Over the past two months, the Occupy movement has grown from a few thousand protesters in New York’s Zucotti Park (a.k.a. Liberty Plaza) into a worldwide phenomenon. It has refocused the national conversation on a variety of issues including job creation, corporate personhood, social benefits, and environmental responsibility.
Yet media coverage of the Occupy movement has yet to fully investigate the movement.
Some publications blatantly lie, smearing the protestors as disorganized hippies plagued by public health hazards who need to get out and find a job. Other publications give measured, sympathetic support, but without giving the level of journalistic due diligence appropriate for a movement of this magnitude.
There has either been a failure to report honestly, or a failure to report thoroughly.
In response, a group from Occupy Boston has founded The Boston Occupier as an independent news source to foster the political and economic discourse initiated by the Occupy movement. Staffed entirely by volunteers, The Occupier publishes a website, a broadsheet, and a daily update distributed solely at Dewey Square.
In addition to covering the occupations in Boston, the U.S., and around the world, The Occupier will report on unemployment, campaign finance, corporate personhood, social justice, transparency, accountability, and other issues raised by the movement.
We seek to facilitate respectful debate. Following the cue of other publications, the opinions selected for publication will usually offer a perspective different from those of the editorial section. All are welcome to thoughtfully participate in the conversation.
The Occupier’s closer vantage point does not prevent us from holding our reporting to high journalistic standards. If Occupy Boston becomes the last vestige of participatory democracy, we’ll be the first to say so. If Occupy Boston becomes a haven for fractious, self-interested, drug dealing trust-fund babies, we’ll still be the first to say so.
If the encampment at Dewey Square comes to an end, this publication will be one way for the discourse of the Occupy movement to persist. Independent of the group’s physical presence in the heart of the financial district, The Boston Occupier will provide a space for respectful, insightful dialogue on the political and economic issues of our day.