Occupy Wall Street is continuing to provide a challenge to the status quo media, and as it does, the difference between those who want to point and laugh without thinking, and those who give it a fair hearing, is pretty instructive.
CNN is clearly in the former camp, and Jay Rosen caught more than one of their seasoned, savvy crew acting like the Heathers of the mainstream media. Another crew that isn’t covering itself with glory are Mataconis and Joyner at Outside the Beltway, both of whom turned in Statler and Waldorf pieces on those damn hippies.
One of the functions of protest is to bait the establishment into a telling reaction. By that standard, the Occupy protests have been more effective than I’d have imagined.