Brad Messer Commentary KTSA Wednesday,
April 14, 2004
When President Bush makes an appearance, and the TV cameras show demonstrators, what we see isn't necessarily all that's happening.
People carrying signs supporting the president are allowed access to his immediate area. People critical of him or his policies are herded into separate areas and kept out of sight.
That's just fact. Here's a lift from a report by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression:
The Jefferson Center seems to think this is something new, something to blame on President Bush.
It isn't new at all. More than three decades ago, I personally saw anti-war demonstrators forcibly kept blocks away from President Nixon, by the Secret Service. It isn't as much about bad publicity as it is about security.
Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.
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