#OWS: Misunderstood by the Media, or Simply Poor Advertising?

Posted on October 11, 2011 by


Fox News is widely considered a biased conservative news source.  Their coverage of the #OccupyWallStreet movement, especially last Friday’s edition of Hannity, confirms this strong bias or at the very least the corporation’s unwillingness to present news in an unbiased fashion.  Guest Kimberly GuilfoyleThe Five co-host, had this to say:

It’s Woodstock meets Burning Man meets people with absolutely no purpose or focus in life.  They have nothing but free time to be down there, they make up a slogan or cause as they go along, and they’re just looking to go out there and dirty the streets. And they really don’t have any idea of what they’re doing there.

Based on on-the-scene coverage shown in this segment, this description of #OccupyWallStreet may seem entirely plausible if not exact.  However, this scene is heavily manipulated through editing techniques, sound levels, the interviewing process, and most simply through the pieces chosen to be shown.  However, Guilfoyle’s final comment is a valid argument many other news sources, including rival CNN, have made.  One of the basic criticisms facing this movement is the broad spectrum of reasons people have for protesting.  Her previous comments, specifically relating the 20-day-long and continuing protest, are completely off-base.  By comparing these protests to exhibitionist entertainment like Woodstock or Burning Man, she is completely missing the purpose: bettering humanity and society as a whole.

#OccupyWallStreet may now have a clear-cut purpose as yet, but it is clear that those involved do not consider this as entertainment.  Many people involved are college students affected by the economic downturn and citizens who lost their jobs in the recession and haven’t been able to recover.  While the government offered bailouts to banks and corporations as a way to stabilize the economy, these citizens were over looked and continue to suffer long after the corporations have begun recovering.  These active citizens all stand together, living outside without many modern conveniences to demonstrate the power and needs of the down-trodden.  The movements have only begun, and the confusion is to be expected.  With more people from all demographics joining through support or active participation, the #OccupyWallStreet movement is bound to make societal changes for all.  However, the question remains whether police brutality and media’s shut-out of the events will cause the movement’s final fizzle or only make them stronger.