Back in October, even as Paul Krugman was claiming a close institutional kinship between his newspaper and Occupy Wall Street (leading James Taranto to dub them “Krugman’s Army”), Kate Zernike, his fellow Timesperson was writing an article with this unintentionally* hilarious passage:
So far, most Americans do not align with either movement. In a USA Today/Gallup poll taken last weekend, 26 percent of those polled said they were supporters of the Occupy movement, while 19 percent identified as opponents, and 52 percent said they neither supported nor opposed it. Meanwhile, 22 percent said they were supporters of the Tea Party, 27 percent said they were opponents, and 47 percent said they were neither.
But the large majority — 63 percent — said they did not know enough about the Occupy goals to say whether they approved or disapproved. In the early days of the Tea Party movement, a similarly large percentage did not know much about it.
Conservatives are trying to define the Occupy protesters before the protesters define themselves.
Gee, as opposed to the MSM going all out from the very moment the Tea Party first appeared on the national scene to define them as heavily-armed racist neo-Nazi reactionaries? But the MSM failed in their task in 2009 — despite throwing everything at the Tea Party — and as John Nolte wrote last week at Big Journalism, they’ve failed in their efforts as painting OWS in pastel United Colors of Benetton shades — to the point where they’re attempting to airbrush very recent history:
[T]he Left and their media allies didn’t expect New Media to own this story and to use the truth to drive the narrative out of their control. And we know they didn’t expect to lose this one because almost every prominent Democrat in America very publicly jumped aboard the Occupy movement with the expectation that their allies in the MSM could control the outcome.
Well, now Democrats like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are way out on a limb and have been caught in bed encouraging, endorsing, and attempting to legitimize a wildly unpopular movement most voters now find repulsive.
So what’s a shameless left-wing media to do?
What they always do. Rewrite history.
And it looks as thought the Associated Press has decided to start the memory-holing with the following:
Democrats See Minefield in Occupy Protests
NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party and the tea party seemed to be a natural political pairing. But what may have seemed like another politically beneficial alliance — Democrats and Occupy Wall Street — hasn’t happened.
Insert record scratch here.
Sorry AP, but the only reason Democrats see a minefield is because they’re standing in it.
Democrats such as…
…House Democrats. And look, the story about House Democrats endorsing Occupy is an AP story!
Need I go on?
When the AP matter-of-factly (the most effective way to propagandize) states that this natural alliance “hasn’t happened” … they are lying.
Today at Big Journalism, Kurt Schlichter explores the Occupy movement’s next phase, and charts a response to continue the left’s Epic Occufail:
As we found during the BlogCon 2011 convention, the Occupiers are uniquely vulnerable to mockery. By grabbing victim status, they hope to avoid the derision that they so richly deserve– which threatens them more than anything else. The key to their success is to be taken seriously as a political movement. By mercilessly pointing out their failures, foibles and felonies, we out-Alinsky the Alinskyites by utterly depriving the Occupiers of any ability to connect in a meaningful way with significant numbers of normal people.
No one wants to be part of a bunch of losers. If we keep showing normal Americans that’s exactly what the Occupiers are, the Occupiers will fail. Phase II – the Innocent Victims of the Fascist Police State Phase – is designed to reset the narrative that the Occupiers have lost control of largely because of people like us. We can’t let that happen. These people are clowns, and we need to spread the word.
It’s not time to wind down but to wind up, to get out there in the alternative media and through social media – and through personal, one-on-one contact with non-politically active people – and make the truth known. The Occupiers are a bunch of losers. If they don’t want to get pepper sprayed, they ought to stop doing the kind of things that get people pepper sprayed. And we conservatives stand with the cops. Liberals, who are you with – us and the cops, or with the guy with the Che t-shirt, Guy Fawkes mask and STD?
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in this information battle, our pictures and our words telling the truth and providing context are priceless.
Read the whole thing.
Related: “If you want to see a revealing look at the emotional, and not simply political, investment liberals have in the Occupy Wall Street Movement, watch Mika Brzezinski and Jeffrey Sachs respond to Newt Gingrich’s comments over the weekend that the protesters should get a job and take a bath. Their rage is uncontained, almost tear-inducing, and comical. The whole crew and conversation, with one liberal egging on the other, is a fantastic window into the dominant mindset of modern-day liberal journalists.”
* Well, we think it’s unintentionally hilarious. With Zernike, you never know.