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Murdoch organ the New York Post wrote an editorial yesterday calling for Mayor Bloomberg to mobilize the NYPD to forcibly remove the OWS protesters at Liberty Plaza Park.

I wrote them back to tell them what horrible people they are. I know it probably won't change their minds, or make it into print, but it sure helped me to relieve some anger. The letter in full is below the fold

Dear Sir or Madam,

I read your editorial, "Time to throw the bums out". It is obvious from this editorial that you have contempt and disdain for the protestors, the constitution, and the people of this country. But that's not why I am writing - as a Murdoch-owned publication, that's standard practice. I writing to you about this piece for a different reason:

It is full of lies.

You wrote, "No one has greater respect for the First Amendment than this paper." This is a blatant and sickening lie. People with respect for the first amendment do not complain when others exercise the rights enumerated under it. Instead, you desire people's constitutionally-protected right to assemble and speak to be curtailed because you find the protestors in Liberty Plaza Park a "nuisance." Let's be clear: the freedom to exercise constitutional rights is more important than any of the complaints you bring up about OWS.

You wrote, "What began as a credible protest against bank bailouts, crony capitalism and the like has, in large measure, been hijacked by crazies and criminals." When the OWS protests began you did not portray them as "a credible protest against bank bailouts, crony capitalism and the like" but rather as "crazies and criminals". That has been your agenda from the start. But OWS is no more full of "crazies and criminals" now than it was before - they exist, but are in a clear minority.

Both the above-quoted sentences are part of the tapestry of a larger lie, which is that you have covered this matter evenhandedly and responsibly. From the beginning your paper has been set on portraying the OWS movement as a radical fringe movement, marginalizing them as much as possible to prevent having to deal with their critique of our political economy. The fact is that, as a press organ that makes up a small part of a worldwide media conglomerate, your institutional biases are obviously in favor of the corporatocracy and its ugly hijacking of capitalism. As such, it is no surprise you rail against normal people with the temerity to call out corporate greed.

The way that you have perverted the legacy of Dorothy Schiff is so horrendous that if anyone of your employees had any integrity they would have quite long ago. I do not think it would be possible for me to hold you, collectively, in higher disdain.


[Joey C]

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    "You try to vote or participate in the government/ and the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans" ~ Kweli -8.00, -6.56

    by joey c on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 08:43:33 AM PDT

  •  I agree we need to throw the bums out, only I (6+ / 0-)

    define "bums" as a very different group than the NYPost has chosen.

    Rupert Murdoch is a bum, for example; not only that he's a foreign-born bum, bent on destroying the American way of life and freedom. He empowers and enables other bums, like Bill O'Reilly. He gives aid and comfort to the enemies of the American people, like Sean Hannity, who is also a rich bum.

    Throw the bums out, indeed. Just let me pick which bums.

    You won't find any of 'em down at Liberty Park. Or Oscar Grant Plaza.

    You'll find 'em in the richly-paneled corner offices at places like Black Rock and on K Street in DC. They've got names like John Corzine and run businesses like GE.

    LBJ & Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees: Texas is No Bush League! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 08:53:54 AM PDT

    •  well said (3+ / 0-)
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      Not particularly animated over Murdoch being "foreign-born" but concur that he and the people he empowers are more deserving of being thrown out that the Liberty Plaza occupiers.  

      "You try to vote or participate in the government/ and the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans" ~ Kweli -8.00, -6.56

      by joey c on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 08:57:16 AM PDT

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  •  I especially appreciate the way you call them (4+ / 0-)
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    out for their coverage from the beginning. Don't you love it when corporate media re-writes history? And mostly without challenge. Great letter.

    •  grazie (2+ / 0-)
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      That's what I found most disingenuous about the whole thing - they try to be like, "oh, they were okay at first, it's just recently things went bad" when in reality they've been talking shit the whole time.

      I don't know why they (or the Mayor) bother to attach the boilerplate "we care about the 1st amendment even though we don't think you should be able exercise the rights it protects" caveat, either. It's so transparent I can't see what good it does them.

      "You try to vote or participate in the government/ and the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans" ~ Kweli -8.00, -6.56

      by joey c on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 10:24:23 AM PDT

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    •  All of Page 1 (1+ / 0-)
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      in today's Post is this headline: Occupy Wall Street animals go wild ...

      Then a big color photo of a fight.

      Then the wood (tabloid headline in very big type): ZOO-COTTI!

      And this subhead: Photos capture crazy brawl: Page 4-5.

      Evidently, a "deranged homeless man" went on a "rampage" at OWS and was restrained by another "animal."

      The Post has been dissing OWS from the start, but lately it's become almost an obsession.

      That has nothing to do with journalism.

      A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

      by devtob on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 10:36:03 AM PDT

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  •  My reply to the same: (2+ / 0-)
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    Absolutely, throw them out.  I believe you can find them inside those tall buildings over there.  The bummiest of the bums are on the top floors.


  •  Ha! (1+ / 0-)
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    They literally give that paper away at subway stations in the morning. NOBODY reads that fucking rag, not even the working class sector that used to gobble it up in the eighties and nineties.

    If the Post had an ounce of relevancy to the debate they would not be splashing their front page with an editorial piece. That surprised me yesterday. That's a ploy you can only go to so many times before it becomes comical. It's already on the verge. How many more times will they be able to carry anti-OWS diatribes as front page news? What advertisers would care to be associated with that? Not that they are a profitable business anyway. They don't give a fuck about advertisers, the entire enterprise is a vast vanity production for Rupert and his stooge editors who think their point of view somehow still matters.

    Good on you for writing and sharing with us though. I'm sure you didn't tell them anything they weren't already well aware of, they just get paid nicely to pretend it's all beyond their ken.

    •  I wish I were so sure (1+ / 0-)
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      that nobody reads the Post. It's still included in the digest of news reports about NYC that the Mayor's staff puts together and distributes on their intranet. I see people with it on the trains (and I've never seen anyone giving it away, not like they hand out AM NY or Metro).

      But I sure do hope that you're right in terms of its message not penetrating.

      "You try to vote or participate in the government/ and the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans" ~ Kweli -8.00, -6.56

      by joey c on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 11:19:28 AM PDT

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  •  Unfortunately, there is (1+ / 0-)
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    a big appetite for this crap. A lot of right leaning people in this country love to slop this swill. Fox friggin new is ridiculously popular while so blatantly lying about every issue that Jon Stewart makes half his living just pointing out their lies on a weekly basis.

    It really is just propaganda designed to reinforce an already intact and malformed worldview.

    •  Fox News has, on average, (0+ / 0-)

      about 2 million viewers.

      It's "ridiculously popular" among the far-right of the Republican Party, but to put the 2 million in perspective, McCain got 60 million votes in 2008.

      A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

      by devtob on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 04:29:31 PM PDT

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      •  They've got more than double (1+ / 0-)
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        any other cable news outlet and lie for a living.


        That is ridiculous to me. It shows just how persistent, insidious propaganda works on distracted, misinformed populations.

        They are effective. You can't deny that.

        Hence, my dismay.

        •  IMHO Fox News is effective (0+ / 0-)

          because its propaganda is reiterated on talk radio, to a much larger audience.

          And because the rest of the corporate media (and the Obama White House) treats Fox News as legitimate, and not as the Roger Ailes political operation that it has always been.

          A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

          by devtob on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 06:46:26 PM PDT

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