Save for foreign publications like The Guardian and some spotty coverage on our side of the pond, the American media seems to be engaged in a conscious effort to contribute to the stifling of what is essentially a national and increasingly global non-violent human rights movement called Occupy Wall Street. One exception has been Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
The sickening truth about the American media would seem surprising until you learn that six corporations control the media, meaning, they are owned by the one percent. The six corporations are: Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal. It is frightening and eye-opening to realize that in 1983 50 corporations ran the media.
The OWS movement is going to be a long one. Given the one-percent’s ruthless hold on power and their willingness to wield that power (note the violent responses by certain law enforcement agencies along with increasing reports that the New York City Police Department is now urging and or transporting mentally ill homeless people and homeless drug users to Zuccotti Park to undermine OWS) it is likely there will be more bloodshed and lives lost.
In my view it is time for OWS to bring its message to the media. Occupy the NY Times, the Daily News, the NY Post, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and more. Occupy CBS, ABC and NBC. Just as it is the government’s job to make sure our system of capitalism is not, as Michael Moore recently pointed out, a rigged game, it is the media’s job to report what is going on in the country. If these folks aren’t doing their job, then occupy them too.
And yes, We Shall Overcome.