As I type these words, there’s a story about the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests sitting near the top of the front page of the Guardian‘s website. The Guardian, of course, is based in London. Wall Street, of course, is in New York City.
As I type these words, at the very top of the front page of the New York Times‘s website, there’s a link to an op/ed piece by Michael Kazin called “Whatever Happened to the American Left?” with the following subheading:
Critics of corporate power have failed to organize a movement against the policies that drove the nation into a recession.
Even if Kazin happened to write his piece before the Wall Street protests began eight days ago (so it’s not necessarily his fault that the world has undermined whatever truth his complaint might have contained), one would think that the Times‘s editors might have noticed the glaring contradiction between an essay they chose to feature so prominently on their website and the unfolding events happening just down the street.
Then again, the Times doesn’t appear to think the Occupy Wall Street protests are particularly newsworthy. Buried much, much deeper on that same page, there’s a simple link — no story, no photo, no additional detail — to a Times blog entry of a “Video of a Confrontation on Wall St.” That’s the only mention of the protests of any sort on the Times‘s website’s front page.
Meanwhile, as I type these words, over on CNN’s website, there are 21 stories listed under “Latest News” (i.e., stories that, in a print context, would be described as “above-the-fold”). Those big, Big, BIG stories include:
- Python is 24-26 feet long, 300+ lbs
- Campus bake sale sparks outrage
- Police: Sorry for not uncovering sex lair
- Scarlett Johansson on her privacy
- Ben & Jerry’s sells ‘Schweddy Balls’
- Tiger Woods hires new caddie
- Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels on display
Not a single one of the 21 stories is about the Wall Street protests. Nor is there a link to a story about those protests anywhere else on CNN.com’s front page.
But it’s good to know that Tiger has found someone else to lug his clubs around for him. I’d been losing sleep over that burning issue for weeks.
You can find a brief explanation of “Rerun Sunday” here.
The post above originally appeared on 25 September 2011.