[Update October 11, 2011 for reasons here and here: There are some in] the English language ‘China’ blogosphere having a cow over a recent China Daily editorial by CHEN Weihua criticizing the U.S. media for lack of coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Chen is correct in pointing out this phenomenon. I find it ridiculous these bloggers are criticizing Chen while ‘prominent’ Americans all over have been saying the same thing! A reader at the WSJ summarized it the best:
11:43 am October 8, 2011
Rousseau Newport wrote:
Read New York Times online today, for the first time it ran five, if not seven op-ed, on Occupy Wall St. This is because Obama nodded his head last night People like Paul Krugman and Princeton professor Anne Marie Salughter have also mentioned media blackout, so is MSNBC former anchor Keith Olbermann, and FT columnist Martin Wolf…. We can spend another time talking about China. Yes. The problem is serious. But do you mean because there is problem in China, and Chinese therefore have no right to point out the problem in the US. This Wall Street Journal writer is totally ignorant. Do you think the media covered it well? Do you study? The China Daily story is published Sep.30, how many stories there are in the Times and Journal or the Post, check it out, not even three, NPR did not have one in the first nine days, according to Paul Krugman….
Here is another take by Russia Today. The protesters themselves say too they are being ignored. Certainly, the U.S. media are paying more attention to this movement in recent days. Despite more attention, there is definitely a lack of zeal compared to protests in foreign countries.
As I have said here, my opinion is that the Occupy Wall Street movement will eventually fizz. And that has a lot to do with the U.S. media’s position on it.