On September 17, 2011, several hundred people entered Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street’s financial district. The occupation, now dubbed, “Occupy Wall Street” was in protest of what the organizers and protestors saw as the unfair advantage that the wealthy people in the United States have over the less fortunate. The “Occupy Wall Street” protest started because a good-sized group of people organized a demonstration meant to show their frustration with the way laws and tax codes seem to favor the very rich.
The country is in serious financial crises, and there are not many prospects for the majority to earn wages. However, the small minority of wealthy people continues to make money and lots of it. Because of this, many of the protestors have been calling their movement “The 99%.” This signifies that 99% of the people in the United States who are poor while 1% has been amassing most of the wealth, received all the tax breaks, and refused to hire or lend money.
The protest has now spread internationally. In some cities, like Portland, OR, the police have been ordered to stand down and let the protestors do what they want to do as long as they do not harm others or break any laws other than the obvious protesting without a permit, camping in parks, and obstructing traffic. In other cities, the police have been told to arrest anyone for anything remotely questionable.
There are various opinions about this protest. Some people see it as the beginning of a revolution. Others see the protestors as a bunch of whiners who have nothing better to do than cause trouble and annoying others. This variety of opinion can be seen in the reporting of the various news organizations about the Occupy Protests. Each treats the story differently depending on how they believe their viewers/readers see it.
The media seems to be fairly well divided on how to report this protest with most reports sounding, for the most part neutral, but some leaning one way or the other. The New York...