The phony spectacle known as “Occupy Wall Street” continues to unfold with the help of the mainstream media and President Obama’s allies at Moveon.org and the union leadership of the SEIU and AFL-CIO.
The chaotic incoherence of the “protesters” with no clear message, little diversity (they appear to be almost exclusively white), and a proclivity towards odd rituals and an apparent antipathy towards freedom of speech (if you’not seen this video, yet, you must watch a group of young white “protesters” who refused to let Civil Rights icon John Lewis speak at their Atlanta event) can best be described as “astroturf by useful idiots.”
In New York City, hundreds of these protesters were arrested for disrupting traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge. Soon, several hundred followed with an assault on police barricades. In Washington, dozens stormed the Air and Space Museum, causing officials to close down that facility.
Despite this disruptive tactics, the protesters have been encouraged by the President .
In contrast to these heavily covered and highly orchestrated events where “hundreds” show up, the Tea Party was organic. I know, because I was there at its origins, as were these 96 other founding mothers and fathers of the Tea Party movement.
All of this brings us to the consideration of this question as an interesting topic to consider for a future Voices of the Tea Party: Why does the mainstream media continue to misreport the organic nature of the Tea Party Movement while failing to report the true astroturf nature of these left wing anarchist events?
Michael Patrick Leahy is the editor of the Voices of the Tea Party e-book series and co-founder of Top Conservatives on Twitter and the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition. His new e-book, I, Light Bulb: A Death Row Testimonial, was published in July. His new book, Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement, will be published by Broadside Books in spring, 2012. He can be reached on Twitter at @michaelpleahy .