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Liberal Tea Party good, actual Tea Party bad?

NBC Cheers Wall Street Protests As Liberal Version of Tea Party But Denounced Actual Tea Party
October 3, 2011 by Kyle Drennen

On Monday’s NBC “Today,” correspondent Michelle Franzen reported on the left-wing “Occupy Wall Street” protests in New York and proclaimed: “Protesters fed up with the economy and social inequality turned out en masse over the weekend….Voicing their discontent and marching for change.”

Touting the protest as “a movement that has taken off in the past few weeks with protests spreading to other cities around the country,” Franzen declared: “Labor experts say uprisings overseas have empowered protesters to speak out.” A sound bite was included of Columbia University’s Dorian Warren arguing: “Those movements, those revolutions led by young people [in the Middle East]…I think that’s another, let’s say, inspiration for why they are sitting-in now.”

On Saturday’s “Nightly News,” Franzen offered a similar report, including another sound bite from Warren, who asserted the Wall Street protests were “a liberal version of the Tea Party.” He added: “I think this could potentially carry over into the 2012 elections and get people to the polls.”

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory asked liberal Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne about the movement: “…your column out tomorrow talks about the equivalent Tea Party movement on the left. What did we see over the weekend in lower Manhattan and in Brooklyn, this ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement….does the President, in a way, need more of this, more activism on the left to say, ‘We need a response to what we’re seeing on the conservative side’?”

Dionne agreed and lamented: “I think the President has been hurt by the lack of an organized left….A left would be out there saying, ‘Wait a minute, Barack Obama is a moderate or a moderate sort of liberal. We want to push farther than this.’ Right now, the whole discussion is skewed because the media has been obsessed by the Tea Party.”

That media “obsession” with the Tea Party actually began as an attempt to completely dismiss it.

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New York Times Freelancer Arrested In Occupy Wall Street Protest
October 2, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

The folks at the New York Times aren’t happy with just reporting the news. They want to be a part of it.

Such is quite apparent given the arrest of Times freelancer Natasha Lennard during an Occupy Wall Street protest Saturday:

In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested about 500 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon. […]

A freelance reporter for The Times, Natasha Lennard, was among those arrested. She was later released.

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