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September 27, 2011

More on Occupy Wall Street and the idea of a “hook”

andurrs says: Funny. I would have thought good journalists could find their hook. Silly me.

» SFB says: That’s not our point at all. Journalists can find a good hook to create an individual story. But a story like this needs more than that. This is an attempt to create a large-scale movement. The standards are higher. To outsiders looking at this passively, this story doesn’t have any clear objective other than creating a dialogue about populist anger around Wall Street. Which is necessary, but not necessarily a “hook.” Think of every notable populist movement in the past couple of years: The Tea Party had Rick Santelli making an audacious speech on a trading floor. The Arab Spring had a Tunisian who set himself on fire out of anger. Egypt had Wael Ghonim and massive crowds at Tahrir Square that stuck around for weeks. And so on. Occupy Wall Street does not need a hook like this to get coverage (and media outlets should cover it whether or not it has a “hook” — something they might actually find in the process of covering it, by the way). But it’d be a stronger movement if it had something like this to coalesce around. — Ernie @ SFB

11:33 // 2 years ago
Spotted at Occupy Wall Street today: Susan Sarandon. No word on when Barry Bostwick will show up. Does that mean NPR will finally cover this? (EDIT: Yes, they will.)

Spotted at Occupy Wall Street today: Susan Sarandon. No word on when Barry Bostwick will show up. Does that mean NPR will finally cover this? (EDIT: Yes, they will.)

17:21 // 2 years ago
pantslessprogressive:

Dr. Cornel West at the Occupy Wall Street protest Tuesday evening. [Photo: @linktothepast86]

Hey, it’s that guy from “The Matrix Reloaded.”

pantslessprogressive:

Dr. Cornel West at the Occupy Wall Street protest Tuesday evening. [Photo: @linktothepast86]

Hey, it’s that guy from “The Matrix Reloaded.”

23:20 // 2 years ago
September 28, 2011

pantslessprogressive:

First story on The Last Word w/ Lawrence O’Donnell tonight: the Occupy Wall Street protests. Not just a brief mention, either: the first 15 minutes were dedicated to talking in depth about how Wall Street’s greed has led to the protests we’re seeing day after day, including an interview with Michael Moore. O’Donnell says he will also address police brutality at the end of the program. Great example of the growing media coverage on Occupy Wall Street.

Good to see.

(Source: pantslessprogressive, via inothernews)

20:01 // 2 years ago
October 1, 2011
I think it’s a tactic and a valid tactic to call attention to a problem. Wall Street is out of control. We have three imbalances in this country—the imbalance between imports and exports, the imbalance between employer power and working power, and the imbalance between the real economy and the financial economy. We need to bring back balance to the financial economy, and calling attention to it and peacefully protesting is a very legitimate way of doing it.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka • Talking on C-SPAN Friday about mass protests in general and Occupy Wall Street in particular. Trumka’s endorsement of the protests shadows the growing support the movement is getting from such labor unions as the Transport Workers Union. If the movement grows among labor unions, that will help swell the growth of the movement significantly. source (viafollow)
16:43 // 2 years ago
evanfleischer:

By my count, there’ve been 10 11 arrests so far — and I’ve just been watching the live stream. photo via.

Breaking News is confirming this.

evanfleischer:

By my count, there’ve been 10 11 arrests so far — and I’ve just been watching the live stream. photo via.

Breaking News is confirming this.

16:49 // 2 years ago

thepoliticalnotebook:

Watch the #OccupyWallStreet protests on the Brooklyn Bridge live. According to Evan Fleischer, the arrest count is 24 and probably going to increase.

Follow tweeters like Evan Fleischer (who also is curating on Tumblr), Ryan Devereaux, Allison Kilkenny, Brian Stelter, and Adbusters.

The protests are fascinating because of the focus on naming the people getting arrested. “WHAT’S YOUR NAME!?!?” All of these protesters know they’re on camera. All of these protesters know that keeping information as open as possible is the best possible thing they can do for their cause. A child just got arrested, BTW.

17:15 // 2 years ago
Roseanne Barr says “bring back the guillotine” for bankers: She talked about this on the RT’s network’s “Keiser Report.” “I, first,” she said, “would allow the guilty bankers to pay back anything over $100 million (in) personal wealth, because I believe in the maximum wealth of $100 million. If they’re unable to live on that amount, they should go to re-education camps. And if that doesn’t work, they should be beheaded.” This particular line is in this video starting around the 16-minute mark. Did Roseanne go off the deep end with this statement?

Roseanne Barr says “bring back the guillotine” for bankers: She talked about this on the RT’s network’s “Keiser Report.” “I, first,” she said, “would allow the guilty bankers to pay back anything over $100 million (in) personal wealth, because I believe in the maximum wealth of $100 million. If they’re unable to live on that amount, they should go to re-education camps. And if that doesn’t work, they should be beheaded.” This particular line is in this video starting around the 16-minute mark. Did Roseanne go off the deep end with this statement?

18:58 // 2 years ago
inothernews:

So, not only do high-ranking members of the New York City Police Department mace innocent protestors, they also arrest New York Times journalists doing their jobs.
Does that idiot mayor Michael Bloomberg realize that he and the NYPD are just agitating the protestors more?

Pretty much. Don’t arrest journalists. It’s bad for everyone involved.

inothernews:

So, not only do high-ranking members of the New York City Police Department mace innocent protestors, they also arrest New York Times journalists doing their jobs.

Does that idiot mayor Michael Bloomberg realize that he and the NYPD are just agitating the protestors more?

Pretty much. Don’t arrest journalists. It’s bad for everyone involved.

(via firthofforth)

19:04 // 2 years ago
Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested. Other locked arms and proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway. The latter were arrested.
A NYPD police spokesman • Discussing the arrests of 400 protesters (EDIT: This number jumped significantly from an earlier version of this story — from 50 to 400) on the Brooklyn Bridge earlier today, during the Occupy Wall Street protests, which are starting to pick up some steam (along with union support). Witnesses say that police used orange netting to surround and control the movements of protesters, and those arrested were taken away on three separate buses. source (viafollow)
20:38 // 2 years ago