Stuart Varney Claims (Based On Literally Nothing) That OWS Is Recruiting Paid Protesters On Craigslist

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Fox News' Stuart Varney claims OWS is recruiting paid protesters via-Craigslist. OK -- where's the proof?
Good news for the Occupy Wall Street folks: you can now be an OWS "bum" and get paid for it -- that's according to Fox News' Stuart Varney, anyway, who claims (based on literally nothing) that OWS is recruiting paid protesters via-Craigslist to "hang out" in Zuccotti Park today and tomorrow (spoiler alert: the group offering cash for protesters isn't OWS -- it's a for-profit price club -- which Varney might have realized had he done a more thorough "investigation" (Google search). More on that below).

On his show, Varney & Co., this morning, Varney claimed he found a Craigslist ad offering $10 an hour for people to "hang out" in Zuccotti Park today and tomorrow morning. He credits the ad to OWS and quipped how funny it is that a group that's so anti-capitalism would offer a cash incentive to "hang out" in a park. The problem, as we see it, is that no where in the ad Varney claims to have found does it mention anything about Occupy Wall Street. And the group that probably posted the ad is a for-profit company -- not anti-capitalists -- that wants to get "10,000,000 users worldwide" so it can "get the power to make the deals!"

Below is the text from the ad Varney baselessly attributes to OWS (all sic):

Were looking for people who are free Wednesday and Thursday morning from 730AM-1PM for $10/hour plus food and drink and transportation cash to come hang out in Zuccotti park."

As you can see in the image below, no where in the version of the ad Varney provides does it say anything about OWS -- and there's no link to the supposed ad anywhere on his website.
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Varney posted this photo on his Facebook page with the following caption: HELP WANTED! Even as the weather gets warmer, the Occupy movement seem to be having trouble finding fresh protesters. Just take a look at this ad posted over the weekend:

We asked around -- there's no special OWS event planned for today that would require extra bodies (just today's weekly protest outside of the Stock Exchange). Tomorrow, however, a rally is scheduled -- but it's in Union Square (not Zuccotti Park) and is at night.

There is a "protest" happening in Zuccotti Park today and tomorrow, though -- but it's not the work of the occupiers.

We (with some help from our colleague Nick Pinto) stumbled upon a group that is offering $10 an hour for people to "protest" in Zuccotti Park today and tomorrow. The group is called "AllOURPower," and while it uses some of the same rhetoric as OWS (the "99-percent" BS, for example) the group isn't Occupy Wall Street. See a different ad the group posted on Craigslist here, in which it offers cash to people willing to hang out in Zuccotti Park.

AllOURPower doesn't appear to be as divisive as OWS -- it's mission statement is to "bridge the gap and connect the 99 percent to the 1 percent." However, it appears to be little more than a for-profit consumer price club that's using the buzz of OWS to help launch its website.

From the AllOURPower website:

All Our Power is a united movement of consumers pooling their buying power to force companies, large and small, to lower prices for AOP members. The AOP purchasing power will save you money on gas, groceries, insurance, electronics, cellular providers, Internet services, hotels, car rentals and on and on and on. All Our Power puts the power of 10 million shoppers in your shopping cart. Join for free and we'll negotiate with all the biggest and best companies, in every sector on your behalf. Whichever one is willing to provide our members with the best price, that's the company we use. Then we'll tell you all about it on our website or in an email, so the next time you shop there, you can proudly flash your AOP I.D. card and you score the killer deal.

Regardless, the group is holding a "rally" (a.k.a. a company launch party) at Zuccotti Park today and tomorrow. The rallies are to be held between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the company is offering people $10 an hour to come hang out and pretend to be "protesting" (again, this is just a publicity stunt piggybacking off of the OWS movement).

Given the time and location of the AllOURPower "protests" -- and the rate of compensation for those willing to hang out in Zuccotti Park -- we're fairly certain Varney took one look at a Craigslist ad, saw "99 percent," and just assumed OWS must be behind it. We could be wrong, though -- maybe there are two "protests" going on between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. today and tomorrow where "protesters" are being offered $10 an hour to "hang out" in Zuccotti Park. However, if that were the case, we'd be absolutely shocked.

Just in case, though, we sent Varney the following Facebook message:

Do you have any way of verifying that this is even true? Or that it's actually OWS that posted the ad? No where in the ad does it mention OWS. Was it in the ad's title? Anything? Or did you just see "Zuccotti Park" and draw your own conclusion? I'm a writer for the Village Voice in New York. Can you send me a link to the ad? jking@villagevoice.com. I'm planning on writing about this but if there's nothing to support your claim that OWS posted this, that's what I'm gonna write. Thanks.

We'll let you know if Varney can pony up any proof. Check back for updates.

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17 comments
esotericknowledge
esotericknowledge

In My Opinion:  Denounce and expose these liars at fox, and people who comment and attempt to spread lies.  Many people have serious congnitive problems, brought on by all sorts of things, brain abnormalities, mental health problems like psychopathy. And many people lying for different reasons too.  Lying because they try to raise their personal social status, or they are uneducated, or they do it so they don't have to examine their own world or beliefs.  That last one is why part of the reason the many are so afraid of Occupy, because it challenges them, it asks them to think.

ALLOURPOWER
ALLOURPOWER

Hi, I work for All Our Power.

We put out that add on craigslist and it was a fun way to launch. Sorry for using words that you believe makes us piggy backers. We'll fix it tomorrow. Tell Varney to watch us tomorrow. We'll also get in touch with him to inform him of his erroneous report.

Guest
Guest

It's all "astroturfing" anyway--fake movement, hire-a-protest, etc., ad nauseum.

Yet judging from the "quality" of recruits, they should have offered much more than just ten bucks an hour...

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

Weirdly enough, the Scientologists used to claim that Anonymous hired protesters.

Crazed minds thinking alike?

Pedro
Pedro

Faux News, Fair & Balance and they always do their fact checking! Shame on you village voice! FOR SHAME!

Guest
Guest

You guys are fucking hilarious, man!

Yeah, people are really afraid of occupoo.

James King
James King

Hey -- got your email. Didn't mean to be too snarky with the "piggy backers" remark. Replied to your email. Give me a shout in the morning.

-JK

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

Yes, "quality" is where it's at, my good man.  Or rather, snotty fucking prick.

Guest
Guest

So you consider me an "asshole" because I speak the truth? Looks like someone struck a nerve...

Guest
Guest

Truth hurts, eh bitch?

Guest
Guest

He started it!

Guest
Guest

I am morally superior, dude. I don't throw my piss at people. I don't look for somewhere to squat while I "pretend" its for a social cause. Get fucking real.

jnbstraight
jnbstraight

No, youre an asshole because when you describe the people involved you put the word quality in quotations which shows snobbery and snark and your belief that you are somehow morally superior to them.

Guest
Guest

Truth that occupy is not astroturfing?

Yeah, okay, keep the faith, there, Skippy.

I don't "bite cops, dress like a hobo, sleep in the street, or dump buckets of feces and urine in lower Manhattan" (a la king), so you are right, they are better people than I.

jnbstraight
jnbstraight

How is it truth asshole? They're far better people than you are.

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