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Occupy Wall Street Is Overrun With Big Media’s Preening Narcissists

by | 18th, November 2011

OCCUPY Wall Street has been Occupying Media. The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley observes:

Only when you get there do you realise the extent to which the Occupy movement is the creation of the mainstream media. The park is tiny (it’s about half the size of Soho Square) and even when it was packed it couldn’t have held more than 1,000. The space was reduced by media presence, which is wall to wall and preposterous. Journalists outnumbered protesters by four to one – there were so few demonstrators that the reporters starting interviewing each other. Whenever something (anything!) happened, we all ran over and filmed it. This included a dog that started barking. I took a photo of it and an Australian journalist stuck a microphone under its nose.

But do the number of activists always reflect the strength of the movement? The BBC :

Several thousand demonstrators have marched across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge on a day of protest that saw solidarity rallies across the US. At least 300 people were arrested just in New York, many of them as trouble flared near the stock exchange.

That’s a lot more than the 200 protestors Stanley sees. Toby Young, also writing in The Daily Telegraph, says the protestors in Wall Street and St Paul’s are “preening narcissists ”. Mr Shy And Retiring says this in his opinion piece. The irony is unavoidable.

The protest needs the media and the media needs the protest to keep its workers occupied.

Stanley adds:

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