OWS: Not Dead Yet! The protestors at Occupy Wall Street still at it despite the fact that the corporate media isn’t reporting on them much if at all; or if they do report on them they distort things as usual. However, in all fairness, some segments of the movement have been less visible in the alternative media and their web site hasn’t been as active as they have at some times in the past.
(This was originally posted on Open Salon June, 19, 2011)
There was none!
Then after the protest took place in the 17th the corporate press acted as if it was surprised.
They also acted as if they were surprised when the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions began, despite the fact that the people organizing these protest contacted the corporate media and attempted to draw some coverage to their grievances and the fact that they were planning a major protest. They also waited to the last minute when other protests rose again until the last minute like the May Day protests.
The corporate media has been ignoring them until the last minute and as I indicated recently in my previous post about OWS they’re planning another major protest, June 30 - July 4: Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia. If the corporate media reports this as usual they may act as if it was a surprise.
This is part of a semi-regular update of some of the latest stories from the Occupy Wall Street web page for additional details see previous post’s introduction to series.
While the corporate media is trying to downplay the Occupy Wall Street movement they have been acting as if the tea Party is still a strong movement and that it has always been a grass roots movement. Unlike the Occupy Wall Street movement the Tea Party had plenty of media coverage especially from Fox news before it first began on tax day and many of the leaders were establishment politicians like Dick Army and Sarah Palin. This has of course been described as astro-turf and of course for the most part it is. This doesn’t eman there isn’t some grass roots aspect of it; however it was organized by demagogues and political operatives who tried to find people that would support an agenda that would serve their purposes. Most of these people followed one leader or another but it didn’t always work out as the leaders like Dick Army and Sarah Palin wanted; occasionally the follower’s actually did act on their own, although it wasn’t always the way many other people would have wanted either. This might be partly because the type of people that they attempted to recruit weren’t the most educated or well informed people in the world.
Regardless of how the corporate media covers it there are more protest that they’ve been ignoring including a Stop and Frisk protest that they provided some limited coverage on and a LGBT protest that didn’t get covered at all; and presumably there may be many other protest that people won’t find out about unless they know where to look or they do enough research, since we can’t rely on the corporate media to inform us and most of us that are trying to pick up the slack have limited resources.
This is just a small sample of many other interest groups that have been protesting because they don’t have adequate representation in the government and the corporate media, unlike the special interest group controlled by Wall Street and those with an enormous amount of money and political power. Additional groups that haven’t been properly represented and have been protesting include handicapped groups, woman’s groups, immigrant groups and many more. The fact that there are so many groups that have been protesting and that the government and press continues to ignore them when ever possible should be another indicator that this country isn’t nearly as democratic as we pretend to be.
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This didn’t receive much coverage in the corporate press and what coverage it did receive wasn’t repeated over and over again as they cover some things that serve to distract the public without informing them much. This is typical of the way they treat this subject and many others. The protesters had to go to jail for the day but the Wall Street crooks were treated with much more respect despite the fact that they’ve been implicated in numerous acts of fraud.
Furthermore as far as I can tell they received more coverage on this when the victims were other investors, presumably including many others that were also wealthy and had political clout. When lower of middle class people lose their homes as a result of fraud they may not receive nearly as much coverage and the Wall Street bankers may get away with it.
And of course they’re arguing for more deregulation!
However this doesn’t include regulations that protect secrecy.
Regulations that make fraud easier are being preserved; it is only the regulations that protect the public that they want to eliminate.
Ironically since this came out there have been more stories like this about the leaks of the drone strikes and the cyber attacks on Iran’s nuclear programs. Calls for investigation weren’t made in these cases because the drone strikes often killed civilians nor were they made because they have reason to believe that an escalating cyber war could backfire on the US sicne the US is the most vulnerable country to a cyber attack, or the fact that the Iranian nuclear program escalated after they provided covert information about al-Qaeda and were put on the “Axis of Evil” list anyway. Instead these investigations were called for because they think they may have been done to make Obama look good.
In other words it is a political investigation not a security investigation they’re calling for.
The next story isn’t from Occupy Wall Street but I thought it was worth pointing out since one of the mot important issues that clearly needs to be address is the unequal education system; this was brought to my attention by Lyn Lesch in Inner City Parents: The Cavalry isn't Coming.
The author makes five very good points including use of private Charter Schools and the serious problems being caused by reliance on property taxes that clearly ensure that the wealthiest people will always get a much better opportunity from the start clearly making it almost impossible for most people to get ahead. The few exceptions that are often highlighted by those that tout rags to riches stories are usually not put in their proper context; very often a small percentage of people are allowed and even helped to rise from to bottom as long as they support the agenda of those already at the top. This often includes politicians like John Boehner, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton who weren’t born into big money but served it when they rose to power.
One additional point that should be pointed out is the fact that the corporations have also been attempting to use advertising dollars to help finance schools after political allies have been lobbying to cut public funds. These advertising dollars have often come at a great price and they have done far more damage than good to the quality of education. As many researchers, including Roy Fox author of “Harvesting Minds” have found children who have been subjected to enormous amount of advertising in school and other locations have a harder time focusing on educational material and in many cases the advertiser that have funded them have insisted on educational criteria that isn’t in the best interest of the student. The use of Charter Schools is just another example of how they’ve been attempting to influence the quality of education and prevent children from the lower and middle classes from learning how to recognize corporate propaganda and advertising deceptions.
There is no natural right to free education; however that doesn’t mean that we can’t create one or that we shouldn’t. In a sincere democracy we should find some way to fund education for everyone. This should involve cutting the cost when ever possible if it doesn’t reduce quality of education; this could include revising copyright laws that are being used to drive up the cost of education and other tactics instead of searching for ways to deprive the lower and middle classes of a quality education. Other methods to control cost could include an end to subsidies for expensive sports programs; although more moderate programs that serve every one, not just the highly publicized ones probably can get by with modest funds.
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