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Media Coverage of Occupy More Positive As Of Nov. 17th

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Nov. 17th completely changed the national coverage of the occupation. The mainstream media at times seemingly tried to convince itself that occupation was all about literally occupying camps. That somehow there couldn't be a movement if people weren't sleeping in certain places. Nov. 17th proved that so wrong. Protesters nationwide were invigorated by anger after seeing the camps brutally shut down. So they came out in big numbers. Scores of individuals come out to protest. Unions also brought out their members and allies in very large numbers.

Upon seeing Occupy move forward, the mainstream media coverage changed. Part of this was because journalists were assaulted during the shutdown of Zucotti. The other part is that the newspapers and other media sources sense the shift in public opinion. The public in the past couple of months has been learning about the occupation and supports it. An example of this is Bob Braun's article in the New Jersey Star Ledger on Nov. 18th. 

Occupy Wall Street's 'day of action' proves the movement is going mainstream

  He says that the Occupy movement has become mainstream. The Wall Street Journal on its Nov. 18th articles mentioned protesters that were hurt by the police at recent occupy events. The journal is owned by News Corp, a company known for conservative media. Yet even they in some articles this week have quoted people who said the police force was excessive. CNN on the day of Nov. 17th gave reasonably fair and balanced coverage of the events. New York 1 has also given reasonable coverage in recent days to the protests. Occupy's Momentum is effecting mainstream media.


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