Archive for October 2nd, 2011

#OWS: The PR Battle

by lizard

How long does it take for the New York Times to expose its complicity in trying to control the narrative emerging from this weekend’s mass-arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge. Apparently, 20 minutes:

Since ignoring this protest hasn’t worked, and ridiculing the protestors hasn’t worked, it’s now time for outright misrepresentation of events on the ground, and the corporate whore, I mean the Gray Lady is happy to do its part.

The distinction of being “allowed” on the bridge and “marching” on the bridge is important. Protestors involved have been saying they were led into a trap by NYPD. The counter narrative is that the protestors purposely marched on the bridge, stopping traffic and breaking the law, which warranted the mass arrest. The NYT has altered its story to back up the NYPD’s version of events. No surprise, but still disgusting.

The occupiers, though, got a boost in the PR battle when the information that JP Morgan had recently gifted the NYPD 4.6 million dollars.

Even more encouraging, some unions and other liberal groups will be adding their voices this coming Wednesday:

Among unions, the United Federation of Teachers, 32BJ SEIU, 1199 SEIU, Workers United and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 have said they will participate in the protest next Wednesday.

The Working Families Party, MoveOn.org, Make the Road New York, the Coalition for the Homeless, the Alliance for Quality Education, Community Voices Heard, United New York and Strong Economy For All also plan to support the demonstration.

“It’s a responsibility for the progressive organizations in town to show their support and connect Occupy Wall Street to some of the struggles that are real in the city today,” Jon Kest, executive director of New York Communities for Change told Crain’s New York. “They’re speaking about issues we’re trying to speak about.”

The World Trade Organization protests in Seattle put a scare into the consolidation efforts of the global elites. Then 9/11 happened, and the forces gathering opposition to globalization were sent scurrying for cover as Bush decimated civil liberties and allowed the war machine to go berserker.

There was hope the electoral process that produced the first black president would bring the country back from the fatal union (fatal to Democracy) of the corporation and the state, known as Fascism. That didn’t happen, and it’s not all the president’s fault.

But the man had his chance to capitalize on the national sentiment of disgust that the reign of Bush and his crony capitalist backers created, and he has failed miserably (I mean, my god, he can’t even put together a bill to get Americans back to work without including a time-bomb for Social Security).

Well, that chance is gone, and now it’s time to try something else.

The number of protestors arrested just over this weekend is around 700, which stands in stark contrast to the number of bankers/traders/hedgefund managers who have been held criminally accountable for their role in crashing the economy: ZERO!

Wall Streeters are not Masters of the Universe. They may hold the levers of the economy right now, but their recklessness, arrogance, and inexcusable greed have weakened their position significantly. Their reign of terror will not last forever. I hope they have enough money squirreled away to pay for Xe’s security services, because with the assault on every manifestation of unions in this country, not even the NYP will cover their asses indefinitely.

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