Filtering Dissent



A recent article that caught my attention mentioned an instance where vocal protesters were edited out of the official Whitehouse transcript of a Laura Bush speech. The transcript notes “Applause” 39 times, “Laughter” 1 time and the audeince chanting “Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!” 4 times. However, the transcript does not note that some protesters chanted “No more years! No more years!” and Sue Niederer, wearing a “President Bush You Killed My Son” t-shirt demanded to know why her sone had been killed in Iraq. The protestors were quickly arrested. The Whitehouse transcript acts as the “official history” of the event and thus censors dissenting views from the audience while only including positive audieince reactions.

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