After ignoring the Occupy Wall Street protests and its offspring for the first week or two, now the mainstream media can’t get enough of it. Here are some of the headlines that have grabbed my attention in the last few days.
Today, The New Republic, a usually-liberal magazine, denounced the protests as “radical” instead of liberal, and therefore counterproductive. (Thanks to the Atlantic Wire for the link and summary!) Also, TNR is worried that the protesters make liberals look bad because they are actually standing up for something they believe in, instead of whining about politics over a glass of fancy box wine.
While the left struggles with existentialist questions, the right is united in its opposition to the 99% of Americans who are not billionaires. Rising GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain whines that the protesters just want to take someone’s Cadillac. Does he mean that the 1% drive Cadillacs? Would a billionaire be caught dead in a GM? Anyway, Cain’s awkward attempt to defend the billionaires is just more evidence that the top 1% are finally afraid of something, or else completely out of touch.
Elsewhere, the media continues to pretend it doesn’t understand what Occupy Wall Street is all about, as if the symbolism of Wall Street were somehow vague. It isn’t, but whatever. To reassure those reporters who are wandering around Wall Street wondering what on earth these people are objecting to, a bunch of experts say the protesters don’t need specific demands. The push for the protesters to come up with demands is really just frustration by the Wall Street, who can’t argue with a bunch of people sitting on the front steps pointing out all the shitty things you’ve done over the last decade or five. Now, if the protesters demanded, say, increased regulation or the elimination of subprime mortgages, the banks could climb on their high horse and start talking about the free market and capitalism and how much they wish Ayn Rand was alive to tell us why we’re a bunch of Commies for being upset at them.
Meanwhile, it turns out that the fastest way to make your millions is to be really bad at your job. If, that is, your job happens to be running a too-big-to-fail bank.