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I have no insider information regarding how our current major news sources decide what to cover. I believe that it is $$$ that will usually be found at the root of most decisions. TV news has become more like entertainment, driven by viewer ratings, thus more attractive to advertisers. What is marketable thus being more critical than issue-driven coverage. Same for print media.
I am aware of more national and local news coverage of the OCCUPY movement, that is seen in the past week or so. There is still a degree of divisiveness in the reporting. Participants are often depicted as coming from the fringes of society.
I see people who declare themselves as having a sense of betrayal. Among the young, and the not-so-young (myself among the latter), there is a belief that justice is a function of wealth. Our local news will daily have reports of the 'common' ciizen prosecuted for thievery. But to date, the Wall Street Weasels who have damaged so much of international finance can continue their lives, free of accountability.
Besides, the parade of clowns, masquerading as the Republican Party's selection process for presidential candidate, is far too entertaining. Unfortunately most Americans don't see it for tragi-comedy.
Time will tell if this movement 'stays the course', and like the Civil Rights Movement, and the Anti-Vietnam War Movement, will result in a transformative change. At the very least, more of us are coming to doubt the integrity of those in whom we have placed our trust. It is my hope that the apathetic can be motivated to see beyond the side-issues in OCCUPY, and hear the primary message: oversight of the investment industry needs strengthening, and scoundrels need to be punished.