“Has there been any more egregious double standard towards the right over the last five years than the commentariat’s treatment of OWS versus the tea party?”
At the first whiff of popular discontent on the right, Obama’s brain trust went full demagogue about “angry mobs.” Fast forward two years and you have leftist protesters fighting with cops, mass arrests, “sexual assault, regular assault, theft, drug dealing” happening at protest campsites, ongoing health hazards in tent cities due to human waste and occasional rat infestations, missing funds, and of course the usual smorgasbord of radical rhetoric from the fringier elements, be they commies, kooks, and/or anti-semites. And yet, miraculously, this not-angry non-mob is the darling of the Democratic Party.
… They spent late 2009 and the entirety of 2010 treating conservative protests as a form of domestic terrorism, punctuated by the horrible right-wing attack on Gabby Giffords that wasn’t a right-wing attack at all. And now suddenly their own side is in the streets and behaving vastly worse, yet somehow they’re the last, best hope of the middle class.
And for an even more complete picture, you can throw the manipulation, thuggery, subversion, and vandalism that accompanied the Wisconsin teacher’s union protests earlier this year (which of course immediately followed the Left’s emotional pleas for “civility” in the wake of the Gabby Giffords shooting) into the mix.
After the 2008 elections, a significant number of my friends expressed outrage and disappointment with the established news media over their savaging of Sarah Palin, when compared to the virtual love fest with which they surrounded Barack Obama. Many of those friends voted for Obama and had no liking personally for Sarah Palin, yet they could not believe the way the press clamored to report any unsubstantiated rumors or obvious attempts at dirt digging as “breaking news” about Palin. No other candidate in recent memory had been dog-piled by the press in such a fashion, and believe me, a lot of people noticed.
I can’t help but think that a significant portion of the voting population has also noticed the media’s double standards, as applied to the Tea Party vs. the Occupy protesters.
And as far as I am concerned, anything that does more damage to the credibility of the mainstream press can’t be a bad thing.
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