Don’t blame the violent thugs – Blame the lobbyists.
Occupy Oakland protesters pass a burning garbage heap during a confrontation with police on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. Following a mainly peaceful day-long protest by thousands of anti-Wall Street demonstrators, several hundred rallied through the night with some painting graffiti, breaking windows and setting file to garbage cans. (AP/Noah Berger)
After over 4,000 arrests, the constant street violence, the drug use, vandalism, rapes, public pooping, ring worm outbreaks, attacks on children and death… The media is blaming a lobbying firm for the bad press surrounding the Obama-endorsed #OWS movement.
The AFP reported:
A top US lobbying firm tied to the financial industry pitched a $850,000 plan to smear the Occupy Wall Street movement and discredit sympathetic politicians, MSNBC television reported Saturday. A memo written on the letterhead of well-known Washington lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford urged the American Bankers Association (ABA), a client, to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and its political backers.
Warning that the movement could lead to weakened support for Wall Street among both Democratic and Republican politicians, the four-page memo targeted specific states where the outcome of 2012 elections could have a major impact on the financial sector.
If Democrats make the OWS movement’s anti-capitalist message a centerpiece of their campaigns, “this would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street,” said the memo posted on MSNBC’s website. “It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”
Occupy Wall Street has insisted it wants to remain independent.
Yup. It’s the lobbyist’s fault.