Does any of this sound familiar: Justin Elliott has an important new piece up at Salon (just click here). It concerns a photograph which appeared on the front page of Saturday’s Washington Post.
We were struck by that photograph Saturday morning as we looked at our hard-copy Post. Elliott offers some of the background—although he doesn’t ask why the Post chose to run with that picture.
The photograph shows a young man at Occupy Wall Street tackling a policeman. This is not in any way the norm, Elliott says—and we assume that he’s right. Elliott goes into some detail about the protestors’ good intentions. That said, does any of this sound familiar?
ELLIOTT (10/17/11): “When you have such a grassroots movement, those people are going to come,” said Ted Actie, one of the early participants in Occupy, when I asked him about the incident. “You can’t do anything about it. We can tell the media that’s not Occupy Wall Street. 99 percent of it is non-violent.”This sort of thing was said, again and again, during various tea party protests.
We agree with what Actie says. As you may recall, several people in our tribe weren’t quite buying it then.