Monday, November 21, 2011

Civil rights leaders support OWS, infuriating Fox News

Fox News really, really doesn't like comparisons between Occupy Wall Street and the Civil Rights movement. That's because Fox is an apologist for its billionaire owner, Rupert Murdoch, and his billionaire buddies who've been looting and plundering the middle class for decades. The last thing Murdoch and his pals want is to be held accountable for their crimes. What Occupy Wall Street wants is to hold Murdoch and his friends accountable for their crimes. So you see where the trouble lies.

Apologists for Wall Street do what aristocrats and oligarchs have done for centuries. When the people finally get fed up, they have to divide them. They do it by sowing fear. Fox News is simply following the grand tradition of the 1%: Smear their opponents as violent, un-American, criminal and dirty.

And so some hack at a Fox affiliate in Cincinnati produced a screed attacking Occupy Wall Street as exactly that. It's called "Reality Check: Why the Occupy movement is not like the Civil Rights movement." And it proves exactly why the Occupy movement IS like the Civil Rights movement. Because the Fox Newses of the era did to the Civil Rights movement exactly what Fox News of today is doing to the Occupy movement.

Here's an example: Viola Liuzzo, the wife of a Teamster business agent, was murdered by Ku Klux Klansmen during the march on Selma. Wikipedia has the charming backstory about how she was smeared.
In one particularly controversial 1965 incident, civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo was murdered by Ku Klux Klansmen who gave chase and fired shots into her car after noticing that her passenger was a young black man; one of the Klansmen was acknowledged FBI informant Gary Thomas Rowe.[32][33] Afterward COINTELPRO spread false rumors that Liuzzo was a member of the Communist Party and abandoned her children to have sexual relationships with African Americans involved in the civil rights movement.
That's just one example of the smear campaigns waged against civill rights activists. We'll see many more smears directed against the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Unless we stick together and ignore the smears.