Five weeks ago, Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center’s Culture & Media Institute thoroughly documented (at NewsBusters; at MRC) how “two separate news unions, including the newspaper guild, the recognized union for many print and online journalists, and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) are fully behind the radical message of Occupy Wall Street.”
Now that the Occupy encampments are largely being put out of their disease-infested, crime-plagued misery by big-city mayors finally recovering a tiny bit of their sanity, a visit to the home page of The Newspaper Guild, which, as Dan noted, is part of the CWA (Communications Workers of America) and represents workers at the Associated Press and many individual publications, indicates that they are fully behind what the Occupiers hope is the next stage of their disorderly incoherence. The graphic currently at the top of the guild’s home page, which is the same as the one currently found in an entry at OWS’s main site, follows the jump:
Immediately below the graphic is a link to an item by Isaiah J. Poole at OurFuture.org, the web site of Campaign for America’s Future, which describes itself as “the strategy center for the progressive movement.”
Poole supports the Occupy movement’s goal to “Make Nov. 17 A Day Of National Occupation” (internal links are in original):
“You can’t evict an idea whose time has come.” That was the message posted on OccupyWallSt.org as early this morning, police began to storm the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan.
To prove it, supporters of the Occupy movement have vowed to pull out all the stops to make November 17 a day of national occupation. That day is the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests that sparked a national and international movement. There were already 303 “We Are the 99%” protests scheduled for that day around the country, organized with the help of MoveOn.org. Now those gatherings have added urgency as a rebuke to the efforts to squelch the occupations and silence their voices. As the OccupyWallSt.org statement says, “This burgeoning movement is more than a protest, more than an occupation, and more than any tactic…This moment is nothing short of America rediscovering the strength we hold when we come together as citizens to take action to address crises that impact us all. Such a movement cannot be evicted.”
The link to the “303 protests” now indicates that there are 444 gatherings planned. A perusal of some of the events involved near yours truly’s bunker indicates that they are largely pleas for the spending of even more federal money that we don’t have which remarkably resemble congressional Democrats’ wishes for more “infrastructure” spending. Readers can go to the link and type in their own zip code to find events near them.
It’s more than a little interesting that MoveOn.org has organized the events directory. Early during the Occupy movement, its participants feared that MoveOn would co-opt the entire enterprise. That mission would appear to be accomplished (or that it was fully expected all along by those running/funding the show).
Getting back to the News Guild: As Gainor stated in October, Americans have every right to expect journalists, who are supposedly guided by related ethical constraints, “to cover these protests like they are unsympathetic, not involved. Their own unions prove that to be a lie.”
The union’s open advocacy problem is escalating in tandem with the desperate fringe’s outrageous tactics.
Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.