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Violent #OWS youth are fringe while fictional racist Tea Partiers are representative of movement

Seeing “videos of youths burning things in Oakland,” Victor Davis Hanson . . .

. . . was told that it “was a small minority” and atypical of the protest. Not long ago I saw no clips of anyone spitting at black congresspeople wading into the Tea-Party demonstration, but was told they did and that it was typical of tens of thousands of racialists on the Mall.

(Via Instapundit.) A Democratic president faults Republicans vying for his job because they failed to condemn an isolated boor at a candidates’ debate.  A self-important (and self-righteous) Democratic Congressman insists that his GOP colleagues need to “‘differentiate themselves’ from the hateful speech” of their supporters.  A lunatic with no apparent political agenda attacks a Congresswoman, murdering a number of people with her, and conservative rhetoric is held accountable.

Why is it that, in the eyes of Democratic politicians, liberal pundits and the mainstream media, a small, often fictional, fringe minority speaks for conservative/libertarian movements and the Republican Paty, but radical, often violent, extremists don’t speak for liberal/left-wing movements or the Democratic Party?

UPDATE:  Over at Reason, A. Barton Hinkle builds on this point:

So consider the disparity in coverage of OWS and the Tea Party. A single (still unsubstantiated) allegation that someone in the crowd at a 2010 Tea Party rally in Washington hurled a racial slur at Rep. John Lewis sufficed to prove the entire movement a kissin’ cousin of the KKK. But that “Google Wall Street Jews” guy? A lone nut. As for the signs calling for the “death of capitalism” and telling Wall Street bankers to “Jump, you [expletives]” and declaring “capitalism can’t be fixed—we need revolution”? Unrepresentative, surely. Ditto the 5:30 Oakland seminar on Marxism 101, and the dude in the Lenin T-shirt, and. . . .

Don’t feel bad if you missed such tidbits on the nightly news. Every movement has its whack jobs, but those on the left get politely overlooked.

FROM THE COMMENTS: Budding Economist reminds us of how one Tea Party critic was treated by the #Occupy Movement.

“A single (still unsubstantiated) allegation that someone in the crowd at a 2010 Tea Party rally in Washington hurled a racial slur at Rep. John Lewis sufficed to prove the entire movement a kissin’ cousin of the KKK.”

And the entire General Assembly of Occupy Atlanta isn’t accused of anything when they refused to allow Rep. John Lewis to voice his solidarity.

UP-UPDATE: Allahapundit offers:

This can’t be repeated enough: With a few exceptions, foremost among them the New York Post, the coverage of OWS protests compared to the coverage of tea-party protests is the worst media double standard in recent history. Nothing compares, because nothing else involves this much distortion on both ends of the coverage. It’s not just that most press outlets (like the protesters themselves) look the other way at depravity happening inside Obamaville, it’s that for years they treated the tea-party movement as some sort of feral mob that was forever on the brink of rampaging through the streets — like, say, Occupy Oakland just did.

Via Instapundit.

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  1. “Why is it that, in the eyes of Democratic politicians, liberal pundits and the mainstream media, a small, often fictional, fringe minority speaks for conservative/libertarian movements and the Republican Paty, but radical, often violent, extremists don’t speak for liberal/left-wing movements or the Democratic Party?”

    It’s called passive-aggressive personality disorder.

    Comment by rjligier — November 5, 2011 @ 5:42 pm - November 5, 2011

  2. There have been over 3,000 arrests of OWS participants. There have been several rapes committed by OWS participants. There are daily acts of vandalism and violence committed by OWS participants. How long will they maintain this charade that only people on the “fringe” of their movement are responsible for those acts?

    The OWS tells its followers that it’s okay to break the law because their caus justifies it. Hence, they can illegally occupy public space without a permit or consideration for the people who live and work in the neighborhood. Liberal politicians… with fond, albeit hazy memories of the sixties… wink and look the other way.

    But once you tell people lawlessness is okay… you ought not be surprised that they not only embrace lawlessness… they push it as far is it will go.

    Comment by V the K — November 5, 2011 @ 9:24 pm - November 5, 2011

  3. “A single (still unsubstantiated) allegation that someone in the crowd at a 2010 Tea Party rally in Washington hurled a racial slur at Rep. John Lewis sufficed to prove the entire movement a kissin’ cousin of the KKK.”

    And the entire General Assembly of Occupy Atlanta isn’t accused of anything when they refused to allow Rep. John Lewis to voice his solidarity.

    Comment by Budding Economist — November 5, 2011 @ 10:17 pm - November 5, 2011

  4. In a Facebook discussion on OWShit, I pointed out the thieves, pedaphiles, flashers, public defecators, anti-Semites, rapists, feet sniffers, arsonists etc. and was told that those were just a few of the occutwats. Supposedly this was just like the ONE guy at the Houston TEA Party event who was booted for his sign.

    I pointed out that the TEA Party ejects the bad apples while the occutwats embrace theirs.

    Comment by TGC — November 6, 2011 @ 1:10 am - November 6, 2011

  5. Just out of curiosity, to which group, The TEA Party or The Occupiers do these words most fit?

    dotty, fey, loopy, off, potty, tetched, touched, aberrant, delirious, delusional, disordered, disturbed, neurotic, obsessive-compulsive, paranoiac, paranoid, schizoid, sociopathic, oddball, pixilated, foolish, senseless, witless, irrational, unreasonable, amok, ape, ballistic, bananas, berserk, meshugana, distracted, frantic, frenzied, haywire, hysteric, raving, wigged-out, fixated, and monomaniacal.

    Same question for these words:

    conscionable, ethical, honest, honorable, just, moral, principled, scrupulous, decent, good, righteous, upright, virtuous, dutiful, observant, respectful, overconscientious, reliable, responsible, solid, tried-and-true, trustworthy, law-abiding, reputable, respectable, upstanding, worthy

    Comment by Heliotrope — November 6, 2011 @ 11:17 am - November 6, 2011

  6. Allahapundit offers: …the coverage of OWS protests compared to the coverage of tea-party protests is the worst media double standard in recent history. Nothing compares, because nothing else involves this much distortion on both ends of the coverage.

    Allahpundit hyperbole, because there is another recent example just as bad: the treatment of Obama scandals (Fast and Furious, Solyndra) compared to Cain.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 6, 2011 @ 12:03 pm - November 6, 2011

  7. I’m curious. Did that Richmond, Virginia ever get its money refunded for the permits, etc to hold their rally, which were not required for the OWS group?

    Comment by Louise B — November 6, 2011 @ 12:12 pm - November 6, 2011

  8. Someone’s going to die. It’s just a matter of time. When and where are the only questions. There will be blood and it will be on the Occupussies’ hands. And, most likely, it will be ignored and/or covered up. The excuses will fly.

    Comment by TGC — November 6, 2011 @ 2:22 pm - November 6, 2011

  9. Yep. Just like the rapes, the robberies, etc. The MSM will carry their water for them just like they do for Obama…

    Comment by Kevin — November 6, 2011 @ 9:23 pm - November 6, 2011

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