NEW YORK – After the oppressive humidity and snail-paced crowds of Sunday's massive anti-Bush demonstrations, hundreds of protesters bounced back on Tuesday for a "side project" — a Midtown protest outside the offices of FOX News Channel.
Cops clad in riot gear worked to keep the demonstrators from blocking traffic or entering FNC's headquarters near Rockefeller Center, but navigating the crowd that filled the sidewalk and a barricaded strip of street was tricky.
Among those present were members of United for Peace and Justice (search), an umbrella organization for hundreds of anti-Iraq war groups that also helmed Sunday's march in New York City. Code Pink (search), a group comprised mostly of women, also sponsored the rally.
The animal-rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (search) even sent as its representative a walking root vegetable named Chris P. Carrot. Mr. Carrot's campaign manager assured FOXNews.com that he was there only to encourage the protesters to stop eating meat.
Other humorous costumes were on hand, but the event was no candlelight vigil. Demonstrators displayed a fondness for graphic wordplay on the company's name and for shooting their middle fingers in the air.
The protesters screamed in unison "FOX News lies" and held up signs that read "The more you watch the less you know." A FOX News spokeswoman responded: "This country is built on free speech — they're entitled to protest."
Dubbed the "Shut-Up-A-Thon," the protest was an homage of sorts to FOX News host Bill O'Reilly, who has been accused of being quick to tell guests to "shut up."
Jeremy Glick (search), the son of Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack victim Barry Glick, a Port Authority Treasury risk manager, is probably the most famous recipient of O'Reilly's request. But Glick, a member of United for Peace and Justice, was one of the least belligerent protesters to speak to FOXNews.com.
Glick said he considers FOX News "an annex of the Republican Party," but he conceded that the disrespect he perceived as a guest on "The O'Reilly Factor" was far from widespread on the network.
He also said that his complaints about FOX News applied to other TV news networks.
"Corporate media has to be overhauled and decentralized and made accountable to local communities," Glick said, before calling FOX News "particularly reprehensible."
Asked why he and his fellow protesters didn't take the party up the street to other nearby networks' headquarters, he laughed, "Sure! I'm all about spreading the love."
The anti-FOX News protest lasted for about 90 minutes before most of the participants headed downtown toward Madison Square Garden, site of the Republican National Convention.