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Wall Street Protests from Russian TV and Other non-US Media

Posted on the 19 September 2011 by Mikeb302000

Of course, if you listen to Rupert Murdoch's New York Post you would believe:
Only about 300 protesters, mostly college kids and aging hippies, showed up near the Stock Exchange for yesterday’s anti-Wall Street rally -- far fewer than the 20,000 that organizers of the so-called global “Day of Rage” had predicted.

In contrast, the Guardian reported that:

5,000 Americans descended on to the financial district of lower Manhattan, waved signs, unfurled banners, beat drums, chanted slogans and proceeded to walk towards the "financial Gomorrah" of the nation. They vowed to "occupy Wall Street" and to "bring justice to the bankers", but the New York police thwarted their efforts temporarily, locking down the symbolic street with barricades and checkpoints....Three hundred spent the night, several hundred reinforcements arrived the next day and as we write this article, the encampment is rolling out sleeping bags once again.

300 v. 5,000 is quite a difference there, but we know that Rupert Murdoch is unreliable and right wing. Although, the US hasn't gotten the memo about how unreliable Murdoch is.
Or as another independent source pointed out:
Last weekend thousands of demonstrators marched on Wall Street to protest economic inequality in America. However, most Americans were likely unaware of the protests since they were largely ignored by every major media outlet. On what was a relatively slow weekend for news, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News all devoted significant coverage to other stories including an air show crash in Reno. While the death of nine spectators at the Reno event was certainly worthy of some attention, the demand for Wall Street reform, which affects millions in poverty, would arguably warrant as much coverage given the size of the protests. In 2009 and 2010 Tea Party demonstrations numbering in the hundreds would routinely receive national coverage when protesting against “death panels” the dangers of “socialism” through government-run health care.

How much can you trust the US media to give you fair and accurate reporting--especially about an event that threatens the status quo?
How well informed are you really?

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