Asked if the gripe against the network was a diversion, Mark Harris, a USC film school professor, and his wife, Susan Harris, a psychologist, answered, "CNN seems to be completely co-opted by the government. They are embedded physically and conceptually in Bush's political philosophy. This protest is another manifestation of the resistance to George Bush's policy. Overall, it's a march against the war and his policy."
No doubt this was as true for many others who attended Saturday's march as it was for the Harrises. Unfortunately, that opposition was obscured in the flurry of sloganeering against CNN, Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC. Perhaps Haskell Wexler, the Academy Awardwinning cinematographer and veteran anti-war activist, pinpointed the political struggle ahead when he said, "I like what Jimmy Carter said: 'Pre-emptive war opens the box for more and more wars, and more and more excuses for war.'" That may not be the kind of cry to bring out thousands to protest, but it might just be the sort of sentiment to push for regime change in Washington.