Here’s two examples of positive media responses; positive in the sense that they promote an intelligent discussion of these issues outside the boundaries established by the mainstream media. Prior to the Occupy Wall Street protest, very little attention was devoted by the media to what are essentially scandals within the banking industry. Now we see more scrutiny of the financial institutions that caused the 2008 meltdown, and continue to control not only the economic security of 99% of the population, but sometimes even their local governments.
“Communities from California to New York are considering demands to halt doing business with some of the biggest U.S. banks, or at least to focus attention on their local investment activity. The Los Angeles City Council on Oct. 12 accelerated plans to issue report cards on lenders that may lead the nation’s second-most populous city to withdraw funds from those that score poorly on criteria such as home-loan modifications.”
There was this rather straightforward assessment:
“While the current tactical play for them is to protect the cabal by taking on postures about the dire implications of social change, they'll likely be the first to adapt rather than risk losing the fees from their revenue streams with the City. They are as able to adapt as any other competitor in the market, indeed probably even more so.
“So why the waffle? So far no guts, no glory for La La Land.”
This commentary from our friends at the California Nurses Association:
“’This unwarranted attack on peaceful protesters places Oakland Mayor Jean Quan in shameful company with mayors like Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and other cities whose response to public expression of protest is repression rather than respect for the rights of free speech and assembly,’ said CNA Treasurer Martha Kuhl, an Oakland RN.”
And the latest polling data show that 43% "agree with the views" of Occupy Wall Street protesters.