Thursday, August 31, 2017

What Most People Saw: David Bacon Reports on Anti-Racist Demos in the Bay Area

March against racism, San Francisco, August 26. Photo: David Bacon
Making the scufflers so visible makes everyone else invisible.  Sure, editors choose what to put on the page or website.  But as media workers we can also see what's real and what's not.

By David Bacon, The Reality Check
August 30, 2017
Relying on the photographs, reporting and video in the mainstream media can give you a false idea about the marches and demonstrations against white supremacists and Nazi sympathizers in San Francisco and Berkeley last weekend.  The newsroom adage says, "if it bleeds it leads."  But screaming headlines about violence, and stories and images focused on scuffles, were not a good reality check. 

Mainstream coverage was miles away from the reality most people experienced.[…]

Read and view the full report, plus a list of book events in northern California:

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