Right-Wing Sites Succumb To Silly Occupy Wall Street Conspiracies
A wave of reports "exposing" the secret liberal money behind the Wall Street occupation has been cresting over the right-wing blogosphere, which has been at a loss to explain how a movement of dumb dirty hippies has managed to build up attention and support rather than explode or fade away. The answer: cunning financier George Soros and his allies must be paying the bills and pulling the strings.
Close your eyes and follow the leaps: His Tide Foundation gave the Vancuver-based culture-jammers AdBusters a bit more than $300,000 between 1996 and 2003. That, of course, was the beginning of a cunning plan for one of the magazine's period calls for a "day of action" in 2011 to result in a bunch of the kids behind Bloombergville successfully bringing weirdos to Wall Street. What other explanation could there be? The seekers-of-truth at The Blaze, digging deeper still, in turn connected connected the occupation and Soros back to their old 2008 foes, ACORN, the SEIU, and the Working Families Party.
The latest twist came today as bloggers took note of what to the uneducated eye appears to be a run-of-the-mill Craig's List ad of the sort that left-leaning groups like the WFP and NYPIRG have run for years, under some topical banner, to find kids willing to take low-paying, rather lousy canvassing jobs. The ad, for $300-$650-a-week "immediate hires," ran under the banner "FIGHT TO HOLD WALLSTREET ACCOUNTABLE NOW! MAKE A DIFFERNENCE GET PAID!" [sics all around]. It reminded me of the Voice classified that resulted in a miserable summer at 17 begging door-to-door for the Sierra Club.
None of them seem to have gone so far as to ask the WFP.
"Of course not," Working Families Party Executive Director Dan Cantor said when I asked him just that. "This is a standard... job description for our entry level canvassing position. We hire workers year round to knock on doors and discuss our agenda, including public financing of elections, Wall Street greed, job creation, and a lot more."
I've written critically about the WFP over the years, and my gut is that there's less common ground than the party would like to claim between their agenda, centered on a millionaire's tax and other revenue-raising ideas intended to support the state's public workforce, and that of the occupiers. But the right's conspiracy-mongering here is a sign of how difficult it's been for many there to account for the occupation's high profile and signs of growing popular sympathy.