I am pleased to announce the winner of the First Annual Breitbart “Ambiguous Entity of the Year” award.
Our choice was inspired by the most under-reported story of the year: the dark side of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which the media attempted to hide.
From its origins, the Occupy movement has been riddled by rapes, sexual assaults, and countless other serious crimes–many of which were not reported to police because Occupy organizers understood that public police reports and media dispatches about crimes would hurt the movement’s image.
And, as one Occupier noted, “This is a battle over images, not just over the park.”
Had the Tea Party been ravaged by rapes, rampant drug use, vandalism, or assaults, those crimes would not only have been over-reported, they would have stopped the Tea Party in its tracks.
The mainstream media did its best to invent Tea Party misdeeds–imaginary “N-words” and all–where none existed. Prominent celebrities, athletes–even conservative ones, who support the Tea Party’s aims–have kept a low profile in the Tea Party for fear of being judged by the mainstream media’s double standard.
Yet the media-savvy, media-embraced Occupy movement used shout-outs from President Obama, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, rap impresario Russell Simmons, Alec Baldwin, Kanye West, Susan Sarandon, Roseanne Barr, Sean Lennon, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Tim Robbins, and Anne Hathaway to hide what was really going on at the makeshift encampments.
Media coverage was initially so soft and selectively laudatory on behalf of Occupy that Disney teeny-bopper Miley Cyrus even lent the movement “Liberty Walk,” an over-produced saccharine dance protest song dedicated “to the thousands of people who are standing up for what they believe in.”
Occupy is so protectively sealed by the media powers-that-be Billy Ray Cyrus’s red state-bred and highly managed “1%” offspring saw little downside to jumping on the “99%” bandwagon.
Image is everything.
That is why the “The Tent of the Unknown Rapist” wins the First Annual Breitbart “Ambiguous Entity of the Year.”
Thankfully, new media exposed the reality behind Occupy, and in key cities run by Democratic mayors–in particular, New York City, Oakland, and Los Angeles–Occupy was shut down because its promise, manufactured by and played up by the old media, was overshadowed by the grotesque and awful realities exposed by the new media.
In an extensive Occupy rap sheet, there are 11 incidents of rape and sexual assault at Occupy encampments that we know of:
1. Occupy Cleveland Protester Alleges She Was Raped by Tent-Mate
2. Dallas Police Investigate Rape of 14-Year-Old by Adult Occupier
3. Woman Gang Raped in Occupy Tent at Glasgow George Square Protest
4. Sexual Assault Reported at Occupy Lawrence, KS
5. Man Arrested for Rape of 45 Year-Old at Occupy Philly
6. Zuccotti Park Occupier Claims She Was Sexually Assaulted in Tent…
7. …Claims Another Rape Occurred Weeks Earlier, Occupiers Didn’t Report
8. Woman Says She Was Raped at Occupy Baltimore
9. 23-Year-Old Woman Raped at Occupy Philadelphia
10. Woman Reports She Was Raped at Occupy St. Louis
11. Woman Says Deaf Man Raped at Occupy Camp
The mainstream media’s ignoring of the rapes, their neglect of the trend of sexual assaults, and their refusal to show the video of Occupy spokespeople expressing concern over the inherent dangers at Occupy encampments–especially at media-blanketed Zuccotti Park in the middle of lower Manhattan–speaks to the intensity of the mainstream media’s primal need to protect its manufactured movement.
From the beginning, Occupy Wall Street was a huge progressive political Lollapalooza, an operation supported by unions and Democrats, planned and coordinated by career anarchists, and populated by students and fellow travelers. It quickly descended into a circus, a freak show, and a crime scene. The Breitbart sites actively chose to do what the mainstream media refused to do: hyper-focus on what was really going on. In so doing, we stumbled upon proof that key members of the media–including the New York Times, MSNBC, and Rolling Stone–were acting as public relations strategists and provocateurs on behalf of the Occupy movement.
There’s your “Story of the Year,” Time Magazine.
The Obama campaign, the Democratic Party, and the media colluded in an attempt to create class war in America in the pursuit of getting President Obama re-elected and ending the momentum of limited government conservatism as embodied in the Tea Party. Occupy’s crimes were committed by members of a movement whose goal was to neutralize the power of the Tea Party. And killing the Tea Party to keep the Democrats and President Obama afloat is now the mainstream media’s number one objective–by any means necessary.
The first proof of media coordination emerged in an email archive obtained by the Breitbart sites. It showed that MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan and Rolling Stone political editor Matt Taibbi had participated in a private group email chain with Occupy’s behind-the-scenes organizers–the bulk of whom are anarchists, socialists, communists, and anti-Israel activists, along with sundry international rabble-rousers of all stripes. Ratigan and Taibbi advised the nascent movement on its message and how to grow the group effectively to be a left-wing version of the Tea Party.
The email chain revealed the involvement of the usual suspects behind many international socialist and anarchist driven protests, including anti-WTO, anti-G8, and anti-G15 events; the people behind the manufactured Cindy Sheehan “Camp Casey” occupation outside of President George W. Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch; and even the “GOP Welcoming Committee” group that rioted against the 2008 Republican convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. The latter featured the arrests of key participants tied to Occupy organizer Lisa Fithian, who are now in federal prison for a botched plan to use Molotov cocktails on the GOP delegates and the police protecting them.
The mainstream media, which are promoting Occupy in their year-end wrap-ups, will not connect these basic dots. Instead they choose to ignore the dots and attack those who point them out. The key struggle in America today is over the narrative: on one side the old media (New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, Washington Post, CNN, Time, Newsweek), and on the other side the new media. The latter is a samizdat amalgam of independent blogs, talk radio shows, Fox News, and social media like Twitter and Facebook which have helped to make the samizdat drumbeat louder. They are forcing old media to acquiesce and are further exposing that media’s obvious biases while further dwindling old media’s former captive audience.
While the media struggle over Occupy was under way, Natasha Lennard was covering the Occupy movement for the New York Times. Her arrest, along with that of hundreds of other activists on the Brooklyn Bridge, helped instigate the first wave of mass media coverage of Occupy Wall Street. The police who were to be targeted as the bad guys, per the Ratigan/Tabbi “September 17” email group, were castigated for arresting a Times reporter. Only that Times reporter, we discovered, was gleefully working with core Occupy organizers, as shown in the left wing Bluestockings bookstore panel discussion where Lennard and her pal Malcolm Harris from the radical leftist magazine Jacobin openly bragged about their involvement organizing (not objectively covering) Occupy.
Our reports from Lee Stranahan resulted in the Times distancing itself from Lennard, who no longer writes for them, and Lennard writing a piece in the leftist online magazine Salon in which she basically came clean. Subsequently, we tied together how Lennard, back when she was with the Times, helped coordinate another media manipulation (to go along with the Brooklyn Bridge arrest). On that occasion, she retweeted her pal Harris’s stunt claim that Radiohead was to play at Zuccotti Park.
The activist left-manufactured and mainstream media-enabled Occupy Wall Street movement was predestined for “greatness” from its “Astroturf” beginning. None of these stories of mainstream media manipulation made the traditional media, of course. But the new media works–and through social media, YouTube, talk radio, and blogs, Americans basically got the message: the media elite were completely in on the manufacturing of the left’s counter-Tea Party.
More and more Americans every day and every week begin to see how the media manipulates in big and obnoxious ways as a means of controlling the narrative. When Time gave “Person of the Year” to Barack Obama in 2008, it was as pre-ordained and as necessary to creating the correct narrative as Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize was in 2009. Both were granted to him before he had scored any accomplishments other than getting elected to the presidency. Both were meant to boost his reputation and grant him the power to push a left-of-center domestic agenda while pursuing an Oslo-certified “internationalist” foreign policy.
The “Story of the Year” and “Person of the Year” designations–not only at Time, but at many other media outlets–appear clunkier and clunkier every year as a new generation of news consumers becomes more sophisticated media critics.
Media is everything, I say over and over, because it is. Newt Gingrich fought his way back in the GOP primaries by taking on the agenda-setting partisan media. That’s how powerful the battle is: consumers are so sick of the media bullying presented blatantly falsely as “objective” and “neutral” that they’ll side with a candidate simply for stating the obvious and treating those journalists in as hostile a fashion as the journalists treat the candidates, and especially the voters.
New media is the biggest threat to the old media order. Generations of entrenched opinion-makers are under constant attack by the power of the Internet to provide individual citizens with all the tools necessary to tell stories that the elite media have long refused to report, and for media critics to call out the dying elite media class that refuses to adapt to the new egalitarian terrain.
Two-plus years of Tea Party electoral successes and conservative new media counter-narrative victories demanded that the “Democrat-media complex”–the natural alliance of the Democratic Party and the mainstream media–fight back. The Occupy movement is that fight. Occupy is not just a battle to maintain the political status quo of the welfare state. It is also a war to secure the media mavens of Manhattan in their role as arbiters of the public trust.
The mainstream media’s sins of omission–not reporting the Occupy movement’s origins in radical anarchist, communist, socialist, pro-Intifada, and pro-jihadi groups; not reporting the media’s own infrastructural support and advice-giving to Occupy; and not reporting the vast amount of criminality and juvenile anti-authoritarianism at Occupy demonstrations–led to the inevitable Time Magazine “Story of the Year” honors (“Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread”) one week and the abstract designation as “Person of the Year” (in the form of “The Protester”) the next.
That “protester” also represented the “Arab Spring” dissenters and Russian’s anti-Putin revolutionaries, but those were the “best supporting” protesters, cast in order to grant a leading role to American-based “Occupy” for a second week in the end-of-the-year media wrap-up racket that is one of the last vestiges of old media agenda-setting power, and which is used brazenly to re-write recent history.
Astute readers will notice that the one-month-long Anthony Weiner mega-political scandal was missing from the year-end lists. But history will not be re-written by the old guard. The real protester of the year is the individual–the thousands of individuals–who have taken to new media journalism as a form of protest against the “journalists.”
New media is a protest. And bloggers of a conservative, libertarian, or Tea Party stripe are the most successful protesters of our time. The fact that the Tea Party is still around, and Anthony Weiner isn’t, is a testament to the new media. For the old media to get its groove back, they needed a mass movement that it could call its own and which could be convinced to bring back the old order. But the smoke and mirrors, the giving out of free subscriptions, and the end-of-the-year lies are not working.
The Tent of the Unknown Rapist is the symbol of the failure of the old media to adapt to a more pluralistic and egalitarian media world. In trying to create and protect the Occupy movement, the dying progressive movement, the imploding Democratic Party and the crumbling Obama administration, the mainstream media are the big losers in 2011.
Just like they were in 2010, 2009, 2008…