Headline RoundupNovember 30th, 2023

Several Arrested Amid Pro-Palestine Protest Near NYC Christmas Tree Lighting

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A pro-Palestine protest of at least 500 people near the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York City on Wednesday resulted in several arrests.

The Details: Protesters reportedly clashed with police as they tried to interrupt the event. The group then protested outside the nearby News Corp building, which houses outlets including Fox News (Right bias) and the Wall Street Journal (Center bias).

How the Media Covered It: Some news outlets downplayed the protest's impact on the tree lighting. ABC7 New York (Center bias) said it "went off without a hitch," and the Associated Press (Lean Left bias) reported that "the lighting ceremony wasn’t disrupted." Others framed it differently. Deadline (Center bias) said many who wished to see the Christmas tree lighting "were turned away in the chaos." Right-rated sources focused on one protester's swastika sign, and how some protesters chanted "From the river to the sea;" New York Post (Lean Right bias) said the phrase is "seen as an antisemitic slogan." Most left-rated sources didn't mention the chant or swastika sign.

Why the Difference? People on the right are generally less sympathetic to pro-Palestine protests than people on the left. Read more about ideological divisions on Israel and Palestine.

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