In America, it takes a celebrity.

Occupy Wall Street is not getting enough coverage by traditional news and cable organizations, but also news outlets that you’d think would cover it. Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon have joined in hoping to raise the profile of the protests. From Bloomberg:

Wall Street Protesters Joined by Susan Sarandon

“I’m here to understand what’s going on and to lend my support,” Sarandon, who won an Academy Award for best actress for her role in the 1995 film “Dead Man Walking,” said in an interview. “There’s a lot of different kinds of people here who want to shift the paradigm to something that’s addressing the huge gap between the rich and the poor.”

Keith Olbermann smacked NPR last night for ignoring the Occupy Wall Street protests until things got dramatic. I tweeted Olbermann’s quote: “If it bleeds, it leads on NPR.” They’re taking a lot of heat for their lack of coverage:

Newsworthy? Determining the Importance of Protests on Wall Street

But the online posts were not enough for Daniel Clay from Atlanta, GA, who wrote, “Does NPR think this is unimportant? Are you going to wait for someone to die or commit serious violence before you give it the attention it deserves?”

We asked the newsroom to explain their editorial decision. Executive editor for news Dick Meyer came back: “The recent protests on Wall Street did not involve large numbers of people, prominent people, a great disruption or an especially clear objective.”

It makes you wonder if the right-wing targeting and funding scare NPR recently went through sent such a chill down the ranks it’s keeping them from covering the story. After all, donors matter, especially ones connected to Wall Street. The House is also run by Republicans and fueled by the Tea Party. It makes you wonder.