Seeing every bad thing that happens on the news is because that's what sells news. We think of ONLY the child that was killed, not the millions who weren't.
This causes a misapprehension of reality. I can't remember offhand what its called, but it is an accepted phenomenon and has a formal name.
The fact that we have seen DOZENS of negative reports of the protests, many of which are false or deliberately deceptive, and many simply repackaged to appear "new", leads people to believe that its a horrible, dangerous thing.
It is NOT intended to give an accurate, objective impression, as no positive or ameliorating information is ever provided. Toomuchtime posted the only direct counter to any of this where one of the Occupations was NOT upset about feeding the homeless.
That as much energy is being spent on a deliberately deceptive PR campaign is actually a very good sign, as it means that OWS is working. Our dialogue is beginning to include subject matter vested interests spend a LOT of money encouraging folks not to think about.