The most widespread critique of the #OccupyWallSt movement is that the loose coalition of protesters doesn’t seem to have a unifying message (and, okay, that some of them are dressing like zombies). But when given an honest chance to voice the goals and origins of the protests, that critique falls flat.
Here, in an interview shot last Wednesday for Greta van Susteren’s Fox News show, occupier Jesse LaGreca coherently lays out some reasons for the growing movement. You might be shocked to learn that this interview did not make it onto Fox News’ air. Shocked! Thankfully, the Occupy Wall St. media team sent the link to the NY Observer, who made it public for the world to see.
Gee, it’s hard to imagine why the news organization that gave birth to the Tea Party, which incubated the “grassroots” movement, didn’t want to air this footage.
For those of you who can’t watch videos where you are, here’s a partial transcript:
Fox: But, uh, yeah well, let me give you this challenge Jesse.
Fox: We’re here giving you an opportunity on the record […] to put any
message you want out there, to give you fair coverage and I’m not
going to in any way
Jesse: That’s awesome!
Fox:…give you advice about it. So, there is an exception in the case, because you wouldn’t be able to get your message out there without us.
Jesse: No, surely, I mean, take for instance when Glenn Beck was doing his protest and he called the President, uh, a person who hates white people and white culture. That was a low moment in Americans’ history and you guys kinda had a big part in it. So, I’m glad to see you coming around and kind of paying attention to what the other 99 percent of Americans are paying attention to, as opposed to the far-right fringe, who who would just love to destroy the middle class entirely.
Fox: Alright, fair enough. You have a voice, an important reason to criticize myself, my company and anyone else. But, let me ask you that, in fairness, does this administration, President Obama, have any criticism as to the the financial situation the country’s in…?
Jesse: I think, myself, uh, as well as many other people, would like to see a little but more economic justice or social justice—Jesus stuff—as far as feeding the poor, healthcare for the sick. You know, I find it really entertaining that people like to hold the Bill of Rights up while they’re screaming at gay soldiers, but they just can’t wrap their heads around the idea that a for-profit healthcare system doesn’t work. So, let’s just look at it like this, if we want the President to do more, let’s talk to him on a level that actually reaches people, instead of asking for his birth certificate and wasting time with total nonsense like Solyndra.
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