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US media's corporate ties to blame for protest blackout

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

16:51, October 25, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

On Sept. 17, a protest movement named "Occupy Wall Street" broke out in New York, and since then, the movement has spread all over the United States and has reached many other Western countries.

The mainstream media of the United States and other western countries, which always claim that they are objective, fair and well informed, have all become very low-key and self-controlled when reporting on this piece of news. According to a survey made by the U.S. Pew Research Center, in the second week of the movement, reports on the movement accounted for only 1.7 percent of all the reports of the U.S. national-level media.

On Oct. 15, while the movement was holding a cross-border joint protest in many Western countries, some supporters of the movement found that the CNN was broadcasting insignificant fashion programs and re-broadcasting other special programs all day long, and did not report live about anything related to the "Occupy Wall Street" movement. It only mentioned the protest in the news program, and most of the news focused on the activities supporting the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, which later became riots in Rome.

USA Today and other media heckled and published eye-catching headlines, such as" Protests or riots?," on not-so-eye-catching pages. Moreover, the images of protesters playing drums in clown costumes have been the focal point of most stories about the protests. In response to protesters' complaints about the National Public Radio's ignorance of the movement that lasted more than a week, the radio station said, "The recent protests on Wall Street did not involve a large number of people, no prominent people have gotten involved, has no effect or protesters have no clear appeal," implying that the movement has no news value at all.

A New York resident commented on the movement's official website that the U.S. media provided 24-hour coverage of the protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square but are turning a deaf ear to the protests in New York's Times Square.

Due to the monopoly of media ownership, more television networks and newspapers are controlled by fewer media empires, and many media outlets are part of Wall Street. A survey showed that the 11 most influential media outlets in the United States had close relations with 144 of the country's 1,000 largest enterprises. As a protester pointed out, the "richest 1 percent of Americans" being protested control the media and certainly do not want the public to know the significance of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement. 

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