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Good critique of OWS coverage

November 12, 2011
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Please read Sarah Seltzer’s article about mainstream news outlets’ failures. We will incorporate this into Tuesday & Thursday lectures and quizzes.  You may post a comment to this blog post by 7 p.m. Monday to make up for one missing post in your recitations.

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  1. Laureen Esposito permalink
    November 13, 2011 1:27 pm

    This gives probably the best over view I have seen so far. She nails it on the head with telling it how it is. The people at each extreme end. I mean I think it goes a little far calling them hippie bashing. I am not particularly intrested in Occupy Wall Street but in my recitation a group did thier deconstruction project on it and if this would have been available I am sure they would have used it in thier project.

  2. Arcadia Hauquitz permalink
    November 13, 2011 3:17 pm

    Wow I loved that article. It really gives a great overview of not only how the news media is covering OWS but also on OWS itself. Before reading this article I was for OWS but didn’t think much could come from it because it had no leadership and thus no voice or direction, just a general demand with no ideas of how to achieve these plans. However, after reading this article I can see how the “leaderlessness” of the group is working for their movement. I agree with Laureen that the author nails these issues on the head and that media shouldn’t be focused on covering OWS in a categorical way because one of the main things about this movement is that it cant be categorized as one type of movement. It seems harder to me to try and do that then it is simply to report on what the movement is doing and how it is running and give updates on all different facets of OWS (lord knows they’re are plenty) and what it is doing and its effects on the nation/world. It sounds like a lot but really reporters would just be reporting on what they are seeing and experiencing, giving their narrative of it and that shouldn’t be too hard for them.

  3. Rachel Perez permalink
    November 14, 2011 1:35 pm

    The only qualm that I had with this article was that I wished it was posted somewhere were more could read it. It was written witha no-holds-barred approach what I loved. It touched on the issues that no one seems to mention, espescially the mainstream media which are the culprit here. The blatant, ignoring of certain aspects of the OWS movement is sad to say the least. Carefully looking for ‘hippies’ and commenting on the dress and accessories that certain people are wearing is condscending, juvenile, and have nothing to do with the movement itself. The meia is desperately trying to sterotype a movement that has turned global. I espescially loved this, “…when it comes to their coverage of a new movement that is leaderless, has no list of demands, and is aiming to be as much a state of mind as an organization, a multi-faceted sea-change rather than a single entity.” Seltzer touched on how different the movement is and that it should be looked at in a positive light and not the biased way that it has been.

  4. Aleksandr Skop permalink
    November 14, 2011 2:09 pm

    My recitation group have done our project on OWS as well (particularly the police brutality), and have become quite familiar with the matter. I found this article pretty interesting, and very agreeable as well. A lot of the mainstream media outlets were largely biased, but not too any extremes. Even Fox News, with an outstanding reputation of conservative rants and fear-mongering, actually didn’t go too far on bashing OWS protesters. I found it a shock that the New York Post would outdo them in “hippie-bashing”. All in all, I found this article as a very interesting “conclusion” to our project, and wish I could have seen it sooner.

  5. November 14, 2011 2:55 pm

    Unfortunately, I didn’t like this article. I realize she was attempting to point out media outlets like The New York Post and MSNBC who are “biased” because they were not truthfully and fully showing what is going on at OWS. Selzters accusations of biased media outlets are true, but I felt as if she was biased in this article herself. All of the biased media examples had to do with negative coverage of OWS. Selzter very clearly seems to be biased against the “conservative” point of view of OWS. For example, The New York Post’s headline that reads “Occupy Wall Street, go home!”. Yes, as Selzter explains, NYP’s article is biased because it is openly negative toward OWS. But, isn’t her evaluation of the article bias in itself? She says this about the article, “they might see something different: seriousness, cooperation, an “open-source movement ” that is actually (really, it is!) different in key ways from other social justice coalitions that have come before it, instead of trying to fit this into a traditional media narrative”. This statement forces me believe that she is in support of the OWS. So, because she is in support, that automatically makes other media presenting the OWS in a negative light, biased? The only time she presents the other point of view besides hers is this “Every time I go downtown I meet more movement stalwarts, and more arrive each day. Yes, there are some things about Occupy Wall Street and its offshoots that resemble other old-school lefty movements. But this absolute dedication to horizontalism is real and it’s big. And it deserves to be taken seriously.” She briefly writes of some of the “interesting” people there and how this movement is considered “lefty”. Unfortunately, the following sentence drives in her bias viewpoint once again. Selzter also writes this, “Rachel Maddow also ran a segment on the importance of an alliance between the “stop stop-and-frisk” movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement”. Selzter puts Maddow’s liberal political show on a pedestal and in a way presents it as truth. I’m not going to completely believe Selzter because I know where her clear opinion lies. And I’m not going to watch FOX News to get full perspective of OWS because I know that is biased as well.The issue for me is what is the real truth of OWS? I know why the people are protesting, but is their protesting valid? Is what they’re complaining about something they have a proper resolution for? Or are they just un-happy with what they’ve brought on themselves and they want to blame someone else?

  6. Sarah Lappen permalink
    November 14, 2011 5:00 pm

    This article really calls attention to the flaws within our news outlets today. It was amazing to me that almost every single significant television news outlet failed to report on the teargassing in oakland as it occurred. The article described the event as “the first police crackdown of such a violent nature in years.” and as a news consumer it is most definitely a story I would want to be made aware of. The article did a good job of summing up the flaws of modern media through the analyzing of the news coverage surrounding OWS movement. It also pointed out how vital social networking sites are becoming to our ability to gain an accurate and direct source of breaking news. We are no longer confined to the news outlets which can choose to report or not to report on various topics.

  7. Melissa Bognaski permalink
    November 14, 2011 6:01 pm

    Sarah Seltzer’s article was extremely analytical and thought provoking. She brought up some very good points on the news coverage of OWS. Her main point seemed to be that OWS is a movement like no other that needs to be covered like no other. I completely agree. Journalists relying on past protests to criticize OWS are lacking. Also, media outlets trying to remain neutral are not gaining knowledge of the complexity of the protest. As Seltzer points out, “journalists are people with opinions”. Trying to hide ones’ opinion or not allowing one to form at all will only hinder the necessary coverage of a huge topic like OWS.

  8. Samantha Jodice permalink
    November 14, 2011 6:44 pm

    This article was not only brilliantly worded, but it stood up for the rights that each individual has participating in Occupy Wall Street. Every person has the right to get out there and voice their opinion about the injustices that are occurring in our society today. Whether or not someone thinks Occupy Wall Street is for a good cause, they should still allow for the opinions of these people to be heard. Journalists should try and be more accepting of this cause and write about the coming together of a force, a group of people who are strangers and yet going hand in hand to make a change they believe is for the best. So why discriminate and throw stereotyping words out to them? What good could that possibly bring?

  9. Heather Comitz permalink
    November 14, 2011 6:50 pm

    Refreshing to read; wished every article was so forthright. Like Laureen, I had little interest in the OWS movement. Picking through all the fillers in mainstream coverage had become tedious, so I readily dismissed any hopes of forming an educated opinion. After reading this article though, I feel that I have sufficient information to appreciate and understand the OWS movement.

  10. Adrienne David permalink
    November 15, 2011 9:55 am

    This article is a good way for someone to learn about the issues in the news outlets today.
    It was very analytical and there were very good points presented in the article, especially about the news coverage about the OWS. She believes that the OWS needs converage more than other news. I think that this article proves that news reporters and journalists are trying to become more neutral in what they are reporting and imforming the people about. They are just people with opinions and trying to hide them are hard and sometimes these opions get incorporated into their stories without them even noticing.

  11. marycastro000 permalink
    November 15, 2011 1:28 pm

    Before reading this article, I will admit that I didn’t know much about the OWS movement. To be honest, I really didn’t care. From what I took from the main stream media the people who participated in OWS were people who didn’t have anything better to do. But after reading this article I see how flawed I was in thinking that.I see now some of the methods that these journalists used while reporting on the OWS movement and by including that it has opened my eyes to OWS.

  12. Erica Bowman permalink
    November 15, 2011 1:56 pm

    Sarah Seltzer’s article points out the many issues with news media today. It talks about how reporters can sometimes have a bias influence on the information they give because of their own opinion. I did not know very much about OWS before reading this article, but it has given me a connection to it and I am able to understand what it is truly about.

  13. Alison Johnson permalink
    November 15, 2011 2:22 pm

    I thought this article was simple and to the point, where the journalist defended the OWS movement and pointed out the “blatantly biased” news outlets and social media. There are numerous outlets that portray the OWS as anti-corporation, just want to cause a scene group; however, Seltzer stated that OWS is “serious and different from other social justice coalitions.” This was a good statement where she wants the reader to realized that protests vary where some are pointless and others have a real purpose. I found it funny when she pointed out the strong bias from NY Post stating how the news outlet called the OWS “Zoo-Cotti” and their use of angry attacks toward the movement. Though I do not follow OWS, I always thought that it’s good that people fight for their beliefs and demand for change/compromise without creating a real problem.

  14. Matt Weaver permalink
    November 15, 2011 2:37 pm

    The story is very spot on. If you read any news paper or watch any program you notice a huge lack of coverage on the Occupy movement. Currently the mainstream news only views it as something that is going to pass over shortly and being done by jobless college dropouts or lazy people asking for handouts. Sarah is easily able to get more from the movement by spending a couple days with the protesters than most media outlets who have covered it for weeks. She is easily able to point out all the misdirection and bias from the other news outlets as well. The article also does a great job on pointing out how poorly the OWS movement is being covered because everyone is trying to have it fit into traditional coverage methods. They are missing the point that this is something new that can’t be covered like other movements in the past because of how its growing, and evolving on an almost daily basis.

  15. Jasmine Lewis permalink
    November 15, 2011 3:08 pm

    This article expresses a very good view of the opposing side of those who support the Occupy Wall Street movement. As the author states, many media outlets are describing Occupy Wall Street as an “all-out-war”. That term is very biased and many media outlets are not understanding the thought behind these events. Occupy Wall Street should be seen as a movement, not an entry for Americans to rebel against the government. I agree completely when the author states that the corporate media rather stay neutral than give an honest opinion on the movement because they are having a hard time adjusting to this social change. My opinion is that the government nor the media is ready to deal with fed up Americans and they rather slander those who are trying to make a change by calling them names and putting them in the category of hippies. Sarah Seltzer does a great job at calling out media outlets on this “view” they have about the Occupy Wall Street movement.

  16. Michael Bridges permalink
    November 15, 2011 3:31 pm

    Wow, this article was definitely a pleasure to read. During most of the OWS movement, the majority of the news outlets have led me to believe certain things, under the basis of “all the news networks are saying it.” I really felt that this article perfectly captured this story, from both sides, and showed the movement for what it was, instead of beating around the bush or sugar-coating it. I had come into the article thinking that I had a basic knowledge of OWS, after attending the “World Have Your Say” BBC taping, and I found through this article that there were a myriad of other factors to this story I had never noticed before. Definitely a must-read.

  17. Paige Lukert permalink
    November 15, 2011 11:09 pm

    Wow! Great article. Very good points are made, almost every article I’ve read on the OWS movement talks about these giant riots and violence. They don’t go into detail about the real issue! Most stories about the movement are very biased and this article does a great job in talking about that.

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