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Occupy D.C. has some harsh words for the Post and staff writer/star-protest-tweeter Tim Craig:
The Post’s guidelines on Twitter and other social media use expressly state: “Post journalists must refrain from writing, tweeting or posting anything… that could be perceived as reflecting political, racial, sexist, religious or other bias or favoritism. When posting content online, ask yourself: Would this posting make a reader question my ability to do my job objectively and professionally (whether you are a reporter, an editor, a developer or a producer)? If so, don’t post it.”
We are now questioning Tim Craig’s and the Post’s ability to do their jobs objectively. Through Craig’s Twitter feed streamed at the end of Washington Post web articles, Craig referred to chalk being drawn on the base of the General McPherson statue by members of McPherson Square last week as “disgusting,” “messy” and “disrespectful.” He breathlessly referred to a situation that lasted all of 20 minutes among no more than a dozen people as Occupy DC “in a tailspin.” He referred to one side of the park as “the more civilized end.”
This biased and dismissive tone was expanded upon in the Post’s front-page article “The Occupy movement: More trouble than change?” The allegation that “sanitation hazards and drug overdoses, even occasional deaths and sexual assaults” occur at occupations any more than they do in society at large is the height of simplistic, uncritical reporting.
Referring to a peaceful protest as an “infestation” is simply hateful. The Post writes as if the poor, hungry and disenfranchised cannot or should not stand up for their rights. Instead it dismisses them by alluding to the stereotypes that plague their economic condition.
And so on.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery