Friday, October 28, 2011

"Occupy Wall Street: The Right's smear machine goes to work"

A woman is dressed as Lady Liberty at an Occupy Seattle rally in downtown Seattle near the Westlake Center on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011.

Joel Connelly:
The Seattle cab driver pulled over and given a ticket, for the offense of honking his horn to support Occupy Seattle, was hit with a greater penalty than bank and home mortgage executives who set off America's Great Recession.

Is it any wonder that national opinion surveys -- the latest, a CBS News/New York Times poll -- show a plurality of Americans supporting the goals of nationwide protests dubbed Occupy Wall Street?

The protests have alarmed the country's right-wing media and its wealthy keeper-manipulators. The tireless promoters of the Tea Party "citizen" protest in 2009 have set out to discredit what has in 2011 become a big, spontaneous -- if loosely organized -- citizen protest. MORE...

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