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Mitchell 1 Ethan Mitchell Mrs. Scheeser Intro to Mass Communications Section 03 Fall 2017 CO November 20, 2017 Intro to Mass Communications Research Project (Checkpoint 3) When a group of people stages a protest against what they perceive as a social injustice, they inevitably attract the attention of ardent supporters and bitter opponents, but an act of protest mounted by a single person is not as visible and typically fails to create the intense arguments that spring up around larger demonstrations. However, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not a random civilian, and when he sat during the national anthem at a football game his team was playing in, citing police brutality as his reason for protesting, the response from members of the public was swift in coming and massive in scale. According to Kaepernick he believed that his actions were necessary due to personal convictions and the fact that “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” (Zirin 2). Yet, the meat of his argument was not what attracted the nation’s attention; few people seemed to care about what he was protesting, they took issue with how he was protesting. News outlets and social media platforms drowned in debates over whether sitting during the national anthem was socially or ethically acceptable and whether it was offensive to veterans and military personnel. It should be said, however, that different media sources approached the situation in different ways, and the three articles which will be under consideration in this research paper are: NFL Star Sits in Protest during National Anthem, appearing in CNN; Colin Kaepernick, Meet Henry Johnson , appearing in NationalReview;
Mitchell 2 America Needs to Listen to What Colin Kaepernick Is Actually Trying to Say , appearing in TheNation. Despite some clear ideological differences, the three news sources to be discussed - CNN, National Review, and The Nation – do share some common ground in terms of their reporting. Of the articles published by the three, each focuses on Kaepernick’s first act of protest and attempts to analyze the story in depth to provide insight for readers who may be unfamiliar with the situation. Writing for CNN, Euan McKirdy provides a general summary of the events that transpired along with the catalyst for those events and reactions of civilians, and those who work with Kaepernick, to the situation. (Page 1-5). In Colin Kaeperinick, Meet Henry Johnson , which appeared in National Review, the author discusses the logic behind Kaepernicks’s protest while comparing his actions to those of another black man who faced more serious circumstances. (French, Page 1-6). Featured in The Nation, America Needs to Listen to What Colin Kaepernick is Actually Trying to Say analyzes the actual reasons he gave for his demonstration and how those motives hold up against criticism. (Zirin, Page 1-8). Another strong parallel that runs

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