BY ANNABEL LEE
Quick, think of the last few times you’ve seen or heard about the Occupy Movements on national television. What did you come up with? Chances are, it was either the police raiding an encampment or a protestor being injured in some way by police clearing the encampments or crowds. It seems that the novelty of the movement has worn off, and the media has grown tired of reporting on a boring story. Some of the recent stories that have come out of the Occupy camps:
Those are some of the most recent, national stories coming from the Occupy Movement. For the most part, it appears to be an afterthought. Yes, there are some local stations and papers that are reporting on the movement as it continues to move and take shape. Yes, there are many blogs and websites tracking the events. This is about the national media.
In Baltimore, there is Occupy Baltimore. Hardly anything has been heard from them, even on the local news. In Washington DC, the news rarely talks about Occupy DC unless there’s a death or crime committed and reported that can be sensationalized. We barely hear anything from the other movements across the nation on our local news.
Granted, in California, the Sacramento Bee and SF Gate have both been providing coverage to the movement. The national media seems to be ignoring the story unless there is something to sensationalize.
The most recent story nationally covered? The Washington Post released a story online this morning looking at Occupy movements and how they missed their window. Thanks to the narrative of the Republican candidates, the majority of Americans think that big government is the problem, not big business. This has increased since the start of the Occupy movements. You can read the story HERE.
Other stories that have trickled through talk about the cold weather reducing the number of protestors in areas. Occupy Oakland was believed to have shrunk in size since the raids. The fewer numbers protesting the ports in the Bay Area showed people losing interest.
Meanwhile, these stories are just what big business, Republicans and the Tea Party want to hear. They want to hear that the media doesn’t care about the Occupy protestors. They want the movement to disappear, to let them have their stage back. They’ve learned a lesson from these events on how to sway the public. Perhaps the furor that had been released by the Occupy movement will influence politicians, but it’s highly unlikely. Money talks in politics. The Tea Party has it. Big Business has it. Occupy doesn’t have anywhere near the amount that these other groups do.
Yes, Occupy has brought some major problems to light. They have shined a light on all the games, the tricks, the facts. They forced the media to change their reporting for a few months. Sadly, it looks like the leash has been pulled on the reporters, that the big business print and broadcast media companies said no more. Unless it will sell a paper or get viewers to watch for ad revenue, there’s no point, in their eyes.
This isn’t to say that the movement has lost steam. This is not about the movement losing relevance or credibility. The movement isn’t dead. The message won’t go away. Even if it appears that the media’s interest has. The media reports what they’re told by their superiors, many of which are the same people being railed against by the Occupy Movements.
Even after the media dries up, even after people move from the streets to the internet, the movement will continue and grow. The message is true, the facts are supporting the protestors. Even if you won’t hear that on the national media stations.
- How hot is pepper spray, anyway? (news.cnet.com)
- Occupy Photo Shoot of the Day (tease.thedailywh.at)
- Occupy Protestors Fuel Economic Disparity with Port Shutdowns (socyberty.com)
- 2011 Year in Pictures: Lego Recreates Year From UC Davis to Royal Wedding [PHOTOS] (ibtimes.com)
- Brian Stelter’s piece on the media coverage of Occupy Wall Street is a pretty solid read, with some good numbers. (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Challenge your Views (rowleyfea410clay.wordpress.com)
- Occupy Protests Have Spread to the North Pole (prweb.com)
- Native Americans Occupy Indian Country in Tulsa (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- Police Crackdowns On Occupy Protesters Spikes Media Coverage (huffingtonpost.com)
- How Big is the Occupy Movement? (occupy-stories.com)