Rep. Joe Walsh: Media protecting ‘Occupy Wall Street’

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 19:47 EDT
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Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois said Tuesday that the mainstream media was shielding the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests from criticism and accused President Obama of encouraging the demonstrators.

“Your profession, not you, but the media, has been protecting and boosting this Occupy Wall Street stuff ever since it began,” he told Fox Business host Eric Bolling. “And I’m tired of it.”

“It’s at the point now where it is trying to, attempting to disrupt the American way of life,” the tea party congressman continued. “That’s anti-American. Everything this little — and I’m not even going to call it a movement — as far as I’m concerned, it’s a well organized, well funded effort by far left anti-American folks who want to bring down what this country is all about.”

“And I’ll tell you what Eric, I think the Obama administration, I think a lot of Democrats had there hands on this and put their arms around it when it first started, they encouraged it . And this president, Eric, he’s encouraged class warfare. He’s encouraged Americans to go at it with other Americans.”

Walsh claimed the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters had a 14-point manifesto of demands. He appeared to be making reference to a proposed list of demands posted on the forum of the “Occupy Wall Street” website.

Some people have reported that the demands represented the protesters views, but the only document to have been officially endorsed by the group is the “Declaration of the Occupation.”

On Sunday, he said the protesters were “spoiled, pampered, unfocused, clueless young people” and that even veterans participating in the demonstrations were anti-American.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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