it is much more peaceful, less confrontational. Very, very diverse group of protesters here, everyone from people protesting the Chinese occupation of Tibet, to women's rights groups, to anti-capitalists."
Todd interviewed organizer Pete Shell and asked if he worried that anarchists would cause trouble: "I wasn't that concerned about it, because, actually, they have marched with us in the past, and they have been peaceful." Todd said nothing about Shell's website, which touts every radical cause from the "Cuba Solidarity Project" to sympathy for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. There was no "dark undercurrent" in that interview.
For the record, Speaker Pelosi: In Pittsburgh, there were 3,000 protesters and 200 were arrested. In Washington, D.C., there were reportedly 75,000 protesters. Try to find a report on a single arrest.
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