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Occupy Wall Street Protests: Where is NPR?

Protesters shout slogans while holding banners Monday at  Occupy Wall Street protests in Los Angeles. i i

Protesters shout slogans while holding banners Monday at Occupy Wall Street protests in Los Angeles.

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Protesters shout slogans while holding banners Monday at  Occupy Wall Street protests in Los Angeles.

Protesters shout slogans while holding banners Monday at Occupy Wall Street protests in Los Angeles.

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Updated 10/5 9:53 a.m. (Click for the latest)

Cover it more — now! That has been the gist of a stream of messages that continue to pour in from supporters of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City, Los Angeles and around the country.

Doug Peterson of Omaha, NE, went so far as to say: "I hear that NPR has decided NOT to cover the demonstrations involving Wall Street. Is this because NPR gets most of its donation support from Wall Street? If so, then I'll just stop donating as I have done for the past 35 years."

The protests are a lead story tonight (10/03) on All Things Considered and have gotten more play than many critics seem to realize. I agree with editors that the lack of a clear purpose for the protests make it a hard story to give importance to. But the persistence of the protesters cannot be denied. Below is the breakdown of on-air and online coverage, which doesn't include wire stories online and hard news items on the hourly newscasts. The coverage seems about appropriate to me.

Monday October 3

On air: Wall Street Protests Spread To Other Cities: All Things Considered

On air: Wall Street Protests Spread To Other Cities: Morning Edition

Online: 'Occupy Wall Street' Spreads: The Two-Way

Online: Top Stories: The Two-Way

Sunday October 2

On air: Wall Street Protesters In It For The Long Haul : Weekend Edition Sunday

Thursday September 29

Wednesday September 28

Tuesday September 27

On air: Wall Street Protest Continues This Week : All Things Considered

Monday September 26

Friday September 16

Online: Anonymous Comes Out In The Open : Technology news

NPR has also posted stories on www.npr.org from the Associated Press. Search "occupy Wall Street.

Updated 10/5 9:53 a.m.

NPR doesn't make transcripts of its hourly newscast reports, but has run many items on the protests, including more than a dozen of them this past weekend alone, according to Executive Producer Robert Garcia.

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