Friday Funny – TV news accidentally parodies the "occupiers"

From TVSpy:

KGW, the NBC-affiliate in Portland, is under fire after accidentally airing a graphic listing numbers of “stinky people” and “angry people” at Occupy Portland.

The graphic (pictured below) aired briefly, for less than a second, in the middle of the opening graphics sequence on the noon newscast Wednesday. “Somebody punched the wrong button, basically,” KGW news director Rick Jacobs told Willamette Week

Full story:

KGW Airs Graphic Counting ‘Stinky People’ and ‘Angry People’ at Occupy Portland

In other news, an occupy protestor attacked TV news reporters in NYC. Proof positive they are clueless:

A disgruntled Occupy Wall Street protestor confronted WNYW‘s John Huddy this morning, as he was covering the latest developments in Zuccotti Park, and the situation quickly turned ugly.

“This is somebody I’ve come across several times for the last few days,” Huddy told viewers following the altercation.  “He threatened to stab me in the throat with a pen.  He ripped the mic out of my hand.”

That won’t help. I can tell you this, in my own small world of TV and radio contacts, the sense of the “occupy” movement seems to be one of arm’s length satirical treatment. When the media starts panning a movement privately, organizers might want to think twice about what they are doing.

 

Advertisements

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Kevin Harris

Hello Anthony,
I generally enjoy reading your blog, but I find your recent negative coverage of the Occupy to be disturbing for two reasons. First, there is an issue and peaceful protest is a civil right in a free society. Second, supporting a right wing agenda opens the door for pro-CAGW to label skeptics as more politically motivated than science motivated.
Thank you for all your hard work,
Kevin Harris
Austin, TX
REPLY: There two reason why I covered it here
1) Bill McKibben turned it into something about climate – when it isn’t
2) Being in TV news myself, this boo boo sort of thing is something I relate to in my work there.
3) Note the “current news” on the masthead
If not for points 1 and 2, I’d probably never have paid any attention. You worry that ” label skeptics as more politically motivated than science motivated” well given the behavior we’ve seen about climate and occupy, surely they fit that mold. They can protest all they want, as you point out, that is their right in a free society. It is also the right of a free society to criticize something. While there might be a thin veener of noble cause in this originally somewhere, it has been stripped away and varnished with a plethora of other movements (like climate) and has been horribly managed.
Besides, note the tags on this post, humor, satire. We have political cartoons being drawn about “occupy” in major media but I’m not allowed to poke some fun at it on this blog? Get real.
-Anthony

pat

LOL. The staff strays from the approving political message the journalists are attempting to send regarding these scum. This is sort of like AGW. You have the entire mainstream media portraying a delusion as reality.

More Soylent Green!

How did they come up with those numbers? Create a model from a sampling? Did they send somebody around with clipboards to poll/smell each protester? Do people fall into more than one category, was somebody counted once as angry, and once as stinky, or were they only counted once, so if the stink was greater than the anger, they were counted a stinky? Lastly, what was the count of non-stinky people.

PaulH

I love this little clip/promo from Toronto Sun Media TV 🙂

oMan

Anthony: “…organizers might want to think twice about what they are doing.” That statement assumes a number of facts not in evidence: (a) that there indeed “organizers” and (b) that they can “think.” Not being facetious here. Regarding (a) there may be nominal elements of organization (“General Assembly” and committees for this and that) but (1) this is all pretty ad hoc work mostly among strangers whose history and ethos does not suggest a penchant for much orderliness or obedience; that is, Boy Scouts they are by nature not and (2) with this kind of intense sustained and granular coverage by official and unofficial media, there are bound to be unfortunate moments, particularly with Occupiers (see point (1)). Regarding (b) I am being a bit snarky but in the larger sense “thinking” here means “rigorous definition of guiding principles and goals; then applying/pursuing them in a sensible, efficient and politically astute way, based on deep experience and mature judgement, so as to gain a successful outcome.” And what little I’ve seen of the Occupy stuff, these qualities are in short supply.

Ray

Are the 250 Stinking people part of the 450 Angry people or are they a separate bunch?

Severian

Well, they have a point! How could these kids ever have guessed that going 100K in debt with college loans to get a masters in transgendered Eskimo poets with a minor in womyn’s/diversity studies wouldn’t garner them a high paying job.

Disko Troop

I am occupying WUWT.

vboring

As far as I can tell, the difference between “planking” and “occupying” is that the first involves one person lying around in an unusual and uncomfortable location hoping someone will notice them, while the second involves more people.

H.R.

They missed a category on the graphic: Criminal Cluelessness
P.S. Are the OWSers still working on their demands? They’ve had a committee working on that for weeks. Maybe I missed it, not that I’d lose any sleep if I did miss it.

Gary

Guess those overflowing toilets were “Occupied” too.

Douglas DC

Probably some sort of grid counting. From a Helo or upper story. Take a number of
dreadlocks then divide by trash and fecal material…
Maybe standing downwind,,,
I don’t think this was an accident..

John F. Hultquist

. . . (Rick) Jacobs said the error was “unacceptable.”
“It was just a lapse of judgment,” he said. “I’m going to take appropriate measures to make sure it never happens again.”
————————————————————-
Now that’s funny. The station will get millions of $$ of publicity from this. Jacobs should embrace the tactic. He should ask the bright person(s) that did this to do a new one everyday for some random topic. Then viewers could call in and say they saw it. Then one person, say the 7th caller, could win a free something from one of the station’s advertisers.
Priceless. Way to go bright graphics person!

Al Gored

First Chinese aerosols. Now these ones.

Al Gored

This is what democracy smells like!

Mike M

Anthony: “While there might be a thin veener of noble cause in this originally somewhere”
So you’re holding out for the possibility that there ever was one?

Strangely the UK occupiers seem to have been going home at night and leaving their tent city unoccupied. i.e. The tents hid the decline in numbers.
Similarities with other forms of fervent activism have not gone unnoticed, e.g.:
http://order-order.com/2011/10/28/hot-air/

The Occupy movement is quickly becoming a punch line.

Kevin Harris

Just to be clear, my main concern is giving fuel to the fire of the uninformed.
I 100% agree that most of the occupiers are uninformed when it comes to climate change and that movement as a whole lacks focus.
Also, I agree that you have every right to criticize whatever you see fit. I’m not a troll and I genuinely enjoy your blog.
Cheers!

Elftone

Ray says:
October 28, 2011 at 9:52 am
Are the 250 Stinking people part of the 450 Angry people or are they a separate bunch?

I think we’re straying dangerously close to the world of Venn diagrams and set theory with that thought… ;).

Dave Worley

Sooner or later these folks will have an epiphany.
This “strike” by the kitchen staff may be the catalyst:
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/zuccotti_hell_kitchen_i5biNyYYhpa8MSYIL9xSDL
The 99%-ers are now the 98%-ers, since they don’t want to feed the swelling ranks of freeloaders either.
A perfect microcosm of an evolving capatilst society.

Dave Worley

A most beautiful irony developing.

onlyme

There are reports that Acorn is providing organization to the OWS movement, as seen in numerous articles found with a simple google search. Also supporting and assisting with organization, paying for protestors and/or other supportive or related activities are SEIU, the US Communist and Socialist parties, and Weepy Bill among others.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2053967/Is-ACORN-secretly-running-Occupy-Wall-Street.html

Crispin in Waterloo

@Severian says:
“How could these kids ever have guessed that going 100K in debt with college loans to get a masters in transgendered Eskimo poets with a minor in womyn’s/diversity studies wouldn’t garner them a high paying job.”
+++++++
It is a widely forgotten fact of English that male humans are weamen and female people are women. The word ‘weapon’ refers to tools used only by males. Many old innuendos used to the word!
One of the dumbest things done in the name of gender equality is replacing ‘-men’ with ‘-myn’ in the belief that is renders the word gender-neutral. ‘Man’ from ‘manus’ (hand as in farmhand) just means ‘a person’.
Re the occupy movement, there is plenty to be angry about but you can see the manipulating vultures circling with their eyes on the seats at the front of the bandwagon.

Sadly, these demonstrations may be the only ‘occupation’ many young people can look forward to. If they are angry and somewhat confused, they have every reason to be; they are inheriting a very troubling future. As more and more people feel shut out by governments and financial systems that only serve the greedy, these demonstrations will grow and destabilize our societies. The population balance is shifting from ‘haves’ to ‘have nots,’ and one can’t help but feel similarities between 2011 and 1789.

Ulrich Elkmann

H.R. says: October 28, 2011 at 10:03 am
P.S. Are the OWSers still working on their demands?
Of course they’re not yet finished. This is boot camp for future politicians.

James Evans

Oh grow up, for god’s sake.
Politically speaking, I am vaguely of the left. But I struggle to understand these absurd protests. What EXACTLY do they want? An end to bad things? An end to inequality? An end to nastiness? An end to naughtiness?
What exactly are their proposals? What are their demands? I continue to search in vain for these things.
It’s a bunch of protestaholics, pretending that they are an off-shoot of the Arab Spring.
Tell you what, I’ll jump up and down on one leg for ten minutes, as a protest against the economic problems of the world. It’s a protest that will help about as much as the “Occupy” movement.

Sandy

Napoleon’s advice applies here:
Never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake.

This morning, Friday, FDNY declared the generators (both diesel and gasoline as seen in the video) and stored fuel represented a hazard and moved in to remove same:

Actually, in close quarters, with light wind and multiple generators running a CO (Carbon Monoxide) hazard can exist, not to mention the possibility that some individuals might be inclined to place the generators under a lean-to if not within enclosed areas e.g.tents.
Also noted, has been the discussion on the live chats by the protesters and supporters about the use of space heaters, hot plates and electric radiant heaters (think: overloaded extension cords et al) to keep warm and in combination with tents and in close quarters with a diverse, constantly-changing occupation ‘force’ I think a tragedy has been averted …
.

Steve

James, as you are doing your one-legged pogo, remember to tell everyone that you are doing it to ‘raise awareness’ of the problem … 😉

Kevin Harris says:
October 28, 2011 at 9:38 am

peaceful protest is a civil right in a free society

I’m sorry that you feel that rape, death threats, and calls for violent revolution are peaceful.

James Evans says:
October 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

It’s a bunch of protestaholics, pretending that they are an off-shoot of the Arab Spring.

Maybe they think we’re being ruled by a muslim dictator.

DirkH

_Jim says:
October 28, 2011 at 11:26 am
“This morning, Friday, FDNY declared the generators (both diesel and gasoline as seen in the video) and stored fuel represented a hazard and moved in to remove same:”
Can’t be the AGW crowd protesting, then. Somebody tell McKibben.

Submitted for the purpose of discussion; normally, I’m not one to proffer or promote theories based on wide-spread con spir acies, but, in looking for common denominators I stumbled upon the video linked/shown below.
One common denominator which is hard to refute is the use of “The Fist” symbol which appears in all these revolutionary ‘protests’ including their websites (presently directly to the left of the name they wish to be known by).

Note the upload date on this video shows June 9, 2011.
.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

From H.R. on October 28, 2011 at 10:03 am:

P.S. Are the OWSers still working on their demands? They’ve had a committee working on that for weeks. Maybe I missed it, not that I’d lose any sleep if I did miss it.

The US groups are making some progress.
99.4% want the free food to continue.
8% want anchovies as a pizza topping.
24% oppose anchovies due to overfishing and other concerns about the oceans.
32% think all the pizza should be exclusively vegan.
86% think non-vegan pizza should be allowed if it won’t offend anyone.
23% agree the pizza should be certified as containing only Fair Trade ingredients.
18% are willing to pay 20% more than they currently are for Fair Trade-certified pizza.
35% would like cannabis as an optional topping, for medicinal purposes.
33% think that everyone would like cannabis topping if they’d try it.
73% agree the cannabis should be certified as Organic.
Discussions of the Pizza Subcommittee are currently suspended while they figure how to incorporate the concerns of the gluten-free, lactose-intolerant, and nut-allergic pressure groups. This was helped with the revelation that those demanding a “nut free protest” weren’t rabid conservative Tea Partiers. To mention it, there was also one resignation at their first official meeting when it was explained that the term “subcommittee” did not relate to any protesters that identified with the BDSM community.
In completely unrelated news, the sole Pizza Subcommittee member who stated the only sane way to end the disagreements was to ban the pizza, was found savagely beaten in an alleyway next to a dumpster, discovered by a fellow protester who was urinating on him who had initially assumed he was merely another street person crushed by the excesses of unrestrained capitalism. The PS has released a statement condemning this obvious act of police brutality and regretfully accepting his resignation.

Myron Mesecke

They are against corporations making money but they buy and use generators, laptops, heaters, tents, sleeping bags, blankets. How dare they enrich those evil corporations that make and sell all that stuff.

D. Patterson

Kevin Harris says:
October 28, 2011 at 9:38 am
Hello Anthony,
I generally enjoy reading your blog, but I find your recent negative coverage of the Occupy to be disturbing for two reasons. First, there is an issue and peaceful protest is a civil right in a free society. Second, supporting a right wing agenda opens the door for pro-CAGW to label skeptics as more politically motivated than science motivated.
Thank you for all your hard work,
Kevin Harris
Austin, TX

Your comments are offensive. You claim “there is an issue and peaceful protest is a civil right in a free society”, and then you proceed to complain that Anthony does not censor the viewpoints which are the opposing part of the same issue and the same exercise of “a civil right in a free society.” In other words, you blatantly complain in effect that this “civil right in a free society” is reserved exclusively for the Occupy protestors and their supporters, while the same civil right for their opponents is to be censored, suppressed, and prohibited, especially in a forum which routinely invites opposing viewpoints to be published and debated. If you genuinely valued free speech. I would think you would welcome the opportunity to test and challenge both viewpoints engaged in the issue, even with deprecating humor. Instead, it appears you appear to embrace and champion the attitude that free speech as a civil right is for me and not for thee.
Your claim, “there is an issue and peaceful protest,” is a blatant misrepresentatoin intended to deceive. You would have the readers believe the Occupy protests are peaceful protests, when they are in fact not “peaceful” by their own self-described name, “Occupy.” These protestors are engaging in acts of criminal trespass, assault, battery, destruction of private and public properties, riot, and more. To “occupy” is the use of physical intimidation for the purpose of compelling people to comply with demands the victims would not otherwise choose to honor absent the threat of violence or the actual violence of the protestors. Consequently, the Occupy protests are not peaceful so long as they defiantly and with threat of violence deprive other people of their own civil rights and quiet enjoyment of their own properties, free speech, and other freedoms. To qualify as peaceful protestors and be respected as such, these people must cease their illegal occupation, physical intimidation, and trespass upon the civil rights and freedoms of their opponents. The rest of us have civil rights too, and we will not be intimidated by anyone to keep silent and meekly surrender our Constitutional freedoms and human rights without a fight.
Worse yet is your comment falsely equating criticism of the Occupy protestors as “supporting a right wing agenda[….]” You have evidently missed or deliberately disregarded the fact there are still large parts of the public of many, assorted, and starkly opposing political persuasions who disapprove of the Occupy protestors because of their intimidating threats of violence and interference with and theft of the public’s own rightful freedoms..
Perhaps you would care to reconsider the accuracy and widom of retracting your comments upon reflection; or do you perhaps fear that doing so could result in your also being labeled, misrepresented, discriminated against as an uncaring, selfish, self-centered, loathsome, and ignorant conservative with a “right wing agenda [that] opens the door for pro-CAGW to label skeptics as more politically motivated than science motivated”?
While you are at it, could you also explain how in the world did you ever come up with the strange notion that the Global Warming, Climate Change, or other monikers for the protestors’ actions in regard to the climate was science or anything else but politics?

DirkH

_Jim says:
October 28, 2011 at 11:59 am
“Submitted for the purpose of discussion; normally, I’m not one to proffer or promote theories based on wide-spread con spir acies, but, in looking for common denominators I stumbled upon the video linked/shown below.”
There have been other candid admissions that the revolutionaries in Northern Africa were taught by Westerners how to organize; Facebook was mentioned prominently. So that was probably OTPOR – highly likely.

Mark ro

With 2-4 inches of snow predicted in New York, New York all I can say is don’t you eat that yellow snow!

Theo Barker

Thanks Anthony! Great humor, Kadaka, James, et al.

Billy Liar

Kevin Harris says:
October 28, 2011 at 10:24 am
Peaceful protest never used to involve camping. Once it does, it raises issues such as safety, public health, policing etc.

mike g

@ oMan
Get a clue this “movement” is better organized than just about any movement that has come down the pike.

mike g

What these people are really mad about is they owe $150,000 in student loan debt and can’t remember if they learned anything at all in college.

Rational Debate

@Severian says:

“How could these kids ever have guessed that going 100K in debt with college loans to get a masters in transgendered Eskimo poets with a minor in womyn’s/diversity studies wouldn’t garner them a high paying job.”

Don’t worry, Obama’s going to fix that little problem! Soon, everyone can get $200,000 dollar federal loans (e.g., courtesy of the taxpayer) and only repay $28,000 over the following 20 years – all the rest of the debt to be forgiven after that point. Thanks to the gov. takeover of all student loans and the way in which that happened, this can now apparently be done without the need of congressional approval. Just “Obama Says.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/26/obama-taps-taxpayers-for-student-stimulus/

Janice

In Richmond, Virginia, the TEA Party is asking the city for a refund of the permits, fees, and other expenses that they have paid over the past three years for their rallies. They were holding their rallies in the same park which has been taken over by the Occupiers. Since the Occupiers haven’t paid for permits or fees, they are asking why they had to. Matter of fact, any organization during the last few years should also be asking for a refund of the money they have paid for use of public land.

Rational Debate

@Jack Maloney says: October 28, 2011 at 10:58 am

Sadly, these demonstrations may be the only ‘occupation’ many young people can look forward to. If they are angry and somewhat confused, they have every reason to be; they are inheriting a very troubling future. As more and more people feel shut out by governments and financial systems that only serve the greedy, these demonstrations will grow and destabilize our societies. The population balance is shifting from ‘haves’ to ‘have nots,’ and one can’t help but feel similarities between 2011 and 1789.

While I can agree with the sentiments of people feeling shut out of government and financial systems, I have to say that it sure seems the very people “occupying” these protests are the ones bringing that future on all of us. They’re not “inheriting” the problems, they are creating the problems. They don’t appear to be protesting the plight of the poor around the world, and rushing to give their own property to those who are vastly more destitute than they are – no, they are protesting that they are entitled to free or nearly free money, goods, and services, no matter the effect on society as a whole and the people who are involved in providing those very items.

Rational Debate,
Severian’s quote reminded me of a woman’s complaint [I think I read it here a while back] that she couldn’t get a job after graduating with a PhD.
Her PhD was in German polka dancing.

Rational Debate

@Smokey says: October 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Her PhD was in German polka dancing.

OMG! ROFLMAO. I sure as heck hope that was someone spoofing the list – but these days, who knows. I can’t believe some of the university class titles I see these days. I gather (hopefully incorrectly), that many (most?) universities have moved away from required basic core curricula that includes all the basics such as english, math, chemistry, biology, physics, history, civics.

mike g

If you still need a reason to vote a straight party ticket in all future elections, it might be that you want to make these SOB’s pay every dime of federally guaranteed student loan debt they took out. I want Obama’s decree overturned and I want the existing law granting forgiveness at 25 years overturned. I’m struggling to pay my kids way through college while these sacks of @^*% take massive debt they have no intention to repay, which signals the colleges to raise the tuition still further. Capitalism is not a choice. It is a law of nature, whether you like it or not.

timg56

As someone who has kept his home in Portland, I was down there this past weekend and had to go downtown to the Apple Store to buy an iPad for my daughter. I saw several people in the mall and outside it who were dressed the same as the folks camped out in the OP encampment. I can confirm with observational data the stinky part of that graph (if not the accuracy of the actual number). Didn’t see anyone who appeared angry.