Occupy Wall Street: The Liberal Tea Party?

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BY VICTORIA CRAIG You're watching multisource video political news analysis from Newsy. They’re fed u...
BY VICTORIA CRAIG You're watching multisource video political news analysis from Newsy. They’re fed up! And they want everyone to know it. The Occupy Wall Street movement is gaining momentum and has analysts and pundits asking: is Occupy Wall Street the new Tea Party of the left? “Ever since the dawn of the Tea Party, liberal activists have yearned for a revolution of their own.” (CNN) “They feel like this is bringing light into the left -- essentially bringing people excited and energized.” (Wall Street Journal) “The liberal media seized on the moment, possibly trying to make it their Tea Party moment.” (Fox News) And conservatives like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor say they're concerned. “I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country.” (CSPAN) Adding fuel to the already blazing fire, politicians and celebrities are beginning to show their support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Politico reports the movement has been gaining increasing attention from the media as well. “Coverage of the protests in the mainstream media has gotten progressively more serious. The New York Times’s initial review of the protest was a bit sneering, accusing them of trying to ‘pantomime progressivism.’ But by Thursday, sarcasm about the protests seemed to have gone a bit out of fashion.” Everywhere except here: “These are mostly college kids, okay? Most of them live off their parents. All dressed in protester sheets. Whipping it up. These protesters and knit caps and alpaca dirty pullovers.” But when the Tea Party started getting national attention -- liberal critics echoed the same sentiment. “Sometimes I really think this whole Tea Party thing is just an elaborate practical joke that everybody else is just pretending to take seriously and then one day when I’ve almost had enough, they’re all going to say ‘Surprise, it was just a gag!’” Finally, an analyst on MSNBC sees parallels between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, but says the liberal movement has work to do before it can see the same s uccess. “They’re still having trouble articulating specifically what they’re fighting for beyond, for instance, decrying that corporations quote have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ health care and pay.”
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