Corporate media reaction to the Occupy movement

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[url=http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/09-0]Occupy America[/url]

Michael Parenti wrote:

For the first two weeks, the corporate-owned mainstream media along with NPR did what they usually do with progressive protests: they ignored them. These were the same media that had given the Tea Party supporters saturation coverage for weeks on end, ordaining them “a major political force.”

The most common and effective mode of news repression is omission. By saying nothing or next to nothing about dissenting events, movements, candidates, or incidents, the media consign them to oblivion. When the Occupy movement spread across the country and could no longer be ignored, the media moved to the second manipulative method: trivialization and marginalization.

So we heard that the protestors were unclear about what they were protesting and they were “far removed from the mainstream.” Media cameras focused on the clown who danced on Wall Street in full-blown circus costume, and the youths who pounded bongo drums: “a carnival atmosphere” “youngsters out on a spree,” with “no connection to the millions of middle Americans” who supposedly watched with puzzlement and alarm.

Such coverage, again, was in sharp contrast to the respectful reportage accorded the Tea Party. House Majority Leader, the reactionary Republican Eric Cantor, described the Occupy movement as “growing mobs.” This is the same Cantor who hailed the Tea Party as an unexcelled affirmation of democracy.

The big November 2 demonstration in Oakland that succeeded in closing the port was reported by many media outlets, almost all of whom focused on the violence against property committed by a few small groups. Many of those perpetrators were appearing for the first time at the Oakland site. Some were suspected of being undercover police provocateurs. Their actions seemed timed to overshadow the successful shutdown of the nation’s fourth largest port.

Time and again, the media made the protestors the issue rather than the things they were protesting. The occupiers were falsely described as hippie holdovers and mindless youthful activists. In fact, there was a wide range of ages, socio-ethnic backgrounds, and lifestyles, from homeless to well-paid professionals, along with substantial numbers of labor union members. Far from being a jumble of confused loudmouths prone to violence, they held general assemblies, organized themselves into committees, and systematically took care of encampment questions, food, security, and sanitation....

Lefauve

follow the cash and you get and answer.

If cash itself is not the answerWink

Gaian

Even while the subjects of the occupiers' concern continue to trash the natural world , the middle class citizenry with their corporate portfolios hidden up their ass, point to unsanitary conditions in the half-acre park being occupied.

Perhaps the occupiers should "call out" those contradictions so that the market-playing members of the media cannot evade their own contribution to a world ruled by finance capital?

I believe that in this way, the question as to "what the occupiers want" would have died in infancy. Or would the average Occupier understand the source of "the problem?"

Slumberjack

Gaian wrote:
Perhaps the occupiers should "call out" those contradictions so that the market-playing members of the media cannot evade their own contribution to a world ruled by finance capital?

And pile them atop the mountain of previously called out contradictions that have been studiously ignored?  I saw a video clip yesterday on the Colbert Rapport of hulking riot police very forcefully and repeatedly jamming the end of their batons into the stomachs and chests of unarmed teenaged girls and other unarmed citizens who had the audacity of linking their arms together in California.  To whom again are the occupiers supposed to make these representations?

NDPP

Here's CBC's Reaction:

POV: IS It Time for the Occupy Protests to Move On?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2011/11/is-it-time-for-the-occupy-p...

"Is it time for the Occupy protests to move on? Or should cities work with protesters to help them stay for the long haul?

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK."

Vote NO

Slumberjack

I think its time for people to move on from the CBC.

Gaian

But ALL the media are polling their audiences. You know, your favourite pop station with the GM commercials.

Aren't they?

What broken reeds.

Slumberjack

Yes, because there's just so many of them [pop stations] and so few buttons to program as favs.