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Why US media merit slow reaction to "Revolution in its own backyard"? |
By Li Hongmei
Since September 17, the almost one-month-old Occupy Wall Street movement has grown well beyond the Wall Street, threatening to overwhelm the States.
More and more Americans are stepping up to involve in the crusade said to represent the 99 percent downtrodden populace airing their grievances on such a life tightly held in capitalism and, telling their stories of such too much student debt, trouble getting a job, or no health insurance. Many are seen in the ongoing protests holding the sign with a clear political appeal -- seeking to eliminate inequality and unfairness in the existing American political and economic systems.
Media outside of the United States are trying to describe the outburst as an indicator of eroding American Dream, a time-honored ideal encouraging hard work and scratching from nothing, and a notion that if one works hard enough, one will reap the rewards. Some even compare the Occupy Wall Street, which is also labeled online as American Awakening or American Revolution, to the political protests rocking the Arab world and call it a U.S. version of the Arab Spring.
"Ever since the Arab Spring, many people here have been pining for an American Autumn," says Charles Blow in The New York Times.
What strikes us as odd is that the muckraking-crazy US media seem to have lost their sensitive news nose amid the spreading protests descending on their own soil. Mainstream American media of either turn a completely blind eye or try to play down the mass unrest storming their own streets.
This is just in a violent contrast with their eagerness to hype up the mass events of such kind, of course, if they all occurred in other countries. The rarely mute and subdued practice of the US mainstream media is also in departure with tenets of their oft-sung 揻ree media.?They even show some reluctance to go figure in covering the Wall Street protests which a new poll shows that most Americans sympathize with.
Some have even gone so far as to insult people taking to the streets as 搃diots?
揧ou idiots got yourselves into debt making stupid choices and taking out loans for useless arts degrees. Many of you probably lived off of your parents for 25 years and never worked a day in your pathetic lives. You are complaining about being broke, in debt, and not having healthcare. Yet you can afford to sip starbucks while you type stupid messages on your MacBook Pro's.
Adult life is about responsibility. You weren't responsible and now you want the government to take care of you,?wrote a US newspaper website in its special coverage on Occupy Wall Street.
Perhaps, mass unrest and revolution are alien to American soil and should always be foreign labels the US media feel like pouncing upon when storms squall up on other lands.
US media have all alone favorably advertised their role: monitor of the government and care-taker of the society. But this time, they have never delivered valuable surveys and interrogations nor news-worthy stories. Instead, they choose to argue for the doings of Wall Street and Washington.
The eruption of the public protests, which stemmed from the trouble-laden Wall Street and has thus far shown no signs of stopping, has laid bare malpractices of the US government and ailments of its political and economic systems. Also, the structural imbalance and social conflicts inbuilt and deep-rooted in the US social fabric have come to light massively and extensively.
American media might as well exactly follow a "golden rule?---No bite to the hand that feeds you. Understandably, slow reaction to the backyard unrest could be rewarded by the currently embattled Obama administration.
Editor: Li Hongmei