I don't get it. When the Tea Party protests began, they either got zero coverage at all or were dismissed by mainstream media, and the blogosphere, as a bunch of right wing nut jobs. Their message, the original message of the Tea Party before it was co-opted by the extreme right of the Republican party, was that government was doing a crappy job and we needed change. They got called out by left leaning op-ed writers as a bunch of idiotic cranks who had no idea how the world actually works.
Along comes OWS and all of a sudden they're the darlings of the media. They're in touch with the true problems that plague America and we should all throw our full support behind them. They're us, they're the 99%, they represent all that's good and our financial-military-industrial-government complex is all that's wrong with our lives.
I call bullshit. You can sugar coat this all you want. You can take heart wrenching pictures of the woman in the crowd with the little baby that looks so helpless. You can point to the truly tragic and tug on our emotions. But that doesn't make it real. When one person suffers in front of us, it's a tragedy. That doesn't make it a statistic.
I defy the media, and the blogosphere, to report both sides of this. Ask the man in the crowd with his North Face jacket, his iPhone 4, and his Starbucks coffee how bad he has it. Ask the woman with her Coach bag and Steve Madden shoes why she's there. Ask the college kids, living off of their parents money, who's taking notes for them in class on Monday while they pretend to be worldly wise.
Better yet, find the people who are working hard instead of screaming hard and tell their stories. Tell us about the immigrants making better lives for their kids. Or the mom working two jobs to support hers. Or the dedicated researcher, toiling in a lab curing cancer or AIDS or some other horrible disease. Let's talk about the people that are doing something to make the world a better place instead of those people that are just whining about it.