Since the Recovering Bureaucrat's observations last week about the Mainstream Media obsessions with the "Occupy Wall Street" gang and all the little local "occupy" spin-offs, the story has gone strangely quiet. Where have all the flowers gone? Have the Occupiers disappeared? Have they taken over the government? Are they now the DNC?
Even CNN has turned the political story into a wistful retro-Woodstock Boomer nostalgia fest: "Occupy Wall Street Beta Tests a New Way of Living."
There is, thankfully, a bit of Paul Krugman bombast about the Occupiers bringing about the leftwing Rapture or something. Krugman told MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow about his visit last Thursday to Zucotti Park. He claimed that Occupy Wall Street had successfully changed public discourse to the topics of job creation and economic growth. "The conversation has changed a lot just in the last month or so...just six weeks ago it was all deficits, deficits, deficits, which is the wrong subject." He said this shift in discourse could be attributed to President Obama's jobs bill but also to Occupy Wall Street. ". . . it's really amazing," Krugman said.
Sure is--so amazing that coverage of this visit and commentary is nowhere to be found in the New York Times, where the good professor (and "former Enron advisor," as the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto regularly reminds us) is a prominent columnist.
It must not be news fit to print.