As bank transfer day (November 5th) fast approaches, the right wing media is gearing up in their smear campaign on the Occupy Los Angeles Movement. Clearchannel has utilized talk radio station KFI AM 640 to lampoon the movement at every turn. Rush Limbaugh has come on the air attacking the movement since mid October. His comparisons have made claims that the protests are merely a machination of the Obama campaign in the response to the tea party rallies. He has even come forward and accused members of the media whom are respected journalists and openly proponents of the movement such as Dylan Ratigan. Radio host Bill Caroll has made the comparison of the Occupy Los Angeles crowd to "a group of pigs pooping on your lawn."
The New York Post has been reporting more on the criminal element attempting to infiltrate Zucotti Park since October as well. These types of publications are still appearing on KFI AM 640's website and serve as an arms of the media empire trying to put a bad name on this movement. KFI 640 continues to give bad press to the Occupy Movement by giving people like Sarah Palin a voice over the air waves and making a big story about the vandalism committed by non-occupy members of the Oakland Movement.
Further, several articles I read such as this one from LA Weekly (http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/09/occupy_wall_street_los_angeles_class_warfare.php) makes the claim that the Occupy LA movement is losing steam, and even go forth to mock the movement making the comparison that Nocturnal Wonderland's rave drew a larger crowd than the last Occupy Los Angeles event or with their final line "So watch out Wall Street rich folk. 2,500 miles away 70 people don't like you."
This is absolute propaganda generated by corporate media and it is a response of fear to a movement which is not losing power but gaining influence over the young, old, and the fed up. But the media doesn't stop with LA Weekly. Even public radio programs have been making bad comparisons to the occupy crowd in light of issues with the farmer's market and Occupy Los Angeles' inability to negotiate the terms of a truce over space being utilized on the lawns of the city hall building. Southern California Public Radio KPCC published a story claiming the farmer's market is now losing money as vendors struggle to sell their wares.
The number of occupiers continues to grow however. The number of people at the Los Angeles site has grown twice as much since the initial occupation. People are rallying together. Even as the media decides to report misinformation, and even omit reporting information, we must stay strong, and non-violent. People need to learn the difference between media as entertainment, and news as informative facts.