TS More on our Armitage protest
touchst at cy-net.net
Sun Aug 15 09:14:01 CDT 2004
Some of you may be interested in the exchange I've just had with John
LaBas from the Eagle on their lack of much coverage of our demonstration.
>Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 10:06:58 -0500
>To: John LeBas <jlebas at theeagle.com>
>From: The Touchstone <touchst at cy-net.net>
>Subject: More on our Armitage protest
>Cc: Kelly Brown <kbrown at theeagle.com>
> By the way (maybe I was a bit unclear in my email in response to
> your message), I would have been glad to talk with an Eagle reporter if
> I had been asked. I surmise that almost any other demonstrator would
> have been glad to also. No one from the Eagle contacted me about an
> interview. KBTX did interview me and I was around Reed Arena for about
> 15 minutes after our demonstration ended seeing that the Veterans for
> Peace "wall" and any trash from our demonstration was picked up and
> doing a small Touchstone Radio interview.
> I find it hard to believe that your reporter did not see more
> demonstrators. I'm seriously wondering if he intentionally did not look
> or if he misreported what he saw. Nearly all of us held noticeable signs
> or were handing out fact sheets on Armitage. In addition, the wall that
> was there lists the names of over 1000 coalition dead is big and
> impossible not to notice. It was shown in the KBTX newscast as well as
> pictures of demonstrators with signs and a small segment of their
> interview with me. The wall was up near the south side entrance of Reed
> Arena from about 12:45 until 2 PM. Most of our demonstrators were near
> there. We usually had a couple of demonstrators at the east entrance and
> 5-10 at the north entrance (where I was most of the time). In addition
> to the KBTX story and footage, we have several pictures from our own
> photographers (which we'll be glad to give you). Although the number of
> demonstrators went down after 1:45 when things got less busy, there were
> some of us around until 2 PM or even later.
>>Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 07:33:46 -0500
>>To: John LeBas <jlebas at theeagle.com>
>>From: The Touchstone <touchst at cy-net.net>
>>Subject: Re: armitage protest
>>Cc: Kelly Brown <kbrown at theeagle.com>
>>Yeah, there were probably 30 of our demonstrators at the
>>commencement. Last time I counted there were about 25 at which time I
>>went (along with others) went to another entrance. This was fairly early
>>on and I know of a few others who I was told later came by. The biggest
>>group of ours was at the "wall" listing the coalition dead and near that
>>entrance on the south. We also had people at the east and north entrances
>>where I was. A photographer from the Eagle (he said) took my picture and
>>asked for the correct spelling of my name, but that was the toatal of the
>>"interview" I had from The Eagle. (Maybe next time I should get his name?)
>> To substantiate what I'm saying, I've placed below the text of the
>> report that Corbet Perkins sent me from KBTX. It's at
>>>I thought it interesting and positive that on their website, KBTX's
>>>report on on Friday's graduation ceremony (below) was headlined, " Aggie
>>>Graduation Speaker Protested."
>>>Aggie Graduation Speaker Protested
>>>Aggie grads were met at the door by protestors upset over A&M's choice
>>>of commencement speaker.
>>>Around 25 protestors were scattered around Reed Arena with signs of
>>>protest against Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
>>>The protestors say Armitage was instrumental in planning the war in
>>>They don't support the war or Armitage.
>>>Inside, Armitage didn't acknowledge the protestors and told graduates
>>>these are days of "triumph, challenge and confusion" because the nation
>>>is at war.
>>>Protestors say Armitage was a bad choice for speaker.
>>>"He's not an appropriate speaker at our commencement ceremony. He's not
>>>an appropriate speaker for Texas A&M to honor," Protest Organizer Danny
>>>The university has lifted a policy that protests can only be held in
>>>Now anyone can protest anywhere on campus.
>>> 2004 KBTX-TV.
>>>Dear Dr. Yeager,
>>>Thank you for your letter. I know you sent this to the opinions editor but I
>>>was provided a copy and wanted to get back with you.
>>>Not sure how we missed so many protesters at the commencement ceremony. Our
>>>reporter, Christopher Ferrell, said he walked around the building and saw
>>>two men with signs, but that was it. I agree with you that 30 is a sizeable
>>>number of demonstrators for our area, and we should have included both the
>>>figure and comment from participants.
>>>Did you get a message from Chris seeking comment after the event? My
>>>understanding was that he tried to contact you.
>>>All the best,
>>>CC: Kelly Brown, managing editor
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