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September 16, 2012

Occupy Wall Street, one year later: Hoping for fresh momentum

  • last year After gaining a strong level of momentum among activists, Occupy Wall Street grew into a worldwide movement that thousands took part in, but the movement was not without its critics, who claimed that the lack of focus prevented long-term change. Nonetheless, it pushed much exposure towards economic disparities in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis — and led to 1,800 arrests in New York City alone.
  • this year Months after protesters were pushed out of Zuccotti Park, the movement celebrates its one-year anniversary with more protests — but a much weaker base. Roughly 300 protesters showed up for protests Saturday, but a large protest planned for Monday morning might rekindle some of the political flames. Police say they are ready to deal with any issues that arise. Meanwhile, the inevitable think pieces are being written. source
14:04 // 2 years ago
August 2, 2012

Why you should be skeptical when politicians cite studies

  • "objective" That’s how Mitt Romney’s campaign described the Tax Policy Center, a think tank, during the GOP primary, when it provided a politically helpful analysis of Rick Perry’s tax plan.
  • "biased"That’s how Romney’s campaign described the latest Tax Policy Center report, which concluded that the bottom 95% of Americans would see a tax increase under Romney’s tax proposal. source

» “According to a study by…” Here is the report in question. Now, it does look like Romney flip-flopped, but there’s a bigger take-away here. When politicians—candidates in particular—cite tax analyses, or budget reports, or academic studies, don’t just take them at their word. Learn something about the group that produced the study, because not all think tanks are created equal. (The Tax Policy Center, for example, is affiliated with the Brookings Institute, which identifies as nonpartisan but is widely—though not unanimously—considered to be center-left. Meanwhile, Romney’s campaign counter-cited a study by Ernst & Young, which is unabashedly pro-business). Also, check to see if the politician citing the study once bashed the group that produced it.

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10:56 // 2 years ago
March 27, 2012
First off: Congrats to the creators of the “We Are the 99 Percent" Tumblr, who won a Shorty Award tonight for Microblog of the Year on Tumblr. (As I told them, I didn’t even write an acceptance speech because I knew they would win. Still had fun.) I got a chance to meet both of them tonight, and I admit to learning a ton from by just listening. Really cool to hear all that perspective in person. Too many encounters in the media are cut down to a soundbite. It’s nice to take a step back, listen and consider. That’s what I felt like I got to do tonight. It was great. (Also, Jeremy “Missing e” Cutler totally got robbed.) — Ernie @ SFB

First off: Congrats to the creators of the “We Are the 99 Percent" Tumblr, who won a Shorty Award tonight for Microblog of the Year on Tumblr. (As I told them, I didn’t even write an acceptance speech because I knew they would win. Still had fun.) I got a chance to meet both of them tonight, and I admit to learning a ton from by just listening. Really cool to hear all that perspective in person. Too many encounters in the media are cut down to a soundbite. It’s nice to take a step back, listen and consider. That’s what I felt like I got to do tonight. It was great. (Also, Jeremy “Missing e” Cutler totally got robbed.) — Ernie @ SFB

0:09 // 2 years ago
February 28, 2012
Protip: If you see an image that seems a touch “unbelievable,” especially if it comes from an untested source like a brand-new blog, there’s a chance it may be fake. Very fake, even. That’s the story of this receipt that seemingly mocks the 99 percent, but is actually from a blog that’s already been taken off the Internet.

Protip: If you see an image that seems a touch “unbelievable,” especially if it comes from an untested source like a brand-new blog, there’s a chance it may be fake. Very fake, even. That’s the story of this receipt that seemingly mocks the 99 percent, but is actually from a blog that’s already been taken off the Internet.

10:26 // 2 years ago
December 15, 2011
3:01 // 2 years ago
November 17, 2011
kateoplis:

Verizon building, NYC

The Verizon Building gets co-opted by the 99 percent. Neat.

kateoplis:

Verizon building, NYC

The Verizon Building gets co-opted by the 99 percent. Neat.

19:05 // 2 years ago
November 11, 2011
'Occupy All Streets' is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement.
A spokesperson for Rocawear • Discussing the Jay-Z-backed company’s plan to sell the “Occupy Wall Street”-aping shirts the rapper has recently started wearing … without a plan plan to offer any sort of monetary support to the movement for riffing on their slogan. The irony is painful.
16:37 // 2 years ago
November 9, 2011
wearejournalists:

I applied for my first internship by turning in some high school essays. No one else applied, so I got the job. I was on academic probation twice in college. I’ve peed in the trash can of a rickety, old press box so I wouldn’t miss deadline. I got stumped on a story, went out to the bars, got re-inspired and passed out on my keyboard. Dennis Miller saw what I was eating at an event and made fun of me. It was hot dogs and cheesecake — free for working reporters. Bad grammar? I’ll probably hold it against you. Some weekends I don’t read a thing. I know I could make a mint doing something else but would it make the same difference? My father worked at a newspaper. He was a blue collar guy who worked graveyard shifts. It made him proud when he showed off my first byline to his friends in the press room.
I am a newspaper reporter.

Here’s a “We are the 99 percent” for the journalists out there: “We are journalists. We are proud of what we do. We are tired of bad press about the press. We are trying to be “team players.” We are terrified of more layoffs and paycuts. We would like to produce quality work without ‘obamasux99’ posting some non-sequitur rant at the end of it. We complain because we want things to be better. We would like some respect, plz. We are journalists.”

wearejournalists:

I applied for my first internship by turning in some high school essays. No one else applied, so I got the job. I was on academic probation twice in college. I’ve peed in the trash can of a rickety, old press box so I wouldn’t miss deadline. I got stumped on a story, went out to the bars, got re-inspired and passed out on my keyboard. Dennis Miller saw what I was eating at an event and made fun of me. It was hot dogs and cheesecake — free for working reporters. Bad grammar? I’ll probably hold it against you. Some weekends I don’t read a thing. I know I could make a mint doing something else but would it make the same difference? My father worked at a newspaper. He was a blue collar guy who worked graveyard shifts. It made him proud when he showed off my first byline to his friends in the press room.

I am a newspaper reporter.

Here’s a “We are the 99 percent” for the journalists out there:We are journalists. We are proud of what we do. We are tired of bad press about the press. We are trying to be “team players.” We are terrified of more layoffs and paycuts. We would like to produce quality work without ‘obamasux99’ posting some non-sequitur rant at the end of it. We complain because we want things to be better. We would like some respect, plz. We are journalists.”

11:55 // 2 years ago
October 25, 2011

People like Occupy Wall Street…for now

  • +16% Occupy Wall Street’s net favorability. 43% approve of the movement, while just 27% disapprove.
  • 30% of people are still undecided on Occupy Wall Street, according to the same CBS/NYT poll.  source

» What this means: While the movement does enjoy a plurality of support (in this poll, at this moment in time), a huge percentage of people haven’t yet made up their minds about it. This means there’s a lot of room for public opinion to swing either way, so decisions on the part of OWS’s still-emerging leadership over the next couple of months will be crucial in solidifying public support or rejection of the movement. This, in turn, will help determine whether or not OWS’s message actually ends up affecting legislation that comes out of Washington. Will Occupy Wall Street become the next Tea Party, which has had a huge impact on national politicians, or is it just a passing fad? According to this poll, the answer to that question is “to be determined.”

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23:16 // 2 years ago
October 11, 2011
peterfeld:

Gawker’s Max Read on Erick Erickson’s “We Are The 53%”:

We’ll be honest: when your three jobs include “appearing on CNN” and “starting Tumblrs,” our sympathy is… somewhat limited. Also, if your house can’t sell, you probably should blame Wall Street, because the subprime mortgage crisis and housing market crash really is Wall Street’s fault. And, hmm, the thing about “complaining” is that it’s, well, kind of how politics works!


Boom. Roasted. Key sentence of the bunch: “But what makes “We Are the 53%” so heartbreaking isn’t that its contributors are enormous jerks—it’s that so many of them could just as easily be writing in to We Are the 99 Percent.” Also worth reading: Our brief take on the matter and Pantsless Progressive’s much longer one.

peterfeld:

Gawker’s Max Read on Erick Erickson’s “We Are The 53%”:

We’ll be honest: when your three jobs include “appearing on CNN” and “starting Tumblrs,” our sympathy is… somewhat limited. Also, if your house can’t sell, you probably should blame Wall Street, because the subprime mortgage crisis and housing market crash really is Wall Street’s fault. And, hmm, the thing about “complaining” is that it’s, well, kind of how politics works!

Boom. Roasted. Key sentence of the bunch: “But what makes “We Are the 53%” so heartbreaking isn’t that its contributors are enormous jerks—it’s that so many of them could just as easily be writing in to We Are the 99 Percent.” Also worth reading: Our brief take on the matter and Pantsless Progressive’s much longer one.

8:52 // 2 years ago