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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-11 02:04 PM
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So what were the networks covering during the Wall Street Protests?
Edited on Fri Sep-30-11 02:39 PM by alp227
Wikipedia: Timeline of Occupy Wall Street. While the cable networks (CNN, Fox News, CNBC, and MSNBC) have been covering this event from the beginning, the networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS) lagged though.

Sept. 17: Occupy Wall Street begins with around 1,000 protesters, and even Roseanne Barr (the '90s sitcom star) spoke. ABC and NBC evening newscasts pre-empted by college football games during the 6PM Eastern hour. (NBC, which carries exclusively Notre Dame Fighting Irish home games, showed Michigan State v. Notre Dame, ABC regionally split between Texas v. UCLA and Washington v. Nebraska.) Nothing on CBS.

Sept. 19-23: Sept. 19 is Monday, and the stock market resumed business. CNBC had 1.5 minutes of live video on Sept. 21. Nothing on the networks, but NBC had time to cover airline fees and a package redesign of Heinz ketchup on Sept. 20 but at least had a "Making a Difference" segment at the end profiling a family in poverty. On Sept. 22, NBC had a story about the redesign of Facebook.

Sept. 24: That's when NYPD officer Anthony Bologna pepper-sprayed the woman. No coverage on the networks. NBC did a fluff piece on Muammar Gaddafi's presidential jet. No ABC News because of college football. Nothing on CBS.

Sept. 26: Anthony Bologna was identified as the "pepper spray cop." NBC ran a 90-second story about 80 arrests made. This is the first network coverage of the event - 9 days after it began. (In contrast to how quick the networks jumped to Tea Party events!)

PBS NewsHour has yet to cover this protest.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-11 02:15 PM
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1. That's the Free (of substance) Press. n/t
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-11 07:00 PM
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2. Interesting about PBS. You would think they would cover
something like this.

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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-11 09:37 PM
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3. This:
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lady lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-11 10:31 AM
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4. NPR's Marketplace mentioned it as their final item last night.
This was after a caller to the Diane Riehm show yesterday morning equated the lack of coverage to "propaganda." Maybe he shamed them into it, I don't know. Then this morning the NY Times finally troubled itself to cover the actual event (not just the pepper spraying which they'd already covered) and they put it on the front page below the fold.

So it's taken a ridiculously long time, but it's starting to get coverage. Like you said, we're still waiting for the networks to trouble themselves...
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