On Lousy Coverage and the Police Riot Kitten Meme

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Abby Zimet

The Washington Post is rightly taking heat for their print coverage of the Oakland police riots, which consisted of a bewilderingly irrelevant photo of a nice wittle cop petting a nice wittle kittie - Look Ma, no tear gas! - over the headline, "Protesters Wearing Out Their Welcome Nationwide." Ok, we don't expect much from them, but whoah. Meanwhile, online wise-acres are having a fine old time with it. A reminder on the media: Be wary of your source. Here's a good one on what the media doesn't get.

"Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state." - Noam Chomsky.

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