Another Day, Another #Occupy Doesn’t Make Trouble: Portland

This one was in Portland (Oregon, I think, though Teddy Partridge’s otherwise excellent story doesn’t say). Police cleared a campground that had been occupied for about a month. Protesters made no trouble. Police apparently sought no trouble. A couple of drug users sought help with #Occupy’s medical personnel. A few homeless people showed up from elsewhere in Portland because, as Partridge said, “it was safest here.”

The disgusting thing is the way the media attempted to stir up conflict where there was none. There were too many incidents for me to repeat them here; just read Teddy’s article, and his list of media quotes. But none of the disgusting stuff reflected on the protesters or the police… only the so-called “reporters.”

THIS is what democracy looks like! Now if only our godawful media could see it…

AFTERTHOUGHT: Eric Dolan of RawStory quotes Glenn Greenwald on this very subject:

“It has converted them [journalists] [from] watchdogs over power into spokespersons and servants to people in power,” Greenwald explained in conversation with Salon founder David Talbot.

He noted that at first the media ignored the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in New York City and then portrayed the protesters as misguided or confused.

“Why is the son of the CEO of Chevron and the fiancé of the second highest ranking executive at Citigroup scornful of Wall Street protesters? It’s because this is who our media class is, they are integrated fully into the political class.”

I presume that by “political class” Greenwald means, not the political parties, but “the class that actually holds political power.” If so, he hit the nail on the head.

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  • Bryan  On Sunday November 13, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    It was Portland. Corrente tagged a live stream of nothing going on, and it was really absurd.

    In Oakland the media had a live stream until the police moved in, and then dropped it because the police went nuts. This is the corporate media trying to serve its masters, not its audience. It is small wonder that the majority of people have no idea what is going on and who is ruining their lives.

    If you don’t have access to the foreign media, you aren’t going to find out what is happening in the US.

    • Steve  On Monday November 14, 2011 at 8:58 am

      Bryan, here’s Reuters on the Portland #Occupy:

      Portland Police arrested more than 50 people on Sunday as the authorities cleared out and blocked off encampments of the Occupy movement that has been protesting nationwide over economic issues.

      In Portland the authorities had issued an eviction notice, and then moved to empty the camps and fence them off. Many protesters left on their own after the notice, but others chose to stay.

      Um… based on the report of someone who was, um, there, all of that was agreed to, including the arrests of people who intended to be arrested. Apparently the media were exasperated that they didn’t get a big show of force from both sides.

      We have an honest media in this country. Unfortunately, it’s confined to a couple of TV programs, a couple of radio programs… and the web. The rest of the media sucks dog dicks.

  • NTodd Pritsky  On Monday November 14, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Lots of people invested in #Occupy’s failure. Saw somebody on FB crowing about #OccupyBurlington’s camp clearing out: “gee, that lasted long.” Um, dude? Somebody killed himself, and the protesters, police and mayor negotiated the teardown. Point made, you adapt and move on to other tactics–it’s not like merely occupying public spaces forever was going to make the changes we need happen.

    • Steve  On Monday November 14, 2011 at 9:14 am

      NTodd, my condolences for the suicide and the shooting. Those sorts of deaths are surely unrelated to anything to do with #Occupy, but the WaPo blog does not admit that fact until Paragraph 3:

      In Oakland, the shooting victim was apprently not connected to the protests. But according to the Occupy Oakland Web site, medics from the camp were the first to arrive on the scene. The death has heightened tensions in the encampment that has seen the most violent protests in the Occupy movement.

      The people who have investments in #Occupy’s failure are aiming to depict all dissent as criminal, perhaps (in the case of Wall Street itself) to divert attention from their own vastly widespread criminality. What was not entirely predictable is the degree to which the MSM has sold out.

      Winter is coming on. There is no way an encampment-style protest can sustain a Vermont winter; the movement simply has to find another avenue for its protests. But far be it from the MSM to admit that in print or broadcast…

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