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More signs of OWS Astro-Turf

And big media collusion.  Dana Loesch has the story.

Big Journalism has learned that the Occupy Washington DC movement is working with well-known media members to craft its demands and messaging while these media members report on the movement. Someone has made the emails from the Occupy D.C. email distro public and searchable. The names in the list are a veritable who’s who in media.

Journolist 2.0 includes well known names such as MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, Rolling Stone’s Matt Tiabbi who both are actively participating; involvement from other listers such as Bill Moyers and Glenn Greenwald plus well-known radicals like Noam Chomsky, remains unclear. The list also includes a number of Occupy organizers, such as one of the Occupy Wall Street main organizers Kevin Zeese.

There is a lot of behind the scenes manipulation going on with this movement on the left as the Obama water carriers swing into coordinated action.  Read the whole article and check out the examples.

The Obama campaign and Obama himself is trying very carefully to help craft the message so he can at least tentatively embrace the movement, characterize it as a populist movement and try to use it to give his re-election chances some momentum.  Yesterday Obama made the comparison between the OWS movement and the civil rights movement of the ‘60s.  Having been around for that, I’ve got to say I’m just not seeing it.

To this point, OWS is a ragbag confederation of the usual A.N.S.W.E.R groups and the movement still hasn’t issued any coherent statement of its purpose except to harass the rich and attempt to lay the blame for – well you name it—at their feet.  As you’ll see, OWS now has “professional” help to help them put something together.

Obviously there is a lot of anger out there – we’ve known that for years, actually, as we’ve watched wave election after wave election take place and have witnessed the rise of the Tea Party.

But most of that anger and discontent was aimed at government.  And that has put this Administration on the defensive.  Where it could once claim outsider credentials, it is the government establishment now.  Obama knows that if the focus of discontent stays on government, his re-election chances are not good.

However, this movement offers a perfect opportunity to shift focus and blame.

It comes as no surprise then that media water carriers and spin doctors along with the administration see this as an opportunity to expand on the class warfare meme and shift blame and focus away from government.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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24 Responses to More signs of OWS Astro-Turf

  • The #Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t the spontaneous response it’s purported to be. It has been tactically planned for months but more than that, the specific themes have been developed for years and years. Few of the people showing up to the marches or direct actions are aware of just how much work went on behind the scenes – just as people showing up to a baseball game or concert don’t see what happens backstage, they just show up for event that’s been prepped for them.
    Get real for a second, though. Why would people all of a sudden start talking about “the 1%” or “Greed” and putting it on their signs? It’s very specific phrasing. Where did it come from?
    Well, blame it on me a little, actually. I helped start the ‘War on Greed’ about three years. I was funded by the institutional left and Big Labor. But more on that some other time.
    Meanwhile, I didn’t know the origins of the ‘The 1%’ or ‘99%’ meme until just last night. That dates back to 2006 or so with a documentary called The One Percent that was put together by a rich, white inherited-wealth millionaire named Jamie Johnson. One of the heirs to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, guilty rich boy Johnson currently fights the man by writing a column called The One Percent for the revolutionary periodical Vanity Fair. His first film was called Born Rich and that about sums the Johnson oeuvre.
    http://leestranahan.com/the-rich-white-kid-behind-owss-1-meme

    Yep. Like I said.  As spontaneous and democratic as the partition of Poland.

  • Great photo essay of OccupyDenver…
    http://www.lookingattheleft.com/2011/10/occupy-denver/comment-page-1/#comment-18884

    Pretty much reveals how “leaderless” this thing is.  That is just a typical Collectivist lie.

    • But the point is to distract potential voters from the obvious day to day problems caused by government and cast a new “lie” that allows people to blame it on somebody other than Obama, the Congress, and the government.
      Frankly, I think the whole thing will collapse before the next general election, but i see this whole thing as being susceptible to being co-opted.  Imagine a bunch of Tea Partiers, Lyndon LaRouche, Hare Krishnas,  Communists, or radical Muslims setting up in front of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Pentagon, the Holocaust museum, or Obama campaign headquarters with “Occupy” banners.

      • Seems like Alinsky suggested turning rules around on your opposition.
        I’d be happy to Occupy the DNC.
        How ’bout the NYT?
        Howard Dean’s house?  Piven’s place?
        Could be fun…!!!

        • Speaking before a group of protesters in Zuccotti Park, Nobel economics prize winner Joseph Stiglitz urged on the crowd, telling them they are “right to be indignant.” Professor Stiglitz goes on to explain, correctly in my view, that we have a financial system of socialized losses and privatized gains.
          What the good professor fails to mention is only a few years ago, for what I understand was a nice paycheck, he was denying this very fact. In 2004, along with Jonathan and Peter Orszag, Professor Stiglitz wrote a paper for Fannie Mae in which he “estimated” that the “risk to the government from a potential default on GSE debt is effectively zero.” The paper goes on to argue “that the expected cost to the government of providing an explicit government guarantee on $1 trillion in GSE debt is just $2 million.” Now I understand his Nobel is in economics, not math, but $2 million sounds no where near the actual cost so far of $160 billion.

  • My wife had a quick “holiday” in Rome with a friend this weekend. While they were trying to find the hotel they landed in the middle of the 200,000 strong Italian protest. Her conclusions were… noone really knew what they were protesting for, the Italian police are very charming and helpful (probably helps to be a foreign woman ;) , the police didn’t care much about the protest unless they got notice of a core group of 200 black-clad thugs being in the area. So, for the locals mostly a chance for a good walk around the city to protest against something or other and just try to avoid the organized anarchists.

  • Just waitin on their version of Cindy Sheehan to show up.

    Personally, I spent the weekend with the Occupy Fort Sill movement, and we pitched our tents on their old parade ground.  Our demands were more firewood, and that they leave the restrooms open after dark, we never did come up with other official demands, but for a while we toyed with demanding they let us shoot the atomic cannon.

    • Nice, so WE overthrew Mubarak, kinda sorta?  What, we were trying to inspire Israel? Or does Pepsi just think it’ll sell more products to fundamentalist Islamic governments?

      • A LOT of big corps have “social responsibility” people who GIVE money away.
        It is socialism taught in business schools.  They are given a bundle of money and very little oversight about where it goes.

  • This movement will be dead by Thanksgiving.

  • Years ago, I sent on a trip to Seoul South Korea.  My company’s offices were in the shadow of the National Assembly and the police would suit up for their confrontations with the “professional protesting class” in the basement.
    What was striking was how all the employees in the building took the protesting for granted.  It happened virtually everyday so there was nothing new.  Seeing the police in the basement was just another day at the office.
    I expect OccupyWallStreet to do the same thing.  It will go on for years, but not at it’s present level of participation, of course.  Mayor Bloomberg will be blamed every day that OccupyWallStreet continues for not nipping it in the bud.

  • What is the nature of people who can skip work for four weeks?

    • Oh, I think you know the answer to this question.
      People who are paid agitators to be there.
      People who are living off others (and mommsie and dadsie thought Johnny and Susie were in class at NYU!)
      Trust fund kiddies.
      vagrants who know a good deal when they see it
      Unemployed people not out looking for work

      People have to eat – it’s that simple, and that’s obviously happening.

      • Several of the “poster bois” for this thing have been outed as people who actually ARE trust-fund graduate students.
        One guy works on broadway and in Hollywood, and has a PhD in “Critical Dance Studies”.  I sh!t you not.  He also claims to owe $150,000 in student loans he wants forgiven.
        He should see about suing the Frankfort School for fraud.

        • These little brats need to come back when they’re eating meals like “Hoover Hog” or tulip bulbs out of necessity, then we can talk about how bad off they are.  The fact they can afford to sit in on Wall Street with their various electronic mediums keeping them in sync with their handlers says it all.

  • My comfy chair and newly oiled firearm look nicer every day. lucky for me i have no children so watching the world burn doesn’t effect me as much. In fact, being 28, i dread children not because of some self centered reason. But do i really want to have to worry about them in 10 years if things go south?

    • Teach them firearm safety and take them practicing from time to time and you will not have to worry about them in 10 years.

      • If things go south, in the manner many of us think they will, firearms will be of only moderate help. If they can defend themselves, but slowly starve in the cold and dark, it may be that they’ll be keeping the last rounds for themselves.

  • History repeats itself: Brownshirts circa late 1920s.