MsNBC: "Isn't Occupy Wall Street more trouble than it's worth? Questions today about whether the movement needs to regroup after accusations that key Occupy sites have become a 'magnet for criminals and sex offenders.'" Thomas Roberts, MsNBC. This outrageous framing and some people say "journalism" continued through the 11:00 hour and right through his interview with the excellent Naomi Wolf. CALL THEM: 212-664-5222
This really is an urgent call to action. YOU can be the OWS media relations team. Not to be a spokesperson for OWS, but to keep the reporting about OWS factual, fair, and honest.
Yesterday, "journalists" devotedly parroted Mayor Bloomberg's official line about clearing Zuccotti Park, repeating unverified and apparently even uninvestigated claims of crime, disease, immanent public health dangers, etc. that --according to Mayor Bloomberg--required the immediate, no-notice, violent destruction of the encampment and personal belongings. This despite the fact that many reporters were RESTRAINED BY NYPD from actually seeing what was going on, and some were even arrested. Two news helicopters were prevented from taking off. (Other kos diaries and thousands of news stories covered the NYPD's interference with the "free" press. Just google.)
My question to the news organizations is, what are you going to DO about the NYPD interference? How can you report the official line, when you have not investigated and were prevented from first-hand reporting? How do you put it out, let alone expect people to swallow this?
It is simply not honest to refer to police in riot gear using batons to attack non-violent protestors who never fought back, as a "violent encounter between police and protestors!"
THIS diary is about how to PUSH BACK on the lazy, complacent, biased, safe and fearful coverage we are being handed by, frankly, a yellow-bellied modern journalism.
THIS diary calls you to SAVE our FOURTH ESTATE from the pale, diminished, comfortable-to-cowardly, corporate-owned "profession" that domestic news reporting has become ion the major news outlets.
Come ON now!