Keith Olbermann's special comment last night explained why he thought Mayor Bloomberg's crackdown on Zuccotti Park would only strengthen the movement rooted there, because overreactions traditionally make movements more mainstream.
Keep watching past a strong historical context to hear the most insanely accurate speechifying against Mayor Michael Bloomberg you will ever hear. He calls Bloomberg "an archetype" and a "cartoon," (and much worse) who is nonetheless "the most irreplaceable man" of the Occupy Wall Street movement because his actions had been successful at "vault[ing] it back into the headlines."
Olbermann called "Mayor 1%" out on hypocrisy on many levels: complaining about noise in the neighborhood due to the encampment and thenusing sound cannons to disperse it, making his money off of the media and arresting reporters, making a deal with the city council to extend his term and then arresting council members, and complaining that the protests slow down the city while he lets "another goddamn Batman movie" paralyze it.
You get the idea. It's a must-watch--funny mostly because it's true. Watch below:
This saddening video of the Zuccotti Park raid-- long, comprehensive and edited-- shows an example of that classic authoritarian overreach that Olbermann describes.
I enjoy the part where protesters read the First Amendment back to police over the human microphone, mid-raid.
By Sarah Seltzer | Sourced from AlterNet
Posted at November 16, 2011, 8:54 am