Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 24, 2011 7:20 AM

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A critique of Occupy Iowa City coverage

The Daily Iowan is hurting its image and losing credibility by its continued sensationalized coverage of the Occupy Iowa City movement.

What first made me scratch my head was the decision to include a nationwide map with Iowa City labeled as the hub of the Midwest for the protests. Really? When an interested but uninvolved citizen drives by College Green Park and sees fewer protesters than drunk students outside of a mid-tier bar on a Thursday school night, it really makes one wonder what agenda the DI is trying to push on its readers. Comparisons with Vietnam protests that numbered over 3,000 protesters continue this biased trend to make the Occupy movement appear to be on a scale that it is clearly not.

Look, many readers sympathize with the movement and would agree it deserves a reasonable amount of coverage. But to hype it up to be something that it is clearly not gives the impression that the DI has a distinct political agenda. Furthermore, it also sets up interested people for severe disappointment when they discover how far apart the reality of the movement in Iowa City is from the coverage it is receiving.

Occupy Iowa City has a chance to become big, but don't misguide readers into believing it is an international hub of protest on the same level as Wall Street.

John Schroeder
Iowa City resident

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