In the midst of one of our nation’s greatest periods of economic struggles, one group has managed to organize itself at a grassroots level and demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the performance of their representatives in Washington D.C. In fact, credible sources estimated crowds between 300,000 – 600,000 people gathered in the nation’s capital from the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. Oh wait, that was the crowd from last August when conservative talk show personality, Glenn Beck, hosted “Restoring Honor” at the Lincoln Memorial.
The “Restoring Honor” rally was a peaceful gathering of concerned citizens from all across the country, and even attracted international visitors. It was attended by those with a desire to restore faith, hope, and charity to our nation’s dialogue. There were no arrests, no demonstrations, and no mess created.
So how was the event covered?
It was covered with glaring disdain and disgust from many in the mainstream media. Most outlets reported the crowd size at a fraction of the amount of people in attendance that day. Some even tried to characterize those in the crowd as racists and extremists from the fringe elements of the political right.
Now compare this coverage to that given to the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.
The leftist media seems to cheer for a small group of destitute lawbreakers who have nothing better to do with their lives than illegally camping out in public parks, trashing the “occupied” area, doing a very poor job of explaining why capitalism is evil, and sticking out their hands for additional welfare benefits.
The media’s coverage of the “Occupy Wall Street” protestors has been almost completely positive. There have been a few negative stories, but nothing compared to the conjured-up coverage of the Tea Party demonstrations.
There are photos of a protestor defecating on a police car. Which group committed that crime?
Some protestors were pepper-spraying people at the Smithsonian. Which group committed that crime?
The answer to both of those questions is “Occupy Wall Street”. There are a variety of other offenses by the “occupiers” that could be listed, but that’s not the point.
Why do the media hold the two groups to such vastly different standards? Why do they cheer for one group and jeer the other? Why do they cover one group’s sins and create them for the other?
As the 2012 election season approaches, both groups will surely be active. Will the media cover the groups with the sort of unbiased scruples we used to expect from respected journalists? What do you think?