Of Media Coverage of the Occupy Movement, and Hypocrisy

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 6, 2011

A. Barton Hinkle has a very good column on the silliness of the Occupy movement. Read the whole thing, which does a great job discussing the movement’s insane hatred of capitalism (coupled by an inability to come up with a replacement for the capitalist system). But for the purposes of this blog post, I want to focus on the violence that the Occupy movement perpetrates, and the mainstream media’s decision to ignore all of that violence.

Hinkle writes about the movement’s propensity for violence, and since the time that his article has been published, there have been more instances of violence associated with the Occupy movement. Much more. To get an idea of the violence inherent in the Occupy movement, see this, and this, and this, and this, and this. I am sure that there are other instances of violence that all of these links have missed, but you get the idea.

Now, if the Tea Party had been associated with these acts of mayhem, the media would have had a field day denouncing the Tea Party’s barbarism. And the denunciations would have been entirely justified. But they are justified when the Occupy movement is involved in acts of mayhem as well. And yet, strangely enough, there just hasn’t been the same kind of focus on the Occupy movement’s association with acts of violence. Or, as Hinkle puts it:

The demonstrators resent disparity. So consider the disparity in coverage of OWS and the Tea Party. A single (still unsubstantiated) allegation that someone in the crowd at a 2010 Tea Party rally in Washington hurled a racial slur at Rep. John Lewis sufficed to prove the entire movement a kissin’ cousin of the KKK. But that “Google Wall Street Jews” guy? A lone nut. As for the signs calling for the “death of capitalism” and telling Wall Street bankers to “Jump, you [expletives]” and declaring “capitalism can’t be fixed—we need revolution”? Unrepresentative, surely. Ditto the 5:30 Oakland seminar on Marxism 101, and the dude in the Lenin T-shirt, and. . . .

Don’t feel bad if you missed such tidbits on the nightly news. Every movement has its whack jobs, but those on the left get politely overlooked.

And some people wonder why the media gets accused of bias.

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