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This Just In, Kind Of: NYT Catches Up to Wall St. Protests

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Krugman takes charge: The New York Times’ resident economic think tank is on the Occupy Wall Street story.

The New York Times let fly over the weekend with a trio of Op-Eds about the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations happening around the country, most notably (and most forcefully) Paul Krugman’s rumbling salvo, “Panic of the Plutocrats,” in which Krugman flames the nascent movement’s “remarkably hysterical” critics for their response to the protests and the people making them.

Also worth a look was celebrated communication scholar and media critic Todd Gitlin’s take on Occupy Wall Street vis-à-vis the tea party, as well as the paper’s editorial, which points out the plight of the young and the jobless, among other representatives of the 99 percent, and asserts that, “[a]t this point, protest is the message.”  —KA

Paul Krugman in The New York Times:

Consider first how Republican politicians have portrayed the modest-sized if growing demonstrations, which have involved some confrontations with the police — confrontations that seem to have involved a lot of police overreaction — but nothing one could call a riot. And there has in fact been nothing so far to match the behavior of Tea Party crowds in the summer of 2009.

Nonetheless, Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, has denounced “mobs” and “the pitting of Americans against Americans.” The G.O.P. presidential candidates have weighed in, with Mitt Romney accusing the protesters of waging “class warfare,” while Herman Cain calls them “anti-American.” My favorite, however, is Senator Rand Paul, who for some reason worries that the protesters will start seizing iPads, because they believe rich people don’t deserve to have them.

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By The Outlier, October 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment

My first impression upon arriving at Liberty Plaza today (October 10, 2011, 1:00pm) was that The Occupation had grown. The park had been efficiently reorganized to accommodate the growth. Today, the Occupation Status Board was focused more on the mundane logistics of growth management, like quite hours and safeguarding the flower beds, than on overarching themes. The logistics of building a community, where there wasn’t one before, in the absence of traditional infrastructure, is challenging. Yet, through a deliberative democratic process, The Occupation is succeeding in doing just that! Continue reading ?

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By Anarcissie, October 11, 2011 at 8:01 am Link to this comment

Oh, the Times.  As ever, the Times is behind the times.  Why do so many otherwise intelligent people make such a big deal out of this daily collection of lies and vacuous bloviation?

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By Spo101, October 10, 2011 at 11:57 pm Link to this comment
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I’m not anti-police, I’m anti-abuse of power… but the video of police violating 1st Amendment rights of the Occupy Wall St supporters is more than I can take. 

Funny, how public sector workers such as police and corrections officers expect Americans to protect their job/pension/health care security from Republican/Conservative spending cuts (examples in Wisconsin and Ohio). But then the police union/association members pay us back by beating, gas, shoot with rubber bullets and wrongfully arresting Concerned Citizens demanding accountability from the Wall St con-artists who ruined our economy.

It seems the real criminals have had police and secret service protection. I’m on my way to the Wall Street Campground at 11 Wall St. to re-join my activist brothers and sisters in the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Class War has begun and the LAW better get out of the way.

Back in the late 90’s while the Newt Gingrich and Tom Delay were busy selling out the American middle class for a very few silver spoon trust fund babies… I don’t remember the public sector union workers standing up for their private sector union brothers and sisters. 

This rant is for all you Johnny-come-lately’s speaking out for the working class. I’ve been part of an accountability movement since the late 90’s.  The newspaper headline we used is from 4/16/99, titled: “Mattel to layoff 3,000 workers. WALL STREET CHEERED the news of restructuring, sending Mattel’s stock up nearly 16 percent…” 

WHAT?  We all know how IT turned out now that our children had all the latest LEAD based toys from China. 

Questions one must ask: How did Wall Street become the enemy of the American working class? What did the 90’s Congress legislate to make it easy for Corporations to move jobs out of the country?  Would the police of the time blame 3000 Mattel workers for being VERY angry? Because that news article was about as “in your face” as it gets… (See where Michael Moore got his “Last Word” talking points from

Not money but LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Overwhelming Evil exists today right in front of American faces, 24/7, but you wouldn’t know IT by listening to the broadcast news media. According to the people who control our publicly owned broadcast airwaves, the most important news they have to offer is about daily life of Sarah Palin, Amanda Knox and Anthony’s Weiner.

GOD forbid we talk about the 50 MILLION Americans struggling below the poverty level… OR do an investigative report on the Corporate Crime Wave that gripped this nation during Bush/Cheney… Ask vital questions such as WHY are Conservatives leading the charge to obstructionism, voter suppression, union busting, debtor’s prison and repealing CHILD LABOR laws? (really?) These un-American mofo’s want to get rid of the POST OFFICE for GOD sake…

Maybe some info on the trust fund babies who are holding back capital, jobs, stalling technology and keeping gas prices high just to make Obama/Biden and Democrats look bad… (ask Jimmy Carter about big money working against his Administration)

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By gerard, October 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment

So “they” know.  And we know that “they” know.  And “they” know that we know
that “they” know.  “

“They” also know what to do, and we know that “they” know what to do, and “they”
know they should do it. 

“Give light, and the people will find their own way.” Justice is the life blood of
democracy.  Peace.

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