Bonnie notes Kat's "Kat's Korner: Doris Day, Rob Crow and what's left unsaid" and Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Non-apology" went up yesterday. On this week's Law and Disorder Radio -- a weekly hour long program that airs Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m. EST on WBAI and around the country throughout the week, hosted by attorneys Heidi Boghosian, Michael S. Smith and Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights) -- main topics explored include Occupy Wall Street with Ann Ratner and Natalie Abrmas while there's a brief discussion on hosts Michael Smith and Michael Ratner discuss their upcoming book Who Killed Che? -- and several e-mails note that the emphasis is driving them away. If they're going to continue to cover OWS for the umpteenth week in a row despite listener boredom, they're going to need to pair it with another topic and not make the bulk of the show OWS. Pairing it with, for example, a full segment on the Che book would increase listener interest and be the "sugar" that allows listeners to swallow more "medicine" of OWS. As is, people are bored. The topic is boring. It's been the only topic for weeks now. And it's over-covered on other programs as well. The assassination of an American citizen by Barack didn't receive two full segments. But the OWS cheerleading never ends. Another segment of, "Well, we don't have any real goals because we're not top-down but we hope to have goals in another three months or so because MLK may have had a dream but we just hope to someday have a notion."
In the second entry, the above ended at "Who killed Che?" First off, if you read it, you'll see C.I. states "several e-mails" so this is an issue within the community.
And of course it is. People are bored with this OWS. We almost did a piece on it at Third. About how those covering events need to cover actual events and stop pimping their own personal fancies. In a way, the second half of Rebecca's "2 whores: amy goodman and mona eltahawy" addresses that when she's pointing out how Amy Goodman's concerned with sexual assault in Egypt when the ones assaulting are police forces but not when the ones assaulting are protesters. In the second case, she buries it and never, ever mentions it on her program.
We're tired of that one-sided s**t.
But OWS? A number of people are just so sure that OWS -- which they admit is nothing right now -- will usher in a new age. So if they just keep pimping the non-story, at some point, they just know, it will turn into a movement. So they'll waste one week after another on it. The public's moved on from OWS and the fact that non-news continues to dominate is pissing people off.
There are so many important issues that are being ignored as they cover OWS. Bradley Manning's Article 32 is coming up, the secret loans the government gave banks in 2008 are being ignored, the war on Libya (which hasn't stopped), the efforts to get America to support a war on Iran, the lack of transparency on the part of the Obama administration, Barack's gutting of regulations, Barack's attack on whistle blowers and so much more are being ignored so we can hear another spoiled young adult -- and they are spoiled, the ones 'independent' media has presented with us -- talk about how camping out has changed their life.
How do I know they're spoiled?
Only a spoiled baby could afford to spend weeks camping. Anyone else would have to go school or go to work or, most likely, both. But we keep hearing these preppie little kids telling us about their preppie little lives.
I grew up working class. I really don't care to hear these spoiled brats, sorry. I was one of eight children and I was at the tail end so, as I hit my teenage years and my older siblings were moving out, I had it really easy compared to them. But we learned about sacrifice in my family and I am so sick of these preppie little boys -- like the one my mother and C.I. dubbed Eddie Haskell a few weeks back -- and the pretense that they're doing something amazing. They're not. It's tired. It's boring. We've had it wall to wall.
And people are bored. Ask Kat, Wally, Ava or C.I. They're traveling around the country speaking to groups and the reality is OWS is not that popular and most people are bored with it now.
And we're tired of the lying. Did you catch Betty's last week? This is Betty:
Have you been hearing the lie that the majority of Americans support Occupy Wall Street? Me too. In fact, I heard it on a radio program I like today -- I like it so much I stream it online because it's on WBAI in NYC. And I have repeatedly heard the factoid that the majority supports Occupy Wall Street.
That is in fact a falsehood.
Marisol Bello (USA Today) explains, "Two months after the Occupy Wall Street movement spread to dozens of cities and colleges, six in 10 Americans still don't know enough about its goals to decide if they are for or against it." And Gallup's analysis of the poll states that's been consistent throughout OWS -- that six in 10 have been saying they don't know enough. Of those who do have an opinion? That's only been 43% of the population. More of them support than oppose OWS. 19% opposed it back in October, 19% oppose it now. The change on support? 26% supported in October, 24% support now.
Going back to that quote, "Two months after the Occupy Wall Street movement spread to dozens of cities and colleges, six in 10 Americans still don't know enough about its goals to decide if they are for or against it."
A show that airs on WBAI. Hmm. What could Betty be talking about? Hmmm.
She's talking about Law and Disorder. And they have repeatedly told you that OWS has popular support. OWS has indifference. That's been the largest group since day one. The lie was repeated the Monday morning Betty wrote the above and it was repeated on Law & Disorder and it was repeated by Michael S. Smith. That's what she's talking about.
And when you're lying and we catch you, we don't think, "Oh, I'll trust them anyway." We think, "Why the hell were they lying to us?"
And that they'd lie about something as unimportant as OWS?
So this is not a minor thing and Law & Disorder has done non-stop gab-fests on OWS. (Heidi Boghosian and the producer reported from OWS in NYC -- when they did that, C.I. emphasized it, I'm not talking about Heidi's report which featured a cross-section of people and which actually reported including negative reactions. I think Heidi and the producer did the best reporting on OWS that Pacifica's featured.) (I also personally enjoyed Margaret Ratner Kunstler's legal analysis. That was two parts. But that was more than enough. And yet we've had OWS, OWS, OWS, OWS . . .)
Betty, last week, wrote about Leonard Peltier. I'm really amazed that no effort has been made by Law & Disorder to cover him in the last weeks.
But the point is that there's a ton of news out there and we're just getting OWS. Which doesn't even qualify as news.
And, honestly, when the Michaels praised that Eddie Haskell and went on to say that OWS was the first major activism since "the sixties," they insulted a lot of people, a lot.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"