Rashida Tlaib's Detainment at Protest Sparks Divide in Coverage

Headline Roundup February 16th, 2020

Rep. Rashida Tlaib's detainment at a labor rights protest in Detroit last Friday was covered differently along partisan lines. Right-rated outlets reported more frequently on the news, with some tying it back to a 2016 incident where Tlaib, not yet a congresswoman, was removed from a Trump rally in Michigan; only one left- and two center-rated outlets covered the news, and focused more on the details of the protest and the labor dispute.

Tlaib (D-MI) was detained and released by police at Detroit Metro Airport after protesting alongside Delta Airlines employees who were demonstrating against low wages. News coverage was spurred by tweets from Diana Hussein of labor union Unite Here, who posted the initial mention of Tlaib’s detainment and photographs of the scene. Tlaib followed with her own series of tweets about the protest.

Rashida Tlaib's Detainment at Protest Sparks Divide in Coverage

From the Right
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib was briefly detained by police Friday during a protest with airline workers at Detroit Metro Airport. The congresswoman was on hand to demand better pay and health care for the employees.

“We won’t stop until we get #fairwages & #healthcare. These courageous people got arrested tonight at DTW b/c they believe workers deserve human dignity,” the Michigan Democrat said in a tweeted statement, sharing a smiling photo of herself with protesters. “Shame on you @Delta for leaving workers behind and letting them live in poverty. @unitehere

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From the Center
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Romulus — U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib joined airline catering workers who work for Delta Airlines on Friday to protest "poverty wages and unaffordable healthcare."

Tlaib locked arms with eight airline workers who sat blocking traffic at Detroit Metropolitan Airport while nearly 100 union members with Unite Here rallied outside Delta's McNamara Terminal departures. The protesters held signs reading "Delta: one job should be enough."

Refusing to move, eight airline workers were arrested by airport officers.

Tlaib said she was proud to stand with the workers "who are willing to...

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From the Left
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Michigan Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib was detained by police as she participated in a demonstration at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) Friday. Tlaib joined with airport catering employees in their protest for higher wages and a better health care program.

While Tlaib was not arrested, some protesters with her were taken into custody for blocking a road. Tlaib chose to ride with those arrested.

"This afternoon, members of UniteHere! gathered at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport," read a statement from an airport spokesperson. "The union had a permit to demonstrate. Nine...

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