Sunday, November 20, 2011

Media coverage of Occupy Wall Street

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Occupy Wall Street faces uncertain future
CBS News
The ideas behind the movement, protesters acknowledged, have been pushed somewhat to the back burner as media coverage has focused on the situation in the park and protesters' clashes with police. Philip Shearin, a young Episcopal chaplain who was ...
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Occupy Wall Street: NYPD attempt media blackout at Zuccotti Park
The Guardian
He said the decision to clamp down on media coverage was made to "protect the members of the press. We have to provide protection and we have done exactly that." He said the move was made "to prevent a situation from getting worse". ...
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After Occupy Wall Street crackdown, what about Boston?
The greater foot traffic of Manhattan guaranteed a larger audience, and the media coverage and large online presence of the New York protest ensured tourists from around the world will pay the camp a visit. But despite New York City Mayor Michael ...
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Rudy Giuliani would crush Occupy Wall Street? Oh, for shame
The Star-Ledger -
This was a police action that attempted to limit media coverage. China has been there, done that. Police clash with Occupy Wall Street protesters near New York Stock Exchange Occupy Wall Street protesters chanted "This is a non-violent protest," and ...
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With friends like these ...
New York Post
In fact, the sum total of what Occupy Wall Street has accomplished is zero. The media that defend OWS claim that it is a success because it has . . . gotten lots of media coverage. But inspiring chat around the national watercooler is not an ...
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Occupy Wall Street: How News Publishers are Missing an Opportunity for New Readers
Search Engine Watch
While the protesters, their cause, and their constituency are the obvious beneficiaries of the extensive news and social media coverage, the benefits can echo well beyond the message to the media companies who carry it. Publishers who deliver OWS ...
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Targeting Media Who Cover OWS
The Nation. (blog)
Early Tuesday morning, the New York Police Department forcibly evacuated Zuccotti Park, epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. In what appears to have been a premeditated and coordinated effort to block media coverage of the raid, ...
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Occupy Las Vegas protesters hate Wall Street but love America
Las Vegas Review - Journal
... of Occupy Wall Street, the Las Vegas camp sort of whispers, "Occupy Side Street." But the devoted assure me that what I'm seeing is far more than an urban camp out with the occasional protest thrown in to liven things up and attract media coverage. ...
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Revolving Door: Media Coverage of OWS, Ryan Gosling Protests, and More - PRNewser
By Tonya Garcia on November 18, 2011 4:00 PM The media was a big presence during Occupy Wall Street's "Day of Action," which also marked the two-month anniversary of the movement. Some of the coverage was had the same level of confusion that was ...
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ccupy Wall Street: Seattle Redux?
The American Prospect
Historically, confrontational intensity eclipses more strategic goals and tactics in movements that are home to both – at least, in media coverage and public perception. Which means, this is a tricky day for the American left – one step forward, ...
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Ann Coulter Talks to NewsBusters About Media Coverage of Cain ...
By Noel Sheppard
The primary topics of discussion were the media's coverage of the Herman Cain sexual harassment allegations as well as how they've been reporting Occupy Wall Street protests around the country (video follows with transcript): ... - Exposing Liberal...
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By Chris Cobb
What has surprised me is how completely wrong Bay Area media has been about the Occupy Wall Street movement, its motivations, its strategy and its tactics. In particular, that occupying a park is a TACTIC in the overall STRATEGY to draw ...
Occupy Wall Street | Cable News Ignorning Protests | FOX | Mediaite
By Nando Di Fino
Anyone living in the greater New York area has likely been glued to their televisions this morning, at work or at home, watching the overhead helicopter shots and on-the-ground reporting from the Occupy Wall Street protests. Yes, this may be a local story at heart, but there are occupy movements in every major ... Mediaite is complaining that the OWS losers aren't getting enough media coverage? Are you serious? Don't worry Nando, I'm sure some anti-military vet will get injured or a ...

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Post Date: Nov 18 2011 The March for the 99% and the Nov. 17th union supported Occupy Wall Street protest...
Occupy Wall Street Protest Media Coverage Hypocrisy – Tina Dupuy ...
Occupy Wall Street Protest Media Coverage Hypocrisy – Tina Dupuy Crooks and Liars. Posted on November 19, 2011. Courtesy of The David Pakman Show ...
Targeting Media Who Cover Occupy Wall Street | Free Press
Targeting Media Who Cover Occupy Wall Street ... there seems to have been a premeditated and coordinated effort to block media coverage of the raid. ...
Bloomberg's Controlling Nature Blacks Out Media Coverage of OWS ...
The media today and yesterday is focused on looking at Occupy Wall Street every ... decision to shut down media coverage of what went down – as it happened. ...

Press conferences report on disasters

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Watch the IPCC press conference on managing the risks of climate extremes
environmentalresearchweb (blog)
... Vicente Barros present the report at the press conference below, as well as listening in to media questions. According to IPCC chair Raj Pachauri in a press release, "this summary for policymakers provides insights into how disaster risk management ...
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Press Conference with President Obama & PM Gillard
It also allows us to respond to a whole host of challenges, like humanitarian or disaster relief, that, frankly, given how large the Asia Pacific region is, it can sometimes be difficult to do, and this will allow us to be able to respond in a more ...
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Joint Press Availability With Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
US Department of State (press release)
We will now have a joint press conference with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Secretary of State of the United States Mrs. Hillary Clinton. Secretary Clinton is on a visit to Thailand during 16 to 17 November, 2011. ...
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Emergency response officials: Prepare now for winter weather and hazards
Springfield News-Leader
"2011 was horrific: a blizzard, a drought, and in the middle of it, Joplin," said Runnels, who brought a weather radio to the press conference and urged residents to buy them for their homes. "You can program it to go off anytime there's a watch or ...
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Mexico Helicopter Crash Caused by Foggy Weather, Government Says
"The helicopter crashed while flying in a straight line and in clouds," Perez-Jacome said in a televised press conference in Mexico City yesterday. "There is no evidence of damage from explosion or fire." Perez-Jacome was making his third public ...
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Obama: We're here to stay
Sydney Morning Herald
... and will help Australia build its own amphibious force for storming beaches and supplying disaster relief. Strengthening ties: President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard hold a joint press conference at Parliament House. ...
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Demand for food assistance in mid-Missouri increases, prompts press conference
Columbia Missourian
Park said local pantries also saw a drop in supply during the Joplin tornado disaster, as supplies from the Food Bank were mostly directed to the survivors. The end of the month also means more people will visit pantries, he said, as most federal ...
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Will The ECB Print Money to Avert a Euro Zone Disaster? It Could Happen
The remit of the ECB is maintaining price stability over the medium term," Draghi said at his first press conference. And yet, the movie cannot possibly end there. Can it? There is a long-shot line of thinking that suggests, despite all these ...
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Stricter Web Regulation

G-8 Leaders Urge Adoption of Controls for Internet

By issuing a provocative call for stronger Internet regulation, leaders of the Group of 8 industrialized countries will urge the adoption of measures to protect children from online predators, to strengthen privacy rights and to crack down on digital copyright piracy. At the same time, the document is expected to include a pledge to maintain openness and to support entrepreneurial, rather than government-led, development of the Internet. The cause is championed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, who hosts the G-8 meeting this week in Deauville, France — but fiercely opposed by some Internet companies and free-speech groups. Sarkozy addressed a special gathering of the global digerati that included top executives of some of the world's largest Internet companies, including Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay, on the eve of the G-8 meeting on Tuesday, where he called the rise of the Internet a "revolution" and compared its impact to that of two previous transforming episodes in global history: the age of exploration and the industrial revolution, the NY Times reports.

Obama's latest PR pickle

President's Comments on Israeli Peace Generate a New PR Conundrum for White House

It will be interesting to see how President Obama wriggles out of the PR trap he's now caught in because of perceived insulting comments he made about Israel's security, drumming up antiquated border-defining terminology that clearly upset Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — on the eve of Netanyahu's visit to the U.S., no less, where the prime minister criticized the comments in a rousing speech to Congress that had both sides of the floor on their feet with praise. And now, the president's Jewish fund-raising network is trying to calm uneasy donors who fear that his blueprint for Middle East peace would jeopardize Israel's security, and who say his outline for a peace deal has created unexpected obstacles that make it more difficult to meet short-term fund-raising targets. "If the fund-raiser had been last Friday, we would have been in trouble," said Alan Kessler, who has been active in national Democratic fund-raising for years, the LA Times reports. Describing the reaction of prospective donors, Kessler said: "There are those who have already served notice that they're just not going to participate. Then there are those who are saying, 'We want to see how this plays out over the next week or so,'" he added, according to the Times report.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Government Can Learn from Donald Trump

What Donald Trump Could Teach Government About Public Relations
Guest writer Dr. Mark Drapeau is the Director of U.S. Public Sector Social Engagement at Microsoft, and the editor of SECTOR: PUBLIC. Follow him on Twitter

Donald Trump is a master of public branding and marketing for himself and his eponymous business interests. While government doesn’t usually consider itself in the business of “marketing” itself, in reality, the Open Government movement is to some degree about publicizing data and information in order to get it to people who can find it useful and transform it into knowledge. Mark Drapeau discusses what government employees working in public affairs or other public-facing jobs could learn from Donald Trump’s self-promotion tactics.

1. Be ubiquitous. Donald Trump seems to be everywhere at once sometimes, particularly when he’s promoting a new project.

2. Be strategic. Trade favors with people who can help and people you can help.

3. Exceed expectations.  Shock your audience by exceeding their expectations, committing to providing a great service, overwhelming them with attitude, expertise, or other factors.

4. Be hired. Be the most trusted source of information about your agency.

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Social media undermining society?

By Eric Fischgrund, Social Media Manager, Beckerman
As details continue to emerge surrounding the Tucson, Ariz., shooting and the alleged gunman, Jared Loughner, we are learning more about his role in several online message boards. Spewing hate on some boards, and hated by the community on others, it's clear Loughner had significant mental issues that none of his online contacts (or enemies) were aware of. Was Loughner the same guy in real life that he personified online? This tragedy — coupled with observations that come from the numerous websites, blogs and message boards that I visit each day has got me asking — where is the love?

Is their social media presence a reflection of people's mentality or of how they behave in face-to-face encounters? Are people the same when they come through their front doors, take off their jackets and sit down at their keyboards as they are in the rest of their lives? I sure hope not. It seems that Internet bullying, scathing and racist posts, death threats and other hateful forms of content are escalating.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Google helped engineer Egyptian uprising

Google's chief executive has praised a Middle Eastern executive of the US company, Wael Ghonim, for helping to organise the popular uprising that led Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to resign last week.
'We are very proud of what Wael and that group was able to do in Egypt. They were able to use a set of technology that included Facebook and Twitter and a number of others to really express the voice of the people,' Google chief Eric Schmidt told an audience Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress trade expo in Barcelona.

A Facebook page set up by Ghonim, a Gulf-based head of marketing for Google, called for the protests against Mubarak Jan 25. When Ghonim entered Egypt and led demonstrations there, he was detained and held for 12 days in police custody.

Schmidt said that 'collaboration technology' on the internet 'does change the power dynamic between government and citizens in some very interesting and unpredictable ways'.


AOL purchases Huffington Post for $315 million

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- AOL, the online media company that has recently snatched several smaller content firms, has agreed to purchase news blog service The Huffington Post for $315 million, the two companies announced Monday.

The companies said Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post's co-founder and editor-in-chief, will be named president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which will include all Huffington Post and AOL content.

Huffington Post is known for its political coverage, with a left-of-center bent, as well as blogging about sports, entertainment and local news in selective markets.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The media coverage of the official line in Gaza

"The messages, which governing bodies want the media to convey, are necessarily those that will reach the public," wrote Blondheim and Shifman (2009, p. 207).

The researchers identify three main arenas of war news: homefront media, opponent's media, and media of the rest of the world.  Three types of scripts exist: power, vulnerability, and disaster.  Leadership has greater influence over its domestic media, dependinng on the nature of the regime and the relationship with the media.

Four fundamental political attributes of parties to a conflict are important: the nature of the entity, whether sovereign or nonstate; cohesiveness determining the extent of consensus or political variety; the degree of openness regarding information flow; and the extent of authority exercised whether authoritarian or limited/democratic governments.

In the fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas in December 2008 and January 2009, Blondheim and Shifman (2009) determined that a high degree of collusion existed between the the government goals and the homefront media's coverage.  "Local media followed the government line."  Hamas control in Gaza is authoritarian.  They don't allow dissent.  The local media in Gaza portrayed Hamas as powerful.

Most reporters in Israel personally support the government position.  They adopted the power and vulnerability scripts put forth by the government in describing Israel.  Israeli reporters depicted Gaza as vulnerable in terms of weakness. Gaza reporters presented Israel as vulnerable, rejecting the Israel's power script.  Israel wanted the outside world to see its vulnerability, but the international media depicted Israel as powerful and the Palestinians as underdogs in a "David and Goliath" struggle.

Hamas promoted a disaster and power script, showing injured babies and destroyed houses on one hand and bragged about victories on the other hand.  The international press adopted the disaster script to describe the Palestinian situation.

Their coverage was related less to reality and more to the need of the international press to compete in the news market. Disasters make "good" news stories.  First, disaster coverage is unambiguous. the disaster message is clear in contrasts to the vulnerability script.  Second, humanitarian disaster coverage is meaningful and relevant. Third, disaster coverage is about real people.  Finally, disaster news is negative; news can't get much worse.

Blondhem, Menahem and Limor Shifman. (2009). What officials say, what media show, and what publics get: Gaza, January 2009.  The Communication Review, 12:205-214.  DOI: 10.1080/10714420903124036.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

BP limited media coverage?

Did BP limit media access in covering the Gulf Coast oil spill?

Some bloggers claim BP did. 

The media's coverage was important in bringing government pressure on  BP.  Images of leaking oil and dead wildlife created public interest and outrage.  The result, writes the bloggers, was BP limited media access to the oil spill. BP also developed a strong public relations campaign using YouTube and other social media to directly reach the public.

CBS reported that one of its reporters was threatened with arrest at the site of the spill and was prevented from fully photographing and covering the story. CNN reported that the Coast Guard was enforcing a 65-foot "safety zone" restricting observers from getting near cleanup efforts.  Charter pilots carrying the media were told to not fly below 3000 feet over the spill.  Oil spill cleanup workers were threatened with termination for talking to reporters. The New York Daily News reported that one of their reporters was told BP did not want images of dead animals circulating. The same 10 - 15 images of oiled animals were used again and again because photographers apparently were restricted from taking pictures.

So what was the result of media coverage?

A national commission, formed by President Obama, is recommending the need  for safety and environmental regulation of the US offshore oil industry to further develop resources in deep water and the Arctic.  Media coverage most certainly put pressure on government to form the commission.  However, media coverage has waned and it is unlikely that any public policy will result. 

Sources: Zawn Villines. (2010, July 12). Reports of BP limiting media coverage of Gulf Coast oil spill. Associated Content by Yahoo. Retrieved from

(2010, Aug. 25). BP Oil Spill Media Coverage Restricted - 65-foot "Safety Zone." Articlesbase. Retrieved from