The Occupy Wall Street movement has been gaining steam lately, with protests being held in New York City and Los Angeles. The Occupy movement proclaims it is fighting for the 99% of America that is fed up with corporations controlling the government through their economic power over elected officials. But isn't that creed similar to the one the Tea Party movement claimed when it was first getting started?
The Occupy Wall Street movement does have a largely different ideology than the Tea Party; you can read the recently released ideology statement from the Occupy Wall Street movement on their website: http://occupylosangeles.org/?q=node/214
Still, despite their differences, Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party movement both face an uphill battle as grassroots movements, facing the same difficulties with media spin. A letter has been spiraling around the blogosphere the past few days, written by a former Tea Party member as a warning to the Occupy Wall Street movement, claiming that the main stream media will spin the Occupy movement until it finally becomes nothing more than an off-shoot of the Democratic party, as it did with the Tea Party movement and the republican party.
An excerpt from the letter reads: "I wish I could believe this Occupy Wall Street was still about (r)Evolution, but so far, all I am seeing is a painful rehash of how the corporate-funded government turned the pre-Presidential election tea party movement into the joke it is now. We were anarchists and ultra-libertarians, but above all we were peaceful. So, the media tried painting us as racists. But when that didn't work they tried to goad us into violence. When that failed, they killed our movement with money and false kindness from the theocratic arm of the Republican party. That killed our popular support.
I am sharing these observations, so you guys know what's going on and can prevent the media from succeeding in painting you as violent slacker hippies rebelling without a cause, or from having the movement be hijacked by a bunch of corporatists seeking to twist the movement's original intentions."
Full text: http://www.reddit.com/r/occupywallstreet/comments/kyjo2/an_open_letter_and_warning_from_a_former_tea/
The writer makes a compelling argument; certainly the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Party movement are subject to the spin that the media decides to place on each of them. The Occupy Wall Street movement has an advantage; it claims to represent 99% of America so, as the movement's motto goes, those are good odds. But despite the mass appeal the Occupy Wall Street movement has, can it avoid getting spun into oblivion by the main stream media?