1. When well-behaved middle-class Americans held rallies protesting specific U.S. policies, notably excessive spending, a CNN reporter challenged them on camera and accused the effort of being a creation of Fox News. When incoherently chanting anarchists, radicals and unemployed youths hold rallies advocating nothing constructive whatsoever, reporters are invariably respectful.
2. Thanks to the efforts of snickering CNN and MSNBC hosts, the emerging Tea Party was immediately referred to using a crude term for a gay sexual act. No such denigrating term has been employed to describe “Occupy Wall Street.”
3. The Tea Party rallies were non-violent, organized, and without confrontations with the police. Occupy Wall Street has featured a demonstrator defecating on a police car, clashes with police, and costly disruptions of traffic, business, public services and tourism, including an effort to disrupt the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
4. The scarcity of African Americans at Tea Party Rallies was cited by the media and commentators as proof that the movement is racist. An equal scarcity of African Americans among Occupy Wall Street demonstrators is assumed to indicate no bias at all.
5. The fact that Tea Party demonstrators oppose Obama tax and budget priorities is also cited as proof that the movement is racist. The fact that Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are opposing Obama administration financial sector policies and law enforcement decisions is taken to indicate no bias at all.
6. Republicans, who objected to Tea Party critics using isolated individuals expressing racist views to impugn the whole movement, now are citing isolated individuals in Occupy Wall Street who express anti-Semitic sentiments to suggest that Occupy Wall Street is bigoted against Jews.
7. You can tell that Nancy Pelosi is lying when you see her lips move. In a discussion with Christiane Amanpour shown on ABC, she approvingly contrasted the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators with “Tea Party demonstrators, who spit on members of Congress.” The accusation that a Tea Party demonstrator spit on a member of Congress was thoroughly disproved, and even withdrawn by the member in question, who clarified that he meant that a demonstrator was shouting so close to his face that he was sprayed with saliva. (As a stage director, I know the difference.)
Meanwhile, no Tea Party demonstrator has defecated on a police vehicle. But perhaps Nancy approves of that.
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart says that he can’t see any differences between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.
Sure, Jon. Whatever you say.