Sarah Seltzer, AlterNet
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Signs on May Day represent a missed media story. Photo Credit: Sarah Seltzer
A series of May Day tweets from Reuters encapsulated the failure of much of the American mainstream media to understand the Occupy movement. First the outlet declared the spring resurgence to be a "dud" based on a rainy morning of pickets in midtown Manhattan attended by scattered dozens or even hundreds. Then an hour later a second tweet arrived saying that Occupy had come back and was not in fact a dud because tens of thousands converged in Union Square.
But the true stories of the day lay in between these snap assessments. The problem was, they weren't being reported.