Media's Involvement in Occupy Wall Street

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Occupy Wall Street is a movement that has been spreading across the nation. People gather to show their protest to the "financial greed and corruption" shown today. Despite the number of people who have been active in this movement, large media corporations were slow to cover the story.

MSNBC led the way with coverage, with Keith Olbermann being the first anchor to cover the story. Better late than never I suppose.

Now that the story is starting to get more publicity beyond the world of Twitter, several criticisms are being made of journalists.

The number one mistake: media only shows the stereotypical outcast or "dirty hippie." This is not giving a proper representation of the masses.

Even though this may make the story more interesting, media should show a variety of people that accurately represents the protestors as a whole.

Another critique of the stories covering Occupy Wall Street is that they are being framed poorly, with a "law and order" bias. Arrests are being shown, but the innocent acts are less noteworthy.

“[Social] movements are ragged — they’re patched together, and they’re improvised, and if you want to size up where they’re going, you’ve got to talk to a range of people and decide what’s relevant.” says Mallory Jean Tenore.

I think this quote sums up the issue facing Occupy Wall Street coverage perfectly. Media organizations need to work harder to get the story, the whole story.

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Ben Rodgers October 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM  

I would agree with this blog post. The media has been showing a lot of unfair views of Occupy Wall Street. I especially agree with the statement that the media is tending to focus a lot on the law and order side of Occupy Wall Street and that they need to show more about what their doing and what the protests are about.

tyler.crandell October 11, 2011 at 9:30 PM  

I was guilty of first suspecting the protesters to be the typical "dirty hippie" because of what I was watching on the news. That was most of everything they were showing. The arrests being made were also what I was seeing on the news, but that is not fair to the protesters since they are all different and not all of them are protesting for the same exact thing.

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