More than 50 arrested in San Diego as police continue to throttle efforts by local organizers:
Here’s a rather bizarre piece that shows that the mainstream media is struggling to find a handle for the Occupation Movement. Only problem, it doesn’t exist. Try this from Allen Mc Duffee that quotes an article which tries to sell the notion that OWS protesters are “a bunch of people that are conservatives, they just don’t know it.” Huh?
Huffington Post published this take on a “profile” of OWS protesters which may or may not be accurate due to limited sampling involved:
“In his recent article Polling the Occupy Wall Street Crowd, prominent pollster Douglas Schoen makes the case that embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement would cost President Obama and the Democratic Party leadership the 2012 elections. Schoen argues that the protesters "are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies," with "values that are dangerously out of touch with the broad mass of the American people." We recently conducted 100 interviews in Zuccotti Park (October 22-23) and 95 interviews at the site of Occupy Boston (October 23) and our data presents a very different picture.
“Results of our interviews show a population more motivated by reform than massive overhauls of existing systems, a group well-educated and well-versed on relevant policy issues rather than a radical movement likely to resort to violence. Moreover, our data suggests that casting them as deeply committed to ‘radical left-wing policies’ tells us less about this movement and more about the biased frameworks being applied to ascertain their policy positions.”
Read the rest here:
Fox News continues to look for a way to portray the Occupation Movement as some sort of shady enterprise that is somehow engaged in nefarious activity. This effort now includes the defunct group ACORN which went bankrupt due to negative publicity. The guilt-by-association angle is predictable, especially when you consider the source. Here’s a reply by Mark Howard:
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