November 16, 2011

Newspaper Guild Endorses Occupy Movement’s Thursday ‘Day of Mass Action’ at Its Home Page

NewspaperGuildLogoSmallFive 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, 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 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 Now those gatherings have added urgency as a rebuke to the efforts to squelch the occupations and silence their voices. As the 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 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.

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  1. “An idea whose time has come?” More like an idea whose time has never come but has been tried over and over again anyway and failed miserably each and every time.

    “The World is Watching?” Yes, but in the same way that people watch car accident scenes as they drive by.

    And why are they called “Occupy Wall Street” when in fact they are just mindless blanket haters of business and capitalism in general and not just Wall Street firms. (Most of which, by the way, don’t even have their offices on Wall Street anymore.) Other than maybe their stock being traded at the NYC Stock Exchange, (and one group they’ve targeted, the Kochs, don’t even do that) the vast majority of corporations and businesses have zilch to do with “Wall Street” and what Wall Street firms do.

    But who expects nuance and facts and reality from these people anyway?

    Comment by zf — November 17, 2011 @ 3:54 am

  2. Two other points:

    Free speech is not a carte blanche that allows you to disrupt peoples lives, hassle businesses, and try to shut down cities which OWS has been doing from day one, so they really need to stop their whining that their First Amendment rights have been “violated.”

    Second, 99% is an overly broad number and encompasses many disparate income brackets and many people with little in common with each other and very different lives. To artificially and simplistically divide everyone into 99% and 1% is ridiculous, arrogant, and faulty.

    Comment by zf — November 17, 2011 @ 4:42 am

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