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Doocy, Daily Caller Try And Fail To Manufacture Wall Street Protest Astroturf "Scandal"

October 07, 2011 2:30 pm ET by Justin Berrier

Since the media began covering the Occupy Wall Street protests, Fox has launched an all-out campaign to mock, attack, and discredit the movement. Fox personalities have claimed the protesters have "absolutely no purpose ... in life," called them the "sludge" of "every single left-wing cause," and claimed they are deluded. Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy has even complained they got "between me and a steak dinner."

On this morning's Fox & Friends, Doocy again went on the attack, attempting to discredit the protesters by hyping a Daily Caller story which claimed "Organizer admits to paying 'Occupy DC protesters.' "Doocy seized on the story, leading off the show by excitedly proclaiming "scandal":

Doocy teased the story by calling it "the scandal you got to hear to believe." The Daily Caller also heavily promoted the "scandal," making it the top story on their website this morning:

Daily Caller: Occupaid

But this is not a "scandal you got to hear to believe." In fact, it's not a scandal at all. Here is what the Daily Caller story considers evidence that "some aspects of the protest ... are more Astroturf than grassroots":

One group of about ten Hispanic protesters marched behind a Caucasian individual from the DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting rent control in Washington, D.C.

Asked why they were there, some Hispanic protesters holding up English protest signs could not articulate what their signs said.

Interviewed in Spanish, the protesters told conflicting stories about how their group was organized. Some said it was organized at their church, and that they were there as volunteers. Others, however, referred to the man from the DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition -- the only Caucasian in the group -- as their "boss."

TheDC asked that organizer whether he was paying the group to attend the protest, and he conceded that some protesters "aren't" volunteers.

To summarize, a few members of a ten person group may or may not be "volunteers." They never said they were being paid, and the so-called "organizer" never said he was paying them. Even if true, it's bad form, to be sure, but by no means a "scandal," and reveals absolutely nothing about the dedication and motives of the thousands of other people currently engaged in nationwide protests. Of course, that won't stop Doocy from gloating over his manufactured "scandal" or the Daily Caller from pretending they've found a story worth promoting.

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    • Author by chazmanr (October 07, 2011 2:38 pm ET)
      Steve Doocy has even complained they got "between me and a steak dinner."

      Good thing they didn't get between Limbaugh and a steak dinner...the NYPD would have to deal with cannibalism.
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      • Author by usp (October 09, 2011 10:45 pm ET)
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        <or some dominican flavored boy butt> see? could have been worse.
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      • Author by blurdlt2 (October 10, 2011 1:11 pm ET)
        Oh Steve...those "losers in the way of you and your steak dinner? They are generally underemployed and if they work tend to work in the service industry. The service industry does all sorts of things to make your life rich and fullfilling. Like prepping, cooking and SERVING that nice steak dinner. You are very well known and recognized....and your hubris may be rewarded with "extra special ingrediants" in all your future steak dinners! Bon Appetit'
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    • Author by David2012 (October 07, 2011 3:01 pm ET)
      Seems like it's about time for the Fox Ministry of Truth to hire Winston Smith. I'm not sure The Deuce is up to the job.
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    • Author by pete592 (October 07, 2011 4:00 pm ET)
      So where's the OWS luxury coach?
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      • Author by somnambulist (October 07, 2011 5:01 pm ET)
        ...Or the dozens of PACs shuttling in an essentially infinite amount of cash on demand.
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      • Author by Old_Benjamin (October 07, 2011 5:05 pm ET)
        So where's the OWS luxury coach?

        Oh my! I hadn't seen that particular bus. Probably built in Canada.

        "Countdown to Judgement Day"...WTF?
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      • Author by danielsangeo (October 08, 2011 4:32 pm ET)
        Probably right here.
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        • Author by usp (October 09, 2011 10:46 pm ET)
          NOTHING says left wing like having to ride the bus- amen baby. you can TASTE the humanity.
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    • Author by ponymeup (October 07, 2011 5:01 pm ET)
      Next thing you know Breitbart will be asking to see their w-2's. Fox must be scared to death that this is not going away. The numbers alone make comparison to the Tea Party a joke. But Fox is doing everything they can to make it sound like a bogus demonstration. Notice how many voices from them they have invited on to espouse their views? None maybe? They did have one interview. It did not fit the meme though. So into the trash it went.
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      • Author by Old_Benjamin (October 07, 2011 5:07 pm ET)
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        Someone else posted the link earlier this week.

        I love it...
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        • Author by curiousindependent (October 07, 2011 7:57 pm ET)
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          Oh, that was beautiful.

          How many times did Fox air that clip? Anywhere near the (seemingly) thousands of airs they gave the teabagger clip with the octagenarian screeching about how she didn't want the gubmint gettin' involved in her Medicare?
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    • Author by Ratu01 (October 07, 2011 10:22 pm ET)
      Doocy got to be the dumbest man on TV
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    • Author by Ratu01 (October 07, 2011 10:22 pm ET)
      Doocy got to be the dumbest man on TV
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    • Author by NiceguyEddie (October 10, 2011 12:18 pm ET)
      "sludge" of "every single left-wing cause,"

      This is so revealing of how Right-Winger think. What exactly are "Left Wing" causes? What does the "Left" in this country fight for?

      - Cleaner Envronment, Energy Idependence
      - Less Discrimination
      - Equal Rights ( = MORE FREEDOM)
      - Tolerance, Peace, etc...
      - Equal opportunity and a fair share of the gains that we make
      - FAIR trade (with =/= FREE trade)
      - Care for the working class and the poor
      - Universal healthcare

      And what do THEY fight for?

      - Tax cuts of rich
      - Protect corporate profits
      - Protect Industry from adequate regulation
      - Protect Monoploies
      - Protect the rigths of teh powerful
      - Protect the rights of the Majority (to trample on the minority)
      - Money, Money, Money, Money, Money!
      - Oh yeah, and no abortions for anyone under any circumstance (or proper sex education about, and better access to, contraception) and continued discrimination against gays.

      Seriously. Now, reading those lists, which group sound more like "sludge" to you? If the OWS folks are the Sludge of the Left, it only goes to show that our "sludge" is superior to thier CREAM.

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