Conservative media have jumped over the story of the American Nazi Party supporting Occupy Wall Street.
It all started last week, when the party’s chairman Rocky Suhayda praised the protests, saying, “My heart is right there with these people.”
Seeing that as an opportunity to paint the movement as somehow representative of Nazism, conservative blogger Jim Hoft, along with the Fox News editorial site Fox Nation, have done just that by promoting the Nazi’s quote on their sites.
The fascist’s quote even reached so far as Fox News proper on Monday evening, where Special Report host Bret Baier was perfectly fine with giving publicity to Nazis. Baier also mentioned that that the “99 Percent” movement has been praised by the Socialist Party U.S.A, the Communist party U.S.A, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iran’s supreme leader… Which is not to say those voices in any way represent the rapidly growing sector of Americans who support “Occupy Wall Street,” naturally.
In truth, much as the global economy touches everyone differently, virtually everyone at the protests has their own reasons for joining. Hundreds have published their motivations for protesting on a website called “We Are the 99 Percent,” but Fox News apparently hasn’t noticed.
WATCH: Video from Fox News, which appeared on August 17, 2011.
(Photo credit: Maria Sarakatsiano)
Updated from an original version. Edits by Stephen C. Webster.