Friday, October 7, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Protester Slams Fox In Unaired Interview

A Fox reporter interviewed Occupy Wall Street protester Jesse LaGreca, who blogs as MinistryOfTruth at Daily Kos. In a video supplied by the New York Observer, LaGreca criticized Fox's role in representing the interests of the wealthiest one percent of the country. Watch:

LaGreca: …Unfortunately it’s fun to talk to the propaganda machine and the media especially conservative media networks such as yourself, because we find that we can't get conversations for the department of Justice’s ongoing investigation of News Corporation, for which you are an employee. But we can certainly ask questions like you know, why are the poor engaging in class warfare? After 30 years of having our living standards decrease while the wealthiest 1% have had it better than ever, I think it’s time for some maybe, I don’t know, participation in our democracy that isn’t funded by news cameras and gentlemen such as yourself.

Fox: But, uh, yeah well, let me give you this challenge Jesse.

LaGreca:  Sure.

Fox: We’re here giving you an opportunity on the record […] to put any
 message you want out there, to give you fair coverage and I’m not 
going to in any way...

LaGreca:  That’s awesome!

Fox:…give you advice about it. So, there is an exception in the case, because you wouldn’t be able to get your message out there without us.

LaGreca:  No, surely, I mean, take for instance when Glenn Beck was doing his protest and he called the President, uh, a person who hates white people and white culture. That was a low moment in Americans’ history and you guys kinda had a big part in it. So, I’m glad to see you coming around and kind of paying attention to what the other 99 percent of Americans are paying attention to, as opposed to the far-right fringe, who who would just love to destroy the middle class entirely... (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Despite the fact that the Fox reporter stated that he was giving La Greca “fair coverage,” the station did not air the interview. Commentators from the “Fair and Balanced” network, however, are constantly mocking the protesters.

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