Occupy Wall Street Day September 24. TeaCons AWOL. Full Media Blackout!

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Real media…

This must not end.

Getting uglier…

  1. #1 by Wyoming Cowboy on September 26, 2011 - 5:23 am

    Full media blackout? What did anyone think, they’d advertise it? Remember who owns and runs Wall Street and the media, and be ashamed.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on September 26, 2011 - 9:52 am

    Kat Stoeffel of the New York Observer criticizes what she calls the Wall Street protest’s lack of a “media narrative” and “ideological vacuum.”

    I don’t know, it seems to me that representing the “99 percent” is a decent narrative. Washington, Wall Street and the media have devoted far too much attention to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. Jason Easley:

    The corporate cable news media ignored Wisconsin, and now they are ignoring the protests of regular Americans who want their democracy placed back into their hands. The corporate media have proven time and time again that they are an obstacle to, not a provider of truth. Unlike the bogus tea party movement, the Occupy Wall Street protest features people of all ages, colors, shapes, sizes, and political affiliations. These people are protesting a broken system. They are protesting a loss of freedom. They are protesting inequality, and they are fighting for our rights.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on September 26, 2011 - 11:47 am

    Cliff–

    The “Democracy Now!” report is terrific.

    Christina Gonzalez, the lady who called 911 after being locked in a police van for a couple of hours, did a great job of explaining what the Wall Street Occupation is about. “Listen, this is not just a protest, this is a struggle, it’s a fight…” The point is 99 percent of Americans are no longer represented in our system of government, and Washington has imposed an unpopular agenda including not just tax cuts for the rich and budget cuts for the middle class but illegal wars, assassinations, warrantless surveillance, and the whole national security state. It’s no accident that one of the cops arresting protesters is from an NYPD “counterterrorism” unit.

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on September 26, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    Greg Hunter comments:

    The irony here is that a few of these protesters have been arrested and taken to jail. On the other hand, not a single Wall Street banker has even been investigated, let alone gone to prison. Only in America can someone go to jail for protesting crime and greed while the people that cause a global financial meltdown get bonuses. And, only in America would our own corporate controlled media largely ignore the entire story!

    Actually, the Wall Street billionaire bankers are seeking a deal that would prevent any future prosecutions or lawsuits for mortgage fraud.

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on September 26, 2011 - 6:31 pm

    Cliff:

    Thanks for keeping this out there!

    What would we do without Amy Goodman and the handfull of others who are covering this from the peoples point of view.

  6. #6 by Richard Warnick on September 27, 2011 - 9:49 am

    “The NBC Nightly News” did a story last night about the weekend arrests, but omitted any mention of what the protest was about. Their reporter could have walked a few steps and interviewed somebody, but instead he just used the camp as a backdrop.

  7. #7 by Richard Warnick on September 27, 2011 - 11:58 am

    Video: Michael Moore visits Occupy Wall Street.

    “These people on Wall Street ripped off the future of many of these young people here and their not-yet-born children,” he said. “It was the greatest heist, certainly of my lifetime. This protest has to start somewhere, and it might as well have started here.”

  8. #8 by Larry Bergan on September 27, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    Unfunny response from the bankers:

    A counter protest was planned in which bankers and traders said they would douse the “dirty hippies” of Occupy Wall Street with champagne, to give them “a bath.”

    Or should I say, “dirty bankers”?

  9. #9 by Richard Warnick on September 28, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    Glenn Greenwald weighs in in support of Occupy Wall Street with a characteristically thorough examination of how meaningful, effective protest movements are effectively marginalized and even outlawed in America.

    Hint: Homeland Security isn’t all about “terrorism,” it’s also about security for the rich and powerful — at our expense.

    Financial elites and their political servants are well aware that exploding wealth inequality, pervasive economic anxiety, and increasing hostility toward institutions of authority (and corresponding realization that voting fixes very little of this) are likely to bring London-style unrest — and worse — to American soil; it was just two weeks ago that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that the unemployment crisis could trigger “riots.” Even the complacent American citizenry — well-trained in learned impotence and acquiescence to (even reverence for) those most responsible for their plight — is going to reach a tipping point of unrest. There are numerous weapons of surveillance and coercion that have been developed over the last decade in anticipation of that unrest: most of it justified in the name of Terrorism, but all of it featuring decidedly dual-use domestic capability (illustrating what I mean is this chart showing how extensively the Patriot Act has been used in non-Terrorist cases, and how rarely it has been used for Terrorism).

  10. #10 by Richard Warnick on September 28, 2011 - 6:23 pm

    Awesome interview with Michael Moore from Wall Street tonight on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show. If Cliff doesn’t post it tomorrow, I will.

    Among other things, he pointed out the irony that at long last people are getting arrested on Wall Street — but not the ones who deserve to go to jail.

  11. #11 by brewski on September 29, 2011 - 10:02 am

    he pointed out the irony

    Did he point out the irony that Moore makes films, then people pay him to see those films. That transaction is called capitalism.

    Then there is the irony that Moore has used non-unionized crews.

    Then there is the irony that Moore invests in stocks of companies including Halliburton.

    Moore is a walking hypocrite and anyone who listens to his drivel is a fool.

  12. #12 by Richard Warnick on September 29, 2011 - 10:39 am

    brewski–

    Do you think any Wall Street financiers belong in jail? Or are they all innocent?

  13. #13 by brewski on September 29, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Yes, lots of them do.
    As do their Washington proxies such as Frank, Dodd, Rubin, Greenspan, Geithner, Paulson, Biden, Obama, Daley, etc.

  14. #14 by Larry Bergan on September 29, 2011 - 4:43 pm

  15. #15 by Shane Smith on September 29, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    Love one of the comments at that link,

    Can we please get some Tea Partiers with funny hats and objectionable signs to show up, so there will be some MSM coverage?

  16. #16 by Richard Warnick on September 29, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    I’ll watch the TV news with interest tonight, but you know the rules:

    1) Only violent protests make the MSM news (except Tea Party corporate-sponsored astroturf).

    2) A few dozen Tea Partyers at a Denny’s in Orlando are more newsworthy than thousands of Americans with real grievances marching in Manhattan.

  17. #17 by brewski on September 29, 2011 - 4:57 pm

    Larry,
    Exhibit A as to why you want to have control of your own retirement assets and not trust some Wall Street shitheads, CEO crooks, or future yet to be elected Congressmen.

  18. #18 by Richard Warnick on September 29, 2011 - 5:01 pm

    Without consumer protection from financial fraud, what do we do? Put our savings in a credit union at 1% interest?

  19. #19 by brewski on September 29, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    Richard, I already answered this question for you before and you didn’t like the answer.

    You like the full faith and credit of the United States Government.

    Social Security pays -4%.

    Ergo, you should be thrilled with getting 1% or 3% on US Treasuries.

  20. #20 by Shane Smith on September 29, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    brewski :
    Larry,
    Exhibit A as to why you want to have control of your own retirement assets and not trust some Wall Street shitheads, CEO crooks, or future yet to be elected Congressmen.

    So the whole republican deregulation scheme they have pushed for decades is a bad plan? I will make note…

  21. #21 by brewski on September 29, 2011 - 6:03 pm

    I don’t accept your premise, so I can’t respond to your question.

    Take note.

  22. #22 by Shane Smith on September 29, 2011 - 8:24 pm

    It isn’t a premise, it was a conclusion based on your own statements. If you don’t accept the logical outcome of your own statements, you really shouldn’t make them.

  23. #23 by Larry Bergan on September 29, 2011 - 9:01 pm

    But Richard, it really was a big event.

    “We were hoping we’d get 50 people!” says a beaming Brendan Steinhauser, FreedomWorks’ director of state campaigns. Clearly, we’re going to have an overflow.

    What the heck, does everybody at FreedomWorks look like Dick Armey?

    Shane:

    Great fun to watch you argue with brewski!

  24. #24 by brewski on September 29, 2011 - 9:49 pm

    If you have already made a conclusion, they why ask me a question?

  25. #25 by Richard Warnick on September 30, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    Mayor Bloomberg Claims ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters Are Targeting Bankers Who ‘Are Struggling To Make Ends Meet’

    He then went on to say people are focusing too much on the causes of the financial crisis and that we need to be nicer to the banking industry so that it starts lending again.

  26. #26 by Larry Bergan on September 30, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    For crying out load Bloomberg, I’m not going to go down and cause any trouble for the loan officer at my credit union.

    Are you daft!

  27. #27 by Richard Warnick on October 3, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    Erich Boehlert: What If Occupy Wall Street Had A Cable News Sponsor?

    A quick check of Nexis indicates that between September 17-27, Occupy Wall Street was reported on just two dozen times by the cable news channels. That averages out to less than one report each day by each of the 24-hour news outlets….

    …Other media have been equally uninterested. The three major network news organizations have done their best to boycott the protest story, each airing just a single report over the same ten-day span.

  28. #28 by brewski on October 3, 2011 - 8:47 pm

    But the protestors have had a hard time getting a media quorum, and even National Public Radio and MSNBC haven’t detected any larger political significance so far in a collection of ne’er-do-wells raging against Wall Street, or something.

    A reporter for the Associated Press put it this way: “It all has the feel of a classic street protest with one exception: It’s unclear exactly what the demonstrators want.” Handmade signs include the likes of “Less is More” and “Capitalism is evil,” which you can see any day of the week at your average college coffee shop.

    The Evil Journal

  29. #29 by Larry Bergan on October 3, 2011 - 10:04 pm

    brewski:

    The overarching message is “we are the 99%”

    Rush Limpbag just dist-ted that faction by telling them they were all stupid, and yet they, ( the lying media), will tell us we can’t get enough of him.

    The whole shit-pile is coming down and the best you can do is to what you do best: anonymously fade into the crowd.

  30. #30 by Richard Warnick on October 4, 2011 - 7:43 am

    The message is that 99 percent of Americans are not being served by the corporate-controlled economic and political system. You can’t go against the interests of the majority forever and stay in power.

    The facts about the top 1 percent.

    The message is that progressives are tired of being shut out of the political discourse. Bill McKibben: “We’re increasingly unwilling to believe political reform can be accomplished by going through the ‘normal channels’ of democracy.”

  31. #31 by Richard Warnick on October 4, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    How soon they forget…

    Biden confuses Occupy Wall St. with Van Jones, ‘whoever he is’

    Of course, some suspect that Van Jones is actually on a secret mission to co-opt Occupy Wall Street for the Democrats. If that’s the case, it makes sense for the White House to pretend not to know him anymore, and/or to suggest that “Take Back The American Dream” and Occupy Wall Street are the same thing.

  32. #32 by Richard Warnick on October 4, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    Ann Coulter: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Are Like Nazis.

    Except the Nazis were corporatists like Coulter. ;-)

  33. #33 by Larry Bergan on October 4, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    Joe Biden: Ann Colter:

    Same guy. :(

    Damn!

  34. #34 by brewski on October 4, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    The Nazis were a workers’ socialist statist party. Just like the Progressives and their eugenics racist friends.
    http://www.princeton.edu/~tleonard/papers/retrospectives.pdf

  35. #35 by brewski on October 4, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    I am in moderation since I linked a source from Princeton.

  36. #37 by Richard Warnick on October 5, 2011 - 10:40 am

    Herman Cain On Occupy Wall Street: ‘If You Don’t Have A Job And You’re Not Rich, Blame Yourself!’

    That’s not how you win middle class votes, Herman. Unlike you, we know how hard it is to find a job right now!

  37. #39 by Shane Smith on October 5, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    “Any time that a liberal points out that the wealthy are disproportionately benefiting from Bush’s tax policies, Republicans shout, “class warfare!”

    In her book A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century, Barbara Tuchman writes about a peasant revolt in 1358 that began in the village of St. Leu and spread throughout the Oise Valley. At one estate, the serfs sacked the manor house, killed the knight, and roasted him on a spit in front of his wife and kids. Then, after ten or twelve peasants violated the lady, with the children still watching, they forced her to eat the roasted flesh of her dead husband and then killed her.

    That is class warfare.

    Arguing over the optimum marginal tax rate for the top one percent is not.”

    -Al Franken

    I say the next time someone calls this class warfare we take them up on it and roast them on a spit…

  38. #40 by Richard Warnick on October 5, 2011 - 3:27 pm

  39. #41 by brewski on October 5, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    39.6% x $0 = $0

    My plan increases the taxes on the wealthiest by over 50%.

  40. #42 by Larry Bergan on October 6, 2011 - 5:57 am

    You make your own bed and you have to sleep in it Mitt. Not rocket science.

  41. #44 by brewski on October 6, 2011 - 12:46 pm

    Our number on problem is that we have a President who has a JP Morgan Chase executive as his Chief of Staff, and who also doesn’t know how to actually solve a problem instead of just telling stories:

    “We didn’t have a clean story that we wanted to tell against which we would measure various actions.”

    “what was required to save the economy might not always match up with what would make for a good story.”

    “The irony is, the reason I was in this office is because I told a story to the American people.”

    “What the president can do, that nobody else can do, is tell a story to the American people”

    Barack Hussein Obama

  42. #45 by Wyoming Cowboy on October 6, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    Yes, Obama has sold us and told us, a very tall tale.

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