Occupy Wall Street: Debate

What started on Wall Street may be coming to a street near you. The protests have been the darling of social media but has the mainstream media given Occupy Wall Street it's due. And what should the headline be tomorrow as we get ready for something that could be big and bold and ragged and disorganized. The media, the message and a movement that defies easy description.

Part One of The Current


It's Friday, October 14th.

The Quebec government is setting up a program to oversee opening safe-injection facilities for drug addicts wherever deemed "socially acceptable" by communities.

And by "socially acceptable", they mean "too high to notice."

This is The Current.

Occupy Wall Street: Debate

So what's really low budget here, the Occupy Wall street protest or the coverage of the protest? The movement is certainly growing. Canadian organizers expect large numbers of supporters to attend similar protests tomorrow in cities across the country. And Occupy Canada has roughly 17,000 supporters on Facebook.

But some people have heard nothing about the occupy movement. And activists blame the media for dismissing the protest message as flimsy and unfocused. It's a trend that Steve Myers of The Poynter Institute for Media thinks is part of a changing media landscape. We heard from him.

Our next two guests have very different opinions on whether or not the mainstream media has given the Occupy Canada movement a fair shake. Matt Gurney is a National Post editor and columnist. He was in Toronto. And Judy Rebick is the founder and former publisher of Rabble.ca and the author of Transforming Power. She was in Montreal.

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Victoria Jackson on Wall Street

It isn't just the members of the mainstream media looking to protesters for a clear answer. Tea party member and former Saturday Night Live cast member Victoria Jackson hit Wall Street with a camera and question.

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