Today, new footage surfaced from the Occupy/ F*** the Police march Tuesday in Chicago. [Language warning, not safe for work].
The video shows a side of the Occupy / F*** the Police march not shown by the mainstream media. The media continues to ignore the radical messages and tenor of the Occupy protests, rising in advance of the NATO summit this weekend in Chicago. They are either unwilling or unable to capture this type of footage by standing on the sidelines.
Aware that the message “F*** the Police” and actions during the march may be harmful to their message, Occupy is taking pains to distance itself from the FTP march:
Occupy videographer (and hacker) Tim Pool (@Timcast on twitter), who livecasted the entire event, was one of the most vocal deniers of Occupy’s connection to the march. Pool has made a name for himself by streaming Occupy’s events over the past year–and even employs a drone to capture aerial footage. According to his bio on facebook,”Tim Pool is a journalist whose unique style of interactive broadcast journalism exists at the intersection of social and mainstream media. His live coverage has been featured by news outlets such as Reuters, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera English.”
Throughout his broadcast, Pool told his viewers, “This is NOT an Occupy march!”
Why are Pool–and Occupy itself–so concerned with distancing the Occupy brand from this “nonviolent” march, even as Occupy both promoted it on twitter and encouraged its members to attend:
They realize that when everyday Americans, like the ones in the video fed up with Occupy marching through their neighborhoods, see the movement for what it is, they will lose their pretense of representing anything but the fringes. As long as the media continues its lazy coverage of the movement, Occupy receives the mainstream spin it needs.