Can’t Unring the Bell

Can’t Unring the Bell. How Eager Corporate Media Are To Write Our Epitaph!

From the Helena Independent Record’s inaccurate (by an order of magnitude) and dismissive “reporting” of our January 21 event celebrating the Montana Supreme Court’s upholding of Montana’s 1912 Corrupt Practices Act in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, to this AP article:

“The national Occupy Wall Street movement, which denounces corporate excess and economic inequality, began in New York City in the fall but has been largely dormant lately.

Oakland, New York and Los Angeles were among the cities with the largest and most vocal Occupy protests early on. The demonstrations ebbed after those cities used force to move out hundreds of demonstrators who had set up tent cities.”

What they don’t get:

This movement is here to stay. Its form will surely continue to evolve. Its visibility to the corporate media may wax and wane.

But it has already utterly changed the national conversation. Before Occupy Wall Street’s initial action on September 17, 2011, the clueless, easily bamboozled corporate media were obsessed with a phony, right-wing-manufactured “debt crisis”. This misguided obsession helped enable tea-party zealots to do what had never before been done:  to hold the “full faith and credit” of the United States Treasury hostage to extremist partisan demands, resulting in a first-ever downgrading of U.S. government credit-worthiness to create a manufactured “crisis” that wasn’t. Occupy forced into the national consciousness the awareness of the real unemployment and widening-economic-injustice crises that we actually face. If that ended up being Occupy’s only accomplishment, it would remain huge, indeed.

But of course, it isn’t. Do you suppose Senators Baucus and Tester’s recent endorsement of a Constitutional Amendment to negate Citizens United occurred in a vacuum? Did you imagine President Obama’s highlighting of the issue and adoption of populist language in his State of the Union address were in the works before Occupy turned these things into a national grassroots movement?

Just how naïve are you?


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