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Thousands protest press credibility in march against mainstream media

RT

Published time: November 17, 2013 07:45                                                                            

Image from facebook.com @MarchAgainstMainstreamMedia
Image from facebook.com @MarchAgainstMainstreamMedia

Thousands of people in the UK and US united in their rejection of mainstream media in a mass protest. Protesters targeted the headquarters of media giants like Fox News, the BBC and NBS, decrying their narrow coverage of world affairs.

The March Against Mainstream Media (MAMM) organized the  international protest via social media and challenged the  established media to cover it.

 

In a statement posted on the MAMM website, the organization said  big media outlets had two options: “report on the fact that  thousands of people are currently protesting outside of their  buildings because they are keeping important news from the  public’s eyes,” or ignore them.

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Across America people turned out brandishing banners, condemning  established news channels.

“Boycott the media!” one banner read in High Point  California, while in Kansas city supporters of the movement  wearing Anonymous masks delivered the message “America  deserves the truth!”

A recurrent theme that cropped up a number of times in the US  protests was the media’s coverage of the stricken nuclear plants  in Fukushima Japan that were damaged in the 2010  earthquake-triggered tsunami.

“The radiation from that plant is going to reach us and affect  us, not just in California but worldwide.  How is it going  to affect us, how is it going to affect our water, our food  supply, and our way of life?” said one protester to KMPH Fox  24.

Meanwhile in London, supporters of the anti-establishment  movement gathered outside the offices of the BBC in a  sit-in-style protest.

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Jet Barnett, one of the organizers of MAMM spoke to RT and said  the march was a sign that people were beginning to look for their  news in alternative media.

“We want mainstream media to listen, to let them know that the  people are finally coming together and influence them to make a  change,” said Barnett to RT, adding that the organization is  fighting to restore journalist integrity.

Confidence in US mainstream media has been declining sharply over  the past couple of years with only 44 percent of Americans  trusting mass media, according to a Gallup poll in September. The  figures for this year are a slight improvement on 2012 when the  survey saw trust in the media fall to a record low of 40 percent.

However, a large amount of Americans (46 percent) believe media  has become too liberal, compared to only 13 percent who regard  mainstream news coverage as overly conservative.

Gallup’s statistics show the steady decline in media trust in  America from 2005, with Democrats reportedly having the most  confidence in American news outlets.

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