Support Free (Not Necessarily Smart or Accurate) Speech
RECEIVED Wed., Feb. 2, 2005
Dear Editor, How come Stan Knee's storm troopers only get your attention when someone dies or an incident with a band such as Ozomatli happens? I see you have completely overlooked APD's actions on Jan. 20 in which a 16-year-old unarmed protester was Tasered by an APD officer while posing no threat to anyone. If your publication really stands for free speech, maybe you better ask why our law enforcement fears it so much.
[News Editor Michael King responds: It's true that we don't cover every demonstration or every police incident – each is a judgment call of our small News staff, and on each occasion some might disagree. If Seth Osmun's point is that media coverage somehow validates his activism, then the repetitive TV coverage of the Taser incident should amply serve his purposes. On the other hand, describing the entire Austin Police Department as "storm troopers" is neither remotely accurate nor particularly helpful to progressive or anti-war causes, although I guess it qualifies as "free" speech.]