Daily Archives: October 10, 2011
Unless it’s a tea party rally, Fox News and American protests don’t seem to mix well.
Host Geraldo Rivera decided to go down to the Occupy Wall Street protests Sunday afternoon and ended up having an unpleasant experience.
Protesters immediately surrounded Rivera and his network’s cameras and began shouting “Fox News Lies!” After a few minutes, Rivera decided to leave. His departure was cheered by protesters, who sang “Hey, hey, hey, goodbye!”
This isn’t the first time in 2011 that the network has been greeted by the public with chants of “Fox News lies!” During the Wisconsin union protests in February, reporter Jeff Flock was barraged by one man yelling the now famous chant.
In addition, this latest episode of Occupy Wall Street giving embarrassment to Fox News comes more than a week after protester Jesse LaGreca called out producer Griff Jenkins in a viral Youtube clip that the network chose not to air.
WATCH: Video from Youtube, which appeared on October 9, 2011.
- MoveOn.org Interviews Jesse LaGreca (The Guy Who Schooled Fox News) (crooksandliars.com)
- WATCH: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Chant ‘Fox News Lies’ To Geraldo Rivera (huffingtonpost.com)
- Geraldo Greeted By Occupy Wall Street Protestors Chanting ‘Fox News Lies’ (mediaite.com)
- Jesse LaGreca: The Smartest Man on Wall Street? (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- WATCH: Occupy Wall Street Protester Schools Amanpour (huffingtonpost.com)
- Is Jesse LaGreca Becoming The Public Face Of Occupy Wall Street? (mediaite.com)
- “Fox News Lies”: Geraldo booted off the Occupy Wall… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Occupy Wall Street Protestor Rips Into Fox News Reporter (VIDEO) (culturalhealth.blogspot.com)
Add another Republican to the growing list that loathe the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is upset at the growing movement and the media’s coverage of it, hoping that a modern day version of protests from five decades ago isn’t being recaptured now.
“It’s really important for us not to give any legitimacy to these people in the streets,” said King on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Friday evening. “I remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen.”
LISTEN: Audio from Think Progress, which happened on October 7, 2011.
- Peter King (R-NY) on Occupy Wall Street: We can’t “allow this to get any legitimacy” – it could end up “shaping policy” (americablog.com)
- Rep. Peter King: ‘We Have To Be Careful Not To Allow [Occupy Wall Street] To Get Any Legitimacy’ (mediaite.com)
- Occupy Wall Street ‘anti-American’: GOP (nydailynews.com)
- Matt Taibbi: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ can spark movement, motivate change (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Quote of the Day: Is Occupy Wall Street Really the Left’s Tea Party Movement? (themoderatevoice.com)
- Rep. Peter King Attacks OWS: We Must Stop Those Ragtag Mobs and Anarchists (crooksandliars.com)
- James O’Keefe Reportedly Creeping Around Occupy Wall Street [Occupy Wall Street] (gawker.com)
- Peter King Disapproves of Occupy Wall Street (timesunion.com)
This is presidential material? And the biggest thing right-wingers could complain about then candidate Obama was his pronunciation of the word Pakistan (which was the correct pronunciation in English!)
They need to school all of their astonishingly ignorant candidates. Similar to the way they had to educate the new incoming tea party candidates in 2010 on The Constitution.
In an interview with the religious right Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain badly bungled Uzbekistan’s name and said his standard answer to “‘gotcha’ questions” would be that he doesn’t have answers.
BRODY: Are you ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions that are coming from the media and others on foreign policy? Like, who’s the president of Uzbekistan?…
CAIN: I’m ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions and they’re already starting to come. And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know. Do you know?
And then I’m going to say how’s that going to create one job?
Watch the video:
Cain added that Uzbekistan was “insignificant” to U.S. national security interests:
Knowing who is the head of some of these small insignificant states around the world — I don’t think that is something that is critical to focusing on national security and getting this economy going. When I get ready to go visit that country, I’ll know who it is. But until then, I want to focus on the big issues that we need to solve.
With U.S.-Pakistan tensions on the rise, the Obama administration is in discussions with Uzbekistan about increasing military supply routes to the U.S.-led Afghanistan war through the former-Soviet republic, whose authoritarian president — Islam Karimov — has some human rights issues.
Cain’s mocking and ignorance of Uzbekistan come at the tail end of a tough week for the former pizza chain CEO on foreign policy, even as his star slid up a notch in the Republican nomination contest.
Lately, Cain’s been assailed by conservatives and liberals alike. On Wednesday, neoconservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin decried Cain’s “lack of rudimentary knowledge about foreign policy.” And an earlier Cain gaffe about the Israeli-Palestinian conflictled off a Saturday front page New York Times article about the GOP race’s inattention to global affairs (despite the nomination frontrunner Mitt Romney’s largely substance-free fear-mongering and general hawkishness).
- NY Times/Reuters: US and Uzbekistan discuss more supply routes (ukforcesafghanistan.wordpress.com)
- Herman Cain: Tax Poor People’s Food To Finance Massive Tax Break For The Rich (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- US turns blind eye to Uzbekistan HR abuses (rt.com)
- Herman Cain, the outspoken and effective critic of Occupy Wall Street (hotair.com)
- US finds new friend in Uzbekistan after Pakistan fallout (telegraph.co.uk)
- Paul Wins Value Voters Straw Poll (politicalwire.com)
- Uzbek dictator’s daughter at centre of New York fashion row (guardian.co.uk)
- Clinton calls for closer US-Uzbekistan ties (sfgate.com)
You’ve probably heard that Alabama has begun implementing the harshest anti-immigrant law in the country. Their stated goal is to wipe every undocumented person from the state by putting such a squeeze on their communities that they are terrorized out. Police, public utilities companies and even elementary schools are authorized to report anyone they think may be undocumented. The chief tactic of the law is racial profiling and the goal is ethnic cleansing, plain and simple. After all, would you use a tactic like this to find tax absconders?
One terrified woman’s description of the climate manufactured by the nativists in Alabama says it all:
I was born in the United States. I know I have my American rights. But if I go outside people are going to think I’m illegal. I get scared because we have the color.
Insane reports are coming in from all over the state. The law requires schools to check the immigration status of students and their parents, and authorizes them to report any who they suspect might be undocumented. Understandably, that has led to terrified kids, mass absences, and scores of families abandoning their homes. Though officials say that school children have nothing to fear, the Montgomery Advertiser reports that one parent described what folks on the ground are hearing all over the state in an affidavit requesting an emergency stay of the law:
A Montgomery public school teacher asked a fourth-grader whether she was a legal resident, and later asked about the immigration status of the girl’s parents.
I heard the story before it was reported from an organizer down there who broke down crying while telling several of us the story. She also told us that a civil rights abuse hotline set up right after the implementation of the law began fielded over 1,000 calls in just two days. I can hear that teacher now: “just doing my job, just doing my part.” Obviously the situation pisses me off but I have to admit that the organizer’s call left me pretty shaken up about where our country can so quickly go.
But according to the nativists, things are going according to plan – they like what they see.
Politico asked Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks (the guy who suggested that Congress do anything short of shooting immigrants to get them to leave) what he thought about the disappearance of Hispanic students from schools. From the Politico piece:
So these aren’t unintended consequences. We want illegal aliens out of the state of Alabama and I want illegal aliens out of the United States of America.
And in a post on National Review’s blog, “The Corner,” Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, reacted to a story in the New York Times that highlighted the devastation this law is already having on one Alabama town by exclaiming “that’s the point.”
The New York Times reports on an Alabama town where illegal aliens are getting the hint from the state’s new immigration law and leaving. It’s obviously presented as a terrible thing, but this is exactly the point of such measures — attrition through enforcement.
As we’ve noted in the past, “attrition through enforcement” is just another way of saying “mass-deportation.” But really, immigrants don’t live in pods that can simply be picked up and moved from Alabama to Guatemala; they have families, go to work and school, and just live their lives.
- A tough new Alabama law targets illegal immigrants and sends families fleeing – The Washington Post (policyabcs.wordpress.com)
- Can the Obama administration stop Alabama’s immigration law? (csmonitor.com)
- U.S. asks court to block Alabama immigration law (crawlnet.wordpress.com)
- Is Alabama Immigration Law Creating a ‘Humanitarian Crisis’? (abcnews.go.com)
- Sweet home Alabama no more | Maribel Hastings (guardian.co.uk)
- Should Schools Help Catch Illegal Immigrants? (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- The law of intended consequences. – Tea Party Nation (gds44.wordpress.com)