I rarely write about topics unrelated to adventure travel, but this one is very important. I became so frustrated with the BBC’s lack of coverage of the occupation of Wall Street today that I lodged a formal complaint.
This is what I wrote:
I would like to complain about the BBC’s lack of coverage of the occupation of Wall St. It is obviously one of the largest ongoing stories in North America, much larger than the Onion’s hostage spoof or Michael Jackson’s doctor’s trial, both of which occupy prominent spots on your NA page.
I always come back to the BBC because it consistently has the most balanced of all Western mainstream news outlets. The lack of coverage of what could be the largest movement in America since the Civil Rights movement is downright embarrassing.
I do not expect this letter to change your policy. I too am a journalist and I know that complaints rarely change editorial policy. But, from one professional to another, you should be fucking ashamed of yourself.
This event has been almost completely ignored in the mainstream media even though it is one of the biggest stories in the world right now. The movement is gaining momentum in cities around the US, and is being backed by more and more unions and organizations. Learn about the occupation of Wall Street, the reasons behind it, and follow its progress. If you believe in it, then join it.
You can learn more at these sources:
The official Occupy Wall St. Website: https://occupywallst.org/
The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/occupy-wall-street
The official Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=144937025580428
Occupy Together, a website organizing occupations in various cities: http://occupytogether.org/
The day after I lodged my complaint and wrote this blog post, the BBC published the first story about this event that I have seen on their website here. Is there any relationship between the two events ? Who knows? I like to think there was 😉