Push-back from the Right, including an actual agent provocateur:
• After Relentlessly Promoting Tea Party Protests, Fox Attacks Wall Street Protesters
Fox News has begun attacking participants of the “Occupy Wall Street” protests across the country, claiming they are “deluded” and have “absolutely no purpose or focus in life.” Fox’s attacks stand in stark contrast with its relentless promotion and support of the tea party protests of 2009 and 2010.
• Rep. Peter King (R-NY): Do Not Allow Any Legitimacy For Wall Street Protests, Or It Will Be Like 1960s Again
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, blasted the media for providing fair coverage to the Occupy Wall Street protests. “They have no sense of purpose other than a basically anti-American tone,” he said.
King also explained that he is “old enough to remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy.” He added, “We can’t allow that to happen”:
• Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg: Occupy Wall Street ‘Trying To Destroy Jobs
“What they’re trying to do is take the jobs away from people working in this city,” Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show, adding that the protests “aren’t productive” and weren’t good for tourism.
“If the jobs they are trying to get rid of in this city — the people that work in finance, which is a big part of our economy — go away, we’re not going to have any money to pay our municipal employees or clean our parks or anything else.”
Bloomberg’s comments coincided with the announcement that 700 NYC education workers will be laid off to close a budget gap and recently released census data that reveals NY’s poverty level is now 20.1%—the highest it’s been in more than a decade.
• As Marines Occupy Wall Street, Republican Rep. Paul Broun [R-GA] Calls Protests ‘An Attack Upon Freedom’
“Well, if you look at what they’ve been telling in the media, they don’t know why they’re there, they’re just mad,” Broun said. “And I see people angry in my district too, but this attack upon business, attack upon industry, attack upon freedom, and I think that’s what this is all about. Now, the unions seem to be weighing in and trying to subvert that anger into a political power to try to reelect a president whose policies are just totally ignorant and incompetent about the economy and how to create jobs and how to create freedom in this country.”
• Conservative journalist says he infiltrated, escalated D.C. museum protest
A conservative journalist has admitted to infiltrating the group of protesters who clashed with security at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on Saturday — and he openly claims to have instigated the events that prompted the museum to close.