The Tea Parties are basically normally people, to which some fringe elements have attempted to attach themselves. OWS, in contrast, seems to consist primarily of the fringe. Can anyone point at me at the non-fringe speakers / representatives / leaders of OWS? Paid partisans don’t count. And let’s not forget the increasing amount of calls for violence from OWS (and the resulting encouragement of the whackos). Old Media is doing what it can to cover for OWS but even they can’t seem to quite manage it due the heavy fringe component.
Given the funding sources for these protests, one wonders why those concerned about fascism aren’t concerned about unions and political parties creating cadres of paid agitators who cause trouble in the streets and call for violence.
P.P.S. Evidence emerges that Old Media isn’t just slanting its reporting on behalf of OWS, but actually working directly with the movement while pretending to “report” on it.
Then there’s the OWS incipient violence as according to a respected pollster, 31% would support violence to advance their agenda. How can you look at them as other than street agitators?
Of course, as others have noted these “protestors” are having problems with people taking their rhetoric of the evils of capitalism and consumerism a bit too seriously. After all, it is other people’s stuff that should be free, not theirs. It’s also hard to take them seriously when some of the items stolen are $5500 laptops, iPods, etc. At least their tarpaper shacks should keep the rain off their consumer electronics.