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Reprinted from FAIR

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day comes as the U.S. is moving toward
war in Iraq. As media prepare to air retrospectives on King, we thought it
would be a good time to circulate this 1995 column by FAIR founder Jeff
Cohen and FAIR associate Norman Solomon.


Media Beat, January 4, 1995

The Martin Luther King You Don't See on TV

By Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon

It's become a TV ritual: Every year in mid-January, around the time of
Martin Luther King's birthday, we get perfunctory network news reports
about "the slain civil rights leader."

The remarkable thing about this annual review of King's life is that
several years-- his last years-- are totally missing, as if flushed down a
memory hole.

What TV viewers see is a closed loop of familiar file footage: King
battling desegregation in Birmingham (1963); reciting his dream of racial
harmony at the rally in Washington (1…