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The Double Standard of the Press When it Comes to OWS vs. the Tea Party

This report should be of particular interest to the progressive politicians (like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz) and journalists who have been eager to praise Occupy Wall Street protesters and compare it to the Tea Party.

According to the New York Post:

Zuccotti Park has become so overrun by sexual predators attacking women in the night that organizers felt compelled to set up a female-only sleeping tent yesterday to keep the sickos away. The large, metal-framed “safety tent” –which will be guarded by an all-female patrol — can accommodate as many as 18 people and will be used during the day for women-only meetings, said Occupy Wall Street organizers. “This is all about safety in numbers,” said Becky Wartell, 24, a protester from Portland, Maine.

The Post goes on to report, “The safety measure comes amid a terrifying spree of sexual assaults –including an alleged rape — in the Zuccotti Park camp.”  A male OWS protesters added this enlightened comment. “Sexual harassment gets called rape, and it’s not.”

This is a movement which Obama and his party have voiced support to, encouraged, and signed petitions on behalf of. They helped give rise to it, and now they can rightly claim some paternity over it. Yet the media has been terribly reluctant to connect those dots. I wonder why?

As I pointed out last week, imagine if these incidents were happening not at OWS protests but at Tea Party gatherings. Can you imagine the wall-to-wall (negative) coverage the Tea Party would be receiving? But when it comes to OWS, the offenses just aren’t that troubling. Journalists like Anderson Cooper have shown an almost super-human ability to contain what I’m sure is a sense of profound outrage.

Speaking of the media, perhaps CNN, which has demonstrated an insatiable interest in the sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain and tried its mightiest to discredit the Tea Party Movement with its coverage the last few years, will set aside a bit more of its precious air time to show Americans the true, the ugly, and the violent face of OWS. And I don’t have in mind the obligatory, check-the-box coverage. I have in mind, rather, the intense, cause-driven coverage it has shown in other instances.

I rather doubt that will happen. And I rather suspect we all know the reason. It can be found in three words that are both true and drive many journalists  crazy: Liberal Media Bias.

It really is that simple.

 



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