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Luminous Animal

(27,310 posts)
Fri May 4, 2012, 01:20 PM May 2012

4 May Day Stories the Corporate Media Missed While Fixating On Obama's College Girlfriend

Just a few excerpts. The entire article is worth reading.


By Sarah Seltzer, AlterNet

Story #1: Income inequality is still here--and so are protests.
Media stories on Occupy suffer from the same "horse race" problem that provides a frequent subject for critique in mainstream coverage of elections. "Media coverage is so focused on headcount numbers, and police and protest clashes: 'is this a win or a lose? How many people got arrested? How many roads were taken over?'" says videographer and Occupy activist Kathleen Russell. When the focus is on the win/lose dichotomy, she says, no one is "talking about the reason people are out there, or what they are fighting against."

Story #2: Outsize police presence and infiltration, scary new police tactics.
-Preemptive arrests and intimidation: Gawker, and then the New York Times did cover the fact that a number of protesters' homes were raided under bogus pretenses the day before the May Day events.


Overriding all these tactics was a huge police presence, completely outsized based on the number of demonstrators. Natasha Lennard summed up my feelings when she wrote, "The NYPD is the seventh largest standing army in the world, and on the evening of May 1, New York felt was a city under military siege — it was terrifying."

Story #3: Historic coalition between labor, students and immigrants.

But on Tuesday in New York City, organizers from OWS, racial justice, immigrants' rights groups, labor and elsewhere made one of the most concerted efforts I've ever seen to not step on each others' toes and embrace each others' issues. As Julianne Escobedo Shepherd noted in her report for AlterNet, in Union Square, organized labor and immigrants' rights group shouted each other out from the stage, warmly and genuinely.

Story #4: Organizing peacefully without hierarchy is not easy
If you've ever tried to organize a big event for your workplace, school, charity or religious institution, you know it's not easy. Now try imagining doing that--except organizing hundreds of events on the same day with a loose group of people who refuse to appoint leaders, don't have a hierarchy, and let everyone speak his or her mind. I've often thought that journalists don't understand the hard work of grassroots organizing, and the number of forces that have to triumph for it to be successful.

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4 May Day Stories the Corporate Media Missed While Fixating On Obama's College Girlfriend (Original Post) Luminous Animal May 2012 OP
Good article! Surely nobody should be surprised... Brooklyn Dame May 2012 #1
Thanks for the link! Luminous Animal May 2012 #3
I'm outraged! Character! Communist! Muslim! Liberals!!1! Egalitarian Thug May 2012 #2

Brooklyn Dame

(169 posts)
1. Good article! Surely nobody should be surprised...
Fri May 4, 2012, 01:56 PM
May 2012

...that the media would rather pay attention to something (or someone) the POTUS did during his 20s than something important going on NOW.

Of course not. Paying attention to workers is just too much to ask.


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