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CNN's Erin Burnett Mocks MovementErin Burnett has a brand new show on CNN, 'Erin Burnett OutFront.' So obviously she wants to create controversy and...you guessed it, boost ratings. It's not clear if that was her objective when, during the October 3, 2011 premiere of 'OutFront,' Burnett aired her visit to Occupy Wall Street. In a nutshell, Burnett's piece totally mocked everyone who was protesting, basically saying they were not well-informed of the issues and they were hypocritical.
If Burnett was aiming for attention, she got it: Media Matters was outraged, demanding that Burnett issue an apology for what it called "a cheap-shot report." Others, including Salon.com's Glenn Greenwald, detailed Burnett's own job history: She's a former Goldman Sachs employee (she later joined CNBC). Greenwald noted that Burnett seemed to be serving as a "spokesperson for Wall Street" in her "journalistic" career. He said Burnett, quite simply, cannot be objective about what's happening and that she's an apologist for Wall Street.
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Fox & Friends: 'Felons and Drug Users''Fox & Friends' hosts were quick to offer up their completely insane analysis of the types of people out protesting with Occupy Wall Street. Yes, according to the Fox News gang, they observed the movement and found that some of the marchers are criminals and drug users. What?! No, really look:
Yep, see the title under the photos they showed? "Who Are These Demonstrators? Creepy Criminals Infiltrate Wall St Protests." Oh, and they claim that people are mainly showing up for the great free pizza.
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Monica Crowley: 'Useful Idiots'Conservative commentator Monica Crowly can't resist coming unhinged when it comes to the Occupy Wall Street movement, calling protesters "idiots" during an appearance on...Fox News. Shocking.
Crowley basically calls Occupy Wall Street protesters "useful idiots who probably haven't paid much in taxes their whole life." She also says the "kids and aging hippies" aren't necessarily at fault, because, in her opinion, they are the product of "the logical extension" of President Barack Obama's "rhetoric and his policies."
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Champagne-Drinking 1 Percent Mocks ProtestersAs the Occupy Wall Street protesters made their way to Wall Street in September 2011, they were met by some with cheers of support - but also by Wall Streeters sipping champagne and mocking them. Yes, as the masses moved toward Zuccotti Park, a group of people on the Cipriani 55 (that's 55 Wall Street, if you were wondering) restaurant balcony were all too happy to raise their glasses of $200-a-bottle champagne in mock solidarity (smirking between sips, of course).
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Glenn Beck: Protesters Will 'Kill Everybody'Now you just knew Glenn Beck was going to be on a list that included the word "unhinged," right? Absolutely. The conservative radio commentator is predicting total doom, gloom and destruction by the masses protesting with Occupy Wall Street. On his radio show on October 10, 2011, Beck expressed his concern that the movement is dangerous and can't be controlled. He warned politicians and capitalists not to trust anyone associated with Occupy Wall Street, because they might be killed by the masses in the streets. No lie, that's exactly what he said. Here's a quote:
Capitalists, if you think that you can play footsies with these people, you're wrong. They will come for you and drag you into the streets and kill you...they're Marxist radicals...these guys are worse than Robespierre from the French Revolution...they'll kill everybody.
Here's a clip from the show:
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