Strange how all things are connected. Those who cannot find jobs or who have been ripped off after working a lifetime, appear similar through the lens of Wall Street. They appear small and insignificant. With Halloween approaching, they are almost ghostly. The movement that began on September 17, which is appropriately called, Occupy Wall Street, is growing more visible and more focused daily. They have the now present moment on their side.
Countdown with Keith Olbermann was the first place and the only place I could find out anything about the movement for some time. That is because there was a press blackout of the event. My friend Carolyn, who is also a fan of democracy, pointed out that Wall Street owns the media. What in the hell was I thinking? I remember that now. I knew they owned Faux News, but I was shocked that Anderson Cooper, who is so vigilant at digging deeper, was saying nothing for so long on his 360 show. I mean, he was hanging out under the Mississippi Bridge forever during the oil spill. Would it be too uncomfortable for him to be on the rich side of town? (I figured he was just busy trying to set up a program on each network.) And Wolf Blitzer wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole, but he did find time to torture Rep. Maxine Roberts about her footwear! (The woman does not even own a pair of bedroom slippers.) As stiff as he is, he badgered that wonderful gal. Even with his glasses on, he was playing like he just didn’t see it. The Situation Room was once again sans situation.
Brian Williams will always man up in the end. However, it took him a while. Once there were some arrests made, and more people were commenting on how everyone was ignoring it, the piece sparked in a tiny appearance on NBC Nightly News. Here’s the thing, though. Brian, what is the use of Education Nation, (which teachers like myself just adore!) if once the students get educated and grow up, all their money is stolen from them in various schemes? Or, what if they get that sheepskin and then Wall Street wolves in sheep’s clothing (Prada) shear them? Talk about the fleecing of America! What if, after all those loans and years eating Ramen, there is nowhere to work? Please see the countless stories on folks with all types of education, who are sending out up to a thousand applications and still not even getting an interview. The root is deeper than education. It is greed, or the love of money, which as we know, is the root of all you-know-what!
Where was ABC? How about some of those sister networks? What about all those other channels? I am so proud to say that Keith featured it first. With Michael Moore as his guest, he questioned why this movement was not getting attention. He wanted to find out why it was invisible to the media. Had it been a Tea Party event, even with fewer participants, it would have made the news, the two agreed. That was just the beginning. Mr. Olbermann’s support continues. While it is still a blip on the radar, Keith has had one of the pepper-sprayed occupants on, has run footage of the incident with the police department, and has shown how support is growing daily. Susan Sarandon recently joined the movement, “to see what democracy looks like.”
Optics is the science that deals with vision and light. There was a Countdown confession last night, when the 6’4″ anchor at Current TV mentioned that optics might be important in the consideration of presidential candidates. He admitted that he is considering the value of it himself. (The big man recently tweeted a picture of the salad he was having at the Red Sox game at Yankee Stadium.) Chris Christie, who is round, will not run. Though some are encouraging it, he repeats that he will not run. Maysoon Zayid, now appearing at the Arab Comedy Festival, was a guest last night and she had some pretty funny comments about his running. But are we talking about running for Republican nomination or just running?
Keith continues to be the visionary of all news media! This is an excellent example of why he had to end up at Current. The people have to have a voice and the truth has to get out. He sheds light on subjects that others ignore in obedience to the boss, which is big money. And it looks like now, he is even going to shed some pounds. And be lighter. But we would love him, even if he was as big as Wall Street’s desire to hide in the shadows. The blackouts, the bailouts, and the banks are no optical illusion. Kudos to Keith! Let there be light!