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COTD: Media Critique of the “Occupy Wall Street” Protests

October 5, 2011

I’ve been reading some fascinating media coverage of the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. I’ve noticed an unusual number of commentaries that directly criticize the methods of the protesters by portraying them as ineffective, unfocused, or just plain weird. But this video from CNN really caught my eye. Plenty of news programs do segments on the “lighter side of the news” at the end of their nightly broadcasts, but this one is striking. It’s eerily reminiscent of a recurring sketch on SNL’s Weekend Update, called “Really?! With Seth and Amy.” (See also: Anderson Cooper’s recurring “Ridiculist”). My first instinct is to be disturbed at the idea of a protest being covered as a “hilarious happening.” But I was also intrigued at the way the anchor attempts to dismiss an entire protest based on taxpayer returns from the Wall Street bailouts. There’s an interesting argumentative warrant hiding in there, I think.

Also, be sure to read Media Matters’ coverage of media reaction to the protests.

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