“We can,” Stacy McCain contends with examples abundant, “no longer tolerate media assertions that this is a non-violent movement.” Media cluck-clucking and left-wing blogging notwithstanding, he’s not talking about the Tea Party. In this case, he’s referencing violence instigated by the “Occupy” movement outside the “Defending the American Dream Summit” hosted by Americans for Prosperity where a 78-year woman was knocked down cement stairs.
And it’s not just in Washington, D.C. where the various Occupy movements — and their various members acting individually — have engaged in violence — just as many in the chattering classes, in highest dudgeon, warned us about the Tea Party.
Well, those in the chattering classes did exult in the rise of the left-wing movement, seeing it as the left-wing Tea Party! Does seem like the Occupy movement has become just like the Tea Party of the left-wing narrative.
UPDATE: Calling this “The Worst Media Double Standard in Recent History“, Ed Driscoll writes:
In 2009 and 2010, the media trashed the Tea Party, using the crazied, hyperbolic language possible — and yet were envious of their success at the polls last November, and wanted a Tea Party of their own. Hence, Occupy Wall Street. Richard Fernandez asks a great question at the Belmont Club. Did the MSM’s intensely negative reporting cause them (directly or indirectly) to amp up the craziness at OWS to waaaay past 11 on Nigel Tufnel’s Marshall stack, or is that simply what happens when a mass of people with an ill-defined cause co-habituate in an urban Burning Man festival for months on end?
But regarding the MSM’s coverage, since so much of what passes for “liberalism” boils down to “It’s Different When We Do It,” the amount of double-standards in the MSM is bottomless.
Read the whole thing.