19 January 2017 — FAIR
It was much harder for TV than for newspapers to downplay the reality that George W. Bush was greeted in 2001 by massive protests.
Discussing the security challenges posed by the inauguration of Donald Trump, the New York Times (1/18/17) reported:
Those numbers are quite likely to be larger than any seen at an inauguration since at least the Vietnam War era. Mr. Bush’s 2001 inauguration attracted modest protest action, the largest in more recent memory, but it was largely disorganized and caused no significant disruptions.
The link in that passage goes back to the Times‘ 2001 coverage of the inauguration—coverage that was critiqued by FAIR at the time under the headline “Ignoring Reality at the Inauguration” (Extra!, 3–4/01):
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