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USA Today carries water for OWS
USA Today seems to have moved beyond merely reporting on the Occupy movement’s “We are the 99%, they are the 1%” narrative about America. It’s evident from their top headline on Page 1 this morning that the paper accepts the narrative as fact.
“Wealthy Congress: 11% among 1%,” the headline proclaims. In the story we learn that one out of nine members of the US House and Senate are well-off enough to qualify among the 1 in 100 richest people in the country today.
While there is certainly nothing wrong with publishing such statistics, the USA Today headline writer’s shorthand terminology would not have been used six months ago, because readers would have had no context to make sense of the unexplained 1% reference. This fall’s massive (and generally fawning) coverage of Occupy Wall Street and its many local offshoots has now provided the context, as the story itself acknowledges a dozen lines in.
Score one more big gain to the alliance of left activists and mainstream media in creating a political reality to their own liking. Here is the story from USAT’s website. You’ll find the headline used there doesn’t match the one quoted above from their print edition, where it first caught my attention.