The message of the Occupy Wall Street protesters is
The message is messages; cries for “Fiscal
Responsibility,” and calling for the end of “Corporate corruption in
Washington;” too much for too little time.
The Occupy Wall Street
campaign is a hell-bent grassroots effort for socioeconomic and political
The motives are good, but what change (changes?) the
protesters want is questionable. The Occupy Wall Street protesters are just as
disillusioned and disorganized as the institutions they are protesting against.
Their message is just as discombobulated as the media coverage they
are receiving. The New York Times is apparently just as confused as
the protest they are covering.
While covering the protesters march
onto the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the New York
Times flipped more than
the GOP candidates discussing Medicare on how they felt about the protesters –
all in the span 20 minutes.
At 6:59 p.m. the New York Times ran the
headline “Protestors Arrested on Brooklyn Bridge.”
Twenty minutes later at 7:19
p.m. the headline was changed to read “Hundreds arrested on Brooklyn
Where the shift in blame from the police to the protesters
is prevalent is in the lead change that occurs when the headline is changed.
The first lead read: “After allowing them onto the bridge, the police cut
off and arrested dozens of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.”
second and changed lead read: “In a tense showdown over the East River, police
arrested hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators after they marched onto
the bridge’s Brooklyn bound roadway.”
Do dozens change to hundreds and
allowed change to marched in the span of 20 minutes?
voice is lost because of such flip-flopped media coverage from many sources. In
the late 1960s the media displayed the civil war and anti-war protestors as a
youthful, self-disenfranchised group of extreme leftists and drug induced
hippies, tainting the message, power, and legitimacy of the protests and
Media coverage of what is happening on Wall
Street displays the protestors as a youthful, self-disenfranchised group of
extreme leftists and drug induced hippies, tainting the message, power, and
legitimacy of the protests; even if their makeup is from all walks of the
socioeconomic life style.
The protesters message may not be a cry for
a change in everything, but if their one voice cannot be conveyed through the
media outlets that are reporting on them, then their voices will never be heard.