Sunday, November 13, 2011

Willams Refutes Kristol’s Attacks On OWS

Speaking on Fox News Sunday about Occupy Wall Street–and continuing the network's attacks on the movement–William Kristol refers to it as “anti-democratic,” "anti-American," “not law abiding” and “Marxist,” revealing a fundamental misunderstanding of the nation's history of civil disobedience and protest. Kristol also feigns a concern for liberals, warning them that OWS will “deeply damage liberalism.” With a deeper sense of historical perspective, Juan Williams states that "Occupy Wall Street is in the proud tradition of American protest and Americans taking to the streets to say something is wrong with our political structure and, in this case, also our economic structure.” Williams also correctly points out that, for all of Kristol's warnings, “Occupy Wall Street is more popular than the Tea Party, according to all the polls.” Watch:

2 comments:

Michael The Molar Maven said...

Williams seems to be a voice of reason, but let me bore you a little with some statistics. I was listening to a discussion between John Gambling (radio host) and Michael Goodwin (New York Post columnist) during which Goodwin claimed that OWS fewer supporters than the total number of people who went to all the NFL games that past weekend. I did some research and found that OWS, even though the support is falling a bit, enjoys enthusiastic support of 33% of Americans (by conservative estimates, however, unscientific the report). There are approximately 250 football games each season and the average attendance at each game is 70 thousand. That means that 17.5 million people attend games during a single season. If we count only Americans of voting age, simply because we have to draw a line somewhere, one third equals approximately 80 million Americans support OWS enthusiastically. Goodwin's claim, which, of course, went unchallenged, is so far off base. It would take more than four full seasons of fans to equal the support OWS can claim. And that doesn't even take into account that one fan can, and often does, go to more than one game. Alright, I've bored you enough. Carry on...

Jeff Tone said...

Actually, I found your research significant. Thanks!