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Occupy Wall Street Coverage

May Day Media Mayhem

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 07.03.2012 | Media
Benjamin R. Barber

Media hypocrisy about the Occupy Wall Street movement is old news. But the New York Times hit the "refresh" button once again with its coverage of the May Day demonstrations in New York and around the country on May 2.

What Is the Next Phase of Occupy Wall Street

Danny Schechter | Posted 01.17.2012 | New York
Danny Schechter

A week ago, I produced a TV documentary on inside the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York. It was already somewhat obsolete by the time it air...

Con Games: Erin Burnett, The Anchor From Citigroup, Seriously

Michael Conniff | Posted 12.18.2011 | Media
Michael Conniff

I didn't know diddly about Erin Burnett, the new anchor at CNN, but I liked the video of her decamping to the bowels of capitalism to go womano-a-woma...

Jason Linkins

Occupy Wall Street vs. Erin Burnett: A Primer In Media Failure | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.06.2011 | Media

The difference between journalism that makes an investment in the lives of ordinary people and journalism that doesn't is staggering. Erin Burnett's myopic coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests epitomized something I've banged on about before: the signature failing of the media, in the way they've deigned to cover the massive unemployment crisis in America, is that they treat the people who are actually unemployed as abstract concepts. The norm that the media constantly, redundantly enforces is that the unemployment crisis is an event that solely threatens the re-election hopes of politicians, to whom they crave access. But no one craves access to poor people! So they remain in the background, where they can be easily abused.