Journalists have largely let them get away with it.
Despite fizzling out within months Occupy Wall Street succeeded in changing the terms of political discussion in America.
Inequality – the concentration of wealth – the one percent – the new Gilded Age—all became fixtures of national debate thanks in part to the protesters who camped out in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan.
Even the Republican presidential candidates have felt compelled to address the matter.
News organizations meanwhile have produced regular reports on the fortunes of the wealthy – the struggles of the middle class and the travails of those left behind.
Even amid the outpouring of coverage of rising income inequality however the richest Americans have remained largely hidden from view.
News organizations need to find new ways to lift the veil off the superrich and lay bare their power and influence.
Digital technology – with its flexibility – speed – boundless capacity – and ease of interactivity – seems ideally suited to this task – but only if it’s used more creatively than it has been to date.