“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned;

if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity;

but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."

Ezekiel 33:6


"A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring."

Proverbs 25:26

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A Tale of Two Protests: Media Cheer Wall Street Occupiers But Jeered Tea Partiers


The Occupy Wall Street protestors have received overwhelmingly positive coverage from the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) news networks, as they used their airtime to publicize and promote the aggressively leftist movement.

In just the first eleven days of October, ABC, CBS and NBC flooded their morning and evening newscasts with a whopping 33 full stories or interview segments on the protesters. This was a far cry from the greeting the Tea Party received from the Big Three as that conservative protest movement was initially ignored (only 13 total stories in all of 2009) and then reviled.

Where the Tea Party was met with skeptical claims of their motivations -- with some reporters claiming they were merely corporate backed puppets and others implying they were spurred on by their racist opposition to the first black president – the Occupy Wall Street crowd was depicted as an almost genial “grassroots” movement.

While network reporters weren’t hesitant to describe the Tea Party as conservative, only once did a reporter attach even the “liberal” label to the overtly leftist Wall Street protestors.

Network anchors like Brian Williams couldn’t be bothered with ideological labeling of the occupiers as he was, on the October 5 NBC Nightly News, too busy celebrating the arrival of the “massive protest movement” that “could well turn out to be the protest of this current era.”

ABC’s Diane Sawyer was so excited she tripped herself up in hyperbole as she proclaimed, on the October 10 World News, that the movement had “spread to more than 250 American cities, more than a thousand countries – every continent but Antarctica.” (
Video) Sawyer would have to correct herself on a later edition of the program as she clarified it was “more than a thousand cities around the world – every continent but Antarctica.” That's still a tremendous exaggeration.

Most astoundingly, the networks’ Occupy Wall Street (OWS) stories were overwhelmingly sympathetic: Protesters and supporters of the movement dominated the soundbites, with 109 (87%) to just 8 critics (6%), with another 8 soundbites from neutral sources. Five of the eight soundbites unsympathetic to the protesters were brief clips of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain blasting the occupiers. In addition to the 109 pro-OWS soundbites, seven times guests on the Big Three network morning shows expressed sympathy for the protestors. No guests opposed the protests.



MRC analysts tracked all the stories on the Big Three broadcast networks’ evening and morning news programs (ABC’s World News and Good Morning America, CBS’s Evening News and The Early Show, NBC’s Nightly News and Today show) and found that from October 1 through October 11 network anchors, and reporters, in addition to the 33 full stories, delivered 15 brief items and 14 mentions in other stories not devoted strictly to the Wall Street protest.

Very Few Liberal Labels for Lefty Protestors

In 2009 Tea Partiers were repeatedly but accurately described as conservative. Back on the April 15, 2009 Today show, NBC’s Chuck Todd’s labeling was typical when he introduced the Tea Party movement to viewers this way: “There’s been some grassroots conservatives who have organized so-called Tea Parties around the country, hoping the historical reference will help galvanize Americans against the President’s economic ideas. But, I tell you, the idea hasn’t really caught on.”

However, when it came to appropriately labeling the OWS crowd as leftist or liberals, it happened exactly one time, when on the October 11 edition of ABC’s Good Morning America, co-anchor George Stephanopoulous asked Obama campaign strategist David Plouffe if he thought the OWS protestors were the “liberal version of the Tea Party?” and wondered if that was a “good thing for the White House?”

The only other usages of the world “liberal” came when Columbia University’s Dorian Warren, on the October 1 NBC Nightly News asserted that the protesters were “a liberal version of the Tea Party” and obligingly offered: “I think this could potentially carry over into the 2012 elections and get people to the polls.” Then, on the October 9 edition of Sunday Morning, Rebecca Jarvis pegged Columbia University professor Todd Gitlin as “a liberal observer of the politics of the protest.”

In fact, as the MRC’s Business & Media’s
Julia Seymour documented, not one network report has called the protesters "radical," "extreme," "left-wing," or "socialist."

‘Grassroots’ Wall Street Protestors vs. ‘Corporate’ Tea Partiers

Digging deeper into the stories, a clear double standard emerges. Where the Tea Party’s motives were met with skepticism, with some stories questioning if they were not a grassroots movement but rather an Astro-turf movement backed by corporations, the Occupy Wall Street crowd was repeatedly classified as “grassroots.”

Back on the April 15, 2009 edition of ABC’s World News, reporter Dan Harris told viewers that “critics on the Left say” the Tea Party was not “a real grassroots phenomenon at all, that it’s actually largely orchestrated by people fronting for corporate interests.”

But when labor unions started joining the OWS protests, reporters didn’t greet that information with jaundiced skepticism of a movement being taken over by well-funded, well-heeled union organizers, but treated it as recognition of the growing respect and influence they were gaining.

On the October 5 Today show, Mara Schiavocampo alerted viewers that on “Tuesday, several labor unions, including transit workers and teachers, joined activists for a march to Wall Street. Today they plan to join protesters in what could be their largest event yet, a rally and march in lower Manhattan.” In the very next sentence the NBC correspondent was careful to remind her viewers: “The grassroots movement has no official leaders.”

Racist Tea Partiers vs. Cookie Baking Grandmas

While the Tea Partiers were portrayed as racist and rude yokels, the OWS crowd has been portrayed in a decidedly more positive light with reporters highlighting cute school kids, spending their Columbus Day holiday holding up signs in opposition to corporate America and even featured a kindly grandmother baking cookies for the crowd.

On the October 10, NBC Nightly News, Mara Schiavocampo highlighted: “From school to the streets. On Day 24 of the Occupy Wall Street protest demonstrators were joined by a group of students on their day off.” Viewers were then presented clips of little children holding signs that read: “Tax the one percent, not the 99 percent!” and “Tax the greedy, feed the needy!”

Despite hundreds of arrests, the media have painted the Occupy Wall Street crowd as friendly, genial, even industrious folk who started their own newspapers, and taught Yoga classes to pass the time.

Over images of protestors stretching, on the October 10 Evening News, an impressed Jim Axelrod glowingly noticed: “The Occupy Wall Street protestors have set up a camp with a food court, newspaper, medical unit, Internet café, even yoga practice.”



On the October 3 edition of ABC’s World News, Dan Harris played tour guide to the protest scene: “This is a surprisingly functional little city. Let me give you a little tour. It starts here with the information desk for people newly arrived. Behind that this whole area back here, this is the media area. It’s filled with bloggers and other people getting the word out and powered by donated generators. And this is the food station. It’s all free and all donated including some cookies that came in today from a grandmother in Idaho.”

In subsequent days, the effusive notices came streaming in from the network anchors.
On the October 5 Nightly News, NBC’s Brian Williams trumpeted: “While it goes by the official name ‘Occupy Wall Street,’ it has spread steadily and far beyond Wall Street, and it could well turn out to be the protest of this current era.” ABC’s weekend evening news anchor David Muir, on the October 9 World News, hailed: “Look at the images coming in tonight, spelling out the anger. This sign in New York, ‘The rich get bailed out, the poor get sold out.’”

In contrast, the network anchors treated the Tea Party much more harshly, depicting its members as violent, racial slur hurling thugs. As the MRC’s Rich Noyes pointed out in the special report,
TV’s Tea Party Travesty, in September of 2009, “NBC’s Brian Williams trumpeted Jimmy Carter’s charge that the Tea Party was motivated by race: ‘Signs and images at last weekend’s big Tea Party march in Washington and at other recent events have featured racial and other violent themes, and President Carter today said he is extremely worried by it.’”

In March of 2010, Noyes found that on “the night of the final vote on ObamaCare in March, for example, ABC’s Diane Sawyer cast Tea Partiers as out-of-control marauders, ‘roaming Washington, some of them increasingly emotional, yelling slurs and epithets.’ CBS’s Bob Schieffer also cast a wide net, accusing ‘demonstrators’ of hurling ‘racial epithets’ and ‘sexual slurs,’ and even conjured images of civil-rights era brutality: ‘One lawmaker said it was like a page out of a time machine.’”

Schieffer’s colleague Jeff Greenfield, on the September 20, 2009 edition of CBS’s Sunday Morning, went as far to wonder about the Tea Party: “Does this new militancy on the Right pose an opportunity for the Republican Party or create a dilemma?” He added: “Some of it is aimed specifically and virulently at Obama....At his background, at his race, at his agenda.” 

 
In the media’s coverage of the Wall Street occupiers and Tea Partiers, a clear tale of two different protests is seen. One that grew out of concern for out-of-control government spending was initially ignored and treated to catcalls of racism and thuggery by ABC, CBS and NBC. The other, a leftist movement screaming for an even more expansive government, that actually resulted in hundreds of arrests, was greeted by the Big Three networks with a tidal wave of coverage full of friendly talking heads.


The Tea Party Movement has known for a long time that coverage of their protests has held a decidedly liberal bias. That biased coverage is a damning indictment of the editors and publishers of mainstream media programming and publications who cannot be trusted to deliver anything close to the truth and who often manufacture the news with the goal of influencing public opinion, rather than fact-finding.

During coverage of the Tea Parties, conservatives were equated by my own, washed-up representative as Brown Shirts. The protesters were portrayed by the media as an angry, racist mob. The Department of Homeland Security issued warnings that health care opponents, ex-military members, abortion foes and Ron Paul supporters had all the markers of domestic terrorists. They were derided as “Tea-Baggers” and mocked by everyone from pimply-faced ObamaBots steeped in so much liberal claptrap they are clueless to the reality that their Savior has bankrupted their entire generation, to Barack Obama himself. Liberals hurled allegations of racist and homophobic epithets and Congressmen being spat upon, but no conclusive proof has ever materialized, despite a large monetary award. Indeed, no effort has been spared to demonize Americans who have profound and unwavering ideological differences on the direction their country has taken.

Contrast that with the softball treatment that illegal aliens and their supporters are receiving while trying to convince Americans to dissolve the border and devalue US citizenship even more than it already is by granting it to those who cut in line and have no legal right to it.

The knee-jerk response to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s signing of legislation was as swift as it was ignorant

The knee-jerk response to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s signing of legislation that simply requires enforcement of existing federal law was as swift as it was ignorant. Illegal aliens and their supporters took to the streets, hurling rocks and bottles at police, spreading graffiti that called for burning Arizona down and, quite comically, smearing swastikas on store-front windows with none other than refried beans. They’re calling Americans racists, yet they are perpetuating their own negative stereotypes by using their favorite side-dish to spread their message of hate, but I digress.

The apologists for this Communist movement come from every conceivable walk of life. Many aren’t even US citizens, so their opinions aren’t worth that pile of beans smeared in the Phoenix streets. Politicians, presidents, priests, pundits, police officers, pretenders and performers have all spouted off with a barrage of hyperbole that would be the laughing stock of the entire world, were they not drop-dead serious about their claims of the Gestapo coming to check your “papers”.

The hypocrisy of fascist San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom knows no bounds

The hypocrisy of fascist San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom knows no bounds. The hands of this little dictator, who proudly promoted San Francisco as a sanctuary city to illegal aliens, are stained with the blood of Anthony, Matthew, and Michael Bologna, who were gunned down on the freeway by one such illegal who was repeatedly caught, released and deported, only to keep returning. Newsom is the last person on Earth who should be throwing stones concerning illegal immigration. Why not just welcome all Arizona aliens to San Francisco and quit complaining?

Last week, the Mexican government issued a travel advisory, warning its citizens of the imminent dangers of travel to Arizona. This from a country awash in blood from beheadings and drug-related murders that were the impetus for the Arizona law in the first place.
Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva has called for ignoring federal law and a boycott of his own state, a clear violation of his oath of office and an abdication of his responsibility for the well-being and livelihoods of his constituents.

Even rising conservative star Marco Rubio thinks the Arizona law is “problematic”, though he did not elaborate. Did anyone ever stop and think to ask Rubio where he stood on illegal immigration before elevating him to sainthood?

ABC, Diane Sawyer and her goons masquerading as journalists have shown yet again what a complete lack of journalistic ethics looks like. During the push for health care, David Muir characterized Tea Party protests as “ugly” in the absence of a single documented arrest. But, in response to rampaging Latinos, ABC’s Mike Von Fremd said that notwithstanding the mobilization of riot police and protesters hurling rocks and bottles at Arizona police, the riots were “Mostly peaceful”.  Barbara Pinto lied straight-faced into the camera that the Arizona law “forces police to stop and arrest anyone who “appears to be illegal”.

Lakin gets a court-martial, supporters of illegal aliens get a pass

Even law enforcement officers, whose job it is to enforce the law, not interpret it, have chosen to step into the fray.  Several have filed suit to have the law overturned. Their departments have either remained silent or stated that the officers were acting as private citizens, not on behalf of their departments. Contrast that with the treatment of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, who was ordered to have his head examined and was then court-martialed for the very same issue; questioning the constitutionality of the orders he was given. Lakin gets a court-martial, supporters of illegal aliens get a pass. What a country.

Perhaps the worst example of journalistic malpractice and race-baiting last week was on none other than the O’Reilly Factor. Again. It looks like Bill picked the wrong week to have Juan Williams sit in. Williams spent an entire segment forcefully stuffing words into the mouth of Georgetown PhD in public policy, Chris Metzler, who analyzed the Arizona law and who also happens to be black. The exchange, with regard to racial profiling, between Williams, Metzler and liberal Latina publisher Cathy Arue went like this:
Metzler: “If I were a law enforcement officer and a fox robbed a chicken coop, I’m certainly not going to look for an armadillo.”
Williams: “Alright, hold on Chris. So then every fox, you see, like every Hispanic person, you might see in Phoenix or Tucson you’re going to stop?”
Metzler: “That’s not what I said.”
Williams: “That sounds like racial profiling to me.”
Metzler: “That’s absolutely not what I said.”
Williams:“Well, I don’t know, Ms. Arue, how did you interpret what he said?”
Metzler: “That’s what you interpreted, but that’s not what I said.”
Arue: “If it quacks like a duck, it’s a duck, I mean… It’s racial profiling.”
Unfortunately for Arue, her analogy is an example, not of racial profiling, but of deductive reasoning, something that generations of liberals have long ago dispensed with.

Williams, who was genuinely upset last year at being called “Uncle Tom” and told to “Get back on the porch” by another black man should know better than to race-bait. But, what do you expect from an NPR hack sitting in for an alleged conservative? Nice job, O’Reilly.

Finally, those who oppose this legislation seem to have no problem with the government levying fines against and even possibly jailing American citizens for refusal to obtain health insurance, but dangling US citizenship and its attendant benefits to illegal aliens who shouldn’t even be here, but have been breaking our laws, stealing our jobs, and murdering our citizens for decades. Opponents neglect to mention the kidnappings, beheadings, murders and drug trafficking that plague the state. They neglect to mention the shootings of cattle ranchers, law enforcement officers and border patrol agents. They neglect to mention that these squatters have thumbed their noses at our laws, ignored our border and stolen millions of jobs that belong to unemployed Americans who need them now more than ever.
As a sovereign US state, Arizona has every right to determine who belongs within her borders, without federal interference. Despite the emotion and exaggerations offered by opponents of the Arizona law, this legislation does NOT open the door to racial profiling. It simply removes barriers to enforcement of existing federal law and allows the state of Arizona to remove those who are in the state illegally, once they are detained by police during a lawful stop.

Unlike the federally legislated takeovers crafted by the 111th Congress behind closed doors, Arizona’s law does not add a single bureaucrat to the line at the taxpayer’s teat. It spells out in detail what actions are legal and what actions are not; what the information obtained on illegal aliens can be used for and what it can’t.

Like our our financial regulatory structure and health care system, our immigration system is not broken. An entire generation of politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, decided decades ago that they just didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to enforce the laws that they themselves enacted, creating such anarchy that they believe the path of least resistance is to simply legislate the problem away. With the economy, it was bailouts and stimuli, with illegal immigration, it is legislating the lawbreakers into overnight citizens.
After all of Obama’s attacks on conservatives over ObamaCare, it turns out that their concerns of the cost and consequences were well-founded, while the emotional response to the Arizona law is based on nothing but propaganda and lies.

If Barack Obama thinks the health care debate was tough, just wait until he attempts to sell US citizenship to illegal aliens at bargain basement prices.
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