This paper examines newspaper coverage of protests from 1960 to 1999. Initial findings indicated protests received consistent levels of support over that time. In light of this, we expected little change in the extent to which these protests challenged the status quo. However, there was a steady decline, with protest coverage becoming less deviant throughout this study. Further analyses suggest disparities in coverage of different protest-types were apparent during the Vietnam War. The most drastic change in treatment of different protest-types was directly after the height of the anti-war movement followed by gradual change thereafter.
M. Boyle, and M. McCluskey, S. Stein, D. McLeod. 2006. "Newspapers and Protest: An Examination of Protest Coverage From 1960 to 1999." Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (September): 56-67. http://jmq.sagepub.com/content/82/3/638.short