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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat !!!

Corporate media Whining
Had to stay home with the kids but lots of good shots of protest signs and slogan shouting making it on the air. Also some nice photos of peaceful ocupation.

The talking heads on free TV can't get enough of this stuff. Although they do spend a fair amount of their air time whining about how mean the protestors are to them and trying to discredit the protestors as being "out there just to be out there"

Fuck the Corporate Media !!! Go Portland Indy
KATU is one of the worst 20.Mar.2003 20:40

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I was just listening to a KATU repoter go on how the protesters who took the bridge are there ONLY to cause trouble and have no idea what the majority of what they are protesting.

he said this as if it were NEWS! fucking asshole.

watch and listen to the videos here

 http://katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=55690

Corporate Media Reporting 20.Mar.2003 20:44

Peaches

KATU anchors in phone interview with Brian Schmautz of Portland Police, attempted to goad Schmautz into making arrests, complained that police weren't doing enough. No bias there, eh? KATU overall very insistent on putting down the liberators, very dismissive, at some points sounded as though they were mocking the protest.

Fox slightly less obviously biased, less dismissive, reporters got very whiny whenever their commentary was drowned out by chanting.

KGW possibly least obviously biased against liberators, Randy Neves and C.W. Jensen almost sounded as though they were objective journalists, even with C.W. having been a cop. Amazing.

Beautiful, inspiring!

Some more fair than others 20.Mar.2003 20:44

anon

<about how mean the protestors are to them> Just watched channel 8 interview and news coverage, and despite the baiting of the news anchors- some of the reporters on the street were quite fair and balanced.

Just to be there....??? 20.Mar.2003 20:52

Dizzy

If you guys get this, you need to let the media know that you are there protesting the war.

They are saying that you are now just idle in the free state. Not that they have used the term free state, but let them know that you know why you are there!!!

KATU Blows 20.Mar.2003 21:03

Media Watcher

After hitting the streets I came home to see the action on the tube. Flipping between KGW and KATU. KGW has anchors and reporters who seem to appreciate the nature and purpose of this protest. KATU, on the other hand, is denouncing the action and trying to goad the police to "clean up the streets." Go figure that a station that employs Lars Larson would object to a peaceful protest against their corporate war.

Power to Portland!

I gotta ask 20.Mar.2003 21:11

vietnam protest vet

Are some of you guys, like, getting paid by Bush? I saw those assholes with the "All Bets Are Off" sign shoving the cops on Front at the Steele bridge. I'll bet you turned 10,000 people against the anti-war cause by acting like a bunch of pricks. During the 'Nam protests we caught Nixon's nazi's trying to do exactly the kind of bullshit we saw you doing tonight.

Makes you wonder.

katu = bad 20.Mar.2003 21:16

mrLady

i agree about KATU... they are very dismissive and dan in the helicopter is particularly biased. i just sent them a few emails telling them my thoughts of them. i encourage you all to do the same: http://www.katu2.com/cgi-bin/2003/mail/main_form.cfm

No Surprise 21.Mar.2003 02:16

Burnside Bridge

None of us were fooled in the first place; we told the news people, and FOX in particular, to fuck off from the get go. Of course they were negative; they don't like to get caught with their pants down. And we called them on their b.s.

The news is your friend in times like these 21.Mar.2003 16:39

rainthoughts jdt@rainthoughts.com

On many occasions last night I saw the police turn and take notice of the news cameras. They knew they were being watched, and when they know that they behave. If the cameras werren't there it would have been a bloodbath and you know it. I thought the protest was a gleaming success because almost the entire police force was out on the streets at 2am, plus business closed, rush hour traffic was disturbed, the people at home got to see what war is doing in our cities across the country, and if the cost of this is a few jailed protesters, and peppersprayed individuals, then it was all worth it. Civil disobedience means that you come to expect that kind of treatment from them anyway. Like the protesters that were peaceful and still on Burnside, they made there point better than anyone else, they absorbed the most tv.time, they absorbed the most police officer hours. By the end of the night they deemed respect from the officers, as well as from the same tv. journalists who were awake and covering the story since 4pm. Bravo to all who were involved in the sit-in.

The news is your friend in times like these 21.Mar.2003 16:40

rainthoughts

On many occasions last night I saw the police turn and take notice of the news cameras. They knew they were being watched, and when they know that they behave. If the cameras weren't there it would have been a bloodbath and you know it. I thought the protest was a gleaming success because almost the entire police force was out on the streets at 2am, plus business closed, rush hour traffic was disturbed, the people at home got to see what war is doing in our cities across the country, and if the cost of this is a few jailed protesters, and peppersprayed individuals, then it was all worth it. Civil disobedience means that you come to expect that kind of treatment from them anyway. Like the protesters that were peaceful and still on Burnside, they made there point better than anyone else, they absorbed the most tv.time, they absorbed the most police officer hours. By the end of the night they deemed respect from the officers, as well as from the same tv. journalists who were awake and covering the story since 4pm. Bravo to all who were involved in the sit-in.

what are you/we trying to accomplish? 21.Mar.2003 16:53

esmerelda

Of course the corporate media sucks, but most of the nation watches, reads, and listens to it. If you hope to hold out an example of peaceful protest and the hope of change to the public, if you want more people to join in next time, then USE THE MEDIA. It's a tool. The average Joe is not gonna get their news from Indy -- this place preaches to the choir.

That's great, but it doesn't get into most people's living rooms. Go organize your own demo against corporate media. Let these protests be about stopping the war. The corporate media wants to goad you into pushing a cop or flipping someone off or whatever. They want you to look like a stupid little punk asshole who's using a protest as an excuse to fuck shit up and yell.

Why do what they want? USE THE MEDIA. Be sophisticated, manipulative motherfuckers just llike they are, or get ground under the tracks of their metaphorical tanks.

THE MEDIA IS A TOOL. Why hit a hammer when you can pound a nail with it?

katu 21.Mar.2003 17:15

aureliano

KATU calls those that are "pro-war" "pro-troop."

They post fliers on their website that say "Proud to Support Our Troops."

They clearly are pro-war, it's no surprise. Call KATU and voice your complaints.

(503) 231-4200

Ask for the newsroom.

Corporate Media Benefits You 21.Mar.2003 18:13

TV Reporter

Before you abuse another TV reporter, ask yourselves this:

What would happen if you staged a protest, and none of our cameras showed up?

For starters, the police wouldn't have put up with your antics for nearly as long.

Pepper spray and water hoses are very effective.

But more importantly -- how would anyone know you were there -- let alone why?

You'd be jailed, and the only one to hear your message would be the officer who put you there.

What do you expect? 21.Mar.2003 18:18

AR

Protestors have physically attacked members of the press, including KATU, what do you expect? Anyone hear of the Free Press? It's outrageous that protesters mock the press, what world exactly is it that you want to live in? Is it the case that only voices from indymedia are right and worth listening too?

I'd defend the rights of the press at any cost, why not defend everyone's freedom? People will know who is speaking the truth, you don't have to limit the voice of others, in order to ensure you are heard.

AR

FUCK the corporate media! 21.Mar.2003 19:26

cw

I felt that the coverage from channel 8 was especially egregious, but all the corporate channels suck. Some whiny "news reporter" above asks, what would we do without them?

What indeed. What would we do without the media trying to portray a huge, mostly peaceful anti-war demonstration as a "loitering," "disorganized," "milling" "mob" of "malcontents"? What indeed. Why not stay the fuck away from us next time and see.

Corporate media people behave like parasites, living off other people's actions and then mis-representing them to the public. Yet here we hear the whining of one who is so arrogant s/he thinks we wouldn't be there without them. FUCK OFF corporate media.