Sunday, November 20, 2011

WaPo's OWS Coverage

From the WaPo's photo gallery of OWS DC..

Notice the caption about the protester waving a "US flag".  Notice the stars on the 'US flag'.  And notice the advertisement targeting the protesters with a raised fist.  From a bank.    

Here's a sign with a subtle message taken from feminist Audre Lorde, which could be interpreted as something more violent...

But of course that's impossible because the Tea Party is the party of violence.  Going through the photo gallery it's easy to see that some of these liberal reporters must be giddy about this movement just based on the selective shots chosen.  The WaPo today also contained a declaration of war, er non-violent protest by the so-called founders of the OWS movement, "Adbusters".  One can wonder where they got the idea, but don't expect the media to wonder.

Anyway, as mentioned they seem incapable of finding the more controversial signs, such as ones mentioning Che or sponsorship emblems from the World Socialist Workers Party or other such outfits that have been a common fixture of these same "Day of Action" rallies since the Bush years.  Contrast that with the editorials about racist signs at Tea Party events or the blow-up about the phantom spitting incident and it's easy to see where the sympathies lie.

Some may say "so what wingnut, quit playing the victim" but the point is that despite Fox News and AM radio the mainstreamers still drive news coverage in America and are responsible for most of the narratives exploited by the entertainment establishment, which can have political impacts.  Not covering things represents a sort of soft bias and can sometimes be more effective than covering things in an overtly biased manner.  Just look how well it worked for Obama.   And despite the current Obama-less narrative with OWS, according to at least one protester, there's still hope for change..


We have the first recorded example..
A man threw an aluminum water bottle at a UC Berkeley student Thursday evening on campus, causing minor injuries to the victim’s face. At about 5:09 p.m., the female student was approached by a man at “the northeast exterior of the Haas Pavilion,” according to a UCPD crime alert. The man asked the student if she was going to the protest on Sproul Plaza, and when the victim answered “no,” the suspect yelled at her. “People like you are the reason that California is in debt,” he said, according to the crime alert.

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