Tony Keller, executive fellow at the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto (amongst other things), advances the sensible Canadian reaction to the OWS movement, arguing that many of the reforms protesters in the United States are calling for have already been realized in this country.
I suppose one could quibble with some of the assertions made (e.g., though they didn’t need bailing out, the Canadian government did in fact backstop the banks here during the height of the crisis with significant amounts of public money and while corporations may be prevented from contributing directly to the political system, they still exert considerable influence over it through less direct but nonetheless coercive means). Still, the key points Keller makes are, it seems to me, essentially valid ones.
Some very sensible observations about similarities and difference between the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements from Karl Denninger, who helped form FedUpUSA (a precursor of the Tea Party) in the wake of the March 2008 Federal Reserve bail out of Bear Sterns.
Fox News dispatched their fatuous cub reporter Griff Jenkins to Liberty Plaza recently to interview some of the dirty hippies and bizarre characters at the Occupy Wall Street protest, but uh-oh, he encountered this guy instead:
Unsurprisingly, Fox never aired the video as part of their comprehensive two-minute piece dealing with the economic issues driving the protest movement.
The team at Fox News attacks the “radical left-wingers” and “nutjobs” currently protesting the fraud, corruption and lack of accountability on Wall Street (amongst other things the participants see as being horribly dysfunctional in America at the moment).
Do the malicious cretins at Fox News somehow think that Americans are so incredibly stupid that they won’t remember how, just a few years ago, their “news” channel actively promoted the Tea Party at every opportunity and enthusiastically revelled in its inchoate anger, outrage, and lack of any distinct leadership or single unifying message?
I’m hopeful that The Daily Show will juxtapose this flaming hypocrisy far more artfully in the days to come.
Bonus Feature: A rockin’ version of Fox’s schizophrenia.