— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 27, 2017
…and? “Demonstrator” is a neutral term– “a person who takes part in a public protest meeting or march,” per Oxford. We’re really no longer allowed to call people at a demonstration “demonstrators”? Is there really some hidden, nefarious definition I’m missing here? (I say all this, I should note, as someone who has “demonstrated” at the March in the past.)
Going through a standard TVEyes search, I found several examples of CNN also referring to attendees of last week’s Women’s March as “demonstrators.” The March for Life itself describes the event as a “demonstration.”
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) January 25, 2017
Wow, when will the liberal extremists at the March for Life stop smearing the March for Life?
I think the problem here is that the White House was telegraphing from the get-go that they expected media coverage of the Women’s March and the March for Life to be biased. That’s a fair complaint: pro-life activists have argued for years that the march is downplayed and ignored compared to protests of equal size. In 2014, The New York Times‘ own public editor called out the paper for ignoring the march.
But they seized on the first perceived slight, no matter how weak. Now when legitimate complaints are raised about media coverage of the march, critics will say (accurately) that the White House was determined to see bias no matter how the media actually covered the event. Spicer’s manufactured outrage helps no one, least of all the pro-life movement.
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