Monday, January 17, 2005

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I looked at the coverage this morning so far over the MLK weekend and here are the articles that each had:

CNN:

* JFK felt civil rights pressure (01.17.2005) The tape of his meeting with 20 members of Americans for Democratic Action was released by the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston to coincide with Martin Luther King Day on Monday.
* Longtime union reformer focuses on inspiring others (01.17.2005) The walls of Addie Wyatt's home reflect decades of struggling for equality for blacks, women and the working class -- a personal note from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a photo with former first lady Rosalyn Carter from Wyatt's tenure on a federal commission for women.
* Wealth gap seen as top civil rights issue (01.17.2005) Forty years after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and decades after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made strides in racial equality, America remains split along racial lines -- divided by the color green.
* Woman to receive pardon for arrest in 1963 integration attempt (01.16.2005) [Governor of Louisiana] Blanco said she will grant the pardon for Betty Claiborne, 62, on Monday as part of ceremonies honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
* Human rights defenders honor King with truth (01.15.2005) The performance is one of several biographies featured in the play "Speak Truth to Power," which anchors activities this weekend in Atlanta to commemorate the birthday of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
* MLK's widow reflects on husband's legacy (01.15.2005) Sitting in the same spot where her husband preached equality more than four decades ago, Coretta Scott King said Saturday that Martin Luther King Jr.'s message is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s.

Fox:

* Atlanta Celebrates King on MLK Day (January 17, 2005) Americans paused Monday to remember Martin Luther King and his legacy.


Quite a disparity.

Note: The above was at about 8:00 this morning (PST). It is now almost six hours later and there are additional articles about MLK. CNN and Fox are running identical AP stories with similar headlines on a commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Fox added the identical AP story being run on CNN about the JFK tapes. CNN’s headline was “JFK felt civil rights pressure.” Maybe subtle, but Fox’s headline was “Kennedy didn’t like civil rights pressure, tape shows.”

Fox also add this AP story: “Weatherman Fired for On-Air MLK Slur." (January 17, 2005)



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