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Murdoch’s Post Declares War on OWS

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Posted on Nov 5, 2011

The cover story in Friday’s New York Post.

This week, the media magnate’s notorious New York tabloid ran three consecutive covers that together branded Wall Street protesters as lazy, vicious beasts. Salon suggests the insults probably mean the occupiers are doing something right.

Wednesday’s cover featured a now discredited story about a Wall Street cafe letting workers go after occupiers hindered business. On Thursday, an indignant editorial demanded that Mayor Michael Bloomberg throw the protesters out. Friday’s issue spotlighted an angry, brawling homeless man.

Soon, perhaps, the Post will send a reporter out to talk to the people who are working to practice democracy, feed the homeless and build sustainable electricity, waste disposal and water-collection systems inside the park. But don’t count on it. —ARK


But the Post has now kicked its attacks on Occupy into high gear. Today the cover of the tabloid labeled the protesters “animals” (see image above). The story, complete with video, is about a “mentally ill” homeless man picking fights with those sleeping in the park. The homeless man is punched by a protester after his tent is kicked. And he’s not an anti-Wall Street protester; his cryptic signs say, “USA-Turk Army Ended My Diplomatic Career 6 Times” and “AC Tropicana Casino Robbed My $30K Pay For My Driving Job.”

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By YoungGringos, November 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm Link to this comment


I don’t want to launch into a diatribe, but these things also can’t be reduced to a sound bite. 
That’s what’s so great about the Occupy general assemblies.  We listen. We repeat. We deliberate. 
We try to get at the core of these issues together.

I do not speak for the movement.
Here is what I think.
Who’s a puppet?  They’re all puppets.
What does that make of the “premise of a democracy”?
It’s a premise. 
What are we fighting for?  Something different- which we will arrive at together.  What’s important
is to begin the journey.
What is the problem? avarice
What is your solution?  A complete change of consciousness.  We must completely change how we relate to each other and our environment.  Exploitation- of people or planet- is not sustainable.  Sustainability is not a fashion trend- it is an imperative.  This change of consciousness isn’t some new-age thing- it finds expression in our economic policy.  What we value.  Who we value. 
I believe this new consciousness has already begun as small groups of people occupy together- learn to live, accommodate and respect each other.  And shed their fear. 

What is my solution? 
Solution?  The banks are just one of our challenges.  We have 7 billion people on this planet.  The oceans are dying, we’re past the tipping point with climate change, food prices are increasing,  and the world economy is going to collapse. 
We’re screwed.  Screwed, screwed, screwed. 
42% of Americans don’t even believe in climate change.  How can we talk solutions when half of us are in la-la land?  Americans are still in denial- we need to shock them awake.
We resist.  We keep these issues in the public eye by making a nuisance of ourselves.
Tactics will change as more and more people wake up.

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By Tobysgirl, November 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment

To be called an animal is the greatest compliment one can receive. There is no other creature a Rupert Murdoch could be other than a Homo sapiens, and someone such as he is, is apparently determined to drag our species down to the lowest depths.

Animals do not hack into people’s phones, do not peddle filth as news, are not full of hate and determination to destroy anything that’s good and decent.

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By ardee, November 6, 2011 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

I look forward to the next YoungGringos post as from “the front lines” so to speak.

I note the post of Outraged seeking a more in depth response on an interesting and important issue. I would offer that, as this movement is still in its infancy, professes to have nor need no leaders perhaps these questions are premature, at least so far.

I see the process of educating, of making aware, of awakening perhaps, but the changes necessary are still in the formative stages and may not come from OWS itself. I am quite content to allow OWS to be what it is and ,hopefully, evolution will take care of these and other important questions.

One hint, if I may. The use of <> to obtain italics or bold is in place in some forums, here it is the use of [] that will get the desired result.

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By Outraged, November 6, 2011 at 1:38 am Link to this comment

Re: YoungGringos

Your comment: <i>“The liberal establishment will turn
on us as well. We will not elect their puppets.  We
will not be steered or co-opted.’<i>

How will you decipher who is a puppet and who is
not…before the fact? If you don’t vote at all, what
does that make of the whole premise of democracy(in
other words what would you be “fighting” for)? Who do
you believe is the problem?  And what is your
solution? Protesting is one aspect effecting change.
What else do you feel is necessary?

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By YoungGringos, November 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm Link to this comment

Su-prise. Su-prise. 
The liberal establishment will turn on us as
well.  We will not elect their puppets.  We will
not be steered or co-opted.


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By Lockweed, November 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment
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It sounds like the Americans are going to start to kill their own people soon.  Then
the Arab world can start screaming in their press about the Americans:  “They’re
killing their own people”...“They’re killing their own people”.  Maybe they’ll call
NATO in to bomb New York and Oakland in order to ‘protect’ American civilians. 
Paris might not be a bad target either, since Sarkozy led the charge to bomb Libya.

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By diamond, November 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm Link to this comment

Yes, indeed. If Murdoch is against you, you are probably doing something right. I would say that people who hack into a dead girl’s phone trying to get a scoop and leading the police to believe she is still alive are the real ‘animals’ in this situation.  People who pay bribes to the police and who get politicians to do what they want, unelected, as News Ltd is, are the criminals, not the protesters. Of course Murdoch is opposed to them. He hates democracy and always has.

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By GW=MCHammered, November 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment
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Love watching Murdoch and his financed invertebrates

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By Sebastian Lawhorne, November 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment
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