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BY RICHARD LAYCOCK
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been infiltrated. The group reportedly has a “mole problem” according to WCBS.
“It seems the FBI and NYPD are getting help in monitoring Occupy Wall Street. Published reports say security consultant, Thomas Ryan, has been secretly attending Occupy Wall Street meetings; monitoring the social media accounts and passing information along to law enforcement agencies.”
One other person has gotten ahold of that information. Big Journalism blogger Andrew Breitbart.
The Daily Mail reports...
“From Thomas Ryan: Andrew Breitbart has a cache of 3,900 e-mails from the political operatives who created the ‘spontaneous’ Occupy Everything.”
So, what’s the implication of these leaked mails? Gawker spoke with Ryan who alleges a conspiratorial who’s who of participants.
“I know which of them are Anonymous members, who aren't and what they do and their alter-egos,” he said…
…in a blog post that he had seen Occupy Wall Street posts on the Al Qaeda recruitment forum Shamuk and Al-Jahad…
But Gawker follows this with…
“While it's true that members of Anonymous have been involved in the protests … Ryan couldn't prove how the group was exercising control over the generally disorganized Occupy Wall Street protests.”
Alternet comments on the accusations made about Occupy Everything, by both Ryan and Breitbart.
“It’s not bad enough that right-wing media have attempted to portray the Occupy Movement as dirty hippies, lazy freeloaders, ignorant dupes, leftist traitors, godless heathens...Breitbart is adding Al-Qaeda terrorists to this list. If it wasn’t so dangerously provocative it would be moderately humorous.”
Ryan tries to justify what he is doing in a blog post for Big Government...
“We are sharing the email archive because we believe the public needs to know the hidden agendas behind the Occupation–the socialist, anarchist, and other agendas that have not been reported in the mainstream media.”
The release of these files has done nothing to stop the spread of the movement-- according to the Washington Post. On Saturday more than 900 cities across the globe held demonstrations; in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America.
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Republican Governor of Texas and Tea Party favorite Rick Perry won a new media award from the Right Online conference. The Young Turks/MSNBC host Cenk Uygur explains why he may not deserve it in light of his knowledge of Twitter.
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The Grand Old Party is searching for its next presidential candidate, and so far- it looks like just about anybody could top the ballot. Digital Journal summarizes a new poll released from the Pew Research Center reveals-
“When asked which GOP presidential candidate they had heard the most about, 53 percent of those surveyed could not provide a name. While the results may reflect a combination of light candidate news coverage and the fact that the election is more than a year away, the lack of knowledge is somewhat surprising given the many important issues facing the country.”
Another poll from CBS and The New York Times found similar results. In fact, CBS’ Jan Crawford reports a majority of Republicans say they aren’t excited about any of the candidates.
JAN CRAWFORD (CBS NEWS): “...56% of the voters, are not fired up about anyone right now. Those numbers show voters either don’t know the candidates or they’re still looking for someone else.”
That same survey also looked at favorability ratings amongst the potential candidates. And while some didn’t pull in big numbers, Crawford suggests- that doesn’t necessarily mean they are viewed unfavorably.
CRAWFORD: “Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota Governor, is signaling he is running for president...he has a 20% favorability rating but 78% of people say that they just don’t know enough about him. So again, voters are looking for more information.”
So what gives? On HLN, conservative author Andrew Breitbart gives his take on why the GOP has yet to find a candidate who stands out among the rest.
“The men in the Republican Party to a great extent are eunuchs. They’re so cowed by political correctness that they’re afraid to give an opinion without taking a poll to find out which is the right position on something. They alter their language because they don’t want to be called a racist, sexist, or a homaphobe.”
The race is so wide open- even candidates who might normally be considered long-shots seem to have a chance. Case in point- business mogul Donald Trump.
CNN: “He’s polling in our latest CNN opinion research poll among Republicans in first place, tied with Mike Huckabee. So whether he’s a serious candidate or not, when asked about Donald Trump, he’s getting a good deal of support in some corners.”
Finally- The New York Times points out- it’s still too early to really determine where the candidates stand.
“How well a candidate is known at this stage of a campaign is not necessarily a reflection of where they will stand when the race engages in earnest. For instance, at this point four years ago, 77 percent of Republicans surveyed ... said they did not know enough about Mr. Romney to form an opinion of him. Yet he was one of the better-known candidates by the time he dropped out in February 2008.”
The CBS/New York Times poll also revealed more than half of the surveyed Republican voters consider themselves Tea Party supporters- and 47 percent say they believe President Obama was born in a foreign country.
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Playing hooky isn’t anything new. Kids try to do it every day. But amidst protests to Wisconsin’s proposed union laws, adults are getting forged notes to miss work- and it’s a little more serious than forging mom’s signature.
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is investigating whether some of its doctors have been writing fake doctors notes for those protesting at the Wisconsin state capitol. Fox News first broke the news after seeing this tape from the MacIver Institute.
WOMAN HOLDING SIGN: “If you need a doctor’s note for work there are doctors on the corner signing notes.”
WOMAN: “So these are sick notes for work that people can have excuses for work.”
SUPPOSED DOCTOR: “We’re a group of doctors that are representing ourselves, not necessarily our work places, providing work excuses for teachers or other union members who need them.”
Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera aired more video on his show, showing one of Fox’s producers getting a sick note. He called it a “gotcha” video. He also spoke with a reporter on the scene.
GERALDO RIVERA: “How big, Mike, is this fraud?”
MIKE TOBIN, FOX NEWS REPORTER :“Well it seems like there’s a lot of these notes going around. The doctor we taped was not the only one hanging out handing out the sick day notes.”
As news outlets explode with this story, it has many asking, is it just a politically motivated tactic from the right wing? A blogger for Crooks And Liars seems to think so.
“So isn't it interesting that a right-wing organization would produce a news report saying such excuses are fabricated? Usually, the way this works is that part of the final negotiation also forgives the days missed for protests, by the way, so this is ginned up nonsense from the start.”
Blog News Hounds says it “smelled a rat” when Fox air the story. The blog says, “it got even smellier when two anti-union women, who weren't teachers, claimed that they went up to a ‘doctor’ and got these notes.” After pointing out the MacIver Institue is right winged, they go on to say the videographer featured in the video is friends with Andrew Breitbart, the man involved with the undercover investigation video Teachers Unions Gone Wild and the ACORN videos.” One more thing News Hounds says,
“The name that I saw, on the doctor's "excuse," was Kathy Orton. I could find no Kathy Orton listed as a Wisconsin doctor.”
Some really do believe the issue is happening, and aside from the political aspect, they are viewing it from a moral angle. The Atlantic Blogger Ford Vox says he’s able to identify with some of the physicians in the video and like many others, sees the consequences they could face in the near future.
“They've managed to belittle a public trust between physicians, employers and patients. A doctor's sick note is a serious document. It represents an employer's desire to verify through a respected, independent, medically qualified third party the fact of an illness and the true need for convalescence.”
News outlets around the Wisconsin state capitol report the issue is going on and that physicians say they are acting on their own, outside of any hospitals or organizations.
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If 80 percent of success is just showing up -- two Democratic consultants are trying to give the The Huffington Post a run for their money.
Peter Daou and James Boyce say they came up with the idea of a political website - where public figures would be invited to blog...
...during a meeting at co-founder Arianna Huffington’s house in December of 2004. They accuse Huffington and business partner Ken Lerer of presenting collaborated ideas as their own. (Video from MobLogic TV)
Daou and Boyce are filing suit against Huffington and Lerer -- saying the latter violated a “handshake agreement” to work together on the site. And the stakes could be high -- Forbes reports the left-leaning blog was valued at $100 million in 2008.
Politico - which broke the story - suggests the suit presents problems for the site’s heads.
“The complaint is a direct challenge to the left’s most important media property ... And it challenges Huffington’s own oft-told story of coming up with the idea in conversation with Lerer and other friends.”
And the accusation is being met with more than a few skeptics. Panelists on MSNBC’s Morning Joe -- where Arianna Huffington is a frequent guest -- say they aren’t buying Daou and Boyce’s story.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: “Their credibility is undercut a bit by, they also claim to have written half the songs since Sgt. Pepper and said they created the atomic bomb and the Feds owe them, like $28,000.”
PANELIST: “I had an assistant working with Ken Lerer in his office, and basically the two of them were really generating this website on their own. Arianna was doing it out of her blog. It’s an absurd idea, and it was Ken and Arianna did this thing together. It’s just not right to say it was stolen.”
In a statement Huffington called the suit a -quote- “completely absurd, ludicrous supposition” by two men who’d been refused jobs at the site. And Business Insider’s Henry Blodget says beyond that -- Daou and Boyce are going to have a hard time making their case look legitimate in the court of public opinion.
“We do find it curious that Daou and Boyce waited six years to make this claim. And, from a legal perspective, we note that ‘handshake agreements’ are the equivalent of the ‘dorm-room chitchat’ that a judge ridiculed in the Facebook case.”
But Daou and Boyce aren’t the only ones claiming responsibility for The Huffington Post’s success.
Earlier this year, conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart told Wired Magazine it was actually HE who came up with the idea.
...which led a writer for Mediaite to conclude -- if you really think about it -- The Huffington Post model wasn’t really ANYBODY’S idea.
“At this point, it seems like everybody but Tina Brown invented what we now know as The Huffington Post. ... the truth is that it probably wasn’t invented, only discovered —its model was an inevitable one that was simply waiting to be used.”
Who’s telling the truth? And who’s huffing and posting?
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