Sunday, November 23, 2003

Media puff pieces on police: The national media was focused more on the protests in Britain against Bush and the Wacko Jackson spectacle. The local media gave only glancing coverage to police abuses in their boosterish coverage of the free trade summit and the protests. The result was a whitewash of a dry run for a quasi-police state in Miami. With the exception of Herald columnist Jim DeFede, the local media hasn't been telling us the full story about the police response to the protests. This AP dispatch gives a sense of the outrage the police actions have provoked:
My Way News. Jim Defede's Sunday column powerfully conveyed the brutality of some police, who used rubber bullets to shoot at peacefully protesting union members -- and roughed up and pointed guns at even elderly protesters. That's police "restraint," Miami-style.

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