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The ‘Media Circus’ of Occupy Wall Street Coverage

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With the protests surging and an estimated 10,000 people gathering in New York City last weekend and thousands more in cities around the world, commentators and reporters continue to delegitimize the movement. For example, Sunday’s Washington Post buried the story about the mass protests in a one-column-inch slot in the right-hand corner of the front page. The story continued on page A20, complete with a leading image of a protester torching a car — rather than one of the thousands of images of peaceful demonstrations that took place all over the globe.

Giving the Whole Picture

“If Occupy Wall Street has done nothing else, it’s allowed us to see how lazy and inept our media is,” Kilkenny said.

It’s also allowed us to see who is doing the best reporting. Public media reporters like Farley, independent journalists like Kilkenny and local citizen journalism projects like The Uptake have been stepping in and filling the void, providing a voice for the folks on the streets. Rather than simply sending a reporter to Zuccotti Park for a few short interviews and base descriptions, these reporters and outlets are spending hours among the protesters to learn who they really are, and what they’re really demanding. Take Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!, which broadcast its entire show from New York City last Tuesday.

Instead of whitewashing the protests under a neatly spun narrative, many of these outlets are doing the legwork to help the public understand our financial system and how this movement has sprung up. Participants in Zuccotti Park have set up an independent media center to amplify their voices to the world. And social media is helping people share and view images, video and testimony that aren’t available on mainstream media. Free from corporate control, these outlets are reporting on this movement without anyone pulling the strings — or moving the mouths — behind the curtains.

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9:17PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Mainstream media is the circus.

8:44PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

We need more of us CARE2 people e-mailing their friends about OWS. I take it most of us are more or less moderate/liberal and have a wide range of like minded friends. They know us, if we speak our truth to them about OWS in our hometowns, etc it will have a ripple effect. Just today, I got an e-mail from a friend who didn't know OWS was about. Good opportunity to send her some links about it. We can set an example.

7:55PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

@ Mike C “ You are protesting the wrong place:” No, it is the right place whether or not corporate suckholes like yourself are happy about it.

7:54PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

For Independent unbiased coverage Watch LinkTV on Dish Newtork (Ch 9410) or Direct TV satellite. Also internet web site DirectTV.org check out Amy Goodman Democracy Now "The war and peace report"

6:40PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

I applaud these people. Already, without leaders, platforms, etc. they have forced the media and politicians to at least pretend they care about people, fairness, and jobs. I hope they can sustain themselves through the 2012 election. They are providing some small barrier against the tsunami of untraceable money.

4:55PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

OWS has not been co-opted by Obama (though he's trying), nor the Dimocrats (though they are trying). There is just as much criticism of Obama at OWS as of the Repiglicans. This is a truly independent, truly democratic movement.

I'm not at all surprised that mainstream media hasn't a clue. Mainstream media has been clueless for years; all they ever do is read the handouts given them by corporations and their corporate spinmasters. All you have to do is look at the way they handled the BP/Halliburton oil blowout in the Gulf to see that in action.

2:22PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Thank you for the information

12:35PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

This is a true grass roots protest that cuts accross all ages, sexes, races, and religions. It will grow.

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better.

12:21PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

It's the same here in the UK. The media are very patronising of the protesters and focusing on anything that diminishes the actual message. For instance their latest move is to go on about how these 'horrid protesters have even caused a cathedral to close its doors for the first time since WW2 meaning that the church is losing £22,000 a day.' If only they would focus on the real issue and listen to the protesters instead of whining about the church losing money (one of the biggest and most corrupt corporations in the world!!).

12:11PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

If you want a better World you have to work for it. The last mid terms is what happens when you stay home. This is really a center Left Country the Left is starting to wake up.

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