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Forum Post: A Festival Of Yellow Journalism

Posted 6 years ago on May 2, 2012, 6:53 p.m. EST by GypsyKing (8719)
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The MSM coverage of Occupy May Day has so far been a festival of omission, distortion, and outright lies. If we ever needed further confirmation that the MSM is in the hip pocket of the oligarchy, this is it.



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[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (22863) 6 years ago

GK, I thought this Daily News article was pretty funny in how it starts off with "Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations against major financial institutions."

Hundreds? Hundreds? WTF? Could they be any more misleading?


[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

I know, I saw that.! Hundreds?!! WTF!!! That was but one of the choice examples that "inspired" this post. Yech!!!!

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22863) 6 years ago

It's just outrageous.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Still probably better then a Soviet news report back in the bad old days there. How far we have fallen in this country to hear such BS from news (?) sources.

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

I have to admit that as cynical as I have become about American media, the treatment of May Day has even staggered me in it's bias.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

They had to acknowledge it or raise questions, they did not want to acknowledge the turn outs but they had to say something and so - the shit they spew - they probably would have been better off saying nothing.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

It has an upside though. It really exposes the, dare I say it, conspiracy in the main stream media.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

LOL - Oh hell why not, in this case there is truth to support the statement.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22863) 6 years ago

Hundreds!!!? I still can't get over that.

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

Yeah, can you believe it? What I think is that they had their strategy planned, in terms of how they were going to "spin" May Day, and they just went through with it, regardless of how stupid it turned out to appear. Clearly the coverage on CBS was managed before hand.

[-] 1 points by MachineShopHippie (216) from Louisville, KY 6 years ago

Dude... I'm just glad they didn't say 'dozens'. They were doing that last fall. And my all-time favorite: 'A small group of would-be protesters came to the governor's rally...'

What the fuck is a WOULD-BE PROTESTER?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22863) 6 years ago

That is funny. I guess it's their hoping that the protester doesn't really exist so that the sad trajectory this county is on can continue. Go figure.

[-] 2 points by MachineShopHippie (216) from Louisville, KY 6 years ago

When you think about it, it's actually an incredibly genius way to undermine something. You have to talk about the protesters because they're between your camera and the governor, but you want to completely deny their existence all the same. 'Would-be author Steven Jennings turned to professional poker playing when...'

So the guy isn't an author. At one point he thought he might want to try that, but he never actually did it.

Evil geniuses, these evil geniuses are...

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

I know it is insane. This is an example of living in denial. It is funny that they mentioned the turn out at all instead of just remaining silent. They speak and place foot squarely in mouth.

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 6 years ago

This is from another site I visit. No link though. \ Activists join May Day protests across US, stinging gas in Oakland sends demonstrators fleeing (By TERRY COLLINS | Associated Press | May 2, 2012)

Thousands of protesters in New York demanded an end to income inequality and housing foreclosures. Police fired tear gas to disperse marchers in Oakland, Calif. And black-clad demonstrators smashed windows in Seattle and occupied a building owned by the Catholic archdiocese in San Francisco.

Activists across the U.S. joined in worldwide May Day protests Tuesday, with anti-Wall Street demonstrators leading the way in some cities as they tried to recapture the enthusiasm that propelled their movement last fall.

While some protesters clashed with police, the melees were far less violent than ones that erupted last fall when the movement was at its peak. There were no major disruptions, though arrests were reported _ including dozens in the San Francisco Bay area.

Many of the rallies, which drew activists pushing a variety of causes, also did not have the same drawing power that gatherings had last year for the Occupy movement or a half-dozen years ago for May Day rallies for immigration reform.

In recent years, activists in the U.S. used May Day to hold rallies for immigrant rights, but the day has been associated for more than a century with workers' rights and the labor movement both in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Across the world on Tuesday, protests drew tens of thousands of demonstrators into the streets from the Philippines to Spain. They demanded everything from wage increases to an end to cuts in education, health care and other austerity measures.

The U.S. protests were the most visible organizing effort by anti-Wall Street groups since the movement's encampments were dismantled last fall.

The major developments include:

_ In Oakland, the scene of several violent clashes between activists and police during last fall's Occupy-inspired protests, the situation threatened to boil over again when police fired tear gas, sending hundreds of demonstrators scrambling.

Officers also fired "flash-bang" grenades to disperse protesters converging on police as they wrestled people to the ground while trying to make arrests, and used more tear gas on Tuesday night to break up the bottle-throwing remnants of what had been a peaceful rally of several thousand.

At least 25 people were taken into custody during the course of the day, including one for setting a police car on fire, police said.

Earlier, some protesters tried to force businesses to shut down for not observing calls for a "general strike."

_ In Seattle, black-clad protesters used sticks to smash store windows and ran through the streets disrupting traffic. Police have made at least eight arrests.

While much smaller in scale, the mayhem was reminiscent of the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in the city that caused widespread damage to stores and forced the cancellation of some WTO events.

Authorities said many of the most violent protesters were trying to hide in the larger crowd by shedding their all-black clothes after they used items such as rocks, hammers and tire irons to damage property.

_ In New York, hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters and their supporters spilled out onto Fifth Avenue in a confrontation with police amid citywide protests, while thousands later gathered peacefully in Union Square.

The group had promised the day would mark a spring revival of their movement.

Occupy organizer Mark Bray said the mood had changed since the group's first organized events late last year. "There was a sense of novelty to Occupy in October," he said. "Today is more celebratory, and nostalgic."

Marchers briefly flooded the avenue and blocked traffic before police in riot gear pushed them back onto the sidewalks. The group chanted: "We are the people. We are united!"

_ In San Francisco, about 200 people took over a vacant building that is owned by the local archdiocese and has been targeted for previous protests. Two men on adjacent rooftops lobbed pipes and bricks at a line of police officers.

About two dozen protesters were taken into custody as police officers in riot gear cleared the building Wednesday, KGO-TV reported.

Police Chief Greg Suhr told reporters he assumed some of the people inside the building were part of a group that vandalized shops, cars and a police station during a pre-May Day demonstration Monday night.

_ In Chicago, about 2,000 activists marched through the city to demand immigration reform and greater protections for workers. The demonstration was largely peaceful. Half a million people rallied in Chicago in 2006 to demand immigration reform. But numbers since have plummeted to just a few thousand.

_ In Los Angeles, a group that broke off from a downtown rally for immigration reform briefly skirmished with police and left an officer injured, and 10 union demonstrators were arrested for blocking an intersection near Los Angeles International airport.

The downtown splinter group of several dozen protesters surrounded a small group of police in a tense standoff. Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith told KNBC-TV that an officer was hit in the helmet by a skateboard, but she was in good condition at a hospital.

_ In Atlanta, about 100 people rallied outside the state Capitol, where a law targeting illegal immigration was passed last year. They called for equal rights for all workers and an end to local-federal partnerships to enforce immigration law.

The rally was significantly smaller than last year's, which drew about 1,000 people. Organizers said turnout last year was greater, in part, because the protest was on a Sunday, rather than during the work week.

"I'm a bit disappointed, but I think this is something to be expected," said Adelina Nicholls, executive director of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, one of the main organizers of the rally.

"It's very difficult to keep a high level of excitement going," Nicholls said. "But it's not only about mobilization. It's also about organization, and we have people working every day to promote immigrant rights."

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

Thanks, the more real news we can get out there the better.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 6 years ago

That's great. will pass the link around. Thanks.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

You're more than welcome.

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 6 years ago

Use vimeo etc. to upload any coverage recorded privately, and keep posting links to the video all over the news channels' web sites.

Knowing how the corpmedia tends to twist things, and selectively omit police brutality, it would be more in #OWS's interests to post their own media coverage.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago


[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago

we're getting too close to election



[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago

It's going to get a whole lot worse.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

I would really like to see a news media whistle blower. Is there no one in the business (MSM) with any self decency self respect any outrage at the crap they are being told to do (or things not to do )? Is there not a single journalist left alive in the MSM?

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago

MSM was never geared for the real people. Ever. It is like waiting for them to like us.

I stopped relying on them for anything.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

That is because you are intelligent and aware.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

I finally found the guy who said "we can't allow coverage of this"

Turns out, he's a NY (R)epelican't, one Peter King.

At that point, the MSM was still mostly positive. After he said this? It got much worse.


[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago

Well, no media is going to add legitimacy to the protests in their own country. All of the other countries are going to add legitimacy to it........and giggle.

These are conglomerates. NBC is owned by Comcast 51% and GE 49% http://www.muckety.com/General-Electric-Company/5000769.muckety

Look at where all those cats are also on the board of. They are going to do whatever is necessary to protect their interests.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

The best news available in America, by far, is The Nation magazine. If you ever want to know what's really going on, go to The Nation.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

I will have to check that out. Have a link handy? Never mind I am not lazy I just thought it would be nice to include here.

Got it : www.thenation.com/

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

Sorry I didn't include the link. I have it in an above comment on this thread.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Nope sorry to even have mentioned it, I was feeling lazy. I am a little bit off my game today. Sorry.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

No problem DKA. I'm a bit off mine too.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Well not from what I've seen today. {:-])

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago


[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

It's pretty clear where they're going with this - given the focus on "terrorism" and blac block.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago

yeah, they are laying it on real thick in the Chicago area. Pretty heavy signals.

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (8719) 6 years ago

Yeah, now we're all a bunch of "terrorists." That's what you get for excercizing your Constitutional right to freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly now in the USA.

And people wonder what we're protesting about?

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago

In Chicago's case, they keep talking about all the money that NATO is going to bring in. I wonder if they are including the amount that protesters are going to spend with food and lodging.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Protest for world health brings money to local area business as part and parcel of legal protest. I like that GF!!!

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago

If people are driving in, they have to park. It will more than likely be a parking garage-which is for all reasons are way over priced. Take the train in, the money is spent there. The cops walked next to the protesters. It was said to be a rehearsal for the NATO protests. The media is using all kinds of scary. No arrests.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

The media is against the movements to end greed corruption crime and the creation of a healthy and prosperous world for all as it is against their agendas. The media is owned by the greedy that we are fighting.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago


[-] -1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 6 years ago

If OWS gets too big and popular this summer, they will just create something, and ramp up the attacks by the right, to keep it in the Dems corner. They did the same thing last October.

The last thing they want is a bi-partisan movement of PEOPLE, normal people. That is more terrifying to them than anything else.

[-] -2 points by cooperbl (-88) 6 years ago

the MSM is an arm of the democrats PR machine.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Sorry - Fail.

The MSM is an arm of the corrupt greedy that have bought influence in government. They use their propaganda machine to push their issues forward.

Currently the republicans in office seem to be the "most Visibly" in line with special interest ( the Greedy ).

Democrats are not immune but at the moment they are not as visible nor as completely infected as a party either.

Further proof. Look at this PDF and the individuals signed on in support:


[+] -4 points by cooperbl (-88) 6 years ago

The MSM 's issues are the agenda of the obama administration.