Thankfully I don’t watch TV news, and have been tied up with other things this week, so this is news to me, but apparently the Times is not alone. From Media Matters:
In her first week on the job at CNN, [Erin] Burnett quickly became a symbol of how media elites tend to instinctively write off liberal activists as being not important; as being naive to how the world really works. (One phrase for you: WMD.)
And yes, the fact that Burnett was mocking Occupy Wall Street activists while her bosses at CNN had just taken the unusual step of co-sponsoring a GOP presidential debate with a splinter (conservative) political group, the Tea Party, only opened her up to obvious charges of a political double standard being used at CNN.
When Burnett aired her now infamous report, she stressed that Occupy Wall Street had started off as “less than a dozen college students” camping in the park, and that it had since expanded to “hundreds” of participants. By Wednesday night an estimated 10,000 people took part in an Occupy Wall Street march in New York City, with similar protests now spreading nationwide.