A Guide To The Smear Campaign Against
Occupy Wall Street

October 18, 2011 2:12 pm ET — Media Matters

The right-wing media have engaged in a relentless smear campaign against the Occupy Wall Street movement, including calling the protesters socialists and Marxists, saying they represent the “fringe of the fringe of the fringe,” and claiming they “sound like the Unabomber,” among other attacks.

OWS Website Reads Like “The Ravings Of … The Unabomber”

They’re Only “Little Rascals” And “Petulant Little Children” …

… Who Don’t Know What They Want …

… But We Know They’re Socialists, Marxists, And Anarchists Bent On “Destroy[ing] Capitalism” …

… And They Don’t Even Pay Taxes!

They’re Not Diverse Enough (Maybe) …

… But They Sure Are Anti-Semitic

Their Protests Are Astroturfed

Iran And Chavez Support The Protests …

… And So Do Nazis!

The Protesters Don’t Shower Enough

So Don’t Support The 99% — Support The 53%

Editor’s Note:  I find it difficult to read through this nonsense.  The upsetting part is that some people actually believe it.  The good news is that in spite of this smear campaign most Americans understand exactly what Occupy Wall Street is about.  Here are some samples:

The Protesters Are “The Fringe” And “Lunatics”

Fox’s Doug Schoen Claims The Occupy Wall Street Movement “Reflects Values That Are Dangerously Out Of Touch With The Broad Mass Of The American People.” In an October 18 Wall Street Journal article, Fox News contributor Doug Schoen claimed, based on in-person interviews his polling firm conducted at Zuccotti Park, that the Occupy Wall Street movement “reflects values that are dangerously out of touch with the broad mass of the American people.” [The Wall Street Journal10/18/11, via Media Matters]

For more on Schoen’s flawed poll, SEE HERE

Varney: Demonstrators Are The “Fringe Of The Fringe Of The Fringe.” On the October 14 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Fox Business host Stuart Varney claimed:

VARNEY: I think the numbers [of protesters] start to fade away. Rain and cold will do that to demonstrators. I — they haven’t got the numbers. This is not a movement, certainly not in New York, that’s numbered in the thousands. It’s a few hundred, mostly. And let’s not forget, it’s the fringe of the fringe of the fringe. That’s who is down there demonstrating. And the rest, those who are not fringe, fringe, fringe people, they’re flat-out socialists. [Fox News,Fox & Friends10/14/11, via Media Matters]

Hannity Graphic Labels Protesters “Lunatics Of The Left Wing.” During the September 30 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, an on-screen graphic aired while the co-hosts discussed the protests, reading, “Lunatics of the left wing”:

hannitylunatic

[Fox News, Hannity9/30/11, via Media Matters]

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  1. […] can be analysed by their narcissistic echoes in social media; open destruction and negativity in a movement entirely based on the opposite – a new possibility; positivity. […]

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