He was partially right.
The revolution will not be televised for the first three weeks.
Coming from a family of journalists, I’ve been disappointed, perhaps even angry, that the Canadian mainstream media was quick to jump on protests in the Middle East yet ignored the same closer to home for weeks. I’m specifically referring to the likes of the CBC, The Globe and Mail and Global TV.
I expected this sort of pandering from The National Post, so they didn’t disappoint.
The Globe and Mail only had this to say about it - that it was Adbusters (a Canadian publication) who encouraged it with other groups, two days ago. Global repeated what the Globe storied a day later.
The CBC just picked up on it earlier this afternoon; three weeks late.
CTV looks like a winner here, having reported on it a week later (two weeks ago) though for the most part they’ve been obsessed about the police presence and arrests.
No matter what happens during or after the #occupywallstreet protests, many of my friends wondered on Twitter and Facebook why they weren’t seeing this or hearing it reported on the mainstream news, and have to come to the same realization I have, that mainstream news is outdating itself.
I have little faith in the CBC for sure. It’s clear now that the CBC only covers natural disasters and when the Prime Minster passes stool, for fear of cutbacks.
MSNBC, in the states, gets kudos for being perhaps the only American mainstream media to report the protests as well as boldly criticizing the people who were causing the most trouble.