How the mainstream press tamed the beast of the Black Panther Party and betrayed the Civil Rights Movement...
An Exceptional Exception
Seattle Times article, 1968 (7)
Though so much of the media followed
these patterns, it is not to say that all papers lacked good coverage
of the Panthers. A particularly excellent example of reasonable
reporting comes from a 1968 Seattle Times article about the Panthers'
call for a Black Studies program at the University of Washington. The
article sights student Panthers as well as their critics and is well
balanced. The story even prints the demands of the Black Panthers
(7). Though these stories were few and far between in the main
papers, they could be found.