November 3, 2011

Buried lead in the Occupy Oakland chaos story

Oakland.
The Occupy Oakland portion of Occupy Wall Street turned violent yesterday.  Rightly, that was headline 1A:
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A day of demonstrations in Oakland that began as a significant step toward expanding the political and economic influence of the Occupy Wall Street movement, ended with police in riot gear arresting dozens of protesters who had marched through downtown to break into a vacant building, shattering windows, spraying graffiti and setting fires along the way.
It's important to note the violence in contrast to the supposedly lunatic Tea Party protests that featured none of this behavior.  You won't see that contrast on the evening news, which is sympathetic to the liberal socialist leanings of much if not most of the OWS crowd.  Nevertheless, that's not the part of the headline 1B that got buried a couple of paragraphs down.  After talking about the far-flung movement in terms of a massive worldwide movement, we get this paragraph;
About 3,000 people converged on the Port of Oakland, the nation's fifth-busiest harbor, in a nearly five-hour protest Wednesday, swarming the area and blocking exits and streets with illegally parked vehicles and hastily-erected, chain-link fences.
3000? That is telling, and it should be a big part of the story.  According to the 2010 census Oakland has a population of 390,724. Interestingly 3000 represents just under 1% (0.77%) of the population of Oakland. Yet occupiers claim to represent 99% of the population. To use the colloquialism, it's time to flip the script on protesters because they amount to 1%, and claim to represent or even be 99% of the population.
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