Here’s how Nathan Schneider of Democracy Now! responded when police violence — and the documenting of it by amateur videographers — finally forced some mainstream publications to stop pretending Occupy Wall Street isn’t happening:
In an article that recounts as many gory details as will fit, the [New York] Daily News devotes only two short paragraphs to what the protest is actually about and what protesters have been doing all this time: “attempting to draw attention to what they believe is a dysfunctional economic system that unfairly benefits corporations and the mega-rich.” True, but too little. The real story for the Daily News, it seems, is not this unusual kind of protest, or the political situation which it opposes, but the chance to have the word “busted” on the cover next to the cleavage of a woman crying out in pain.
The DN’s front-page story wasn’t good enough for Schneider because it didn’t offer a detailed explanation of what has sparked the protests. WTF! What did Schneider expect from a tabloid, or from any other mainstream media outlets on the scene? Police violence was the story on Saturday, so that’s what was reported.
The MSM has had plenty of time — years, in fact — to report the unfairness and, in many cases, the possible criminality of those who work “the system,” especially the Wall Street banksters. They chose not to report these things, except in vague terms that masked the direct link between the banksters’ conduct and the ongoing economic meltdown.
Schneider should be celebrating a victory, but he seems wistfully disappointed. In regard to the MSM, he’s like Prince Andrei in War and Peace, lamenting the madness of war.
Above all, Schneider’s tone is reasonable, like that of the faux Democrat Barack Obama:
We in the press need to think more highly of our readers, as well as of our own ability to report on stories that don’t depend simply on the shock value of violence, or on cheap-shot ridicule, or on stifling formulas. For many Americans, nonviolent direct actions like this occupation are the best hope for having a political voice, and they deserve to be taken seriously as such.
Sometimes liberals make me sick.