I’m old enough to remember the riots and the media coverage, both in the papers and on the three channels we got… And it went on for days…
Fifty years ago tonight, a great American political party was murdered by its own children and closest friends.
The party in question was the Democratic party of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and JFK, which perished during the riots in Grant Park, Chicago, on the night of Aug. 28, 1968, in the midst of the party’s national convention.
Full article, HERE on the National Review.
This was, if I remember correctly, also the point at which the media really changed their coverage of not only Vietnam, but also the draft dodgers, protesters, and others who were anti-American.
They were lauded, law enforcement was vilified, and Bezerkley really became the forefront of the ‘protest’ generation when Haight Ashbury collapsed in early 1968 due to overcrowding. Remember, this was only a year or so after the hippies started in Haight Ashbury, and the psychedelic rock music was receiving more and more commercial radio airplay.
The Monterey Pop Festival in June further cemented the status of psychedelic music as a part of mainstream culture and elevated local Haight bands such as the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Jefferson Airplane to national stardom. A July 7, 1967, Time magazine cover story on “The Hippies: Philosophy of a Subculture,” and other major media interest in the hippie subculture exposed the Haight-Ashbury district to enormous national attention and popularized the counterculture movement across the country and around the world.
And here we are today… Sigh…