I noticed awhile back that seemingly every news account detailing the vile antics of the Occupy Wall Street movement always made sure to inclue the assurance that despite what we were witnessing, the anarchist mob was always mostly peaceful. Of course what we usualy were seeing, from endless banging on drums, to incoherent shouting, to assaulting police officers, was never peaceful. In fact, the violent always seems to be more obvious than the peaceful.
So as the whole world was watching an orgy of violence from the frothing mob Thursday in New York, what did we see reported last night? Why an account from Fox News, of all places, claiming that a day that culminated in hundred of arrests was largely peaceful.
While this evening’s protests appear to be mostly peaceful, Jonathan Hunt reports that earlier today over 200 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested and seven police officers were injured.
Shep Smith called it mostly peaceful, while Hunt’s video clip at the link called it largely peaceful.
Don’t forget Fox is widely considered the mortal enemy of the freak show.
Remember a couple of weeks ago when the maniacs ran wilding in Oakland? Yes, that was also mostly peaceful.
Thousands of demonstrators chanted, marched, danced and waved signs Wednesday during a general strike called by Occupy Oakland, a largely peaceful protest that snarled downtown streets, rerouted buses, closed the busy port and drew hundreds of teachers and city workers from classrooms and offices.
Oh, and left businesses with smashed windows and police officers battered. But it was mostly peaceful.
Consider how the media portrayal of tea parties was the past couple of years: They were an angry, raucous mob, an all-white sea of hatred for Obama. Yet we never saw a single arrest or a single outburst of violence at a Tea Party; whenever the media mentioned them it was entirely negative.
Take New York Daily News jocksniffer turned political columnist Mike Lupica, who knows as much about sports as he does politics.
In March 2010, Lupica said this:
As always, you wonder where this patriotism and righteousness and Tea Party activism was during Bush-Cheney. You wonder if all the people who want to take to the streets – and to the television cameras now – decided they weren’t needed for eight years because they thought the country was going so good. Or maybe they have just convinced themselves that the Obama who must now be stopped didn’t just inherit this America, he created it.
This is no longer about political dissent. It is about storm trooper sound bites and hate. This isn’t the kind of honest debate on which our system of government has been built. It is vile, back-alley fighting, getting worse by the day, with no end in sight. People say that opposition to all Presidents, even the most unpopular white ones, sounds like this. No, it doesn’t.
Contrast that hysteria with what Lupica has to say today, a day after we witnessed caveman-like behavior on the streets of New York.
They have gotten the attention of the city and the country and the world, all right, done that even as they have been demonized and ridiculed, as if you are supposed to believe that anybody who has shown up at Zuccotti Park is some kind of America-hating dope fiend or sex fiend or both. It was a lousy lie from the start, and will stay a lie, this idea from small minds with big voices that you judge all of them by a few. It is a good thing we don’t go seat to seat and judge baseball crowds in this city the same way.
So the stories about rape and drug abuse at Zuccotti Park? All lies.
The peaceful Tea Party? Vile, back-alley fighting with no end in sight.
He’s a self-parody at this point.
Speaking of self-parodies, remember the lunatic mother who abandoned her family to join the occupiers? She isnt doing too well.
Here’s your mom, kids. Proud?
The hippie Florida mother of four who ditched her children and banker husband to sleep in Zuccotti Park’s squalor hit rock bottom yesterday when she was hauled off in handcuffs, her dreadlocks flying wildly in every direction, for blocking a street near the New York Stock Exchange.
Stacey Hessler, 38, was lifted off the pavement in the center of Broad Street by three cops who slapped plastic bracelets on her wrists and dragged her away kicking and screaming.
“What did I do? What did I do?” she kept shouting.