Photos and report-back from Chicago Media Action protest at Fox Chicago: July 22, 2011

Posted by Mitchell - July 30, 2011 (entry 677)

Protesters assembled outside of the Fox Chicago headquarters at 205 N. Michigan during rush hour on Friday, July 22, in response to a call from Chicago Media Action to protest Fox Chicago, reiterate a call to the FCC to revoke the licenses of broadcasters convicted of crimes. (CMA has a petition to deny in its fifth appeal currently before the FCC, and WFLD Fox 32 is one of the targeted stations.) We held a press conference, displayed our signs, handed out flyers, rubbed elbows with police and security, and had a generally good response and some positive discussion even with some folks who disagreed with us.

Photos of the protest (gathered below) were taken by Julian Zeng on the Windy Citizen website. We also recorded some video which we'll hopefully have assembled into a short film soon. Interestingly, there was a cameraman affiliated with Fox Chicago (see photo below) who did record some video and, as we understand it, tried to get the footage into that night's Fox Chicago news broadcast. Unfortunately, that night's Fox Chicago broadcast didn't include footage of our protest, but somehow they were able to squeeze in coverage of the growing fad of using fishing bait for women's hats.

We were encouraged by the response that Chicago Media Action organizers have agreed to have a follow-up protest on Sunday, August 7th, from 1pm to 3pm (yes, we know that coincides with Lollapalooza -- that's the point).





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