Joseph Cannon, quoting another blog:
The occupiers aren’t really into irrational hatred. But Fox News knows how to excite an audience. Hire a few. They don’t have to be ignorant anti-semitic bigots. They just need to play one on TV. Tell them to hang out by the information table. Better yet, send some really bizarre types with tattooed faces. Make them look menacing. Oh and while you’re at it, make little old ladies in NY City feel like the protestors are taking away the cops who keep them from being mugged on the street and killed in their beds.
How do I know conservative operatives are paying weirdos to show up at Occupy events? I don’t but I would if I were trying to discredit my enemy. The occupy events are open to the public, any public. You can walk right in there and set up shop and say whatever offensive thing you want even if it had nothing to do with economic injustice or the 99%. Are you kidding me? It’s the perfect rat-f%^&ing opportunity. I’d like to see them deny it. Over and over and over again.
You don’t need tinfoil conspiracy theories to explain what is going on. There is a much simpler answer.
The left-wing in American politics has a lunatic fringe. That fringe includes aging hippies, socialists, communists, anarchists, 9-11 Truthers, vegans, eco-freaks, anti-Zionists and some old-fashioned Jew-hating anti-Semites. There is also a free-floating lunatic fringe in this country containing people like the LaRouchies that turn up at both left and right-wing rallies and demonstrations.
The fact is no one would need to hire ringers to hang out at OWS rallies. Zuccotti park is a magnet for every attention-seeking weirdo, freak and bigot on the eastern seaboard. There are over 8 million people in NYC alone. If the lunatic fringe is just .001% that is 8000 nutjobs within commuting distance.
All anyone would need to do is bring a camera to an event and film the fringe. It doesn’t matter if they are only a small percentage of the people attending. Using the Tea Party Rule, what one attendee says or does is proof against the whole group.
The problem for OWS is that because it has no leaders there is no one who can speak for the group to denounce the weirdos and haters in their midst.
When your slogan is “We are the 99%” it’s kinda hard to disown anyone.