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Intro: "In an action called Occupy Wall Street, thousands of activists took to the streets of Lower Manhattan on September 17. The protests are continuing, with demonstrators camped out on the Financial District's Liberty Street in support of US democratization and against corporate domination of politics. But you wouldn't know much about any of this from the corporate media - outlets that seem much more interested in protests of the Tea Party variety."

OCCUPYWALLSTREET is a people-powered movement for democracy that began in America on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, they vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy. (photo: Collin David Anderson)
OCCUPYWALLSTREET is a people-powered movement for democracy that began in America on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, they vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy. (photo: Collin David Anderson)





What If the Tea Party Occupied Wall Street?

By Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting

24 September 11

 

Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns


Corporate media skip anti-corporate protests.

n an action called Occupy Wall Street, thousands of activists took to the streets of Lower Manhattan on September 17.

The protests are continuing, with demonstrators camped out on the Financial District's Liberty Street in support of US democratization and against corporate domination of politics (Adbusters, 9/19/11).

But you wouldn't know much about any of this from the corporate media - outlets that seem much more interested in protests of the Tea Party variety.

The anti-corporate protests have been lightly covered in the hometown New York Times: One piece (9/18/11) largely about how the police blocked access to Wall Street, and one photo (9/22/11) with the caption "Wall Street Protest Whirls On."

The protests have been treated with brief mentions on CNN, like this one from host Wolf Blitzer (9/19/11): "Protests here in New York on Wall Street entering a third day. Should New Yorkers be worried at all about what's going on?"

From the ABC, CBS and NBC network news, we could find nothing at all in the Nexis news database. On the PBS NewsHour (9/19/11), the protests got a brief reference, tacked on to the end of the stock market report:

Away from the trading floor, some 200 protesters marched for a third day, charging the financial system favors corporations. At least six people were arrested.

Some voices in the media have noted the lack of coverage. On the Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, 9/19/11), Michael Moore said, "People are down on Wall Street right now, holding a sit-in and a camp-in down there - virtually no news about this protest."

At the top of his Current TV show (9/21/11), Keith Olberman said:

So five days of clogging downtown Manhattan, protesting corporate control of the economy, and you haven't heard a word about it on the news?

He later remarked, "If that's a Tea Party protest in front of Wall Street about Ben Bernanke ... it's the lead story on every network newscast."

The media preference for Tea Party gatherings over progressive activism is well-documented. A September 2009 Tea Party rally in Washington, DC, garnered far more coverage than a similar gay rights rally the following month (Extra!, 12/09). Thousands of activists at the US Social Forum in Detroit in June 2010 did not merit anywhere near the coverage accorded to 600 attendees at the Tea Party Convention in Nashville (Extra!, 9/10). The One Nation Working Together rally (10/2/10) brought thousands to Washington - but little media attention (FAIR Media Advisory, 10/6/10).

And even the size of a given Tea Party gathering does not seem to much matter. When about 200 Tea Partiers gathered in Washington earlier this year (FAIR Blog, 4/1/11), an account in Slate (3/31/11) noted, "There was at least one reporter for every three or four activists."

The answer to the problem of non-coverage would seem to be simple: If the people occupying Wall Street want more media attention, they should just call themselves Tea Party activists.


ACTION:
Ask the nightly newscasts why they have decided to give little to no coverage to the Occupy Wall Street protests - especially given their interest in Tea Party demonstrations.

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+12 # wwway 2011-09-24 21:16
Tea partiers showed up to protests and town halls with GUNS and made teh news post haste. Law enforcement did nothing. Big corporations own the media and their advertisers dictate what's news. They own Wall Street so of curse they aren't going to report on it and have the police out for them.
 
 
+7 # readerz 2011-09-24 21:28
Although the media might not be fooled into thinking that the protesters are the TP, they could easily be fooled by the prospect of a "counter demonstration" that might happen, led by the TP. Except that the corporate media will just call their TP friends up and ask if it is really happening. But maybe the media's bluff ought to be called anyway.
But my real question is: why aren't there more protests in NYC against the corporate media itself?
 
 
+5 # Vardette 2011-09-25 07:29
Unpopular movements were alaways ignored in the news. During the 60's it took a heck if a lot for the news to grab hold of what what going on and it to a long time and millions of people all over the nation, taking over deans offices in colleges, we had leaders, Martin luther King, Jerry Rubin and Abby Hoffman. Our generation was on fire. The middle class was doing well and we were the best educated and largest population in the nation, we were well of and we didn't wanr to go to Vietnam. Many of us were fed a steady diet of Pete Seeger and folk songs and folk music was very popular that preached peace and justice for all. Tens of thousands of latinos marched on LA months ago and then it died out. People protested against the XL Pipe line. Many more who are suffering from this coup need to participate. But we don't have a strong inspiring leader or leaders. I hope that people emerge like Cornnell West who will motivate and inspire and help to organize us. The people of Wisonsin have and are doing a great job. Maybe some union reps could show up at tthe Wall St protest. But it is a start and it is growing. These young people and the people who are there feel they have nothing to lose. They undersatnd theor futures are gone and they may even go hungry, can't afford college or get a job. So they must fight.
 
 
+6 # fredboy 2011-09-25 08:52
What's amazing is the tea party didn't occupy Wall Street. They allegedly formed to protest the Bush $700 billion blackmail bailout. Yet they were easily turned by the propagandists to now support the Wall Street vampires they initially condemned.

By the way, had half a dozen tea party drones protested there would be 24 hour live coverage on all the national--corpo rate owned--networks .
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-25 10:14
For all their hoopla in wanting smaller government, taking control of the Warlords, corporations...
Why did they not Start a Campaign against Wall Street Indeed.
Well, answered that question...Hypo crites. They are the problem not the solution. Each of these Campaigns are Political Junkies, wanna bes or those who foolishly ended up elected.
None of these people ever would have Marched against anything, daddy would have disemboweled their Checking and Savings Accounts.
 
 
0 # TeqJoe 2011-09-27 09:01
Pass out a thousand American flags to the group along with bullhorns and the lyrics to "God Bless America", etc, and lots of those silly Uncle Sam hats.

Then they could declare Wall street un-American; that would confuse people enough to bring in the media to explain things.
 

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