The PJ Tatler

SF Uncut busted faking populism

Stuff like this goes on all the time, I realize, but it’s funny to document a clear example of it using the activists’ own film.

This is an excerpt taken from my new report up at PJM about dueling rallies in S.F., battling for the title of the True Populists.

Turns out the lefties had a little trouble attracting anyone outside their inner circle, so they faked it up a bit for the camera:

Another one of US Uncut’s official in-house videographers was also filming the day’s event, and put together a 13-minute video of the day’s entire protest. You can watch the whole thing here if you’re interested; but to save you time I took their own video and excerpted two crucial parts which reveal the utterly phony populism of the whole affair.

The two-minute video is presented below: the first minute shows the SF US Uncut troupe doing their rehearsed and choreographed dance routine. As you watch it, pay close attention and note one of their members wearing a light beige shirt, sunglasses hanging around his neck, with a balding pate and a five-o’clock shadow. You can’t miss him in the crowd. But then keep watching. The second minute shows US Uncut about 15 minutes later after they have exited the bank and are now walking down the street. The videographer asks the exact same guy, “Are you here for this demonstration?”, to which he replies, “No, I’m just wandering by, but I think all corporations should pay their taxes!” Not satisfied that the performance was believable, the videographer then asks him to repeat the lie so that she can get a better take. Busted!

Watch:

Here’s the transcription starting at 1:08:

US Uncut videographer: Why doesn’t B of A pay their taxes? Do you agree?
US Uncut member: I agree completely.
US Uncut videographer: Are you here for this demonstration?
US Uncut member: Say that again?
US Uncut videographer: Are you here for this demonstration?
US Uncut member: No, I’m just wandering by, but I think all corporations should pay their taxes. All of us have to.
US Uncut videographer: Thank you for joining us! Great! That’s great.
[pause]
US Uncut videographer: Say that again — I cut you off. Say it again.
US Uncut member: I said, I was just wandering by, but I couldn’t agree more, all corporations should pay their taxes.
US Uncut videographer: And how about all the banks?
US Uncut member: Especially the banks. They make lots of money and they don’t really do anything.
US Uncut videographer: They don’t.
US Uncut member: They just hold it for us and give it back to us, and make a profit off of it. They should pay taxes. We pay taxes.
US Uncut videographer: And the Republicans want to steal all the money from the poor. They’re not asking for the corporations or banks to pay taxes.
US Uncut member: I bet they wouldn’t call it that. They wouldn’t call it stealing.
US Uncut videographer: What would they call it, do you think?
US Uncut member: They call it budget cuts.
US Uncut videographer: Yeah! Alright! Very astute! Thank you for coming!

Now, if an organized Tea Party group got caught interviewing one of their own members who falsely claimed to be just a random passerby who joined the protest on the spur of the moment, the left-leaning blogs and media would make it front page news, proof positive that Tea Party populism is fake and that it’s not really an authentic populist uprising.

What do you think the response will be to this evidence? (No need to reply — we already know the answer.)