Now they're silent

Media uncomfortably soft-pedaling Occupy movement's civility nosedive

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There have been very revealing moments in the unseemly “Occupy” movement. Mass
arrests. Destruction of property. Blocked commerce. Crimes and deaths. An abandoned child. A man defecating on a police car.

Surely these images and incidents have shamed the protesters’ very early and eager supporters in the media, Democratic Party and the White House. Their silence now is deafening, and telling.

Enlightening, too, is the contrast between
how the Occupy mess has been covered by the media – admiringly at first, now skittishly, if at
all – and how news organizations slandered the grassroots Tea Party for the slightest ginned-up offense.

Note to Tea Party: Don’t hold your breath for an apology from the major news media.

But perhaps most revealing of the less-than-honorable trajectory of the Occupy movement was what happened Saturday in Oakland: Hundreds were arrested and at least three police officers were injured when Occupy protesters stormed a convention center and the YMCA, and broke into City Hall and vandalized it – and burned an American flag in the process.

The media, recall, tried to tar the Tea Party movement if one word, one sign, one protester was deemed out of line. Imagine if Tea Partiers had rioted like this and had 360 of their cohorts arrested, as happened with the Occupiers in Oakland.

Or burned a flag.

You know, the so-called flag-burning debate in this country always focused on the protesters’ right to do it. Never on what it says about them.

Maybe it’s time it did.

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copperhead
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copperhead 02/02/12 - 12:21 am
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These are the folks hussein

These are the folks hussein was pulling for! Could it be to further divide the U.S.?

carcraft
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carcraft 02/02/12 - 06:35 am
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Give me a break, the OWS

Give me a break, the OWS movement has been supported by the Unions, they have provided money, material and organizational support. OWS movement has become so disgusting that even liberal Democratic mayors can't stand them anymore. The OWS sites have had crimes from thift, rape, drug dealing etc since they were started. http://www.torn-republic.com/2011/11/ows-rapsheet-204-crimes-and-growing... LOL

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/12 - 07:20 am
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Let Nancy Pelosi try to walk

Let Nancy Pelosi try to walk by these idiots with her over sized gavel.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/02/12 - 08:09 am
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Oh boy, a right wing

Oh boy, a right wing christian conspiracy website. You don't actually use sites affiliated with Brannon Howse as a news source do you?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/12 - 08:13 am
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Techfan, you had just as well

Techfan, you had just as well defend the soccer rioters as the OWS crowd.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/02/12 - 08:42 am
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There are clearly some that

There are clearly some that hang around OWS that want to cause trouble. Unlike the Tea Party, OWS isn't funded by major corporations and PACS, therefore there is no one in charge to manage the groups. Many of the so called crimes have been against the OWS protesters ,not committed by them.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/12 - 08:54 am
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Oh, come on. Did you see the

Oh, come on. Did you see the people at the TEE Party rallies here in Augusta? You think they were funded by major corporations?

allhans
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allhans 02/02/12 - 09:12 am
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The WOS protesters had union

The WOS protesters had union big-wigs speaking at rallies , leading rallies and yes, funding the movement.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/02/12 - 09:12 am
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Lots of drug dealing at Tea

Lots of drug dealing at Tea Party rallies: psst, hey buddy want some Lipitor, got Viagra too.

allhans
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allhans 02/02/12 - 09:15 am
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I attended one meeting at the

I attended one meeting at the Jesse Norman theater. It was boring, no yelling, screaming, burning, just plain old boring, so we left to go see "Atlas Shrugged". Now that was worthwhile.

allhans
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allhans 02/02/12 - 09:19 am
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bj..I could give you names of

bj..I could give you names of the speakers and the participants that I knew well at the TEA Party rally and they were in their 40's and early fifities. Not quite ready to put it to bed.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 02/02/12 - 09:28 am
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Heard Dennis Miller say last

Heard Dennis Miller say last night, "They are squatters who don't know squat"...

southernguy08
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southernguy08 02/02/12 - 09:41 am
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An apology from the
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An apology from the lame-stream media to conservatives? When what freezes over?

faithson
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faithson 02/02/12 - 10:47 am
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this defamation of the OWS

this defamation of the OWS movement is the pot calling the kettle black. It seems all the conservative movement can do is criticize the worst in things, an attitude that marginalizes their effectiveness in the cross generational political message they want to express. This critique of differences only divides. kinda like the religious demagoguery we hear. Focusing on whats wrong with them, instead of focusing on similarity and using likeness as a means to move forward. Personal righteousness gets in the way every time. In the long scheme of things, personal righteousness is just the exuberant ego feeding the self what it wants to hear. Not a healthy way to relate to other human beings. But hay, who cares what 'other' human beings have to say, I've got mine and I'm just fine... NOT

Bruno
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Bruno 02/02/12 - 11:02 am
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TParty, there is so much fail

TParty, there is so much fail in that first link it is hard to know where to begin. Simply put, the reason that there were no arrests at Tea Party rallies is that they don't break the law.
Also, George Soros is funding a great deal of OWS. The Alliance for Global Justice is managing the money given to OWS which comes not only from Soros but also from other sources such as the Tides Foundation, Unions etc. So they aren't as "grassroots" as you think.
Faithson, There is no defamation if the statement is true.

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Jon Lester 02/02/12 - 11:12 am
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Bruno, George Soros only has

Bruno, George Soros only has a fraction of the wealth of the Koch Brothers, Richard Mellon Scaife, that Adelson casino guy and the other several dozen billionaires who've Astroturfed the whole Tea Party movement, which this paper continues to overstate in terms of numbers and relevance. As for the Tides foundation, you might want to actually go to their site or their Facebook page and see for yourself what they have to say. There's a reason why Glenn Beck isn't on Fox anymore, and it's not for the one he'll tell you.

Personally, I think George Soros belongs in a foreign prison for his interference in the politics of former Soviet republics, but that belongs in another thread.

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