Occupy Fox News: The Occupy Movement's Target Now Includes Biased Media
Gathering in front of Fox Studios, they wanted the station to know, particularly the station's prime shareholder, that the Occupy movement and the "99 percent" are onto them.
Free Press, the organizer of the Occupy Fox News protest, provided a list of grievances against News Corp., which owns Fox News, beginning with Rupert Murdoch who was attending a shareholders' meeting on the 20th Century Fox movie studio lot:
Under Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. has accumulated toxic levels of media power — including cable channels, news networks, newspapers, television stations, movie studios and more. News Corp. leverages its news and entertainment empire to bully regulators, elect compliant politicians, gain regulatory favors and undermine the public interest.
Jon Wiener from The Nation reported at the scene. He noted how Fox News actually covered the protest happening against them:
The Fox reporter noted that the demonstration was taking place “under the watchful eye of the LAPD.” “Security is tight,” he explained, because of the pie thrown in Murdoch’s face at his last public appearance. Of course none of the “Occupy Fox News” demonstrators out on Pico Blvd. were allowed within half a mile of Murdoch himself.
That's assuming no one could throw a pie a half a mile. Those whose phone records were hacked by News Corp. may be willing to try.
But the police baracade didn't stop the protesters from getting creative.
The L.A. Times described some of the slogans and even a costume at the scene: "I am not your ATM," "Rich Media = Poor Democracy," "People B4 profit," and "Fox and Friends Stink." And a protester "wearing a giant papier-mâché Rupert Murdoch head with a distinctly Nixon-esque nose."
According to the Free Press website, its demands of News Corp. include:
- that Congress immediately convene an investigation and hearings into the many serious allegations of illegal acts by News Corp.
- that the FCC review all broadcast licenses granted to News Corp. to determine whether they meet the agency’s “character qualifications.” If investigations result in criminal convictions, News Corp. should forfeit its licenses to use our airwaves.
- that shareholders pledge that News Corp. will not make any more political contributions during the 2012 election cycle. The company’s special interest donations have already impaired government's ability to address our nation's most critical problems. News Corp. must cease funding practices that harm the public interest.
Wiener noted that, "The group also condemned Fox News for its 'long history of anti-immigrant rhetoric and biased reporting on issues that are important to communities of color in the U.S.'"
The protesters stayed until buses arrived at 10:30 a.m., taking many of them back to City Hall for "day 21" of Occupy L.A.
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