Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Occupy Wall Street.

If we relied on the BBC, Sky or the British (establishment) newsmedia would we have known about the massive protests that have been going on in Manhattan and Wall Street against bankers and corporate greed. The answer is probably not because it seems that there has been a deliberate attempt at imposing a blackout on the story. For those who were determined to find out what was going on, we had to revert to watching the news on Russia Today or Al Jazeera

The following is an excellent summary from the thejournal.ie for those who have believed for too long that the BBC is a public service broadcaster and has the public interest at heart:
THE OCCUPY WALL STREET protests have spread across the United States, as the demonstrations enter their 18th day.

Demonstrators marched on Federal Reserve banks and camped out in parks from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine, in a show of anger over the country’s economy and corporate greed.

In Manhattan, hundreds of protesters dressed as corporate zombies in white face paint lurched past the New York Stock Exchange clutching fistfuls of fake money. In Chicago, demonstrators pounded drums in the city’s financial district. Others pitched tents or waved protest signs at passing cars in Boston, St Louis and Kansas City, Missouri.

The arrests of 700 protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge over the weekend galvanized a slice of discontented America, from college students worried about their job prospects to middle-age workers who have been recently laid off.

The Occupy Wall Street protesters are using a common slogan – we are the 99 per cent – to highlight the inequalities that see in their society. On their website, organisers have written that they are inspired by “the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic” to achieve their ends, and stress the need for nonviolence during the demonstrations.

It's hard to believe that Occupy Wall Street protests have been going on for 18 days and the sad part about it is that we can never question the BBC's ban on reporting this story because they are protected from being accountable to licence fee payers by an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act.

The BBC are an organisation that lacks openess and transparency and that is bad for democracy.


Anonymous said...

99% demonising 1% — class war at its finest and most frightening.

Anonymous said...

BBC is shit. Don't bother watching it. The protest have been on Russia Today and Max Keiser for days. Much better service.

RT: http://rt.com/
Max Keiser: http://maxkeiser.com/

Watch Max Keiser - get much better and more interesting and incisive interviews on Boring Brit Corporation.

Anonymous said...

Would that be the same Russia Today which devote hours of coverage to saying that reports that the rebels had reached Tripoli were fake??

I think I'll pass.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

No different from Fox News then

Anonymous said...

As we can't watch Fox News in this country, how do you know?

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Fox, Russia Today an Al Jazeera are all available with Sky basic package