Thursday, October 20, 2011


Note: Interesting roundup of media attention to Occupy Wall Street.

Noticing OWS

“Media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests started out exactly as one might expect. There was little coverage at first, and as it expanded, much of it consisted of snide dismissals of demonstrators’ ignorance, hygiene and so on.

“But then something happened. . . .
[O]verall the protests have received significant and sustained media attention. This is surprising, given corporate media's history of marginalizing or belittling progressive protest movements. . . . ”

“As the Occupy Wall Street movement spreads, political elites are trying to find ways to adopt some of its message. A Washington Post front-page story reported that the White House plans to ‘turn public anger at Wall Street into a central tenet of their reelection strategy.’

“The Post article acknowledges the inherent difficulty for a White House that drafted an economic team with deep ties to Wall Street to try and run against Wall Street. But it is nonetheless a sign that political and media elites sense that there is something significant happening in the streets—even if they don’t know what it is.”

—FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting),
“Have Corporate Media Warmed to Occupy Wall Street?
Oct. 18, 2011

• Editorial Comment: If a reform movement falls on Wall Street, does it make a noise?

Media Perspectives on Occupy Wall Street:
• A New York Times took on the “chattering classes” who complained that Occupy Wall Street lacked a clear message or specific proposals: “The problem is that no one in Washington has been listening.”—New York Times, “The Protesters Against Wall Street,” Oct. 9, 2011
• The protesters as “Milquetoast Radicals.” David Brooks, columnist, The New York Times, Oct. 11, 2011 URL
“Starbucks-sipping, Levi’s-clad, iPhone-clutching protesters denounce corporate America even as they weep for Steve Jobs,” . . . “indigent indolents saddled with their $50,000 student loans and English degrees” whose policy proposal boils down to, “Eat the rich.”—Charles Krauthammer, columnist, The Washington Post, Oct. 14, 2011.
“It’s not just protest Wall Street. It’s protest Wall Street and it’s an embrace of Communism and there is no doubt about it.”—Fox business reporter Charles Gasparino, Oct. 17, 2011

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