Exclusive: Occupy Wall Street Activist Slams Fox News Producer In Un-Aired Interview [Video]

foxnews e1317649688667 Exclusive: Occupy Wall Street Activist Slams Fox News Producer In Un Aired Interview [Video]

Protester Jesse LaGreca schools Fox producer

Even if Geraldo Rivera was at the Zuccotti Park yesterday, Fox News has generally been a tad dismissive of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Foxnews.com (as of this writing) has no coverage of this national event on their front page stories. (Hard to imagine for a network that was so gung-ho about the Tea Party!) Red Eye‘s Bill Schulz went out to try to “prank” the protesters. Bill O’Reilly sent a producer minion out with the same mission: to belittle OWS’s cause by cutting up interviews to make people sound stupid.

Well, here is an interview that Fox News filmed, but doesn’t want you to see. The segment was shot on Wednesday for Greta van Susteren‘s show, (though it looks like the same producer from this O’Reilly segment questioning Michael Moore‘s anti-capitalist agenda) though the decision was made to leave it on the cutting room floor. The reason should be obvious pretty quickly.

The speaker giving Fox News the buisness is Jesse LaGreca, a vocal member of the Occupy Wall Street protests. This video comes courtesy of Kyle Christopher from OccupyWallSt.org‘s media team.

Now, no news organization is under obligation to air every interview they’ve filmed, especially when it makes them look bad. But you’d think that a “Fair and Balanced” network (that tells an interviewee that they are here to give them fair coverage to get any message they’d like to get out) would try to include at least a couple of opposing viewpoints to Mr. Shulz’s smarmy jokes or O’Reilly’s “infiltration” of the camp.

The ball is in your court, Fox.

 

Updated 10/3 11:00a.m.: Now with transcript of the video

Fox: Jesse, so Ray, your partner here, your ..

Ray: comrade.

Fox: Your colleague, she’d seen the protests in Greece and Europe and elsewhere. Did you guys take your cue from that? Are you hoping to cite certainly what was a lot of the tension, if not police activity. I know over the weekend there were over 100 arrests and you guys got things fired up. Are you taking your cues from the international movement and how do you want to see this? If you could have it in a perfect way, how would it be?

Jesse: Well I don’t know, its really difficult to answer questions leading to those conclusions. I’d say that we didn’t take our cue leading off of anybody really. It became a more spontaneous movement. As far as seeing this end, I wouldn’t like to see this end. I would like to see the conversation continue. This is what we should have been talking about in 2008 when the economy collapsed. We basically patched a hole on the tire and said let the car keep rolling. Unfortunately it’s fun to talk to the propaganda machine and the media especially conservative media networks such as yourself, because we find that we cant get conversations for the department of Justice’s ongoing investigation of News Corporation, for which you are an employee. But we can certainly ask questions like you know, why are the poor engaging in class warfare? After 30 years of having our living standards decrease while the wealthiest 1% have had it better than ever, I think it’s time for some maybe, I don’t know, participation in our democracy that isn’t funded by news cameras and gentlemen such as yourself.

Fox: But, uh, yeah well, let me give you this challenge Jesse.

Jesse: Sure.

Fox: We’re here giving you an opportunity on the record […] to put any
message you want out there, to give you fair coverage and I’m not
going to in any way

Jesse: That’s awesome!

Fox:…give you advice about it. So, there is an exception in the case, because you wouldn’t be able to get your message out there without us.

Jesse: No, surely, I mean, take for instance when Glenn Beck was doing his protest and he called the President, uh, a person who hates white people and white culture. That was a low moment in Americans’ history and you guys kinda had a big part in it. So, I’m glad to see you coming around and kind of paying attention to what the other 99 percent of Americans are paying attention to, as opposed to the far-right fringe, who who would just love to destroy the middle class entirely.

Fox: Alright, fair enough. You have a voice, an important reason to criticize myself, my company and anyone else. But, let me ask you that, in fairness, does this administration, President Obama, have any criticism as to the the financial situation the country’s in…?

Jesse: I think, myself, uh, as well as many other people, would like to see a little but more economic justice or social justice—Jesus stuff—as far as feeding the poor, healthcare for the sick. You know, I find it really entertaining that people like to hold the Bill of Rights up while they’re screaming at gay soldiers, but they just can’t wrap their heads around the idea that a for-profit healthcare system doesn’t work. So, let’s just look at it like this, if we want the President to do more, let’s talk to him on a level that actually reaches people, instead of asking for his birth certificate and wasting time with total nonsense like Solyndra.

 

Update 10/5 12:00p.m.: Is Jesse LaGreca the smartest man on Wall Street?

Comments

  1. GaiaLogic says:

    I love that guy. Is he single? ;)
    I’ll bet that “journalist” is now thinking about the kind of job he’s doing. Must have had some high ideals when he was a student, I wonder where those ideals went?
    If he were a real journalist, he would have leaked this footage himself, even if the company he works for is a corporate propaganda machine.

    1. hahahaha! i just commented on my friends link to this with “he just gave me a huge boner”… and i’m a chick! LOL

    2. Anonymous says:

      He spoke really well and he looked great; confident, fluent, and no pushover. He could be *our* “Joe-the-not-plumber.”

  2. Ian Bucknole says:

    Fox News never really holds up that well when presented with eloquently delivered, well reasoned, socially conscientious truths that don’t necessarily represent the interests of a large multinational corporation.

    1. Kea says:

      a large multinational corporation– you mean like GE?
      LOL!
      Or howabout the big steenkin cheeses on “Wall Street”– i.e. DEMOCRATS!?
      ROTFLMAO!

      1. William Carr says:

        “Or howabout the big steenkin cheeses on “Wall Street”– i.e. DEMOCRATS!?”

        Wait.   Where did you get the idea that the Hedge Fund Managers are Democrats ?

        Are you high ?

      2. Dave says:

        I go tht eidea from the fact that the single biggest benefactor in history of political donations from Wall Street firms is Barack H. Obama.

      3. AJ says:

        Did ever occur to you they may be attempting to purchase his goo favor in advance?

      4. F says:

        lol, if you dont understand that both parties are financed by corporations i dont know what to say. THEY EVEN ADMIT they fund both sides. what part of that doesnt anyone understand? dems and repubs are corporate whores. period.

      5. Mac Mathain says:

        To quote a certain Mayer Amschel Rothschild…”Give me control of a nation’s money, and I care not who makes her laws.”

        That, sir, amounts to a big fail on your part, Dave.

      6. Frommie says:

        That TOO is a fact…and it proves that someone OUTSIDE the USA wants us to fall…
        funny how people who have power always want more.

        Time for ALL americans to put a stop to it…things wont be pretty and we will suffer for some time, but we will still be FREE…and I will take that anytime I can get it.

      7. Karl says:

        Why does “Dave” answer for “Kea”? Sockpuppet?

      8. Frommie says:

        you are correct…that is a fact. Without a doubt..and its still coming his way….wonder why…

      9. Elainea_us says:

        We have to ignore the idiots, the ignorant and easily manipulated.   Cant imagine how anyone would think Democrats are on Wall Street..  that certaily leaves me questioning the mentality(again) and knowledge of Republicans, however, we see there candidates…I’m being redundant.

      10. Mac Mathain says:

        You think there are no democrats on wall street, or something? You realize that compared to the conservative party in Canada, say, your democrats are basically fascists?

      11. g mill says:

        The canadian conservatives are the closest thing to facism since hitler’s nazi party. They are on the path to ruin a great country.

      12. Frommie says:

        I am always glad when people can quote fascism and the nazi party…I dont know about you, but Ive read history and alot of it since WWII. Can you give me the same common sense response to what Russia did? Can any of you who so adore using the Nazi comeback?

        Both were bad….but only one had the support of the people….
        One KILLED 40 million of their own people…want to bet you never read that in your history classes in school? Ever wonder why??

        Seriously…if you are for communism…go to a country that adores it…but first relinquish ALL rights as an American..we dont want you back. I for one, want freedom for myself (and even you), my children, family and friends….I dont want them suffering for a system that believes that the 1% ARE TRULY in charge.

        At least here, we STILL….albeit small…have a chance to vote to change things…though…the way voting has gone in some states..even that is going away.

      13. LMW6 says:

        2008 – VP Joe Biden’s son and brother were involved in a Hedge Fund scam.

        In the 2008 election cycle, Democrats  received $4.2 million and Republicans $1.1 million from hedge funds.  Hillary and Obama were in the top five recipients of Hedge Fund money.

        Oh and Chelsea Clinton – you know the only child of Bill and Hillary? – well she works for Avenue Capital Group – A HEDGE FUND.

        So, if you ignore the “idiots”, then you also ignore the facts Elainea_us

      14. Anonymous says:

        I don’t think it matters much whether there are all republicans or all democrats or a little of each on Wall Street. Wall Street is the issue. Neither party has a monopoly on evil or on purity. There is greed at the top, and this greed, and the legislated protections very few Americans enjoy, is the issue. This BS debate about Dems vs GOP is garbage and a worthless distraction.   

        Let’s talk about policies, and what’s being done to reverse the imbalance. Who wants to get rid of all regulation? The GOP. Who wants to give yet another tax break to corporations and the very wealthy? The GOP. Who wanted to run headlong into debt default? The GOP. I don’t care if there may be a Democrat or two who got rich(er) using the “system.” That isn’t the point. The point is the callous disregard for the lives, health and quality of life for the majority of Americans demonstrated by politicians. The fact is, the bulk of the offenses lie at the GOP’s door.

      15. Wall Street guy says:

        Ah yes, the old “the GOP ruined everything!” defense.  Please inform me, when did this tyranny begin?  Because, as far as I know from my old, trusty history books, I don’t believe we’ve had a 20-year reign of Republican presidents backed by Republican-controlled Congresses.  

        You say “let’s talk about policies” and then mention several GOP initiatives.  Good job.  But look further.  Where are the Democratic policies?  What have they achieved over the past 20 years?  Here is just as big a problem.  The “good guys,” as you claim, are ineffective, disorganized, and cannot retain control because they don’t have a platform and are unable to maintain momentum due to lack of accomplishment.  Yet we don’t hold them accountable, because we always simply blame the GOP and the cycle repeats.

        It is time to break out of this cycle of incompetence and rebuild the system.  Both parties are flawed, there are no new ideas, corporations are able to control the leaders and therefore sway the packs, and with the packs the election follows.

        In early U.S. history, new ideas were followed by new parties and new leaders.  In current U.S. history, new parties are formed by a rich guy who wants to be on the ballot, and people simply go vote for one of the two major parties as if voting in a poll for their favorite sports team.  

        The problem is not Wall Street, it’s the inability of the American people to comprehend an issue, act upon that issue, and follow through to ensure the results.  

      16. Jakie7 says:

        Well, if you ask Republicans, they will tell you proudly that the Reagan Revolution changed the country yet when they are confronted with the specific consequences of Reaganomics, they pretend that somehow the state of our economy is the democrat’s fault.  This fundamental lie is the problem with their argument.  Which is it?  Was Reaganomics a great success?  Was cutting taxes on the corporate elites a towering success for the economy generally?  After all, taxes on millionaires and billionaires was 50% before 1980 and is around 26% now.  How’d that trickle down work for ya?  How about the fact that for 27 years, economic policy in this country was set by Allan Greenspan, a died in the wool Republican and Ayn Rand free marketeer?  Don’t hear his name mentioned on Limbuagh’s show or Fox news much.  Give Greenspan this much — at least he acknowledged that his policies were completely wrong.  He is the only Republican I have ever heard of who had the integrity and strength of character to apologize for the disaster his vicious and destructive ideology has caused to our economy and our democracy.  The rest of them are so panicked by the crash – and their terror that people will connnect the failure of their free market ideology to Hoover’s – that they throw up all kinds of incoherent smokescreens. Here’s the facts – Republicans controlled the White House from 1980 to 2008 for 20 of 28 years.  Reagan cowed the democratic Congress to cut taxes and de-regulate industry.  Have we forgotten the Gingrich Congress and the Contract WIth America, which locked in those policies?  Those were GOP majorities which de-regulated industry and gave the rich everything they wanted.  As someone who opposed these radical shifts away from the common sense polcies that created the middle class and gave us the greatest middle class and American prosperity in our history, I know I was in the minority.  Funny how the same people who gloat about destroying the New Deal are now whining about how its all someone else’s fault…

      17. nhpoet says:

        There’s a jaded unreality being proliferated by the GOP these days that must be met with stubborn rebuttal like the one presented by Mr. LaGreca. The BIG LIE is a fascist strategy that has worked all too well – going back to the Bush-Cheney years. Now it has started to backfire on neoconservatives because the American People have started to wake up. 

        This “awakening of the American grizzly bear” is what the Japanese government feared while planning the attack on Pearl Harbor. Occupy Wall Street has performed the clarion calling out of the Sons of Liberty to gather at the Liberty Tree.

      18. Chris Busi says:

        do you really think the OWS is what that Japanese where calling a grizzly bear? are you kidding? Listen OWS is not 99% of Americans.  and it doesn’t matter. and they aren’t the “Sons of Liberty” they don’t what Liberty…they aren’t even blaming the government whose job it is to police wall street.

        But really little person you even saying “Sons of Liberty” is a disgrace to them. Please don’t be fooled into thinking you have 99% of Americans backing you.  if this thing ever got out of hand and you bring America to far down…then the real Sons of Liberty will stand up and they will meet you under the tree of liberty. And friend believe me you don’t want that and neither do we.

      19. OWS?? says:

        Take the tin foil hat off. It is making you incoherent.

      20. Surfer says:

        Maybe you require a tin foil hat in order to let some form of learning into your stagnant thought processes. I seriously doubt it would help any, but it sure couldn’t hurt. 

        (see how sarcastic insults only help to inflame? Maybe you learned something after all….)

      21. Chris Busi says:

        No, see that is where you are wrong….the lives, health and quality of life for Americans lie at your door and my door.  Don’t you dare pass by a homeless person or hold back your money from charity to other and then yell that the government should to that job. In fact I would love to see who donates more money to charities to help the homeless. See that’s always been the problem…some people are charitable with their own money and other….are only charitable with other peoples money.  But really this conversation was over years ago…we are paying about $590,000,000 in interest a DAY each and every day when you read this tomorrow we will have paid $1,180,000,000.00 how many people do you think that could have helped?

      22. OWS?? says:

        “The fact is, the bulk of the offenses lie at the GOP’s door.”

        Or in other words “baaa, baaa, baaa”.  Could your argument be any more simplistic?

      23. Wall Street guy says:

        It is comments like “can’t imagine…” and “are you high” that signify why no progress will ever be made.  Did you actually look into the facts behind a certain issue/comment or do you just follow your “feelings” and call others ignorant?  How do you ever expect to convince anyone to listen to your viewpoint if you don’t have defendable/actionable insight backed by fact?

        If you were as knowledgable and informed as you believed, you would realize that Obama and the Democratic party received the highest amount of campaign contributions ever from Wall Street and the financial industry in the last election.

        This isn’t a Republican/Democrat issue.  This is a broken system issue.  I may not agree with the Tea Party message, but they are – in essence – fighting for a similar principle: Taxation without representation.  

        In an age of the internet, online banking, mobile phone apps, the cloud, etc., we should be pushing for the implementation of a Democracy in the U.S., not the Republic that we currently endure.  Let the people decide.  

      24. 99percent says:

        You can’t bring up a corporate-funded joke like the Tea Party and compare it to Occupy Wall Street. The Tea Party is backed by billions of dollars from the Koch brothers in an attempt to raise an army of ignorant people to do their bidding. As part of the “99 percent,” just about every single person in the Tea Party is acting against their own self interest, and indeed working to ensure that they continue to receive “Taxation without Representation.”

        Just saying, comparing the two movements the way you just did is making a false equivalency — the ideals of one have absolutely nothing to do with those of the other. They are — in essence — in direct opposition.

      25. Keep telling yourselves that!  The tea party is “me” and I will see U at the ballot box. I want freedom without restraints, not big government breathing down my neck telling me where or for whom my hard earned wages should support. I believe in something greater than government or another person to solve my problems!

      26. HenryB says:

        You just go ahead and hope for less government. I will hope for a less influential financial system that now funds your fake populist tea party. In your hate for anything government you so called conservatives will continue to work shaker your own interest. Sheep

      27. RanHmn says:

        The only sheep I see are on Wall Street!! Very few have any idea what they are doing there and even fewer can articulate it.

      28. Kt says:

        Hey Henry,
        You want bigger government and your healthcare to be paid for, huh, you like Marxism, socialism? Did you see what happened to USSR? Those systems don’t work and never will work. You just keep your head up ur ass or in the sand and hating what we have in this country. I will see you on the way to a concentration camp in shackles because you just listen to what everyone says in the mainstream media. This may seem extreme but, you may have heard it said that Obama is the anti Christ, not a true statement, I think Satan has honestly taken grip of the dem party. As crazy as it might sound it seems to be that way, read your Bible and you will figure it out eventually. Also, the republicans are not the party that wanted to stop civil rights, that was deems, and now they are changing the message to try and pick up the black vote. That may seem unrelated but it all comes back to the same place eventually. Jesus will always win!!!

      29. Claude says:

        Kt,
        bigger Government than in the US and public healthcare is common in nearly all successful countries in Europe – countries like Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, UK, etc. Do you really want to compare these leading countries with the USSR? You people should really try to get rid of these wrong comparisons. If people want to prohibit private property, then there is a problem. Implementing a modern, efficient Welfare State is economical reasonable and has the power to increase the wealth of a nation.

      30. Nick D says:

        Um, much of Europe is in economic turmoil right now. England, France, Spain and Greece aren’t doing so hot.

      31. Frommie says:

        Are you joking? All those countries you named are socialists…with 60% tax rates. do some reading before you quote anything silly like that.

        I believe in America…why on earth would people want to come here so badly if WE are so bad? Ive been all over the earth and to each of those countries…their cost of living is enormous and the citizenry have nowhere near the power that our citizens have.

        FREEDOM is the word of the day…look it up. Welfare is not the answer..it HELPS but it is not the cure…it is the road…the last turn…to socialism and communism. Please….get a grip

      32. Iamtehfuxor says:

        Bahahaha. Youost any and all credibility when you went off on your crazy fundie rant.

        I don’t think anyone should waste a moment’s time considering the baseless rants of people who still believe in imaginary friends.

        But hey, that’s the right for you. The insane and delusional are their entire constituency.

      33. Silent majority says:

        Jesus was a socialist by the way. Perhaps you should read the bible.

      34. EU DUde says:

        Hey KT:
        Do you want people dying, because they can’t afford the doctor? Do you want freedom of speech and cops to beat the people who speak down? Don’t you think it is human right to have enough to eat? Don’t you think it is a human right to have a roof over your head? Don’T you think it is a human right to say what is in your mind? Don’t you think it is a human right to choose your religion and you should not to be discriminated against you by any other person. Hopefully you will see one day what Jesus means. He loves all people. Not only you or those who follow him. Every single person on this planet are jesus. Or allah. or or or. So better relax. And enjoy these times. If a volcano is melting out, it seems, like it is destroying everything. But after a certain time you have a very rank ground. THink about that. No, better start just thinking. ANd in the next step: Think about that. 

        BTW: “I think Satan has honestly taken grip of the dem party.” -> This really sounds medieval. 

      35. Jason says:

        My god are you really that daft?  USSR?  Marxism?  Please take 2 minutes away from the ideological black hole you reside in to google those words.  They bare no resemblance to what you’re comparing them to.

        That said you’re right… those systems don’t work.  It was proven.  Guess what, a laissez-faire US system doesn’t work either.  Also proven.

        Any rational person dismisses fringe  ideologies and works and lives in the space in between.  Quite simply you can’t foster ingenuity and entrepreneurship without a profit motive, but at the same time we as humans will eat our own young to win so as a society we need regulation and oversight to ensure the basic needs and opportunities for all its people.  

      36. Frommmie says:

        Here is my issue with all of this. We are all falling for the trap of “us vs them” while the elitists play games behind our backs and in front of our faces. What you all dont see is that this is all in the interest of making America fall. It is the FREE citizens of the USA that scares the globalists..and I sit here and read how you all fall into the trap. Bear in mind, that one side is supporting the globalists without any restrictions and the other is supporting freedom for ALL Americans. you will need to read between the lines and figure that all out.

        For me its simple…anyone who wants “social” anything is part of the problem and in MY viewpoint isnt for freedom of the populace. Somehow, some way the American public better wake up or ALL of us..yes all of us…supporters of one side or the other, will be in deep trouble. One day it will be too late and we will be standing there wondering how we got to that point…and it will be too late to blame conservatives or democrats….we will KNOW it was socialist/communist infiltrators. I for one, am ready, one way or another

      37. News UCanUse says:

        You want the unregulated chemical industry to poison you and your family with unregulated toxins so that those holding the stock can make a bit higher profit?

      38. News UCanUse says:

        The higher power must be Natural Selection!

      39. ccDiane says:

        But isn’t the Tea Party just the welfare recipient of the GOP? The Tea Party doesn’t fund campaigns, and there aren’t any candidates on the ballot with (Tea) after their name.

      40. Frommie says:

        It is a MOVEMENT…not a party. It is people who have had enough with taxation, constitutional bashing and socialist programs. Really…read both sides..I do.

        Its called an opinion…. once you KNOW both sides…otherwise you are a voice for one side only.

      41. Susand900 says:

        OMG you are so lame.  Typical teaper who does not face reality.  If you opened your eyes just one time, you would have to admit that the Tea Party was co-opted by the Kochs and Dick Armey behind Freedom Works.  Jeez just do a whois on Freedom Works if you have the guts.  My guess is you do not.

      42. Kt says:

        I have been involved with the tea party and the funding is coming from people that are concerned where this country is headed. The guy in the video is talking about things that even the bible says we will always have with us, the poor, and the new healthcare has been said to raise premiums around say 55-95%. for the elderly it won’t be raised because they won’t be treated at all ie. Death panels…

      43. Frommie says:

        The new healthcare system has been tried EVERY time a “certain” party has come to power. It is ONE of the tenets of communism….read about it….you might be shocked!

        Also….mandatory healthcare will never lower costs…..look what happened when Americans were duped (yes, duped…go read about it) into agreeing into mandatory car insurance….insured personnel went down and prices rose 700% in a matter of days. I for one..NEVER EVER listen to people who want MANDATORY anything. Either you do it or you dont. Thats called…FREE…DOM

      44. Chris Busi says:

        you have a valid point. To compare the OWS to the tea party is ridiculous. One is for independant responsibility and the other is for the nanny state. One if for what makes America the best country on the planet. The other wants to punish anybody who succeeds.  One things that everybody is Taxed Enough Already the other wants to lay down a huge “envy” tax (because they envy the rich) One is honest people who work hard the other hardly works.  One is for what America was founded on the other wants to “fundamentally transform” this country.

      45. Ann Stovel says:

        The blame game has to stop, no kidding.  The Democrats had control of the senate and congress the last 2 terms of GWB last term and the first two years of this administration.  Yet everywhere I turn I hear another person blaming the Republicans.  I voted Democrat starting in 1988 (18 years old) and in 2008 switched parties.  The GOP to me stands for hard work and taking responsibility for oneself/family. 

      46. Anonymous says:

        “The blame game has to stop…” and then you blame the Democrats. And then in 2008 , when George Bush bailed out the banksters and bought GM (yes, that’s right – GW bailed out GM in December of 2008 by EXECUTIVE ORDER – look it up) you changed parties to the “hard working, personal responsibility” Republican party. In 2008.  Really?

        Really?

      47. Frommie says:

        Ann….
        I agree with you….

        I believe that it was Churchill who said “if you are young and are not liberal, you have no heart, if you are older and are not conservative, you have no head”. I was born and raised in the liberal bastion of Mass….I too, was that way until I reached the age of ….reason

      48. Millerinterserv says:

        are you kidding me?? the ancient Greeks (to whom we owe the idea of democracy to) had it even worse. In a democracy everyone has an obligation to speak about every issue (Yes, that mean everyone) and then decide by vote on that issue. You think things are messed up now… Also you premise is wrong, we are not a republic anymore. Were a hybrid republic/democracy and it isn’t working. Republics do work, they just take vigilance which most citizens won’t do.

      49. Chris Busi says:

        Hey Genius, Before you question the mentality of anybody you might want to check yourself. I believe he was refering to political donations which “Wall Street” heavily favors the democratic party. That might be what he was talking about.  Anyway it doesn’t really matter because the terrible 1% who only pays 40% of the tax bill aren’t doing ANYTHING to help. And my favorite they aren’t paying their “fair share” which is correct but not how you or our President is thinking. Because a “fair share” for 1% of the population to pay is 1%…I mean if you take all the bull and the greedy people (and by greedy people I am talking about the 99% that want to steal more of the 1% money) and you just talk about basic that’s how it works. 10% of the people should pay 10% of the tax bill…instead they are paying 70% and they are told by the president that they aren’t paying their ‘fair share’ explain? But no worries the president called Bush “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” because he increase the debt 4 trillion in 8 years…and he was right….but the president has increased our debt 4 trillion in less then 3 years??? How can some people be so blind? But again what do I know I must be an idiot, ignorant and easily manipulated… I am agreeing with you because shh I don’t want to wake you up.

      50. OWS?? says:

        Hmm. How could anyone think Democrats are on Wall Street? Are you serious.

        Before you blather on about “the idiots, the ignorant and easily manipulated”, educate yourself. Your lack of self-awareness is as startling as your lack of awareness of who funds the Democrat party.

      51. Caplain says:

        Where did you get the idea that Hedge Fund Managers are Republicans? Did it just seem like a reasonable assumption? Do some research.

      52. Jtyson says:

        Sir, the money on Wall St is Democrat. You can’t really be serious that you were unaware of this? Been to East Hampton lately? Upper West Side? How about St Barts?

      53. Frommie says:

        You definitely have a point there…but you forget…its not democrats…I know too many who are not that bad….its the socialists inside the party….and yes, there are some in the Repub party too.

        Power is greedy…

        When you have all the money..why not have all the power, position and prestige that go with it. That is THEIR thought….

        damn…our forefathers were SO Smart to see all this coming…and we blindly let it all happen.

      54. LMW6 says:

        Soros Fund Management LLC is an American, privately held, hedge fund management firm founded in 1969 by George Soros. 

      55. OWS?? says:

        Are you kidding? Do you not realize that Obama was far more heavily supported by Wall Street than was McCain?

        Do you not realize that Chuck Schumer has been the biggest lapdog for the hedge funds?

        Please. You are embarrassing yourself.

      56. Anonymous says:

        You do realize you are coming across as a giggling, infantile madman, right?

        Feel free to add a coherent point in the future.

      57. First and foremost… occupy Wall Street isn’t a movement against Democrats or Republicans.  It is a movement against corruption of the political system by large scale corporate money.  I agree that Fox News does not always give “Fair and Balanced” coverage… by their own admission.  That, however, is not the point.
        Secondly, there are Democrats and Republicans on Wall Street, both of whom have committed crimes and gotten away with it.  Even the Obama administration has many of its financial movers being drawn from the crowd of people who caused this problem.
        We, as Americans, need to leave the party lines at the door. Quit the Democrat vs. Republican bickering and name-calling.  Bring studies and facts to the floor to discuss, and start realized we have all been robbed by a system that increasingly favors criminals.  Quit jailing poor criminals while letting rich criminals walk.  Stop yelling socialist and marxist at everyone who wants to see equal protection of our freedoms under the law.  This is not a socialist movement meant to tear down capitalism… this is a movement to protect the very values of capitalism.  Values like competition, which is severely inhibited in today’s markets.

      58. Frommie says:

        I agree…if it were all plain americans there on wall street….

        But you know…deep in your heart  that it isnt…its being manipulated by the same people you talk about who let criminals walk….

        I too am for most of the reforms they talk about…but I DO smell socialist backing..and that in itself makes me cringe. We do however need to band together and put a stop to all of this. Time to take it all back…and give it back to the people.

    2. OWS?? says:

      They hold up a lot better than that bit of dorm room rhetoric. What silliness.

  3. Thomas says:

    well, the sound and image are really bad… but the content of the interview is to be aired. Thanks.

  4. NDrew says:

    @ GaiaLogic: Yeah because in a time of economic uncertainty and unemployment hovering over 9 per cent, it’s smart to screw your boss and put your own job on the line.

  5. Smokejack says:

    Jesse LaGreca makes Fox looks exactly what it is – a trashy mouthpiece for the far right corporate machine and Murdoch’s little helpers. This should be shown across the US and maybe those people who somehow truly believe that Fox is balanced and fair will now get the joke.

    1. Kea says:

      Agreed. FOX can never be considered as fair and balanced as, say, MSNBC. They should have dedicated all their resources to covering a “protest” protesting noone knows what in front of some unoccupied buildings housing few if any corporations the “protestors” think they’re protesting.
      Obviously. And of course it was just a sham that they were there covering anything. How unfair can you get?

      1. Rob M says:

        Difference? MSNBC would have aired this person’s viewpoint even if were on the right. Fox did not. If you say they are protesting ‘..noone knows what..’  you didn’t see the video or read/see the news about this.

      2. Dave says:

        MSNBC does not condone views contrary to its liberal orthodoxy. Mr.Olberman et al would crumble under the weight of a different opinion supported by, oh what are those pesky things again…oh yes, facts.

      3. Frommie says:

        HAHA Facts? what are those…try not confusing some of these people with that word…

        That page was taken out of their dictionaries…since its on the same page as freedom (Of course its not on the same page…just making a point)

    2. Caplain says:

      Fox is the most trusted news source by both republicans and democrats. This has been demonstrated repeatedly by numerous polls conducted by numerous polling organizations. Of course, from the perspective of the far fringe, at either end of the political spectrum, Fox would naturally appear to be biased.

    3. Frommie says:

      Why do ALL the people who watch MSLSD, CNN and all the other..NON fair and balanced news stations hate FOX?? really….can you go on any of those news stations and see Dems and coservatives arguing one point and everyone getting their say…

      I DONT think so…I watch all of them…and though FOX may be all that you said..it is FAIRER than all the others.

  6. Dbutler says:

    He says, “As far as seeing this end, I *wouldn’t* like to see this end.” 

    1. Megan McCarthy says:

      You’re right. Sorry, that was a transcription error on our part. Thanks for the catch. Fixed now.

  7. Anonymous says:

    He totally failed at getting the sound bites he was supposed to get. Looks like he’ll be getting a talking to when he gets back.

  8. Noir says:

    Very nicely done by LaGreca. I don’t think the video and audio we’re seeing and hearing was done by Fox itself. I think someone else on the scene recorded it. Nice Job. And that brings me to a point: this kind of exposure is great.  And having someone like LaGreca be one of a few key spokespeople for the movement is a tremendous idea.  It’s at least one way to help keep the message focused, and cut down on shennanigans by smart-alec so-called news ‘organs’ like FOX.
    It’s a great way to ‘ Keep ‘em Honest’. Ha.

  9. GangsJames says:

    Actually, if people stopped complaining about Fox and spent a little time actually WATCHING their broadcasts or READING their websites, you would see that the proclamation that they are not covering this event is not simply false, it is utterly dishonest.

    But that would require effort on the critics of FOX. Additionally, these people are whining that they’re not getting the coverage they feel they deserve. Well…it’s not up to you to decide what coverage an event gets.

      1. GangsJames says:

         If you go to the main FOX page, you will see, halfway down, two links to news stories; one about the protest going into its third week, another, about protests spreading to Canada.

      2. Matthew S. says:

        Occupy Wall Street originated in Canada, it did not spread there. That goes to show you how well Fox News is covering this event.

      3. GangsJames says:

         It may have originated there, but that is not the issue at hand; the protests coming this week are most certainly new, and in that regard, Fox is correct.

      4. Righteous1 says:

        Yeah, a little late to the party.  It’s been going on for weeks and they started paying attention to it maybe a week ago…and why?   Because it’s STARTING to get attention on a national mainstream level.  SO the conservative mouth piece that is Fox “News” needs to jump in an head off any of their viewers independent thoughts about it.  They are in “damage control” mode.  That’s it.  Mock it and make it look stupid, ludicrous and ridiculous before the actual reason and message get out.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I just rented “Mr Smith Goes to Washington”.  Even though it was made in 1939, the characters in the movie remind me of the way Washington is today and the media mogul who controls the senator in the film is evil, like Fox News-Roger Ailes and the Koch Bros.  The point is, Fox News emphasizes the republican, wealthy investor-class view at all times.  It is totally slanted to wealthy corporate business men, who use Fox to spread their nonsensical propaganda to persuade the underclass, working poor and white trash, trailer-park, Tea Bagger crowd to vote against their own self interests.  It is both sick and perverse and amazing to watch as these wealthy goons get their way with the folks who cannot afford the corporate attacks on their wages and health care costs, but vote against issues that are designed to help the 98% of us who are not well-off, but struggle each day to make ends meet and avoid the banksters and their evil Fair Isaac Credit Score system.

  11. Cody Young says:

    I wouldn’t air this either. His reasoning is specious and his viewpoints hardly objective by any means. He is every bit a victim of propaganda himself, its just coming from a contrary to conservative source.

    According to the World Bank, 80% of humanity exists on maybe 1000USD a year, our poverty line is just over twenty thousand and our standards of living have been steadily rising for 30 years, not decreasing. Thirty years ago two televisions and microwave per household was considered a sign of upward mobility, now they are basic assumptions, along with game consoles and computers. According to recent sampling, the majority of American poor live in the Suburbs. I means, for fucks sake, the article on that debuted on Yahoo! and was written by the AP -hardly a bastion of conservative sentiment No offense, but if you’ve got a car, an Xbox and a cell phone, I can’t really takes your claims of poverty as being sincere.

    News Corp is being investigated because one of their tabloids was unethical and accumulating information through deceptive means which compromised individual’s rights to privacy. . .A tabloid which was dismantled weeks after their activities came to light. Before the law became involved. Sure Fox is owned by it, so is the Wall Street Journal. Whats the point? Every paper is run independently from one another. Just because Rubert Murdoch owns them doesn’t mean they are all run by him towards the end of some greater conservative conspiracy, that assumption is just ridiculous.

    Furthermore, its that not that the economic model for pro-profit healthcare is flawed, its that litigation and legal protection fees have unduely influenced the process. As an example, if a baby is born and not delivered by C-Section and develops Cerebral Palsy, the hospital and doctors involved in the operation are all liable. No ties have ever been drawn linking the two, in fact, CP arises about 2% of the time regardless of the manner of delivery, but that seems to be immaterial.

    But see, pointing out the flaws to this man’s disjointed, disconnected arguments can’t be done in a soundbite, and really, thats why the “media” wouldn’t be interested. If it can’t be contained in a single sentence rebuttal, its entertainment value becomes nil. O’Reilly isn’t news, its entertainment. He’s no more a journalist than Jon Stewart. However, you are journalists and I would expect better from you.

    The Wallstreet Takeover thing is pretty overrated. Its more angst than anger, and more  party than protest. I didn’t find much interesting there personally.

    1. john says:

      Tort reform has been tried in TX and CA and has had no effect on pricing. And it certainly has nothing to do with health insurance itself. Frankly, it is most likely hyped so that Insurance companies (the same ones who run our health insurance system) can sell malpractice insurance.

      1. Cody Young says:

        You’re quite right, tort reform does not work and never has. Forget about the fact that it undermines 7th Amendment rights for a moment, it is just bad math. The damages paid out in those lawsuits only make up 1% of a the average hospital’s operating costs (Texas has some of the worst medical infrastructure and physicians in the nation, and California hemorrhages money treating those whom either can’t or elect not to pay their bills, which are separate issues of different causation and while specific to those states, not exactly uncommon overall). Most juries are naturally sympathetic to the physicians, and doctors win 80-90% of their suits.

        Thats also part of the problem though, because while malpractice suits are rare due to their incredible cost, even in victory the hospital ultimately loses financially in any event. Whether there are lawsuits or not, lawyers must be retained, chief medical examiners have to be maintained to go over every case of comprehensive surgery -before and after-, insurance coverages have to be kept on physicians, attendants and establishments, and all of these investments required to operate do not add a single cent of value to the quality of care administered.

        Thats why Congress passed a bill this year awarding 100millionUSD to the states which can come up with an effective alternative to current tort measures. I apologise John, I don’t have an answer to this one, my knowledge of the issue is superficial at best.  I was simply trying to point out that it is simplistic to assume the staggering cost of healthcare is due simply to profiteering medical professionals and corporations.

      2. Anonymous says:

        A much bigger factor in how our healthcare inflation is rising so rapidly is the abandoned costs of the uninsured. The uninsured are charged the full price without discounts offered to insurance companies, and invariably those prices are absurd. The uninsured usually doesn’t have the money to pay those prices, but also upon seeing that having a nurse administer 2 tylenol costs $50, thinks that it’s price gouging and refuses to pay. Since the hospital, or even medical practice, fails to collect, after 90 or 120 days sells the bills to collection agencies for sometimes less than 10 cents on the dollar, effectively collecting one tenth or less than the amount charged. Over $60 billion was abandoned last year, and while that’s less than 1% of healthcare costs, with the selling of bills to collectors, there’s a huge incentive to overcharge in the first place so that 10% of a bill’s value is much closer to actual operating costs.

    2. Mark2100 says:

      Of course there isn’t some right wing conspiracy, like everytime a republican politician gets in trouble fox news ‘accidently’ puts a D next to their name instead of an R, over and over. Or when they tried to paint Elena Kagen as a lesbian, it started off in their paper one day, next day on fox an friends, next day on beck and then hannity. No narrative to see here, move along.

    3. Anonymous says:

      +1.  Not only are Jesse’s fundamentals off, as Cody describes, but he is plinking at straw men. As a conservative it’s amusing to see what the left considers zingers – the vast majority of American leftists simply lack sufficient familiarity with the American right to mock it in a way that stings. (Stephen Colbert was once an exception, but his blade has dulled.)

      Just on the math of Federal entitlements, anyone under 35 who supports an expanding welfare state is supporting his or her own FICA serfdom. Privileged brats in Manhattan can pout all they want, but out in the rest of the country younger people are coming to realize that the welfare state is an obstacle to their happiness, not its protector.

      1. Righteous1 says:

        Translation:  I’ve got nothing and can’t argue against what he said, so I will assume, generalize and make shit up about what he thinks and attack him that way….

      2. Anonymous says:

        “Attack?” I was conversing with Cody and not attacking anybody. I think any U.S. conservative understands the two points I was making.

      3. Righteous1 says:

        “Privileged brats in Manhattan can pout all they want, but out in the
        rest of the country younger people are coming to realize that the
        welfare state is an obstacle to their happiness, not its protector.”

        Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…AND that’s not an attack on this kids Jesse and the kids protesting????RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT.

        Proving yet again what hypocritical non-thinking dipshits most “conservatives” are.  Denying something they did, when the proof is there that they just did it! 

    4. Nicko says:

      @facebook-100002364480630:disqus
      We have the most developed economy in the world and yet our system as its been constructed keeps 12% of its people out of a job, another 20% struggling to get by on a monthly basis while  giving the top 10% a completely oversized piece of the pie.

      We are not a third world country (although the rate which the rich/poor gap is increasing, we may have a ludicrously top heavy aristocratic social hierarchy before long), so its pointless to say the tens of millions of struggling people with a $20,000 salary in the USA don’t have the right to complain about their situation because there are a third world countries where the poor sleep on dirt floors while making $2 a day. Its apples and oranges and I’ll tell you why.

      America is a very wealthy country which historically has had enough to offer an excellent standard of living to its very healthy and sizable middle class. This is the way it was for many years prior to the 1980′s, when taxes were higher on the rich and leaders represented the workers rather than the corporations looking to take their jobs abroad.

      The US system created this middle class and now it is being whittled away. But we retain that standard and expectation of a decent life for our middle class because there is no reason for it not to work, if not for greed by corporations/bankers ruled by the rich and indifferent politicians that allow  the money to shift to the top. It is not a third world country with an economy and infrastructure only slightly developed in the last fifty years. It is not a war torn country. It is not (yet) a country where the top class rules unquestioned and pushes forth evil, self serving agendas to the 95% of uneducated, people beneath them that are kept in a low position and without rights so as to not usurp any power of the rich.

      So you avoid the truth when you compare the two situations. Unless you’ll only take this seriously when the US is a wartorn country with no infrastructure and the vast majority of people sleeping on dirt floors, without electricity, and making $2/day.

      You are an intelligent guy able to speak on a variety of topics, but remember that there will always be a struggle between the rich and poor, and never should one side control the situation with too an overabundance of strength and authority. You are missing out on the fact that the rich in America have achieved this level of dominance and its destroying the system.

      1. Cody Young says:

        I agree with much of that, where I disagree with you is regards to how responsibility is assigned. If I am understanding you correctly, you seem to infer the economic model of a country is accountable for the ultimate wealth allocation to the individuals within that state. I believe that economic model is only required to create oppourunities for the citizens of that state to share the wealth produced.

        From my own experiences, I have found amongst those I know whom exist at or just above the poverty level, largely find themselves in that position due to their own short sightedness and poor judgement. They live paycheck to paycheck, but in relative comfort. Those with jobs are not ambitious, they are not constantly fine tuning their resumes and looking for oppourtunities to exploit to get themselves ahead. They wait, patiently, to move upward in whatever line of business they are currently in. Money that could be saved and put away towards future expenses or to address unforeseen emergencies is often squandered on entertainment, meals and distractions.  Most live in apartments which will never repay the investment they make into them each month.

        I don’t see the difference between the rich and poor being one of advantage, but rather mentality. Those whom are successful often strive for it.  There will always be the Bernie Madoff’s preying upon the trust of others. I have sympathy for the victims of such predation.  And there will always be the lesser evil of those looking to exploit the wealth of someone else legally, like the investors of Enron -a company which produced nothing even before the illusion of profitability was lost.  By and large however, I think such elements are anomalies, I believe most wealthy people come by their means honestly.

        I am not saying that the American economic model is perfect, every President since Nixon has moved more mercantile and industry overseas while decreasing the overall value of the dollar, a trend which will see the ruination of this country before too many more decades. But I cannot see any better economic platform to build upon either.

      2. Michael Walsh says:

        I think it is quite unfair for you to generalize a large portion of society.  Your “experiences” can hardly be used as evidence of anything.  I can do the same thing.

        From my own experiences, I have found amongst those I know whom exist at or just above the poverty level, largely find themselves in that position due to things beyond their control.  They live paycheck to paycheck, forgoing personal entertainment in order to provide food and clothing for their children.  Their jobs offer little in the way of possible progression, and they have very little free time in order to further their education in order to enhance or change their careers.  Money that could be saved is oftentimes used for unexpected expenditures such as doctor visits for the children, or car trouble, etc.  Most live in apartments because money cannot be saved for a down payment.  And we all know what happens when loans are given to people without the means to make good down payments.

        No wealthy person gets their by themselves.  Sure they had an idea and they built their factories.  But the product was produced by lower classes, their goods moved across publicly funded infrastructure, their factories protected from by police and firefighters.  So yes, they should keep a good chunk of their money for their work, but based on our underlying social contract, they need to give a good chunk of that to pay it forward for the next person to come along with a good idea.

      3. Elegies says:

        If you’re going to use someone’s words/thoughts (Elizabeth Warrens to be exact),  quote them. If you don’t, it’s plagiarism.

        “No wealthy person gets there by themselves.  Sure they had an idea and
        they built their factories.  But the product was produced by lower
        classes, their goods moved across publicly funded infrastructure, their
        factories protected from by police and firefighters.  So yes, they
        should keep a good chunk of their money for their work, but based on our
        underlying social contract, they need to give a good chunk of that to
        pay it forward for the next person to come along with a good idea.”
        -Elizabeth Warren

      4. Anonymous says:

        To be fair, I don’t believe that’s an exact quote.  Still, Elizabeth Warren should be attributed (just don’t use quotes if it isn’t a direct quote).

      5. Sue Hamilton says:

        Why does it matter? It still doesn’t address the truth of the statement–quibbling about its author and its attribution does nothing other than that.

        It is not up to anyone to assign responsibility for this mess anywhere other that to the thievery that continues to cause it. That thievery is enabled by an out of control capitalist system which now owns the government of a lot of “first world countries”. We have got to quit sidetracking ourselves over these ludicrous, nit-picky BS things that do not matter and GET MAD AND STAY MAD.

      6. GAJ says:

        These are things average people have been saying for YEARS. I’m glad Warren has people’s attention and is saying these things where people can notice, but acting as though she’s the only person to phrase these things this way is completely stupid.

      7. American says:

        Yes, therefore we are free to dismiss everything he said. Typical.

      8. zack kapone says:

        If nothing else comes of OWS, at least for a moment, Americans opened their eyes and minds and started to have a purposeful dialogue. I’m sorry to get in the middle of this pissing contest, but I just want to thank all of you here for taking the time to think, debate, challenge each other, and have an intelligent conversation all while maintaining respect for each other. This is the way problems should be solved. Turn off your fucking TVs and start thinking! 

      9. Joe P says:

        Very true, they need to pay it forward. To the employees who work in their factories and who transport their products and provide the healthcare they need and who protect their factories and maintain the publicly funded infrastructure. This “paying it forward” is generally referred to as wages and taxes, which they are already paying. Look at the world around you, and please note how well the countries founded on non-capitalistic systems are doing. Look at the healthcare systems in Canada and the UK. Sure, their healthcare is cheaper, but at what cost? Not many hospitals in the UK have the equipment that small local hospitals have in the US. You may end up waiting a while for a CAT scan whereas here you walk into the ER, and before you go home you can get in. Many Canadians get their medications through gov’t subsidized plans, but their healthcare in the US. Not because American doctors are better by virtue of location or education or anything else, but rather because the system is effective. The ineffective part of the system isn’t for-profit healthcare, but rather for-profit litigation in medical malpractice suits. Going back to your statement, that next person who comes up with a good idea needs not only the idea, but the ambition to produce the means to follow through upon it.

        There are always challenges that people will face, and in part of everything is luck. But while luck is a factor, almost anything can be overcome. You refer to having to pay for things for their children, but children don’t just appear. If someone is not physically, mentally, emotionally and financially prepared to have a child, then they should not do so. It’s not a magic trick or an unpreventable occurrence. If someone has to “forgo personal entertainment in order to provide food and clothing for their children” then they are doing the right thing, but they also put themselves into that situation.

      10. Digger131 says:

        As a British Ex-pat living in Canada, I have to disagree with you.  There are many flaws in the universal healthcare, free at the point of use system, but the ideology behind it – ie – that one of the mainstays of a fair and just society is that no-one should suffer or die because they lack the funds for healthcare – seems a sound one to me. Yes, we have huge debates in the UK about the cost and structure of our healthcare, but it’s a service that the vast majority of people, no matter what their political views, wouldn’t want to abolish.  Health Insurance companies work for one beneficiary, and that’s their shareholders.  The ideology of having healthcare run for the profit of others makes most Brits, and a lot of Europeans profoundly uneasy, and rightly so.  Knowing that a chunk of our taxes goes to fund the NHS is not a problem for British people in general, and we are terribly afraid of having a US style system introduced (see debates since the Lib/Con govt came into power).  The scaremongering that has gone on in the US about any other form of healthcare besides the one in place is utterly depressing for the rest of the world to watch. 

      11. Frommie says:

        Chunk of your taxes? That is true…the Europeans pay a tremendous tax..and what do the people get out of this??? Hmmm….not much….

        Now…personally, I dont care what europeans think about what we do in the US…we know that you dont have what we have and we sure dont care…if its a good idea…we will try to figure out a way to make it work in OUR System….if its not a good idea…and socialism isnt a good one..its proven to be a bad one…we wont use it..regardless of how the rest of the world feels.

        Finally…if there was ONE person in the US who has died because they did not get health care because they deserved it and didnt get it, please give me the name of that person..because I know that our leftists would have already broadcast that name across the world….and used them as a martyr. It is not a right to get free healthcare….it is human to give that person care if needed. In the US, NO ONE is ever denied health care in emergencies…..and why would anyone go to a hospital for any other reason…if you have a cold..buy cold medicine or vitamins. I am totally tired of hearing people say that this is a right, that is a right etc…

        Either you have it or you dont…sometimes it takes work to get it, but NO ONE should be handed anything FREE…because in the end, its NOT free to someone….it comes from someone or somewhere.

      12. Mark says:

        I’ve personally experienced the Canadian healthcare system, and I’d say the US system provides about 10x better care on average. I’ve heard the British system is even worse.

        I think it’s unjust that people die and suffer from diseases in Canada and Europe that are fully treatable in this country. Cold hard facts: Prostate cancer kills 50% in the UK, and less than 8% in the US. In Canada, you will wait a year to get an MRI than could save your life. In the US, you can most likely get one tomorrow. Time is a huge factor in survival rates, and the fact is that the US system has far more resources and is therefore quicker and more efficient.

        The problem with your ideology is that it’s unrealistic. Good healthcare costs money (and lots of money), and so the only question is how society ends up paying for it. When you have government as your middle man handling all the expenses, everything becomes more inefficient. You don’t get what you pay for. Even worse, no one gets any choice in the matter. Insurance companies are also middle men, but slightly better because at least you have choices. If one insurance company starts making unreasonable demands about your healthcare choices, you walk away and find another. You can’t do that when government has a monopoly control of the whole system.

        Of course, our system is not the best. The best system would get rid of the middle man entirely. You pay the doctor directly, and if he refuses to help you because he thinks you’re too poor, then he is the one responsible for letting you suffer and die. It’s not government’s fault. It’s not some big insurance company’s fault. It’s his conscience that’s at stake. That’s called personal responsibility! Many doctors know what it’s like to struggle financially, since they had to pay off huge debts after medical school. At the same time, the patient has a personal responsibility to try to pay his debts to the doctor. 

        Everything should be about personal responsibility.

      13. Joe says:

        Many Canadians get their medications through gov’t subsidized plans, but their healthcare in the US. Not because American doctors are better by virtue of location or education or anything else, but rather because the system is effective.
        I’m a Canadian, and I can tell you this is a complete and total crock.  Out of a population of 34 million, at most a few hundred people seek treatment in the U.S.  annually. In survey after survey, well in excess of 85% of Canadians approve of our system, and would NOT trade it for an American-style healthcare system.  You Americans seem to forget that we once had a system identical to yours — the only difference is we kicked out the insurance companies two generations ago. 

        Sure, our system isn’t perfect — what system is?  I’m here to tell you the truth about the Canadian healthcare system — this idea that Canadians are flocking to the U.S. for treatment is a complete fabrication. 

      14. Mark says:

        Right…you’re not likely to flee to the U.S. because you got a sudden case of the sniffles, and you’re catching a cold.

        It may be a minority of Canadians that cross the border every year to seek medical help, but most of them that I’ve known had very good reason to do so.

        Most people don’t care that much about the quality of their healthcare, until they get really sick and realize their doctor isn’t helping them…

      15. Dave says:

        the top tax bracket is nearly 30% just for federal income tax. So a simple example: A person declares $10,000,000 in income…he is very rich. He pays nearly $3,000,000 in federal income tax. He will also pay higher amounts in state and local taxes as well as property taxes (though these would be more only if he chooses to live in a more expensive home). I am a high school teacher, but I don’t think I an entitled to 1 cent of this man’s income, just as I don’t believe a $20,000/year worker in entitle to any part of my income.

      16. Frommie says:

        I agree with you in regard to feeling that I deserve one ent of another persons money…good for you….that is one of the big problems today..everyone WANTS a free handout for others hard work.

        However, the highest tax bracket is ABOVE 30% and these people want it to go higher….seriously…at what point would ANY human being want to work their tails off so uncle sam can take that money and give it to others…whom THEY feel deserve it.

        I wouldnt even bother working hard any more if that were the case. At that 30% rate, plus State, county, city and SALES taxes…jack that rate close to 40-50% without raising federal income taxes…

        Add the “Fees”, Tolls, charges, rates etc…and the average American, whether RICH or not is paying exorbitant amounts of money to people, governments etc. In the end, that person who makes 10 million…never ever sees even close to that amount…..when all is said and done…it will be 3 million if they are lucky. Now…lets look at middle class….say a family makes $100,000….the numbers  dont change…you might be lucky enough to have $20,000 left over….and you havent even paid your bills yet. Im looking at worst case scenarios of course…for instance, living in Maryland, Mass, California or NY. Those are REAL numbers.

        I am happy to say my “take home”…went up when I moved to the state I live in now.

         

      17. Mr. Dat says:

        While I agree with some of your points outlined, I also believe you’re subjectively belittling the issues in question as if all was basically “somehow okay”. Minding that this Jesse persona had a little time to speak, he used it in a fabulous fashion, underlining some of the crucial questions that we should be asking ourselves at this point in time where the balance of old bony economics and general transparency is in question. I can’t recall a single Nietzsche-worth “evolve into something better” historical change without a direct push required. Simply – look at this world around you, we can most probably do better and should always strive for better, but that won’t happen through watching Fox at home. That’s a degenerative status.

      18. Righteous1 says:

        “I don’t see the difference between the rich and poor being one of
        advantage, but rather mentality. Those whom are successful often strive
        for it.”   REALLY?  So George Bush, Paris Hilton, et al.  HAD NO ADVANTAGES?
        Are you stupid or delusional?

      19. Andy says:

        Well, how do you think those people’s parents got there in the first place? It was hard laborious work and a persistent mentality towards achieving wealth. Hard work by anyone to accelerate his family and future families is a noble pursuit and degrading their hard efforts to provide for his family beyond living paycheck to paycheck and perhaps even comfortably wealthy is intolerable.

      20. Curtis Pickrell says:

        That was their parents… don’t be a mooch, do the work yourself. is it a crime to level the playing field? As it stands, we’re not all born equal.

        i’d say a degradation of their pursuit is the fact that their kids can wipe their asses with 100 dollar bills and didn’t have to do a damn thing for it. I’d think they’d want to cultivate a hard working family, and not one that takes everything for granted. familial entitlement is bullshit.

        we got rid of the monarch system cuz you could hand down power to your kids….

        i’m not saying it’s a cut and dry argument, and all money should be absolved upon death, but you rarely hear this side of it.

      21. D says:

        GW Bush’ grand-pappy Prescott was a banker for the Nazis before his bank was seized by the US Feds…it also helps if your daddy is head of the CIA, and VP, then President of  the USA.

        But hey, this is why there are estate taxes, to stop wealthy families from becoming extremely wealthy and powerful families that can take countries to war. Now, Corporations are taking us to war…

      22. Frommie says:

        Corporations are run by the wealthy..and I am NOT against wealth…I didnt work my whole life to become poor…if that is your goal…and it is a hefty one…then choose that path and live with it.

        However, the American Dream is to do well…period….for you, and your family.

        And since you spoke of the Nazi’s, there are ALOT of other people you left out and even a higher amount who backed the Russians…..

        War is a money maker and it always has been….that goes back centuries and millenia. I dont think that this is a new idea….seriously….if you want to fix problems that humans cause…the only way to do that is to get rid of humans. In the end, I prefer that EACH person follow the path of their heart, and ty to change evil (yes in all forms) when they confront it. 

      23. Raffaella says:

        How many generations ago? Do you seriously think there is no advantage to being born a trust fund baby who’s expected to attend college as opposed to working class who has to get out there and earn a paycheck (never mind college being a completely out of reach expense)  often before they even finish high school. 
        Is this why more and more children are going without anything resembling proper nutrition, heath and dental care? Clearly they just need to be more motivated! 

        Bootstraps for babies!!

      24. Veoletta Hayward says:

        Are you serious about college being out of reach for poor people? Ever hear of the Pell Grant? College is free for poor people. It’s my kids who have to pay for college. Everything is free for the poor people. That’s why they won’t go out and get a job. I and the rest of the tax payers support them.?

      25. David Groff says:

        And the hateful Republicans are about to cut off all Pell grants for students who are not attending full time.  Land of opportunity, anyone? Everything is free for poor people, yes–including poverty, dauntedness, bad health, stressed and fractured families, the denial of hope, and early death. 

      26. Righteous1 says:

        College is FREE for poor people?
        What reality do you live in?  It sounds nice….

      27. Joe says:

        College isn’t free for poor people, at least not in the U.S. and Canada. In Ireland, post-secondary education is free, as it is also in Finland. My nephew married a Finn, and he’s finishing up university in Finland. He’s studying computer science, in English and all he has to pay for is books and living expenses. He’s getting a first class education and, by the time he finishes, he won’t in in debt to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, as he would have been had he stayed here in Canada. 

      28. Twilliams889 says:

        Did you really just imply the school is free for poor people? My husband and i barely clear 21,000 a year while raising an infant. I go to school full time and my cost of attendence to an in state university is 12,000 a school year. My pell grant ONLY covers 5000 of my tuition a year! The rest i pay for through student loans which has added up to a whopping 40000. And i still have 1 year left. I am not even entirely sure how i am going to pay that back considering job prospects where i live look incredibly bleak. Btw, i am an Applachian. I do not get any government assistance except for my sons healthcare. My bills fall behind so i can put food on the table. I have tried tp get assistance but becauaw my husband works and i am a student, the govt. Is under some delusion we do not need the help. So please, before you spout off ignorant comments, look at the facts. The poor get nothing for free and stand to have to pay out more in taxes where we can barely get by as it is. This country is a disgrace and the american dream will always be a dream for people like me. Never a reality no matter how hard we work. Get over yourself please.

      29. Twilliams889 says:

        I apologize for my typos. I type quickly in the heat of the moment and rarely proof myself. But seriously… Get off your high horse. K, thanks.

      30. Peter Harris says:

        “Everything is free for the poor people ?”   Oh good grief !

      31. A Spra says:

        I dislike people like you.  That is my opinion.  Nothing personal against you, I just despise you.  I am a college student who works 6 days a week, and gets nearly free school, and its not some cake walk like most Conservatives would have you believe.  The reason California has the largest economy in the US, is because of Education.  I don’t qualify for the Pell grant, my parents make just a little too much.  Supporting three kids, and two in college is not cheap.  I like to work hard, as it is more satisfying to know you did something, and someone else didn’t pay for it.  

         I and the rest of the tax payers support them.?

        So you use hyperbole, cause you know Education is something you can eat and sleep on.  Something to keep you warm at night, and something to bring you downtown so you can beg for quarters.  Wake up and enlighten yourself to the real world.  Once I graduate college I will be proud to support other people getting through college, and I will be proud to help feed starving children, and I will to help the homeless get off the street.  

        How can you live your life as if you are better than everyone else?  I have faults and so does everyone else, deal with  itand take the high road, the road Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad and every other great spiritual leader wanted you to take.

      32. are you insane or just shit-stupid? have you ever actually *applied* for a Pell Grant? do you have *any* experience of what college admissions require for underprivileged kids?  i’ll give you hint: they probably outperform *your* kids in their sleep, academically. 

      33. Righteous1 says:

        “It was hard laborious work and a persistent mentality towards achieving wealth.’

        Yeah, sure it was.  You might want to look into how the Bush family, or many many other of the new aristocracy made their money before saying something ridiculous.

      34. I neither fully agree not fully disagree with either of the main parties in the above discussion. However, what I do recognize is that they’re having a dialogue — which isn’t so much about lengthy posts and big words but about tone and respect. 

        Dialogues are far less effective in resolving ANYTHING when the tone shifts to demeaning comments and personal attacks. This scenario in the comments section should serve as a microcosm for what is one of the greatest impediments to any positive change in American society: the aggressiveness with which you attack each other’s viewpoints.

        Just sayin’.

      35. Righteous1 says:

        Sorry, stupidity pisses me off in any form.

      36. Laborer says:

        Then I recommend you avoid mirrors at all costs

      37. Frommie says:

        I beleive…in my opinion….that he was talking about the AVERAGE person….not the ones born with silver spoons.

      38. E. J. says:

        I agree. Benjamin Franklin formed a  club with his acquaintances called a “Junto” for mutual improvement. They were to discuss queries on morals, politics, etc. The debates were to be founded “in the sincere spirit of Inquiry after Truth, WITHOUT fondness for dispute, or desire of Vicotry; and to prevent Warmth of al Expressions of Positiveness in Opinion or of direct Contradiction.”  

      39. E. J. says:

        *pardon my typos

      40. Willcox1996 says:

        No George HW Bush didn’t have any advantages he work his way up to being wealthy and that’s why George W Bush is wealthy because his dad work hard his life and got lucky. Same with Paris Hilton her grandfather started out with nada and made one of the biggest hotel chains

      41. Curtis Pickrell says:

        wow…. it’s really back to behavioralism? the poor are poor because of behavior?! the poor are poor because of the system we have setup. jesus fucking christ. it’s simple math, not everyone can be rich, it’s that fucking easy. 

        If i work in an office, and all the  employees all work at 150% with great ambition seeking to move up with enthusiasm, you’d still have fucking people in the middle and people in the bottom. 

        The economy is fucking bell shape, it doesn’t matter what behaviors you employ there still HAS to be poor people. We can all work like A students, but the guy with the 90% A- will still get marked an F. 

        We tried to sell off our shitty low paying jobs to other countries, and we have been successful at that, but shifting to a service economy does not make up for those jobs. Besides there are plenty of wealthy folks who are wealthy because they have wealth, or were born into it. It’s a lot  easier to make money when you have it. Behavior is not the problem. If it was then George Bush would be a hobo by this point. 

        Your first post was reasonable, this second one is absolutely laughable, and very short sighted. The US already played the behavior breeds poverty game, a long time ago, and they tried to  closely tie it with genetics.

      42. Curtis Pickrell says:

        and i’d like to clarify, there certainly are lazy people out there, but i believe they reside in all areas of life, the rich and poor. 

        to say an economy perfectly reflects people’s behavior is extremely  short sighted and two dimensional. Life is so fucking complex, how could you think every variable people’s life conditions can be laid out so perfectly by an infallible economic system, as Mr. Young presented? that’s absolutely retarded.

      43. Anonymous says:

        “From my own experiences, I have found amongst those I know whom exist at or just above the poverty level, largely find themselves in that position due to their own short sightedness and poor judgement. They live paycheck to paycheck, but in relative comfort. Those with jobs are not ambitious, they are not constantly fine tuning their resumes and looking for oppourtunities to exploit to get themselves ahead. They wait, patiently, to move upward in whatever line of business they are currently in. Money that could be saved and put away towards future expenses or to address unforeseen emergencies is often squandered on entertainment, meals and distractions.  Most live in apartments which will never repay the investment they make into them each month.”

        Those sound like good, honest people who are doing a lot of good for society.  They are staying with their employer instead of unending their workplace by constant attrition.  They are keeping money in circulation by eating, of all things.  They live in small apartments rather than large houses.

        Contrast this with the top-2% who flits from “opportunity” to opportunity, leaving devastation in his wake, shoves his money into tax shelters offshore, and lives in lavish 10,00-square-foot mansions which bleed wasted energy and space.  Clearly a society could not function were this the primary pattern of citizenship.

        Yet, which of these two stereotypes, one encompassing 30-40% of the populace and the other 2%, will be rewarded with 50% of the wealth?

        I think it’s clear that the economic system as a whole is broken.

        “I am not saying that the American economic model is perfect, every President since Nixon has moved more mercantile and industry overseas while decreasing the overall value of the dollar, a trend which will see the ruination of this country before too many more decades. But I cannot see any better economic platform to build upon either.”

        There is absolutely a great economic platform to build on.  Capitalism is a great starting place, but capitalism requires regulation and restriction in order to keep the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest within the “could be achieved in a lifetime of hard work” range.  Our economic system is quite horrendously broken, and quite possibly too far gone to be repaired.  The richest interests have too much money and power, and will not allow that to be taken away easily.  Historically speaking, no country has ever survived anywhere near the level of income disparity we have in this country today; historically speaking such situations tend to end in massive bloodshed, blood that’s no more dear to the peasant than to the croney capitalist.

      44. phlsphr says:

        I find myself agreeing with you for the most part.  I think that you are right on in saying that “they are not constantly fine tuning their resumes and looking for oppourtunities to exploit to get themselves ahead.”  I feel that how our opinions differ, as far as who is taking advantage of what, rests largely on the lucrative college programs.  My time in college has shown me that, for the most part, colleges encourage the “just get by” mentality.  They no longer exist for the purpose of education, but rather to hand out attendance slips. with the word “degree” on them, and bills.

        This is not to say that it is not partly the populace’s fault.  Many simply want that attendance slip and go on to claim competence in jobs that they desire but do not truly want to work for.  This is where my definition of greed may differ from others.  I define greed as the wish for wealth without the motivation to earn it, especially through honest means.  It will take more than what is happening now on Wall Street to fix this, but what is happening may help fuel the discussion so that more people may start to realize this truth.
        What I think may truly solve the issue is a re-evaluation of the principles of reason, and the integration of these principles into our public school system.  I find it frightening that most “educated” people have no idea what the fallacies of reason are, and only have an inkling as to their existence.  Our current education system relies on popular opinion rather than truth.  A great example of this can be found by this challenge:  Ask as many people as you can what Christopher Columbus did.While it may seem off topic, it brings to light the very problem.  Most will, unfortunately, tell you that he proved that the world is round.  They hold tight to the idea that his contemporaries thought that the world was flat, and it was his genius that proved otherwise.  If even the most basic of thinkers were to ponder on this for a little while, they would find this irrational.  The horizon lines of the earth were well known, as ships sailed past them, and the ideas of spherical objects orbiting one another were well known at the time as well.  There are numerous ways to find why this false glorification of this man is wrong and a practice of ignorance.

        But then, who thinks about this, when they could be speaking about their favorite sports teams (a dutiful homage to the last days of Rome), or the latest episodes of Jersey Shore, and the bigoted views of media channels like Fox News?  These are our contemporaries, I’m afraid.  It is this lack of honest curiosity and interest in truth that provide us with these situations that we are in.

      45. Anonymous says:

        Amazing you can type so much with balls in your mouth.

      46. Craig Miller says:

        You said it yourself “exploit” why should I have to exploit a system that is suppose to increase my well being and the well being of others. I believe that a system that only allows you to get ahead if you bend rules or exploit loopholes is a broken system.

      47. A Spra says:

        I just wanted to make one comment in reaction to your post.

        “Most live in apartments which will never repay the investment they make into them each month”

        Was it not that fair housing bill which was passed under Clinton that caused the housing crisis?  

        Though I agree with most of what you said, as a college student whose parents do not have enough money to pay for much, I must make hard choices about my finances.  That said simply by choosing not to own a car allows me near financial freedom in terms of entertainment.  I am not blowing coke in the thousands of dollars like Hollywood Actors, but you know its nice to have enough money to buy a girl a drink or two once in a while.

        Also thank you tax payers of America and especially California for making community college so cheap, alas maybe I can become a productive member of society with a little help.

      48. Bruisers says:

        “Those whom are successful often strive for it.” So many others strive but never get the chance. ‘Anyone can get rich in America’ is a myth, no matter how much striving one does. If you’re not rich already, your chances are up there with winning the Megamillions. Those that comes from wealthy families, however, have a much, much better chance of being successful, and, furthermore, richer. Many don’t even have to ‘strive for it.’ Many never strove for it in the first place.

      49. William Carr says:

        “I don’t see the difference between the rich and poor being one of advantage, but rather mentality.”

        Yes, it’s a typical right wing tactic.  

        Blame the poor for being poor.   

        Celebrate the wealthy for being wealthy no matter how they got that way;  inheritance, polluting, moving American jobs to China…

        The Meme is that all you have to do is work hard and God will reward you.   It’s old-fashioned Calvinism.

        The hardest working guy I ever met started with one pizza franchise,  worked terrible hours for decades, and built up to owning three.

        The Bush Economy came along and the Middle class started getting really squeezed.

        Competition got fierce, and even he couldn’t run three franchises at once.   Good managers are hard to find.

        He had to close two of them at a loss, sold the original to his sons, and delivers furniture for a living now.

        Trust me, it’s not “mentality”.   

        God does not choose the righteous to bestow wealth upon.   

        Some are born into fortunate circumstances.  They get a leg up on everybody else with the right education, the right social circles, and sometimes they prosper.  

        Not surprising.

        G.W.  Bush was born rich.  He got C’s in college, got out of Vietnam by joining the Guard (not that easy for the average man), tried drilling for oil and found nothing.

        The Saudis bought him out, saving him from utter failure.

        And yet he entered politics and became President.    

        If he’d been born Middle Class he’d be working as a bartender.

        ” every President since Nixon has moved more mercantile and industry overseas while decreasing the overall value of the dollar, a trend which will see the ruination of this country before too many more decades. But I cannot see any better economic platform to build upon either.”

        Easy.  

        It’s called Demand Side Economics.   You protect your country’s infrastructure  with Tariffs.   The cost of making a toaster here, with stamping mills, injection molding, and robotics might be $35.   The cost of a chintzy toaster from Taiwan with cheap labor might be $20.    

        Slap on a tariff of $15.   That money goes toward paying down the Debt.   

        American manufacturers see that they can make a profit of $14 per toaster and start making them here, hiring people to program robots, and paying a fair wage.

        And the consumers pick the model they like.    

        The extra cost isn’t a problem.  

        Because really, you only buy a toaster every five years;  the extra cost is worth the extra jobs.   

        The money circulates in the Economy, back and forth, so long as you don’t buy Chinese goods with it and send it to China.

        “A rising tide lifts all boats.”

      50. Rbrooks says:

        Ever consider that a large portion of that 12% are simply lazy slobs or people that didn’t prepare themselves to compete in an at-will market?

        Lack of competency and drive in a subset of the population doesn’t mean the system is failing.  It means we as people are failing.  If there was a serious problem with our employment system, there wouldn’t be a work vacuum for illegal aliens.

      51. byrnes98 says:

        Or maybe the secure job at an American factory they had suddenly was shipped overseas in the last 15  years. That scenario is much more common than one thinks.

      52. Somecallmemike says:

        I love this “lazy slobs” crap that conservative media has stamped into everyone’s brain.  Have you ever met any of these people that are “lazy slobs”?  My wife works with the people you describe as “lazy slobs” every day as a social worker, and the title couldn’t be further from the truth.  These people want to work and afford a good life, however when you are getting paid minimum wage you have no opportunities or upward mobility.  Your sweeping generalization of the working poor is indicative of your lack of qualified knowledge, and truly outlines the armchair punditry that someone with an internet search engine and a political bias can produce.

      53. Curtis Pickrell says:

        ever consider that you’re most probably retarded?

      54. Anonymous says:

        One small correction: That should say “top 1%” (or even more to the point, “top 0.5%”). Not “top 10%”. People in the 90%-99% are generally small business owners who work 80+ hours a week, doctors who spent decades going to school (and have the loan payments to show for it, and whose incomes are *dropping* due to our fiasco health care system), and so on. Even people in the 99%-99.5% range are little more than servants for the top 0.5%. Well-paid servants, yes, but truthfully, they have no more access to the halls of power than you or I do.

      55. Fommie says:

        Your points are sharp and again, knowledgable…

        So in the end …it comes to the same point as I have stated before….time for Americans to take the power back…that our constitution gave us.

        Stop voting for people who news media tells you to.

        Maybe for once we ALL go vote and see what happens. Americans as a whole are tired and angry…but we FAIL to vote….when it hits 50% of the voting populace.. and that is considered a good turnout…that is a BAD sign.

        Lets all get together and fix this…
        One final point..its not rich people per say…its SUPER Rich elitists who are the problem…the ones who think you and I are too stupid to vote for a president…without someone elses help

    5. Anonymous says:

      I’m afraid your points about Rupert Murdoch and Newscorp are incorrect.  The fact that so many news media companies are owned by one corporation, essentially one man, is very dangerous indeed.  The incredible influence of Murdoch’s empire was the reason it took so long for anything to be done about the allegations of phone tapping, etc, some of which were several years old.  This is the second large police operation regarding phone tapping allegations at NOTW, the first has been heavily criticized.  It is common knowledge that NOTW was offered as a pawn, domain names for the NOTW replacement were registered days before the closure. 

      UK politicians were warned not to push this issue because of the ability of Newscorp to launch a media attack on individuals.  This is not one single tabloid – this is a collection of international tabloids, broadsheets, news channels and journals.  The UK public also noticed how little coverage the scandal got in Newscorp owned news media, and how long it took to get even that.  Not to mention the fact that Murdoch was days away from being handed yet more media power by the UK government.  It was only after the allegations got so perverse (hacking the voicemail of a dead child’s mobile) and the public got very angry that this was openly discussed in parliament. 

      It has been alleged, many times by many people, that those in charge (including Murdoch) new of the practices, and that they are widespread.  The investigation is ongoing, as is the influence of Newscorp.

      Obviously, being from the UK, I also disagree with you on healthcare.  Oh, almost forgot to add that you’re confusing the concepts of absolute and relative poverty. 

    6. 313 Machine says:

      cody – you are an idiot and seem to be missing the point. I can only assume you share a bed with Murdock and play sponge to his rock.

    7. Anonymous says:

      I don’t really feel like getting in a political argument, so I will just point out that your ideas of standards of living are so far off base. Just because the average salary is
      higher than that of Uganda, doesn’t mean things are all rainbows and butterflies.
      At 20,000 dollars, try living in a large metropolitan area. Between rent,
      bills, food, etc. it is nearly impossible to further your education or move to
      a different area and find a job. At that rate if you have kids, you may as well
      plan on working for the rest of your life unless a child can become successful. Also, what is your point in saying this: “Thirty years ago two televisions and microwave per household was considered a sign of upward mobility, now they are basic assumptions, along with game consoles and computers.”? That is just ridiculous. You might as well say that back in the 1900s you were considered wealthy to own a vehicle at all, now look how many there are. Technology gets progressively cheaper as time goes on, and is not a good symbol of wealth.

    8. Thefaxjax says:

      another “brain washed” indervidual here.

    9. Owning things to distract you through your life does not signify prosperity.  Why the fuck do you think corporations want to continually develop products to be mass produced, and cheaper.  

      The creators of Budwiser did not make their beer that way to make the best beer in the world (It’s far from.) They made it because they want to make a LOT of it, to sell to the poor.  

      The more cheap, low quality shit that is readily available, and cheap enough for the poor to afford, gives the poor slight satisfaction in their miserable lives while they work to serve the rich. If you make the poor content enough, you can sit on your throne and chip away any of the middle class that threaten you or your way of life of abusing and manipulating others.

    10. Thequeen_v says:

      So what they did air (based on the links in the first paragraph) were newsworthy?

    11. Brad says:

      Are you kidding? You have to be kidding.

      You can’t compare the ‘poverty line’ thresholds in different countries as if it means anything. $US1000 in Uganda *is* probably equal to $US20k in the US, in terms of what your living costs are, and what you need to afford to be a productive member of society – i.e. hold a job, support your family, be clothed and housed and not be on welfare. Just because the US ‘poverty line’ is 20x your quoted ‘world average; (heavily skewed by populous third world nations), it doesn’t mean ‘poor’ US citizens are living it up in luxury. You could survive on $3 a day in Bangladesh. I’d like to see you try in New York.

      You cite comparisons of ownership between 30 years ago and today – ‘two televisions and a microwave’ – are you serious? The price of these items is *nothing* compared to 30 years ago. You can get a microwave for $50 at a variety store, and lower end televisions have been sub $200 for years now. They are ‘basic assumptions’ these days because they are cheap – their cost easily represents less than 5% of the income of even your ‘poverty line’ people. And yes, they probably have washing machines and refrigerators too! (gasp!) It’s just not significant.

      What is significant is their house repayments because of housing bubbles, or their rent because of inflated property letting, or the fact that they need to own a car and a mobile phone in order to do any job that can’t be outsourced to Pakistan or India. The fact that getting seriously ill or having a disability requiring medical assistance (something which is often largely out of an individual’s control) becomes a cost because public health is a business. That at the end of the day, all their meagre possessions aren’t worth a dime because of subsequent market crashes and meanwhile the people who gave them the loan made money of the deal by taking out insurance to bet against their default.

      You can’t demonise them as welchers for having an xbox and a cell phone. These people don’t have enough resources to be able to control their future – it is out of their hands. All the manipulation comes from the top – these people at the bottom (and believe me, it is the bottom) are not to blame.  The media is massive part of the manipulation. You think every paper is run independently despite having the same owner? You think wrong. You might want to read Nick Davies’ book Flat Earth News to get a perspective on this from an insider.

    12. Righteous1 says:

      “I wouldn’t air this either. His reasoning is specious and his viewpoints
      hardly objective by any means. He is every bit a victim of propaganda
      himself, its just coming from a contrary to conservative source.”  
      Yet you don’t argue any points or anything he said…just a generalized claim….shocking!
      Why would his viewpoint need to be objective as they are asking him questions for being there and supporting the protest?  Aren’t they LOOKING for a subjective viewpoint?

    13. Anonymous says:

      Teabagger.

    14. Dhoptoad5 says:

       Your response is nothing less than a puppet for the rich as we would so expect.  Spouting off useless information that has no bearing and then understating the obvious onslaught of people taking to the streets.  I don’t know what planet you are from but it looks like a pretty big deal to me.

    15. TheAL says:

      Speaking of being specious… *cough*

    16. Elgibber says:

      While I agree with your points, you just created a well written response because of these events.

    17. Acoronab says:

      You call Jesse inarticulate, how about the stuttering Fox enterviewer? Come on… That’s one of the main reasons not to air the bit

    18. Ben Van Weelden says:

      But you aren’t taking into consideration of the people who are living in shitholes, under bridges, in warehouses with no utilities, no water, and no fucking heat.  You don’t get that it’s worse than you think,  and it’s time for a change.  America needs a lesson in equality, the poor are done with this shit, I’m done with living paycheck to paycheck, I’m done seeing my friends and family having to settle for living in hellholes because they have to, I’m done seeing people living off of a loaf of bread for 2 weeks.  It’s come down to survival and we need to stand up to these assholes and make a change.

    19. Steven says:

      Hate to break it to you but FOX News is a tabloid too.

    20. A Spra says:

      I read a lot of news, and by and large WSJ gives voice time to many prominent Conservatives.  Dick Cheney had an opinion piece published.  Though I do like the Financial Conservative point of view, you must recognize the inherent bias in all news, as a person usually combines their own thoughts, with that of their research.  And when their is some Financial Market crisis or controversy WSJ, or Forbes, or the Economist are usually the most respectable sources.  Now I am generally pretty moderate so I dislike Partisan dribble comments which can populate some articles.

    21. Melly_mel20 says:

      Your comment re: medical mal practice is not accurate in at least two ways. A basic element in any torts case is causation. Plaintiff has the burden of proof. Meaning in order to prevail plaintiff must prove that the defendants negligence caused the harm. If there isn’t scientific proof then clearly plaintiff won’t prevail.

      Additionally, there is very little difference in the cost of mal practice insurance between states that have enacted limits on what a person may recover in malpractice lawsuit. I believe it’s about a 1% savings in premiums. That 1% isn’t driving up health care costs.

    22. Vas says:

      Nice try, but the federal poverty line is barely over $10,000.  That’s half of what you suggested.  Having 50% less feels very different.  

    23. Garrett P says:

      I like this thread alot.  Great points of contention and lots of name calling, which shows everyone’s maturity. 

      However, besides that, I think a point that needs to be address – a point that appeals to both pro-capitalist and the pro-socialist viewpoints – is that economies are built on the efforts of the masses.  Ecomonics – in a nutshell – is the average willingness of people to do stuffs for money.  When people are willing to do things (for money), we call that a successful economy, and if people becomes unwilling to do those things, we say the economy is stagnating or failing.  

      With that, I think it’s also important to note that in order to continue a successful economy, that economy must grow, so that it continues to meet that needs of the population as a whole – which is (hopefully and more than likely) growing in size. 

      Therefore, if we can agree that economics are the measure of people’s willing to do stuff for money and an economy must grow to continue to support its growing population, then we can also agree that an economy must produces new jobs to meet the needs to the rising populations.  (This really isn’t a new arguments, just a premise and a reiteration of what others have already said)

      MY OBSERVATION – and really, the whole point of my comment – is that their must be at least enough good paying jobs so that the majority of individuals in that society have enough money to contribution to the growth of the economic engine on the whole.  Otherwise, the economy will stale (or fail) due to a lack of consumer demand. 

      So, what does that mean?

      Well, what that means is that if the lower classes of society doesn’t have enough money to consume all the stuffs (good and services) that the upper classes produces, then eventually the economic engine begins to slow down.  Consumers of good and services need at least enough money (more is better) to purchase all of the goods and services that the producers produce, so that the demand for those goods and services continues to rise and the economic engine keep churning.  If, however,  the consumers don’t have enough money to purchase all the goods and services of the
      producers, then the demand for those good and services decreases and the
      supply side of the economy must shrink in order to balance the economic equation.  In order to continue the growth of an economy – which is a simple way of saying in order to continue the growth of the the supply side of the economy – then the demand side of the economy must be feed enough money so they can purchase more than all of the goods and services currently available.  That way producers see a need to expand their businesses, and in turn, create jobs for the emerging population. 

      To recap, if you want to induce a growing economy, then you must give the consumers in that economy enough money to exceed total supply, thereby creating a need to produce more stuff.  The simple solution to America’s stalling economy is to give the greatest consumer group in this country – the middle class, the 99%, the whatever-you-want-to-call-it – more money so they can purchase more stuff than we currently produce. 

      A very simple means of accomplishing this would be to raise minimum wage (over a period of time) so that the poorer members of society are able to consume more goods and services than they do now.  In accordance with convention (not trying to dismiss all of your really smart poor people) poor people tend to make frivolous and less-frugal purchases (foods, lottery, and rims) than they do financial investments towards their own future advancement.  What this means is business owners would have more liquid capital to increase their production, product lines, and employee’s wages; and, if you increase consumer wages, then those consumers will purchase more stuffs, thereby increasing the supply-side of the economy.  

      Basically, what I’m saying in a nutshell/nuthead sort-of-way, is that if you increase the demand-side of an economy, the supply-side of that economy (or the measure of the growth of that economy) should increase. 
         

         

      1. Mabemyoung says:

        But the money you want to give them comes from someone else.  It isn’t your money to spend.  Also, it just gets moved around from one person to another.  It doesn’t put any new wealth in the system which is what is needed for growth.  What difference if I spend your ten dollars instead of you?  

         How do you create wealth?  It is a special talent.  It takes the ability to use the right ideas and the right conditions at the right time.  You can’t just tell the wealthy to reinvest their money and have wealth creation as the result.  That money can get wasted and have no effect on economic growth if the project it is spent on fails and no new jobs are created.  It is gone like money spent on beer instead of put into a house or retirement fund.  You have short term spending but nothing that will keep  jobs and the steady flow of money that is a paycheck.  

        The ability to create wealth is rightly rewarded by the markets because people who create wealth create jobs that support families and children by the millions.  How are we going to support those families otherwise?  Treat the wealth makers like criminals for their honest, lawful success and you have less wealth creation.  Get the government out of buisness and the wealthy won’t have the need to buy government favors in order to succeed in the market place or the ability to buy government if they are corrupt.

      2. Garrett Pietrocola says:

        In honor of the opening of the MLK Jr. memorial this week, I am reminded by Dr. King words: “You can’t legislate morality, but you can regulate behavior.” 

        I’m all in favor of a free-market, but that doesn’t mean we should simply eliminate government altogether.  The primary goal for government – economically – is to maintain an even playing-field for the masses.  The reason I think this is because the people that support the bottom of the economy – the NINJAs (no income, no jobs, no assets) – are often overrun by those individuals that dictate grand financial influence (the 1%).  Often times, without a governing body guarding the interest of the masses (who tend to be poor people will no means of defending their own economic futures), most of the economic advantage works to benefit those individuals at the top.  This is why completely free market system often fail.  They’re fair, but not necessarily stable.
         
        To answer your question of how can we create wealth within this country, I don’t think the creation of wealth is the real concern here.  The wealth is present and accounted for.  America is the most successful country in the world, (I realize this is an overly-patriotic opinion) so to suggest we have some type of wealth shortage comes across as misleading.

        The real issue I have (and I’d bet most Americans have) with this economy is the distribution of wealth between the über-rich and shriekingly-poor.   I realize taking money from one class and giving it to another appears to enforce class warfare, but hear me out on this one.  If I spend your $10, because I have no dollars and you have $1000, the effect to your spending-power is practically irrelevant.  I’ll take that $10 and spend it quickly and on something frivolous.  The $10 is acting like fuel, which keeps the economic engine running.   Taxing the rich is, in this basic example, a form of insurance for the furthering of the economy.  Basically, support the bottom of an economy with lots of extra capital, and the
        wealth will tend to trickle back up toward the top.  Why, you might ask.  Because people with money tend to spend more than people without. And a spending economy is a growing economy.   

        Therefore, while raising the minimum wage might cause some small-business owners initial financial troubles, the effect it would have to the future growth of the economy on the whole would outweigh those disadvantages.   Henry Ford realized this idea when he paid his employees more money than he thought they were worth.  The reason he did this: it allowed his employees the ability to purchase one of his cars.  It might have cost him more in wages, but it also increased his total sales, thereby increasing his overall production and profits. 

        Getting America back to work is really a consequence of getting American back to spending – if that makes any sense.   Spending means growth, growth means expansion, and expansion means more jobs.   

    24. Dkdk says:

      Tool Alert!

    25. Anonymous says:

      FoxNews is the communications arm of the GOP. This article points out some of the results of that.   This man is far, far more coherent, informed and articulate than the Tea Partiers that Fox gives huge chunks of time to.  The tired old talking points about how someone isn’t really deserving of help until they’re living out of a car and eating cat food (and if they are – they ASKED for it), and that for-profit health care is so much more realistic than what the rest of the industrialized democracies in the world have, and FoxNews is journalism, doesn’t fly with more and more intelligent people. It’s not ‘angst’ – it’s anger.

    26. engsecret one says:

       yawn……………………..Go roll over and have your tummy tickled by the Banks

    27. Johntasch says:

      Your comments seem either disingenuous or the products of whatever propaganda you subscribe to. Comparing our poor to those of the rest of the world is a moot point regarding the topic of fiscal inequality in this country. Your statistic from the world bank is useless because of our standard of living. You throw that $1000 number into your comments as if it reflects at all the relative wealth of our poor. Your view of those near the poverty line is obviously based on something other than personal experience. In fact, your contradictory statements regarding where our poor predominantly live prove my point. You point to “recent sampling” that claims most poor live in the suburbs, yet you claim, based on your experience that most live in apartments that hold no equity for them. You criticize for the lack of citation for an Elizabeth Warren quote but offer no citation for your “recent sampling” source. Also, since you allude to how life was 30years ago for Americans, I’m assuming you have been alive at least that long. If you haven’t noticed that the suburbs filled with our poor used to house those with more considerable resources. Those homes and neighborhoods usually have deteriorated to the point where wealthy folks won’t consider living there, leaving those homes for those who can afford to rent. Of course, renting a home in the suburbs generates no equity for those folks either. Based on your observations of those near the poverty line, I would say you probably don’t know that many people in that position, or maybe your opinion is skewed by your obvious prejudices. You don’t even mention those below the poverty line, who don’t have the luxury to protest.

    28. Willailla says:

      Cody, billions of people live in poverty because the USA and other ‘have nations’ exploit them.  People die from starvation and diseases needlessly since there is plenty of food and medicines to end their suffering.  I’m sure you know how the IMF and World Banks play their part in all this. 

      To imply Americans who have a TV and refrigerator are being coddled is nonsense.  What good is a refrigerator if you can’t afford to put food in it?  What good is the best medical care in the world if you can’t afford it?  And so on…

      It’s not a question of Right or Left in American politics.  Both parties are corrupt, and until the American people get off their asses and start cleaning house nothing will be done to create an equitable and sane state of affairs.

      Money, by corporations, is being used to undermine societies around the world for the benefit of a select few wealthy elite.   Greed.

      1. Mabemyoung says:

        I know this discussion is well over, but the point being missed is that government shouldn’t have the power to provide special favors to any citizen.  That is what creates endless conflict.  That is why small government is a goal. 

        We all use whatever resources we have to our benefit, that is human nature and healthy.   
        Corporations are made up of people and fellow citizens.  Yes, even the CEOs.  People are arguing with fellow citizens about whether or not they have the freedom to make their own choices (how much of their own money they should spend, how they should spend it, and on whom).  I’ve had liberal friends tell me not to let “the conservative media” turn us against each other.  The fact is, liberals have set themselves against fellow citizens by letting and encouraging the government to have ever more power to play favorites in innumerable areas of life, making things easier for some and harder for others based on the opinions of whoever happens to have the power. 

        The government has way more power then it should and it is our fault for allowing it.  If the government said it was going to give you a tax break would you take it?  Why wouldn’t a company do the same?  It doesn’t matter how much money a corporation spends on lobbying if the government doesn’t have the authority to give them what they want.  Stop the government abuse of power and the money in politics goes away.

        Stop trying to take away other peoples rights and get the government to stop trampling on all of our rights.  Throw the bums out!!

    29. Whowarrior says:

      There you have it, folks.  Guys like Cody Young want us to stop bitching since we’ve got it so good.  Just tighten your belts and brace yourself for life at $8000 per year.
       

    30. Nzgrrj says:

       Cool, so if people can live (presumably dumpster diving for food and sleeping in an alley) on  $1000 per year there is more room for polarization of wealth.  We ought to reduce wages for 99% of us by half each year and increase “job creator” wealth with the surplus.  Nobody pays any taxes and we just glide slope on our existing infrastructure until it crumbles us into the standard of living accorded with a $1000/yr existence.  Now that is a change I can believe in!

    31. prophet218 says:

      great response, man. my spidey senses start to tingle whenevere i hear/read statements from an anti-conservative/liberal like the one above. they truly do not realize that each is dealing their own version of propaganda that is in no way based in a dissection of the FACTS. his bit about for-profit healthcare, and your reponse being a great example of this.

    32. Legenddob1975 says:

      Standard of living may have increased (depends where you live) while wages have been dormant since I was born.

    33. A Response says:

      Newscorp is hardly running any of it’s holdings “independently”.  Murdock has a very active hand in most of his media companies, especially the big ones.  Oh, and that tired line of people in poverty having an Xbox…please, the far right would have you believe that a house with a microwave is chock full of drug using video game playing reprobates.  Get over yourself…these things are cheap, and I’d call a microwave a must these days.  More so than an oven.  a few cheap baubles in a poor mans house do not make him rich.  Even the poor should be allowed some entertainment.
      The rich can continue to ignore the reality that they are slowing dissolving the middle class all they want.  History has shown that particular social model to end very badly for societies everywhere.

      1. Mabemyoung says:

        Having things doesn’t make the poor rich.  It just gives them a longer life span (refrigeration, heat in the winter, sanitation and all those other advances you take for granted. How do you think they are able to have these things we now consider necessities, but that didn’t exsist less then a hundred years ago?  How do they get these things you call “baubles” that go beyond food and shelter.  How does that happen?  That is the result of the capitalist system.  Be careful not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

    34. Really?" says:

      Really? You sound intelligent but just spew for the corporations. There is another way.

    35. Cody Young, you are incredibly naive.  

      And misinformed about the Tabloid scandal, which originally came to light in 2007, then was covered up and repeated till they got caught again, and had to close the profitable paper – in order to trash computer evidence and save whatever face they could.  

      I live in the UK and the investigation is showing intentional cover-ups from people as high as James Murdoch’s own son.  In the coming months, more evidence will be salvaged from the computers Murdoch tried to dump by closing the company. 

      To think that parent companies don’t manage their subsidiaries with a similar code of ethics, simply does not reflect any knowledge of running a company or of people in general.  Do you think that Rupert just let’s everyone do there thing like some stoner hippy?  Or do you think he’s schizophrenic, demanding high ethics one place and not the other?  No.  He’s a businessman from Australia who is driven by the profit that can be made by sensationalism, because it drives ratings and sells papers.  Simple fact.  Much lower down the line is any interest in reality, truth or civic responsibility.  

      So Cody, are you telling me that “you don’t get the rage” of the masses who watch in shock as this Australian business man comes to America and starts to try to tell real-American’s how to be patriots?  You don’t get the rage of people whose reasonable views are belittled by the media so frequently, that even CNN seems to have it’s balls cut off and are afraid to show any of it?  You don’t get the mood of the country and how well this man is expressing it for so many of us?  

      Well I am glad that someone get’s it… Good on you Drew Grant. Thanks for your brilliant reporting.  Thanks for truly capturing the mood with clarity.  Thanks for sharing this honest and passionate critique of how one of America’s leading news organisations is selling our American Dream down the pan… one issue and one persona at a time.  

      Thank you Drew Grant!

    36. Sciroccojunky says:

      The lower 65% has not seen a standard of living increase over the last 30 years. For fucks sake, it’s not even out paced inflation. The middle class and below have seen zero gains in wages over the last 30 years where as the upper middle class and the wealthy have seen hundreds of percentages of gains. Companies are successful by the work done from Johnny in the mail room on up to the CEO. Who sees the bonuses and pay increase over the years from those successes? The C level managers and VP’s. The lower end of the pay scale gets zero. They’re working just as hard if not harder. Where are their gains? That’s one of the main reasons that the people now will be one of the first generations to not surpass their parents in wealth and standard of living. There are record numbers of poor and working poor. How would you explain that? People are working hard. In 1960 a family of four could have a house, car, and vacations for the family, all on one income. Now, you have the same family with both parents working and can’t afford a house, have a beater for a car and a stay cation. Meaning they can’t go anywhere for a vacation. Oh how times have changed. But the rich have gotten much richer over the years and the middle class has dwindled. Oh, and torte reform would account for a whopping 2% of the healthcare problem so try again. So many tired and lame talking points it’s pathetic.

    37. Shivers says:

      your comparison of the us avg income to the rest of the world is laughable considering the cost of living is relative to income. Ya ninkanpoop .. US1000 will go just as far in India as 20’000 would in the US. 

    38. JL Myers says:

      Our standard of living has not “increased” over the last 30 years. Nor over the last 50 years. Yes we have more cheap made in China electronics but the average wage has dropped and the disparity between the middle class and the uber rich has widened exponentially.  
      “Consumer and household goods have grown less expensive, due to the cheaper manufacturing costs, as they’re now produced overseas where labor is cheaper (and they don’t pay pensions). This is, of course, a bitterly amusing irony, because we’ve paid for those cheaper goods with our jobs, particularly those of non-college-educated men. Still, cheap clothing, electronics, and other goods create a pleasant illusion that we Americans have it all…”And that doesn’t even talk about the fact that so much of our “prosperity” is built on credit and debt.

      I researched a lot and was going to post it in order to show you were full of it. But “A” I just don’t care about what you think, and “B” you wouldn’t believe it anyway. You are like one of those Christians and other fanatics; no matter how many facts you present them with they are never ever going to let go of their cherished beliefs.

    39. William Carr says:

      “Thirty years ago two televisions and microwave per household was considered a sign of upward mobility, now they are basic assumptions, along with game consoles and computers.”

      You get that, first, the actual cost in man-hours of work to buy those things has shrunk over thirty years?   They’re cheap now.   

      Even the poor might own a clunker car, a four year old laptop and a TV, and yet still be poor.

      While the wealthy are making $2 Billion per year and paying no more than 15% taxes.

      And somehow, they only invest their billions in the Stock Market, not hiring people.

    40. Frommie says:

      Exceptionally well said and to the point. I love reading something from knowledgable Americans.

      Thanks for the good read!

  12. Anonymous says:

    faux news doesn’t like to eat shit sandwiches so it will never be aired.

    Thank goodnes for the internet.

  13. Ill__thorsholf says:

    There’s no way you could edit this footage to make this guy look like a bigger idiot. Maybe it’s the kepi he’s wearing i don’t know, he just comes off bad.

  14. Mike says:

    Excellent interview. I wish all Fox interviewees were as articulate

  15. Mike says:

    Do you work for News Corp?

  16. Mike says:

    Do you work for News Corp?

  17. Jayshells says:

    Jesse LaGreca: You are the man. Well spoken. Direct. Succinct. Thank you!

  18. Great job by Jesse LaGreca for making lucid and concise arguments to the FOX news reporter. No wonder they did not air it, it might have shed some light in to the dulled and darkened minds of their viewers and started them thinking beyond a astro turf, billionaire funded movement like the tea party.

  19. GLewis says:

    I think there is a serious disconnect between What Ailes claims is his intent and what the ACTUAL practice IS! read for your self:

    Fox News chairman assails media bias

    by Ryan Holeywell and Lizzie Wozobski

    Issue:

    April 11, 2005

    |

    Campus News

    Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said his network is
    committed to presenting all perspectives on the news and accused other
    networks of being one-sided at the Kalb Report Thursday night.
    “The American people felt they weren’t getting the whole story on
    some issues,” Ailes said, citing his reason for creating the network.
    “The mainstream media covers the same stories, the same way, every day.”
    Ailes spoke at the National Press Club event moderated by former CBS
    and NBC correspondent Marvin Kalb, who is one of two finalists for
    director of the School of Media and Public Affairs. A former consultant
    to several Republican presidents, Ailes created Fox News in 1996 and now
    heads the No. 1 rated cable news station. Kalb said the network is “the
    definition of media success.”
    Ailes explained how in the past, networks’ news divisions often lost money, but that Fox seeks to break the mold.
    “If you don’t run it as a business, it will go belly up,” Ailes explained.
    Ailes attacked the mainstream media throughout the night, alleging they are out of touch with millions of Americans.
    “The elite media thinks its fly over country between the Hudson River and Sierra Madres,” Ailes said.
    Ailes stressed that his network’s mission is to try to put news in
    context. He said that while Fox would pursue any investigation or
    scandal it has evidence of, some mainstream journalists have become
    cynical and forgotten that “freedom of the press did not invent
    democracy.”
    “Fair has a lot to do with impartiality and honesty. Balanced means
    there are smart, reasonable people on both sides of these debates,”
    Ailes said, explaining his network’s slogan and mission statement.
    But organizations such as Media Matters and Fairness and Accuracy in
    Reporting claim that Fox News is nothing but a right-leaning outlet
    attempting to pass for a non-biased source of information.
    “It would be no problem if they would simply come clean about who
    they really are … they cling to some sort of credibility that they don’t
    even have,” said Peter Hart of FAIR.
    Some point to Ailes’ past involvement with Republican presidents as a conflict of interest with his role in journalism.
    “The organization has the character of a political campaign more
    than a newsroom … their point is always to be on attack,” Hart said.
    On Thursday night, Ailes refused to apologize to those who oppose
    his network. He said that if more conservative thought gets into Fox,
    “maybe it’s because you don’t see it elsewhere.”
    “Sometimes people would like you to apologize for things they don’t like,” Ailes said. “I don’t do that.”
    By focusing on “an issue of the day,” every aspect of the network,
    from news personalities to producers behind the scenes, hit home a
    specific message, in many ways analogous to a political campaign, Hart
    said. Fox News often draws criticism in other areas, including its
    visuals, hiring processes and one-on-one interviews.
    “Ailes tactics are not in the service of journalism,” Hart warned.
    Kalb presented Ailes with a Pew Research study conducted by the
    University of Alabama that concluded 73 percent of Fox stories expressed
    opinion by either an anchor or reporter. Ailes dismissed Pew as a
    “liberal lobbying organization.”
    Ailes also addressed broader media issues, such as the tendency for
    news networks to spend weeks focusing on one issue such as the Scott
    Peterson or Michael Jackson trials.
    “I think we’re all guilty of following one story to the exclusion of everything else,” Ailes said.
    Ailes also defended the media for reporting on evidence of weapons
    of mass destruction in Iraq, saying journalists rely on sources for
    their information, and all sources said there were weapons.

  20. Joe Carroll says:

    Fox: “We’re here giving you an opportunity on the record […] to put anymessage you want out there, to give you fair coverage…”Opportunity to get the message out to who ?  The editors @ Fox ?  Certainly not their viewers, as was implied.  That’s neither fair OR balanced.

  21. Chaz15 says:

    Here comes the revolution!

  22. That Fox News Producer just got his rear handed to him! Big Time! I guy (Jesse) set the record straight and doing this with respect!!

  23. “Fox: We’re here giving you an opportunity on the record […] to put any
    message you want out there, to give you fair coverage and I’m not
    going to in any way…give you advice about it. So, there is an exception in the case, because you wouldn’t be able to get your message out there without us.”

    Except that Fox did not give this man the opportunity to get his message out, but it appears that someone may have leaked it to the Observer who did.

    It appears that Fox may have an unwiki leak of its own.

  24. Javier says:

    This is on YouTube. How is it an “exclusive”?

    1. Megan McCarthy says:

      Drew Grant, our reporter, uploaded it to her YouTube account.

  25. Anonymous says:

    SCORE!!!!!!

  26. Anonymousesq says:

    Wait.  I’m confused — that was articulate?

  27. Jacob Perry says:

    Fox should’ve aired this, if only to give the rest of America a closer look at today’s professional Left. The kooky, un-grounded, raging anti-capitalist nonsense spewed by people who are only free to protest because A), they aren’t working or B) are receiving checks from mommy and daddy.

    Heck, the 2012 GOP nominee ought to use this footage for a commercial.

    1. Righteous1 says:

      Yay for unfounded assumptions and bigotry!

  28. The Fox News interview that apparently didn’t actually make to Fox News… I wonder why?

  29. 1) I completely support OWS
    2) That wasn’t articulate, and he looked either nervous or pissed.
    3) The video was shot poorly and the audio was trash so I can see why they left it on the cutting room floor.
    4) I hate Fox News with the full-spectrum fury of a billion supernovae.

  30. Mathlizard says:

    anybody notice how shaky that camera footage was? Usually national – or even local – broadcast stations use tripods or even shoulder mounted cameras for a stable,  broadcast worthy, image.

    I doubt this was posted by FOX based on this sloppy camera work. Come on… even fox news producers have standards :)

  31. This is priceless! A young protester on Wall Street takes Fox News to school!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Who cares what Fox News or Obama thinks? They both work for the same people.

  33. Anonymous says:

    “Attack?” I was conversing with Cody and not attacking anybody. I think any U.S. conservative understands the two points I was making.

    1. Righteous1 says:

      Of course.  And Zombies can understand other Zombies.

  34. Anonymous says:

    “why doesnt the press cover us?!” …. “hey guys, we fucking hate all of you but can you do us a really big favor and broadcast it to everyone”

    1. Righteous1 says:

      And yet those evil liberal mainstream media wine drinking elitists cover Tea Partys.  IT IS NEWS.

  35. Veoletta Hayward says:

    Sucess IS all about your mentality. I grew up on welfare, using foodstamps to buy my mother cookies when I was six years old. I would rather eat from a garbage can than be on welfare or use foodstamps. I worked my ass off for everything I have today and I retired two years ago at age 45. All my clothes come from thrift stores, I refuse to buy new cars, I don’t have all the newest electronic gadgets. I have no debt and live within my means. That’s why I am able to live comfortably in retirement at such a young age. Anyone in this country can do what I did if they want to. I have no education, having quit school after 8th grade and leaving home when I was 15. If I can break the welfare cycle and retire by 45, then anyone can. It’s all about how hard you want to work. It’s all about not playing the victim. It’s all about pride. It’s all about standing on your own two feet. I pay my share of taxes and I don’t owe my neighbors anything who make less money than I do. I EARNED what I have. No one has the right to make me share it with anyone.

    1. TJ Webb says:

      My spouse & I had savings, retirement savings, significant home equity & good health insurance.  That is, until he contracted H-MRSA during routine surgery.  My husband – and all that we had – is gone after paying our share of all the surgeries & treatments. Perhaps you  don’t owe me anything, including compassion, but I am very  glad you are not my neighbor.

    2. Righteous1 says:

      “No one has the right to make me share it with anyone.”

      Wrong…UNLESS
      You stop using the streets that we all helped build and pave
      you never use the police or fire departments
      you don’t send a kid to school
      I could make a list that will go on for ever but here is the crux for an unthinking parrot:  YOU have benefited by EXISTING in THIS society of laws and SHARED resources paid and made for and by US.

  36. Chris Mecham says:

    I think I’m in love.

  37. William_arrigoni says:

    I see another Friend of the Hooter’s Fox Network
    continues the racist remarks…ESPN benches Hank Williams Jr. for
    Obama-Hitler comparison

  38. Anonymous says:

    nd that we cant get conversations for the department of Justice’s ongoing investigation of News Corporation, for which you are an employee. But we can certainly ask questions like

  39. Euphoria17 says:

     Good on you!!! I was disgusted when i watched a bit of CNN today and they were actually making fun of protesters. It was just dribble. And i could tell the whole story was botched on purpose… I’m sorry, people just don’t protest for no reason, i’m not buying it CNN. This is a serious matter, and your leaders should be taking this very seriously.
    Keep it up!

    Sending positive energy from Canada ;-)

  40. great rant! right on target. and of course fox “news” didn’t play it on the air!

  41. great rant! right on target. and of course fox “news” didn’t play it on the air!

  42. Bekka says:

    Oh kudos to Jesse and all of these smart, inspiring kids. Shame on media for the snarky, condescending games they play – not just Fox. I think they may have trouble playing this one in the old tired ways. People aren’t buying it any more.

  43. Neil says:

    He got fooled by the hat.

  44. ARIYAS says:

    All this time I thought Fox News was like Onion

  45. JustLooking says:

    I would not call this eloquent.  He pronounces “Solyndra” incorrectly.  Also, the above article spells “business” wrong. 

    1. Righteous1 says:

      OH  NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Bebop says:

    Because lending $500 million to a bankrupt company is total nonsense and does not at all reflect our current economic situation.

  47. Anonymous says:

    That was awesome!   Thank you sir. 

  48. AQ says:

    I say we bombard Faux News with demands that they air this interview and make good on their offer to have Mr. LaGraca on Greta Van Scientologist’s show.

  49. Anonymous says:

    I just want to compliment Jesse LaGreca on his hat. Union Blue all the way!! There are other voices out here, and it’s high time these conservative confederate red-staters start to really hear our message.

  50. Maria says:

    Go Jesse.  You were so articulate.  The group has a leader.  You expressed it so well – this is the start of a discussion that should have started years ago.  Honestly, as for Obama, I wish someone would point out he is not the leader we had hoped for.  Too interested in the status quo is my opinion.  We need someone to cut through the red tape the financial institutions have around our economy and to realize that the economy needs to serve the people.

  51. BuildYourDefenses says:

    Say you’re on an island with 5 people. 1 of them has all of the coconuts.  What do you think is going to happen?

    1. Garrett Pietrocola says:

      does anyone have rum > HAPPY HOUR!!!

  52. finnegan says:

    Oh, Jesse… you typical, sad idiot.  You and your brainwashed “comrades”… your hearts are in the right place, but sorry dude, your brains are stuck up a dark hole.

    You’re aware there is a problem.  That’s great.  And you’re trying to make your voice heard.  I applaud that.  Sadly, you have no clue what you’re talking about.

    I guess it’s not your fault, since you’re never held a real job -  but you don’t know anything about anything.  But sure, go riot around Wall Street for a while.  See how far that gets you.

    1. You didn’t make a single argument explaining why you’re right and he’s wrong.  ALL YOU SAID WAS HE’S A MORON> THIS DOESN’T COUNT FOR ANYTHING IN TERMS OF ARGUMENTATION. 

      Look who’s the moron now…

    2. Righteous1 says:

      So insult and disparage because you can not argue against anything he said.
      And then ASSUME he’s never had a job to top it off, because that somehow in your delusional world strengthens your non-response…..good job.

  53. AscendingIntellect says:

    Readers who actually agree with the crux of this article are braindead.  “Jesse” didn’t get anything useful out of that communist moron.  They insist upon being called “comrade”?  Unreal.  The entire content of his argument was substanceless Marxism.  Look up “Marxist dialectical discussion”.  Denunciation, propaganda, character assassination, and evoking feelings of indignation, where substance and discerning the truth is not of interest.  These Marxists are good at communism.  They are not good at being functional, peaceful, and helpful citizens of our Republic.  Garbage rhetoric like this does not even deserve air time on the internet.  Thanks for wasting everyone’s time, Observer.

    1. Righteous1 says:

      Blah blah blah nonsensical dismissive bs blah blah blah marxist blah blah blah stooge blah blah blah

      Other than “comrade”, NOTHING Jesse said was remotely Marxist.  Not surprising you THINK it is though, as you’ve been indoctrinated with a NEW definition of MARXIST by Fox “News”

  54. Cc7bogert says:

    That was one of the best interviews I have ever seen. The guy gave the answers that convey the feelings of 75% of Americans. He absolutely kicked ass. 

  55. bkisses08 says:

    whoa this guy was 100% right.. cheers to you.. I couldnt ask for better!!!! ^ jesse

  56. Garrett P says:

    I like this thread alot.  Great points of contention and lots of name calling, which shows everyone’s maturity. 

    However,
    besides that, I think a point that needs to be address – a point that
    appeals to both pro-capitalist and the pro-socialist viewpoints – is
    that economies are built on the efforts of the masses.  Economics – in a
    nutshell – is the average willingness of people to do stuffs for
    money.  When people are willing to do things (for money), we call that a
    successful economy, and if people become unwilling to do those things,
    we say that economy is stagnating or failing.  

    With that, I
    think it’s also important to note that in order to continue a successful
    economy, that economy must grow, so that it continues to meet that
    needs of the population as a whole – which is (hopefully and more than
    likely) growing in size. 

    Therefore, if we can agree that
    economics are the measure of people’s willing to do stuff for money and
    an economy must grow to continue to support its growing population, then
    we can also agree that an economy must produces new jobs to meet the
    needs to the rising populations.  (This really isn’t a new arguments,
    just a premise and a reiteration of what others have already said)

    MY
    OBSERVATION – and really, the whole point of my comment – is that their
    must be at least enough good paying jobs so that the majority of
    individuals in that society have enough money to contribution to the
    growth of the economic engine on the whole.  Otherwise, the economy will
    stale (or fail) due to a lack of consumer demand. 

    So, what does that mean?

    Well,
    what that means is that if the lower classes of society doesn’t have
    enough money to consume all the stuffs (good and services) that the
    upper classes produces, then eventually the economic engine begins to
    slow down.  Consumers of good and services need at least enough money
    (more is better) to purchase all of the goods and services that the
    producers produce, so that the demand for those goods and services
    continues to rise and the economic engine keep churning.  If, however, 
    the consumers don’t have enough money to purchase all the goods and
    services of the producers, then the demand for those good and services decreases and the
    supply side of the economy must shrink in order to balance the economic
    equation.  In order to continue the growth of an economy – which is a
    simple way of saying in order to continue the growth of the the supply
    side of the economy – then the demand side of the economy must be feed
    enough money so they can purchase more than all of the goods and
    services currently available.  That way producers see a need to expand
    their businesses, and in turn, create jobs in the emerging markets for the growing population. 

    To recap, if you want to induce a growing economy, then you
    must give the consumers in that economy enough money to exceed total
    supply, thereby creating a need to produce more stuffs.  The simple
    solution to America’s stalling economy is to give the greatest consumer
    group in this country – the middle class, the 99%, the
    whatever-you-want-to-call-it – more money so they can purchase more
    stuffs than we currently produce. 

    A very simple means of
    accomplishing this would be to raise minimum wage (over a period of
    time) so that the poorer members of society are able to consume more
    goods and services than they do now.  In accordance with convention (not
    trying to dismiss all of your really smart poor people) poor people
    tend to make frivolous and less-frugal purchases (foods, lottery, and
    rims) than they do financial investments towards their own future
    advancement.  What this means is business owners would have more liquid
    capital to increase their production, product lines, and employee’s
    wages; and, if you increase consumer wages, then those consumers will
    purchase more stuffs, thereby increasing the supply-side of the
    economy.  

    Basically, what I’m saying in a nutshell/nuthead
    sort-of-way, is that if you increase the demand-side of an economy, the
    supply-side of that economy (or the measure of the growth of that
    economy) should increase with it. 

  57. Garrett Pietrocola says:

    Dear Fox News,

    So far, no news on foxes,

    Sincerely,
    Disappointed

  58. Garrett Pietrocola says:

    has anyone alerted the proper authorities? or the grammar nazi? or the fashion police?

  59. Anonymous says:

    FoxNews is  under orders to cover anything that the Koch Bros & GOP (AKA the Tea Party) want them to about the Tea Party.  Occupy Wall Street is a GENUINE grass-roots movement, of individuals that know how to spell, actually decided among themselves what they were going to demand, and understand that the real seat of power (and cause of their problems) in this country is Wall Street, and not that Black guy who enters the room when they play Hail to the Chief. Of COURSE FoxNews isn’t going to give them enough air time to reveal to their Tea Party faithful what a real movement looks like.

  60. Anonymous says:

    Interesting to see comments from people here who clearly are not Observer readers and  are ‘suddenly’ disappointed in the Observer…

  61. Uofmalums says:

    I’m having a difficult time scoring this interview a “slam.”  Piece of tripe, maybe.  Slam…nyet.

    1. Righteous1 says:

      Being that Fox’s goal in being there was to make EVERYONE there look like uninformed whining “hippies”…sorry, this guy slammed them.

  62. Thank you for this!

  63. Of course the media is late because it is something their masters don’t particularly care for and would like to ignore, but it keeps growing. I hope to be there this weekend with several friends. I’m hoping that it will swell to major proportions.

  64. Dave says:

    Sounds to me like the real issue is the fact that some people are envious of the “top 1 %” who have, in his words, “had it better than ever”.  Newsflash genius; there are haves and have nots. Always have been, and there always will be. Not everyone gets to be the boss. Some of us, myself included, have to work hard to eek out a living. This is the timeout generation we see here. The same generation that has never not made the cut for a little league baseball team, and if they did, they ALL recieved trophies.  Ahhhhh. No one got their feelings hurt. This is a spoiled and somewhat lazy group of citizens who expect the world and stomp their feet when they don’t get it. Not to say they cannot achieve it all, with hard work. But to believe that they are simply entitled to more is ludicrous. They want to be heard, fine. They want the “Wall Street CEO’s” put in prison. Ok, but then what? The economy is still wrecked. The only life that changes is the life of the guy behind the bars. What these “kids” need to realize is that if they want real change, the place to find it is in the voting booth. Demand from their elected leaders that they assure that the financial shenanigans can never happen again. But alas, the politicians have campaigns to run, and that requires contributuions. So now what should they do? Get used to the fact that they might be, for the time being at least,  a “have not”…

    1. Righteous1 says:

      Most of your response is nonsensical and has nothing to do with anything the guy speaking said.  Just things you ASSUME about the guy and things you obviously IMAGINED he said.

      I would like to address this fantasy of yours : “, the place to find it is in the voting booth”…because that’s going to bring change?  Choosing between one corporate sponsered candidate over the other  on basically “fringe issues” who both want to protect the status quo for their “sponsors”  (masters).  Choosing the lesser of two evils?

  65. engsecret one says:

    MSM = BIG MONEY
    OCCUPY WALL STREET = NO MONEY

    In a world full of capitalism who are the FAT CATS going to choose

  66. Mycall8 says:

    This of course was not aired

  67. Mercuryman34 says:

    Staged video, with an alarming number of people thinking it’s real. Good messages get lost when couched in phony “interviews” like this. The guy can barely contain himself from laughing…probably at the “reporter”s cap?

    1. Righteous1 says:

      Proof that it’s staged?  Or are you the beginning of the “conservative” response machine (The Koch brothers do actually pay people to inhabit and post on comment sections and message boards by the way) to try and discredit it?

  68. Homespunlady says:

    excellent response – congratz

  69. VoxMagi says:

    Someone make that man spokesperson for tomorrow!! Too bad Faux dumped this on the cutting room floor…but I’m happy to see it made it onto the web just the same.

  70. Glad to see this video posted, even if Fox won’t air it.  Nice work!

  71. Anuanzu says:

    Not to stay on subject here but.. Is a system where profiits are distributed to a few shareholders and losses are distributed to We The People really still Capitalism?

    1. Whowarrior says:

      No…it’s Corporate Welfare.

    2. Righteous1 says:

      This country hasn’t been an actual “capitalist” country for a long long time.
      That’s part of what the Tea baggers are whining about.  Progress.  As the evils of straight capitalism were brought to light, solutions usually of a socialist persuasion were used as a stop gap to “fix” it.  They want the system broken again…and of course they are constantly silent on “wealth redistribution” when it comes to giving more money to those who already have it and fixing the game for those who have it.

  72. FOX & news is an oxymoron ~!!!!

  73. OMG… He kicked some FOX NEWS BUTT!! lol…woo hoo…Keep it going!!!

  74. Fairobserver says:

    Fox News is nothing but right-wing propaganda and this interview and Fox’s failure to air it, is prof positive of that fact.

  75. There are two kinds of people in this country, not Democrat and Republican: those who agree with LaGreca and those who are “the problem with this country ™.” I welcome (and will ignore) all 7-paragraph responses about [crude misconceptions of] socialism and propaganda.

  76. Fairobserver says:

    Fox News is network that pushes a right-wing political agenda with fraudulent and toxic reporting and commentary.  That’s been obvious for a long time.  The fact that they won’t air this gentleman’s critical comments is proof of their lack of fair and balanced reporting.

  77. Bugsy A says:

    Not going to debate the merits of the rich versus the middle class, however it is not surprising that Fox decided not to air the opposing viewpoint. “News” is in the telling, isn’t it?

  78. Bugsy A says:

    Seems pointless to debate middle class versus the rich. I am not surprised that Fox chose not to run this story, well spoken liberals rarely get an opportunity to speak on their “news” shows. 

  79. Stubby2k says:

    What was the excuse for not airing this? Shaky footage probably. 

  80. Mark says:

    You got my hopes up that this Jesse guy was actually going to say something intelligent and scandalous about Fox News. Unfortunately, no…typical commie rhetoric. The biggest laugh is that this guy thinks 99% of the country agrees with him…um, not quite.

    Class warfare is overrated. In this country, there are so many ways to get rich. More now than ever. If you have a brain, you can make money. People should stop hating on people who are better off than them and try to figure out ways to improve their own situation. 

  81. D_noland says:

    Great spokesman! Too bad he didn’t get on the air. Maybe MSNBC could rectify that.

  82. Thanks for capturing a wonderful moment in journalism.  This should be integrated into the curriculum of journalism classes starting at high school.

  83. TitsMcGee says:

    Eh, he didn’t own fox news aka the propaganda beast.  His thoughts were essentially akin to flight of ideas, or as someone else already stated, disjointed arguments.  He had the opportunity to show that liberals, moderates (like myself), and conservatives alike are on the same page regarding banking issues, the same issues that the dolts like Bachmann were yapping about during their debates.  

    And Solyndra is a big deal.  It’s a failure that government financed.  That’s not what the government is supposed to be doing.  It proved only to be a sink and a waste of tax-payer dollars.

  84. Sewiley says:

    I can see why it hit the cutting room floor, the guy doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about.  I think they should show more clueless people like him to further their cause.

  85. Tvaneldik says:

    Funny how this guy has no real reason to protest other than he wants someone else’s money.  What are these people protesting again?  Oh, that others are successful. 

  86. Listen to this guy!!

  87. Jack Beckett says:

    People are beginning to wake up.  By the time the election happens the full on anger towards the keepers of the status-quo will manifest itself as a landslide for the President.  I believe passion trumps money.

  88. Anonamouse says:

    This guy is my hero! Thanks, Jesse!

  89. Runnerin1 says:

    Anybody know the odds of Jesse showing up on fox news??????

  90. Thomasjod says:

    This “occupy” guy is a brainwashed, non thinking loon, what an idiot.

  91. Well this guy pretty much sums it up.

  92. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone else get a “fake” vibe from this video?

  93. Anonymous says:

     

    As the fourth quarter begins the market dive continues…….

     One can only conclude that a majority of companies and consumers
    are on strike.

     

     Got money in the bank?. Save it. Got equity in your home?
    Keep it Got an operations budget? re-examine it and contain costs…

     

    Guess what America, that’s what is happening. Consumers, Banks,
    and Corporations are not going to bail the Obummer administration out. Encouraging class
    warfare and crushing the individual entrepreneurial spirit won’t
    work. Suing the banks and sending the NLRB out as your Trumpka in-your-pocket attack dog won’t work
    either.

     

    So we are just going to vent our rage online, vent in the lame
    scream media, vent to our friends on Facebook and YouTube, and most importantly
    we are going to WAIT while we vent…………………

     

    As we wait we will save. Save money, save on expenses, save on
    reduced costs, save on postponed purchases, save with store brands, save with
    Amazon, save with Ebay,
    save with Craigslist,
    save with the local flea market, save with the sale of our “garage
    clutter”, save with roommates, save with a downsize in autos
    purchased, save with the brown bag lunch, save by cutting cable tv, save by
    tele-commuting, and finally save with a downsize from the McMansion
    if it can even be sold.

     

    Someday soon someone will come to the forefront to run against our
    current Clown in Chief.

     

    When this person arises from the ashes of  the current
    “felony stupid” administration (kudos to Rep. Issa) we will focus laser like on
    electing this person to undo this nightmare…….. Money will pour into this
    challenger’s Pay Pal connected coffers and the internet media will take center stage getting
    the word out. Internet enabled persons will continue to be at the forefront of
    the “new media” with their Smartphones,
    I-Phones, and other yet to be named on-scene live streaming capabilities. The
    new internet news reporters will surpass the
    traditional media in their raw unfiltered “truth of the moment” audio
    and video moments. This new norm is also a warning to all to be careful since
    NOTHING is off the record in these unscripted moments. YouTube is a blessing
    and a curse depending on which side of the screen you are on.

     

    The punditry tells us we are scared, we don’t like uncertainty,
    and we lack leadership.

    Bulls**t………..we are enraged, we are certain, we are going to
    get real leadership in 2012 and it will not be coming from the Democrats.

     

    November 2010 was a trickle, November 2012 will be a tectonic
    shift.

     

     

  94. Tcbus2 says:

    Lots of good sound bytes … and no intelligence or wisdom.  He is perfectly comfortable railing against those that create jobs, when I doubt he has ever created a job, risked his life savings to start a business, or felt the burden of meeting a payroll for his employees.  That is participating in democracy, not standing on a corner demanding a handout.

    As for Fox not showing it – show me any network that routinely gives access to those that peddle ad hominem attacks against them.

    This guy is a drone and a tool … what is truly shocking is that so many people are entranced by carnival barkers like him.

    1. Revi Lution says:

      A lot of these “carnival barkers” are looking at the bigger picture then the simple “Gimme, gimme gimme” solution. Your ignorance is shameful, wake up, open your eyes and actually research just one of the many things these people are protesting about.

  95. Upstartll8 says:

    “From my own experiences, I have found amongst those I know whom exist at
    or just above the poverty level, largely find themselves in that
    position due to their own short sightedness and poor judgement. They
    live paycheck to paycheck, but in relative comfort. Those with jobs are
    not ambitious, they are not constantly fine tuning their resumes and
    looking for oppourtunities to exploit to get themselves ahead. They
    wait, patiently, to move upward in whatever line of business they are
    currently in. Money that could be saved and put away towards future
    expenses or to address unforeseen emergencies is often squandered on
    entertainment, meals and distractions.  Most live in apartments which
    will never repay the investment they make into them each month.”

    Why must a person live like a cutthroat CEO in order to deserve enough to afford healthcare when they are sick, education for their children, and a roof over their head when they are old?  Barbara Ehrenreich answered your argument more eloquently than I can in Nickel and Dimed, so I’ll refer you there, but on a more basic level, I need to draw your attention to this fact:

    EVERYONE’S work matters. 

    During my daily activities, I routinely see:

    People serving food to the elderly, helping them get to doctor’s appointments, and cleaning up after them when they make messes.  People taking care of minor children in schools and child care facilities.  People cleaning the streets and moving trash to the landfills.  People working in checkout lines, people driving buses, people sweeping and mopping and cleaning toilets.  People where I work, walking dogs, washing them, taking blood from them, helping in surgery (I am a veterinarian).  People doing social work, nursing work, mechanical work, fixing cars every day, picking apples, what have you.  None of these people are hungrily fixing their resumes trying to land a 100,000 a year job, yet THEIR WORK MATTERS.  They live paycheck to paycheck because that is the going wage for their work relative to what things cost.

    Let’s imagine, for the briefest instant, that all of these people suddenly disappeared. 

    *Poof!*

    Suddenly, no one’s around to do medium and low wage work.  What happens to your grandma in the nursing home?  Guess she’s left sodding in her Depends.  The people who assist her there because you are too busy at work…are low wage individuals who aren’t hungrily sharpening their resumes for a $100,000 + job.  What happens to your child at day care?  Same thing.  What happens to your trash at the curb, your groceries when you need to hit the checkout line, the bus or the cab when you need a ride? What happens to the loads of cash and valuables that need to get shipped from banks to stores and from stores to banks in armored cars every business day?  Oops!  None of this gets done.  We disappeared these people.  Their jobs aren’t important. 

    *They don’t deserve to get paid enough to exist.*

    Next time you go to a sporting event, to your attorney’s office, to your doctor’s office, or to the supermarket…what’s this?  The aisles are filthy!  Dust a foot thick!  Weeds and grass overgrown everywhere…lawn care people, you know, don’t need a big resume for the work they do.  And, oh, my God…don’t even go into a public restroom anymore.  We disappeared the human beings who take care of all these places.  *They don’t deserve a living wage.*  Guess their work just isn’t important. 

    Not!

    At my workplace, who helps me when I need a patient restrained in the exam room?  Who helps get animals clipped and scrubbed up for surgery?  Who walks dogs?  Who cleans cages?  Um…guess these jobs don’t get done, either.  Why?  Everybody’s supposed to be out there getting MBA’s, sharpening those resumes to “get ahead.”

    Put aside the fact that some human beings simply aren’t happy living in the way that you describe.  Some human beings are *happy* mowing grass, diapering babies, assisting the elderly, brushing out your dog or cat, fixing your car, or driving the bus that takes you to work.  Put those people in an MBA class, sharpening that ol’ resume for that $100,000 + job, and even though they have more money, their souls would wither and die just the same.

    But, please, just for a moment, try to picture our country without the desperately important work of the senior care workers, the child care workers, the supermarket checkers, the cabbies, the bus drivers, the lawn care workers, the armored car guards, the janitors, the trash collectors, the Orkin man, the animal care aides, the street sweepers.  Isn’t it a ridiculous picture?  Of course it is.

    Why? 

    BECAUSE ALL THESE PEOPLE MAKE A CONTRIBUTION THE COUNTRY CANNOT FUNCTION WITHOUT. 

    EVERYONE’S WORK MATTERS.

    To realize that, and yet say in the very same breath that these people doing this work don’t deserve a wage they can educate their children on, a wage they can visit the doctor on, a wage that keeps clothes on their back and gas in their cars and roofs over their heads, is just…is just…

    Somebody help me out, here.  Words fail me.

    And to suggest, just to suggest, that any person who does this kind of honest, bone-labor all their lives, deserves to die like a dog under a bridge somewhere in their seventies or eighties or nineties, all because our society doesn’t think it’s important to make some kind of provision to prevent that kind of suffering…well, I just don’t know what to say.

    Hon, let me make just one thing clear to you.  Our society needs ALL kinds of people, in ALL kinds of jobs, from ALL walks of life, in order to work.  We can’t function as a society of all MBA’s and CEO’s anymore than we could have a country if everyone in it were a nurse.  Surely that makes sense to you?

    So to say to a group of people, medium wage people, or even low wage people (you HAVE heard of the working poor, haven’t you?), “We need you in this job, those above you need you in this job, and the country wouldn’t work without you in this job, BUT–at the very same time–you are nothing and you deserve to go without entertainment, health care, basic security in old age, and hope of a decent education for your children EVEN THOUGH without you doing your low wage work the entire economy would just GRIND TO A HALT…”

    …Well, that doesn’t make much sense, now does it?

    Does it?

    Go and  spew your nonsense somewhere else, please.  I’ve had it with this kind of thinking. 

  96. Cherrish says:

    Now that’s what I call reporting!

  97. XS_N_XS says:

    Run it FOX – play it for your people to hear

  98. quickwhistle says:

    why don’t I beleive that this is real?   a stammering, ill prepaired ‘producer’ … I too can make a Fox news mic tag.  seems just a bit too staged.

  99. Los Angeles Hammer says:

    Mr. LaGreca kept his composure and dealt the right leaning Fox News a double punch and they respectfully took it while trying to repeatedly bait him. Good work Jesse!

  100. The Wiz says:

    call it the “We Party”

  101. Dawn Nyht says:

    Go figure, a voice of reason in an insane world and he gets silenced by the same news station that seems to promise to deliver.  Thank you Observer for sharing this with the rest of us.

  102. John says:

    Interesting that he referred to his colleague as “Comrade” which is a manner of address popular among Communists and other anti-American subversives. Yes, the Bankster Oligarchy needs to be abolished, but the Occupy Wall Street  movement has been hijacked by those seeking to abolish Capitalism entirely.

    1. Joe says:

      Interesting that he referred to his colleague as “Comrade” which is a manner of address popular among Communists and other anti-American subversives. Yes, the Bankster Oligarchy needs to be abolished, but the Occupy Wall Street  movement has been hijacked by those seeking to abolish Capitalism entirely.
      Never heard of soldiers referred to as comrades in arms?  

      As to the abolition of capitalism, at least in its current form, I’m all for it.  Let’s go back to the type of capitalism they had in the 1950s say, under Eisenhower — who would almost be considered a socialist in terms of today’s Republicans/Tea Party.  90% marginal tax rates on the billionaires? Worked then, it can work again now. 

  103. Santee555 says:

    A new Joe the plumber guy, GREAT!

  104. Bob says:

    I have some far more effective suggestions for the “editor” as to where he can “stick the protest”….(ahem)

    Additional productive venues would include:

    1. Occupy the Federal Reserve (Since the jig is up on their little money-from-nothing pyramid scheme)

    2. Occupy the International Monetary Fund (A related part of how the current system is rigged: get underdeveloped countries under the yoke of debt early, and keep them down!)

    3. Occupy the Bilderbergers, the Trilateral Commission, etc., etc., etc. (Since they are the minds behind all this consolidation of power anyway!!!!!)

    Don’t just dismiss the comments- GET THE FACTS.

  105. Anonymous says:

    Jesse hit the Devil right in the kisser, He got it right, but notice fox never mention anything about should rightwing congressman williness to make this country fell in order to win an election, I say in 2012 lets get these rightwing treasoness the hell out of our congress.

  106. Anonymous says:

    And notice Fox never show this on there show, we knew that they would not show it.

  107. Carole Selz says:

    FOX NEWS IS A JOKE…..THEY  ALWAYS PRESENT DISTORTIONS AND DUMB- DOWN REALITY …..THEY AND WALL STREET DO NOT WANT DEMOCRACY……THEY WANT OLIGARCHY, WHICH IS WHAT OUT NATION IS FAST BECOMING…..SO WHEN THE SERFS COMPLAIN, THE RIGHT GETS PISSED.

  108. FuckPeopleWithSavings says:

    Occupy Wall Street is awesome ’cause now i don’t have to pay back my loans :D
    SCREW YOU FAT CATS AT MY LOCAL BANK, YOU AINT GETTIN SHIT CAUSE ‘BAMA’S IN OFFICE AND HE SAYS I DON’T HAVE TO PAY YOU SH*T! HAHAHAHAHAHA

  109. Truthspeaker11231 says:

    It would’ve been cool if he didn’t refer to a “democracy”. America isn’t a “democracy”. It never has been. *America* is a REPUBLIC. Failing to recognize it as so, is the very first step towards the destruction of America. 

  110. Qlint says:

    Cause the 1% are out working and not wasting their time sitting around griping and complaining on Wall Street about how unfair life is. Everyone of the large news media groups are guilty of trying to brainwash the minds full of mush our educational systems now seem to produce. This guys pointing fingers at Fox, and yes they’re guilty of taking corporate money. I am not exonerating them. Look at the corporations that support all those other ‘left wing’ outlets. None of them are fair and balanced. 

  111. Mike Simmons says:

    I friggin’ LOVE IT! Take that FOX NEWS….lmao

  112. Vdavis2002 says:

    Wow, I wish I was that articulate on the fly.

  113. Becca says:

    Kea gave up…….troll pay is not what it used to be, eh?  That guy from FUX was so inept, he made it obvious that fux had no intention of airing anything of substance from these patriots.  NO, they were hoping to score big with someone they could paint as a stupid dirtbag, or worse.  That’s why this piece wound up on the floor.   I have a family member at the protest today: 1. This person is  a full-time employee at a well known college in Ithaca, N.Y. for 4 years.  2. This person is gifted.  3.This person is peaceful, and has no record.  4. This person is typical of middle-class young citizens who’ve had it up to their eyeballs with the Wall St. Bloodsuckers.  5. These people out protesting are our country’s future, and they are PATRIOTS.      Fux snooze, the Koch-Heads, and, YES, the SCOUTUS, would love to frame them with a bad rap.  Be safe, play nice, but work smarter not harder………make them eat their words.

  114. Bill Phold says:

    I wish he would have spent a little time speaking about what he is there to accomplish instead of simply railing on Fox News. But I can see where he’s coming from – why should he have to tolerate views that are contrary to his own.

  115. William Carr says:

    Oh, too bad.   Fox tried another “mock and run” but got somebody that wouldn’t play along.

  116. Hmmm.... says:

    Wow! Jesse! Will you marry me?

  117. 99%ers are Tired of Wall St. Chump Change. Wall St. Pay it back. :(

  118. Photogirl4u says:

    I wonder if this guy was on leave from his job, or maybe on vacation…or does he have a job in which he pay taxes and goes to work?  I bet he works nights and this is why he was available for the interview.  

  119. Revi Lution says:

    Education should be free, health care should be free, wars should not be fought for oil, the innocent should not die for oil, the environment should not be demolished for oil, the bourgeois need to realise that their lifestyles actually affect people and if they do realise this and are ignorant, they are clearly a waste of space on this wonderful planet. There is enough food thrown out each day in the world to feed the whole worlds population, why are their still millions of starving? Capitalism cannot share wealth, with or without regulations, a transition to a new system is inevitable, laborers should be paid fairly, they are after all what keeps any system going, not the businessmen who exchange something that does not exist. Capitalism is a pyramid scheme and the problems it causes can only be fixed by the masses, revolution please.

  120. Tbmmoe says:

    I love it!! It is about time that someone took Fox “news” to task for all the garbage they spew on a daily basis.

  121. “From my own experiences, I have found amongst those I know whom exist at or just above the poverty level, largely find themselves in that position due to their own short sightedness and poor judgement. They live paycheck to paycheck, but in relative comfort. Those with jobs are not ambitious, they are not constantly fine tuning their resumes and looking for oppourtunities to exploit to get themselves ahead. They wait, patiently, to move upward in whatever line of business they are currently in. Money that could be saved and put away towards future expenses or to address unforeseen emergencies is often squandered on entertainment, meals and distractions.  Most live in apartments which will never repay the investment they make into them each month.”
     
    This really made me steamed, and here’s why:
     
    ***
     
    Why must a person live like a cutthroat CEO in order to deserve enough to afford healthcare when they are sick, education for their children, and a roof over their head when they are old?  Barbara Ehrenreich answered your argument more eloquently than I can in Nickel and Dimed, so I’ll refer you there, but on a more basic level, I need to draw your attention to this fact:
     
    EVERYONE’S work matters. 
     
    During my daily activities, I routinely see:
     
    People serving food to the elderly, helping them get to doctor’s appointments, and cleaning up after them when they make messes.  People taking care of minor children in schools and child care facilities.  People cleaning the streets and moving trash to the landfills.  People working in checkout lines, people driving buses, people sweeping and mopping and cleaning toilets.  People where I work, walking dogs, washing them, taking blood from them, helping in surgery (I am a veterinarian).  People doing social work, nursing work, mechanical work, fixing cars every day, picking apples, what have you.  None of these people are hungrily fixing their resumes trying to land a 100,000 a year job, yet THEIR WORK MATTERS.  They live paycheck to paycheck because that is the going wage for their work relative to what things cost.
     
    Let’s imagine, for the briefest instant, that all of these people suddenly disappeared. 
     
    *Poof!*
     
    Suddenly, no one’s around to do medium and low wage work.  What happens to your grandma in the nursing home?  Guess she’s left sodding in her Depends.  The people who assist her there because you are too busy at work…are low wage individuals who aren’t hungrily sharpening their resumes for a $100,000 + job.  What happens to your child at day care?  Same thing.  What happens to your trash at the curb, your groceries when you need to hit the checkout line, the bus or the cab when you need a ride? What happens to the loads of cash and valuables that need to get shipped from banks to stores and from stores to banks in armored cars every business day?  Oops!  None of this gets done.  We disappeared these people.  Their jobs aren’t important. 
     
    *They don’t deserve to get paid enough to exist.*
     
    Next time you go to a sporting event, to your attorney’s office, to your doctor’s office, or to the supermarket…what’s this?  The aisles are filthy!  Dust a foot thick!  Weeds and grass overgrown everywhere…lawn care people, you know, don’t need a big resume for the work they do.  And, oh, my God…don’t even go into a public restroom anymore.  We disappeared the human beings who take care of all these places.  *They don’t deserve a living wage.*  Guess their work just isn’t important. 
     
    Not!
     
    At my workplace, who helps me when I need a patient restrained in the exam room?  Who helps get animals clipped and scrubbed up for surgery?  Who walks dogs?  Who cleans cages?  Um…guess these jobs don’t get done, either.  Why?  Everybody’s supposed to be out there getting MBA’s, sharpening those resumes to “get ahead.”
     
    Put aside the fact that some human beings simply aren’t happy living in the way that you describe.  Some human beings are *happy* mowing grass, diapering babies, assisting the elderly, brushing out your dog or cat, fixing your car, or driving the bus that takes you to work.  Put those people in an MBA class, sharpening that ol’ resume for that $100,000 + job, and even though they have more money, their souls would wither and die just the same.
     
    But, please, just for a moment, try to picture our country without the desperately important work of the senior care workers, the child care workers, the supermarket checkers, the cabbies, the bus drivers, the lawn care workers, the armored car guards, the janitors, the trash collectors, the Orkin man, the animal care aides, the street sweepers.  Isn’t it a ridiculous picture?  Of course it is.
     
    Why? 
     
    BECAUSE ALL THESE PEOPLE MAKE A CONTRIBUTION THE COUNTRY CANNOT FUNCTION WITHOUT. 
     
    EVERYONE’S WORK MATTERS.
     
    To realize that, and yet say in the very same breath that these people doing this work don’t deserve a wage they can educate their children on, a wage they can visit the doctor on, a wage that keeps clothes on their back and gas in their cars and roofs over their heads, is just…is just…
     
    Somebody help me out, here.  Words fail me.
     
    And to suggest, just to suggest, that any person who does this kind of honest, bone-labor all their lives, deserves to die like a dog under a bridge somewhere in their seventies or eighties or nineties, all because our society doesn’t think it’s important to make some kind of provision to prevent that kind of suffering…well, I just don’t know what to say.
     
    Hon, let me make just one thing clear to you.  Our society needs ALL kinds of people, in ALL kinds of jobs, from ALL walks of life, in order to work.  We can’t function as a society of all MBA’s and CEO’s anymore than we could have a country if everyone in it were a nurse.  Surely that makes sense to you?
     
    So to say to a group of people, medium wage people, or even low wage people (you HAVE heard of the working poor, haven’t you?), “We need you in this job, those above you need you in this job, and the country wouldn’t work without you in this job, BUT–at the very same time–you are nothing and you deserve to go without entertainment, health care, basic security in old age, and hope of a decent education for your children EVEN THOUGH without you doing your low wage work the entire economy would just GRIND TO A HALT…”
     
    …Well, that doesn’t make much sense, now does it?
     
    Does it?

  122. “From my own experiences, I have found amongst those I know whom exist at or just above the poverty level, largely find themselves in that position due to their own short sightedness and poor judgement. They live paycheck to paycheck, but in relative comfort. Those with jobs are not ambitious, they are not constantly fine tuning their resumes and looking for oppourtunities to exploit to get themselves ahead. They wait, patiently, to move upward in whatever line of business they are currently in. Money that could be saved and put away towards future expenses or to address unforeseen emergencies is often squandered on entertainment, meals and distractions.  Most live in apartments which will never repay the investment they make into them each month.”
     
    This really made me steamed, and here’s why:
     
    ***
     
    Why must a person live like a cutthroat CEO in order to deserve enough to afford healthcare when they are sick, education for their children, and a roof over their head when they are old?  Barbara Ehrenreich answered your argument more eloquently than I can in Nickel and Dimed, so I’ll refer you there, but on a more basic level, I need to draw your attention to this fact:
     
    EVERYONE’S work matters. 
     
    During my daily activities, I routinely see:
     
    People serving food to the elderly, helping them get to doctor’s appointments, and cleaning up after them when they make messes.  People taking care of minor children in schools and child care facilities.  People cleaning the streets and moving trash to the landfills.  People working in checkout lines, people driving buses, people sweeping and mopping and cleaning toilets.  People where I work, walking dogs, washing them, taking blood from them, helping in surgery (I am a veterinarian).  People doing social work, nursing work, mechanical work, fixing cars every day, picking apples, what have you.  None of these people are hungrily fixing their resumes trying to land a 100,000 a year job, yet THEIR WORK MATTERS.  They live paycheck to paycheck because that is the going wage for their work relative to what things cost.
     
    Let’s imagine, for the briefest instant, that all of these people suddenly disappeared. 
     
    *Poof!*
     
    Suddenly, no one’s around to do medium and low wage work.  What happens to your grandma in the nursing home?  Guess she’s left sodding in her Depends.  The people who assist her there because you are too busy at work…are low wage individuals who aren’t hungrily sharpening their resumes for a $100,000 + job.  What happens to your child at day care?  Same thing.  What happens to your trash at the curb, your groceries when you need to hit the checkout line, the bus or the cab when you need a ride? What happens to the loads of cash and valuables that need to get shipped from banks to stores and from stores to banks in armored cars every business day?  Oops!  None of this gets done.  We disappeared these people.  Their jobs aren’t important. 
     
    *They don’t deserve to get paid enough to exist.*
     
    Next time you go to a sporting event, to your attorney’s office, to your doctor’s office, or to the supermarket…what’s this?  The aisles are filthy!  Dust a foot thick!  Weeds and grass overgrown everywhere…lawn care people, you know, don’t need a big resume for the work they do.  And, oh, my God…don’t even go into a public restroom anymore.  We disappeared the human beings who take care of all these places.  *They don’t deserve a living wage.*  Guess their work just isn’t important. 
     
    Not!
     
    At my workplace, who helps me when I need a patient restrained in the exam room?  Who helps get animals clipped and scrubbed up for surgery?  Who walks dogs?  Who cleans cages?  Um…guess these jobs don’t get done, either.  Why?  Everybody’s supposed to be out there getting MBA’s, sharpening those resumes to “get ahead.”
     
    Put aside the fact that some human beings simply aren’t happy living in the way that you describe.  Some human beings are *happy* mowing grass, diapering babies, assisting the elderly, brushing out your dog or cat, fixing your car, or driving the bus that takes you to work.  Put those people in an MBA class, sharpening that ol’ resume for that $100,000 + job, and even though they have more money, their souls would wither and die just the same.
     
    But, please, just for a moment, try to picture our country without the desperately important work of the senior care workers, the child care workers, the supermarket checkers, the cabbies, the bus drivers, the lawn care workers, the armored car guards, the janitors, the trash collectors, the Orkin man, the animal care aides, the street sweepers.  Isn’t it a ridiculous picture?  Of course it is.
     
    Why? 
     
    BECAUSE ALL THESE PEOPLE MAKE A CONTRIBUTION THE COUNTRY CANNOT FUNCTION WITHOUT. 
     
    EVERYONE’S WORK MATTERS.
     
    To realize that, and yet say in the very same breath that these people doing this work don’t deserve a wage they can educate their children on, a wage they can visit the doctor on, a wage that keeps clothes on their back and gas in their cars and roofs over their heads, is just…is just…
     
    Somebody help me out, here.  Words fail me.
     
    And to suggest, just to suggest, that any person who does this kind of honest, bone-labor all their lives, deserves to die like a dog under a bridge somewhere in their seventies or eighties or nineties, all because our society doesn’t think it’s important to make some kind of provision to prevent that kind of suffering…well, I just don’t know what to say.
     
    Hon, let me make just one thing clear to you.  Our society needs ALL kinds of people, in ALL kinds of jobs, from ALL walks of life, in order to work.  We can’t function as a society of all MBA’s and CEO’s anymore than we could have a country if everyone in it were a nurse.  Surely that makes sense to you?
     
    So to say to a group of people, medium wage people, or even low wage people (you HAVE heard of the working poor, haven’t you?), “We need you in this job, those above you need you in this job, and the country wouldn’t work without you in this job, BUT–at the very same time–you are nothing and you deserve to go without entertainment, health care, basic security in old age, and hope of a decent education for your children EVEN THOUGH without you doing your low wage work the entire economy would just GRIND TO A HALT…”
     
    …Well, that doesn’t make much sense, now does it?
     
    Does it?

  123. sorry for the double post

  124. Thomas says:

    Jesse LaGreca. That dude could totally be the next HardBall host. Smart and hard hitting. That FauxNews reporter didn’t even see it coming. Wow.

  125. Jupajax007 says:

    That friggin’ guy rules!

  126. DavisH says:

    What was the reasoning behind we are “awasting time with total nonsense like Solyndra’?  Jesse is on the hook for that debacle too, assuming he pays taxes.

  127. Anonymous says:

    I was waiting for the Couric moment- “Well Jesse, what publications do you read and what TV news channels do you watch?”

  128. JQ says:

    Faux news is instructing their zombies to pass the word that this video is fake. 
    Won’t be long before the corporate media echoes the same claim.

  129. chris says:

    lol sadly enough, the irony of all this i suppose is that the democrats are making bank exploiting the actions of these younger people. So, in fairness i would say that to side with either party wouldnt do justice to the protest at hand. We shouldnt look at this in terms of “democrat” or “Republican” nor even deeper as “liberal” or “conservative” for regardless of one’s beliefs every man and woman who is of the 99% is digressing due to the greed in corporate america and the United states government reluctant to take action or even allow its citizens (99%) to participate fairly in this democratic society. I say stay away from any source of media that gains any profit and focus more on the blogs and first hand accounts in reference to the protest. Fuck msnbc and fuck fox news. No matter how empathetic they may be or how unjust them may seem, they still are making money off of this. Fuck the media. 

  130. Ed says:

    they’re both tools. They both need each other to hysterically over-react to.

  131. Caplain says:

    I can only assume FoxNews didn’t air the interview, because it was lame. If you consider the interviewee’s responses to be eloquently delivered and well reasoned, you have a low standard for eloquence and a misunderstanding of reason.

    Our government is the largest and most influential institution in our country. Our banking industry is probably the most regulated industry on the planet. If you won’t point a finger at our government, pointing a finger anywhere else is either foolish or dishonest.

    If “corporate greed” is in fact a legitimate concern of someone, they would hardly consider the Solyndra issue nonsense.

  132. Pfh64 says:

    Luvvv this guy! 

  133. Willcox1996 says:

    The wealthiest Americans the so called top five percent pay more then half the countries taxes and guess what this may seem amazing to you but the top five percent is where the jobs get and if they have to pay more taxes which in turn means there not making as big of a profit they won’t hire people because they don’t want to spend even more money.

  134. Jtyson says:

    This gentleman is a blithering example of why these protesters are being dismissed out of hand.

  135. Sam Hall says:

    “Wasting time with total nonsense like Solyndra.”  Yeah, what’s a half-billion dollars these days? It bought such fancy amenities at their factory, too.  Just because the Bush administration balked at the loan, but Obama’s guys fast-tracked it…mean people suck, huh?
     Good to hear someone among the protesters is articulate.  It’s a start. Now if he could drop the code words and just flat out say he’s socialist he might even get my respect.

  136. Estfar says:

    Fox News, yeah the mouth piece of the Republican-Teapublican Koch Brothers movement down on Wall Street for what???  Fair and imbalance reporting – yeah.  Had a big belly laugh when this young man cut you to shreds and handed you your entrails.  Loved it.  LIARS AND OUTCASTS THAT’S WHAT FOX NEWS IS!!!!!

  137. Joseph McCaffrey says:

    The amazing thing about OWS is that this guy, Jesse, is typical. He’s one of thousands of demonstrators who’s got it together, and who is very angry at Wall Street’s system that is rigged to extract the nation’s wealth from the 99% and transfer it to the 1%.  Our aim is to “un-rig” the system and give that money, property, wealth etc. back to the rightful owners, the 99% from whom it was stolen.  They say the cut off in income for the richest 1% is 380,000 a year.  How many, I wonder are worth that $380 grand?  Or even a fraction of it?  They and their buddies gamed the system to steal from the rest of us, and we merely want to set things straight again.

  138. Joseph McCaffrey says:

    For those who whine about how much the wealthiest pay in taxes, vs. what the poorest pay, here are a few facts.   The wealthiest 1% of Americans own nearly 40% of all the wealth in this country, and that includes real estate, factories, stocks and bonds, money, antiques, oil wells, gold and silver jewelry, etc., etc.  Think about it — one percent of the population owns 40% of everything out there.  The next 4% wealthiest, own an additional 27%, making the 5% wealthiest of all Americans, together, own 67%, or 2/3 of everything.  That leaves 95 percent of us owning the other 1/3, and the bottom 50 percent owns nearly nothing.  Lop-sided, maybe?  And a lot of the poorest 50% doesn’t even have jobs.  So ask yourselves again, with an obscene imbalance like this, who should pay the taxes?  The guy with billions and chauffeur driven Rolls-Royces or the guy who can’t get a job to feed his family?  
    If you look at the income imbalance, the situation looks even worse.How did this happen?  Since the Reagan years, the rich Republicans have been rigging the system to extract the wealth of this country from the bottom 90% and transfer it to the top 5%, and they’ve been successful achieving for the rich what we have today.This is what Occupy Wall Street is all about.

  139. Tom King says:

    That interview is only “eloquently delivered, well reasoned, socially conscientious truth” if you accept the assumptions behind the speaker’s arguments.  His comment about Beck saying Obama hated white people, was a crack Beck made on his radio show in response to a specific story and NOT at any protest Beck organized. In fact, the rally on the mall wasn’t a protest per se. It was a rally of like minded people to express their solidarity – no less valid than the so-called solidarity of the OWS protest group.   In fact, the Beck rally had more middle class people attending it than all of the OWS groups put together do. It’s easy to go at corporations, but for most of us, corporations are us! If we have retirement funds or own any stock or even have money in savings in the banks, we own a piece of some corporation. You want to change the way a corporation does something, what you do is buy into the corporation and vote at the annual shareholders meeting.  Organize other shareholders to take action if you don’t like the way things are going. Corporations are groups of people and yes, they make money. They pay salaries of those computer guys and fashion designer’s assistants and they go on and buy art and pay for their kids to study sociology and art history and give them credit cards so they can stroll among the protestors drinking a Starbucks latte and showing off the Prada shoes.  Corporations and middle class businesses pay the salaries of the harried parents that maintain those well-dressed OWS protestors so they can afford those fancy outfits. I guarantee they didn’t pick ‘em up in the Goodwill bins and those manicures weren’t done at the Salvation Army Free Makeup Clinic.

    Talk about an Astro-turf movement, this mess came straight from Home Depot.

  140. CAC says:

    In my opinion, we need to export more than we import, do away with income tax, property tax, and school taxes. Keep state sales tax if your state has it, and have a 10% use tax on everything anyone buys. Deport anyone that is in our prisons and not a citizen of the USA. Scrap the healthcare bill and have a plan that works replace it. Bring 80% of the troops home to protect our borders, airports, and coasts. Give super support to the 20% of our troops in the sandbox while they slowly turn over the countries to the people there. Cut the 35% corperate tax, get rid of some of the EPA rules and regs that prohibit factories from being even considered in the USA. Prosecute some of the politicians and bankers who sold us down the river in too many ways to name them all. Prosecute all inside traders, manipulaters, and con artists that make trades today so crazy. The sooner people wake up to the fact that Banks, and Corperations run more of our country than politicians do the better. Politicians need to be for the people, but it has become twisted and they line their pockets and represent the rot we see in America now. Cut all their pay in half, benifits in half, and see who stays in Washington..

    Also have more checks and balances for the systems we have in place. Welfare, Medicaid, and Medicare, Unemployment benifits, and any handouts paid for by taxes. The system is abused all the way around. Make what we have work, and the 10% use tax will cover it easily. 

    Then and only then will we start to fix what is broke. Because policies in place now are a joke.

  141. Yezeniapoulsen says:

    Sooooooo GOOD!!! O my gosh that man did such a fantastic job!!

  142. Anonymous says:

    Good points. Fox News should be inverstigated.  They are an immoral propaganda agency constantly distorting the facts.  Sometimes complete lies and incorrect statements. They influence americans wrongly with the misinformation. Fox news should be investigated and have their news license taken away.  They are not a news agency. They are an entertainment propaganda alarmist agency.  I watch Fox News sometimes for a good laugh, like that morning show with those ding dongs on in the morning.

  143. K D Fry says:

    Jesse is my hero.

  144. Guesty says:

    Not quite sure what this commie said that doesn’t make him sound like the rest of the useful idiots. The only difference is that he can speak in complete sentences. However, lies are still lies, ignorance is still ignorance, and communism is still communism.

  145. T. Lester says:

    Odd how faux noise likes to portray itself as the only network. egotistical.  And then this nonsense: “We’re giving you the opportunity … and I’m not going to.” Typical faux noise double-talk.

  146. T212112 says:

    This simpleton said nothing of substance with any fact nor citation. The only thing he stated with a semblance of truth was the Glenn Beck issue. And Glenn Beck never stated that Barack Obama “hates White culture and all of that,” he called him “racist,” for which he apologized and said was wrong to say.

    I know you children are impressed with a fast talker, his redundancy and lack of debate sophistication should have led you to believe that he wasn’t being entirly thorough in his rhetoric. But, again, liberals, like children, are easily persuaded by images (“put a patch on the tire”) rather than logic and facts (Fannie, Freddie and HUD, government programs which were run by Dems, forced politically correct lending practices on banks and said suicidal loans were then bundled into mortgage backed securities and dispersed throughout the financial system, which poisoned the economy and catalyzed TARP). But, yeah, I guess it’s Republican’s and Conservative’s fault, right?

  147. Donald Cox says:

    msnbc…I like Ratchel Maddow, She has been putting a light on the protesters in a good way, although she has not endorsed the movement. she has been trying to get our views across.

  148. Donald Cox says:

       I can not believe some of the comments I’ve been seeing. I honestly dont understand why people feel  that i’ts ok to put the wealthy first over those who truly need. It’s like they are saying they want to be slaves to corperate rule And they want people stifled.  I say its the Blind, and deaf, Leading the Blind and deaf

  149. He came, he spoke, he squashed – the attempted media muppet-making of this revolt. Hats off to you, Jesse.

  150. Debra says:

    this guy needs his own radio/tv talk show

  151. LOLWTFBBQHEH says:

    Then anchors on fox wouldn’t be able to stop laughing if this interview aired. I’m sure it was witheld strictly due to lack of free time for non-stop laughing. LOL. Jesse is such a tool

  152. LOLWTFBBQHEH says:

    Then anchors on fox wouldn’t be able to stop laughing if this interview aired. I’m sure it was witheld strictly due to lack of free time for non-stop laughing. LOL. Jesse is such a tool

  153. Guest says:

    ldlll

  154. Pad Dar says:

    Wow….one guy that can speak…a little.
    The same hypocrisy can be said about CNN, MSN, ETC.

  155. Dcapuano says:

    Fox is dismissive? Now they know how the tea party felt when they were dismissed by the liberal media. I dont want to live in a country like the former USSR;where the Government operates all business and redistributes money. . I will leave when that happens.

  156. Iwould like to know how they can claim to be the 99%? Each person has their own opinion and none represent me, my family, friends or neighborhood.

  157. Robert Shaw says:

    A very articulate member of OWS. Why did Fox choose not to air this?

  158. Anonymous says:

    The Zionist lobbies get most of their funding from the criminals on Wall Street. they are scared….very scared.
    A lot of fun watching the Zionist war machine sinking in desperation. The $5.5 trillion they cost us in the wars and a lot more in the wall street ponzi scheme is coming to light

  159. Gail Gardner says:

    Fox said, “because you wouldn’t be able to get your message out there without us.: 

    Oh, really? lol

  160. Dave says:

    “Total nonsense like Solyndra”???? Really. A wasted half-billon dollars is “total nonsense”?

  161. GeorgeThe4th says:

    if any of you dumb shits don’t understand that ALLLLLLL politicians are controlled or govern based on how the money gets to their pockets, campaigns etc.., then fuel is added to the fire of people thinking ya’ll are just liberal idealogues. As a Conservative, I would love to see a lot of the money given to politicians by corporations gone. That way they may enact policies that reflect that of their constituents, regardless of party affiliation instead of voting based on business intrest. But the Occupy crowd will never gain as much traction by a good part of the country when it is clear there are a lot of party biased and flat out ridiculous demands. Just remember, when a finger is pointed in one direction, 5 can be pointed right back. Money doesn’t have a party, just sits in the pocket in which it is put in.

  162. Atoma333 says:

    Fox is total shit

  163. I don’t think Fox News would mind airing this interview if it actually answered the questions that were asked. This man had an opportunity to discuss why he is protesting and what he hopes to accomplish. Instead he chose to talk about social justice, entitlement and the big, bad conservatives. He was extremely articulate and well spoken, but he did nothing to explain why he is camped out on Wall Street.

  164. Tcal1961 says:

    Not worry about Solyndra? That $535 million would have gone a long wat toward feeding the poor and helping hospitals treat patients. Nitwit!

  165. Uponroof says:

    Occupy movement must understand that the power and wealth Wall St enjoys COMES FROM THE GOVERNMENT. Our government works with the chosen banks who facilitate their international bond ventures. Within that ‘duty to country’ environment crony capitalism flourishes. Insider banks routinely benefit from positions you and I would spend time in jail for….and its all excused under the guise of ‘duty to country’Laissez faire deals at the highest non prosecutorial levels of our so called capitalist system have corrupted every part of economic society. As of now we do not have ‘capitalism’, we have full throttle CRONY CAPITALISM… BIG DIFFERENCE. Do not throw baby out with the bath water… Capitalism = GOOD! Crony capitalism = BAD!And understand, there’s distinction between run of the mill Wall St Corporations (perhaps guilty of greed but not of ruining the world!) and those special few who do the Federal Reserve’s bidding (at an enormous quid pro quo expense to the world). They are positioned to take whatever they want, and for good measure enjoy reward when they fail. This is NOT economic truth! Again, get the power away from the central government which in turn neuters the central bank, which in turn neuters the bloodsuckers now destroying the world. We can get to them by LIMITING THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT…NOT EXPANDING IT! HELLO!?

    Give the power back to the STATES as it was always intended. To think a group of elected officials (libs or conservs, take your pick, they’re all the same) can effectively manage this nation from DC is insane. Get the power back in the hands of the people by utilizing STATES RIGHTS.   This is common sense my liberal friends. Do your own research, stay angry, and focus on the real enemy at hand. It’s the central government and their central fricken bank which empowers the economy killing Wall Street bloodsuckers.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I have not heard one Occupy protester calling for an expansion of government. Maybe you’re getting your (mis)information from Fox? They haven’t said one true thing yet about Occupy protesters.

  166. Uponroof says:

    LaGreca offers just another clever by half sound bite over the dam of partisan hell. USELESS.
     
    The trap is that those on the left would ask for increased economic authoritarianism to ‘punish’ these Wall Street people, when in reality, giving the federal government more power is only going to make the problem WORSE AND MORE CONCENTRATED. Conversely, many of those on the right don’t want to undo all the special subsidies and deals for corporations for fear of being labelled ‘anti-business.’ So you’re left with an endless tug of war, and the losers are the American people that are forced to continue to fuel the corruption and gluttonous lifestyle of the oligarchs.
     
    Tea Party and Occupy have common ground so USE IT! The sooner they get together to flex what would be unstoppable influence over the bloodsuckes the better. But wait, I forgot, we’re supposed to argue about partisan issues which allows us to stay unfocused and frustrated.

    1. Anonymous says:

      There is no way the two groups can come together as long as the TeaParty is focused on petty social & evangelical issues like gays & abortion, and blaming other Americans for what ails them. Never.

      1. Dave ruhoff says:

        U all ran away from the T.E.A. Party when the press painted them as u described. YOU were lied to.

        Now there is a lot of what u described in the T.E.A. Party because they were attracted by the blatantly prejudice media. Sure Tea Party always had some idiots..there was no one at the door, no requirements to be allowed to show up, hell there were not..and still are no leaders. 

        When it began there were lots of libertarians and democrats involved. But the press somehow knew what they wanted it to look like and night after night presented one segment to the masses till we were overrun by said segment.

        Maybe the shoes on the other foot now huh? Can we agree that anyone with a modicum of sanity wants honest, sane politicians that simply care about this country and want the best for it. I’m pretty open on giving someone a shot at this point if I’m convinced of those quality’s.

  167. Russ says:

    This guy is articulate but he’s old news.  No solutions.  Only another socialist diatribe.  More class warfare.  Take from THEM.  Give to others, which means ME.  The interview didn’t air because there wasn’t an original thought in the entire dialogue, including his attack on Fox News and News Corp.

  168. Anonymous says:

    This movement is so inspiring. I was a “do nothing” complainer. Now I’m not. Now i am so much more. It feels so good to be part of the solution to social injustice.

    Thank all of you so very, very much for enlightning me.

  169. Anonymous says:

    Fox and their TeaParty are just jealous that #OWS has more impact, is more of a cross section of all Americans, and is targeting the real culprits (not pitting Americans against other Americans like the TeaParty has done)

    1. Dave ruhoff says:

      “Fox and their TeaParty are just jealous that #OWS has more impact, is
      more of a cross section of all Americans, and is targeting the real
      culprits (not pitting Americans against other Americans like the
      TeaParty has done) ”

      I’ll bet he doesn’t even know he just did what he was complaining about…in one sentence even….LMAO

      Don’t worry OWSers i won’t judge u all by the idiots that try to tag along like so many did with the T.E.A. Party.

      Shame so many of u missed that boat due to the blatantly prejudicial press coverage. It reallywas (oh wait still is) an open forum looking for and acting on or not acting on ideas according to each individuals initiative (not group think)!

      I never once felt answerable to anyone but my own conscience during my own extensive involvement there.

      Surprised? U must watch the news.

  170. Anonymous says:

    “Nonsense like Solyndra”…LOL  500 million taxpayer dollars given to a company destine to fail…This Boob is the biggest idiot of  the whole Occupy Wall Street movement.   I hope Fox does show interviews with morons like this to show the world the mentality of these protesters.  

  171. Anamefortheblock says:

    After
    the occupy wall street folks get all the big corporations to start
    sharing their money I’d like them to stick around. Why? To go after the
    smart college kids. They can make them share some of their GPA so
    everyone will be on an equal footing when everyone graduates.

  172. MrDoom says:

    A couple points here: 1. Most of the “far right fringe” are part of that 99%  You’ll find few of the top 1% in that group (in fact, many of the top 1% are much more liberal than you think: Gates, Soros, Buffett, Dimon, etc)  2.  Isn’t the “nonsense” with Solyndra exactly the kind of thing the protestors have a problem with? 

    This guy is playing right into the Dems’ hands. Many other protestors actually realize the ties that the dems, including Obama, have to wall street and the fact that they supported bailouts. Some even carry anti-Obama signs but the democrats are determined to use Occupy to help them in next years elections and the protesters are going to let them. That’s why this is just as much of a farce, if not more so, than the Tea Party.  You know the Tea Party started out as anti-bailout…

  173. WorldWarSwag says:

    Both Democrats and Republican’s are corporate shills, the 2 party system is designed to stop any significant changes from taking place.

  174. Kirbykia says:

    Divide and Conquer.

    Have any of the people that scream “Republican….. Democrats” thought about the above sentence before ?

    You are sheep to the sluaghter, stop taking sides and focusing on what is different and start coming together and focusing on what you have in common.

  175. Upstartll8 says:

    THANK YOU.  Although…I don’t consider visits to the doctor, food purchases, and the paying of utility bills (which is what those at and near the bottom really NEED this money for) frivolous.  But I agree with your general statement.

    I think it’s very obvious that money does NOT trickle down in this system.  No matter what conservatives have said for the past 30 years, there’s only one direction money goes in this system…up, up, and UP.

    Consider the human misery at the bottom, when people have to give up cherished dreams to work three jobs and still can’t pay their basic expenses for the things they need.  Consider the despair when people realize that no matter how hard they work, they will only be able to service debt and there is no future for them when they are old.  When are you most productive–when you are happy and confident, free of survival-level fear, and know that you have a good future ahead, or when you are afraid and hopeless?  When do you most feel like getting out of bed in the morning and doing work?  When can you concentrate and do your very best?

    We have got to abolish this thinking in this country that the more survival-level fear people have, the better they will be and the harder they will work, and the less survival-level fear people have, they will be bone-lazy bums.  If we’re all bone-lazy bums, why is there such a great hue and cry for jobs?  People passionately want to work and provide for themselves, but we need prices for things and wages for work that actually make this possible for everyone.

    When we do that, people will be happier, healthier, less overweight from overwork, worry, and stress, children will get better parenting, and it will be a better country for everyone.  But the people working at the bottom have to be able to afford what they need.

  176. Upstartll8 says:

    @ Sandra:  When conservative policies win again (which they always do) and the economic malaise creeps farther up the social ladder, and you start dealing with the problems we are already dealing with, you can see how it feels.

  177. Diane S says:

    Jesse La Greca is articulate and clearly knows why he’s there.  What he missed, and what OWS is criticized for not doing, is providing a clear message.  This was an ‘against’ rant rather than a ‘here’s what we want’ stance.  Too bad.  OWS has to move beyond being a presence, engaging in partisan rhetoric and make itself powerful by being about something more.  I think that something more is that there is a class divide and those without college degrees, manual laborers and the weak are being squeezed out of the job market because we allow technology and oversees production take over the functions that human beings used to perform.  But the truth is, we all participate in the problem when we buy online, use the self-serve at the grocery store and can’t do without our computers and phones that are made outside of this country.  So, in some way the protest is impure.  The ‘kids’ who are a part of OWS are also a part of the economic machine that is causing the class divide.  And the problem is more than a national problem.  It’s a global problem because we have a global economy.  So, OWS folks, those with the econ degrees, with the poli sci degrees, with the philosophy and religion degrees – get to the heart of the problem.  It’s not us against them.  It’s the economy has changed so drastically as a result of technology that we are squeezing out a large part of our workforce and forcing them to live off of public assistance.

  178. Joshua Hart says:

    I wouldn’t air this either. This moron blew his chance to
    speak his point and gain support from the right. Instead, at every turn he
    attacked before answering. That’s childish to say the least. Could you imagine the
    President comes out to give a jobs bill speech and when he is questioned by
    each of the media there, he insults them or their company before answering?
    Lame indeed!

    Oh and the right is the biggest part of the 99% so I find it
    clever and trite that this guy would claim to represent the 99% while
    alienating almost half of it.

    “40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll
    surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and
    21% as liberal. This represents a slight increase for conservatism in the U.S.
    since 2008″

    So if this guy wants to push away the right then he is
    declaring himself and his movement left leaning. Therefore he represents the
    21%. See how he just cut his numbers? I don’t think a sign proclaiming “We
    are the 21%” is quite as moving or powerful though right.

  179. Joshua Hart says:

    Oh and he didn’t say “Fox: But, uh, yeah well,
    let me give you this challenge Jesse.”
    He said “Okay, well let me give you this challenge
    Jesse” So he is not the bumbling moron you made him out to be there with
    the whole “But, uh, yeah well”.

  180. Nickmetal13 says:

    That “total nonsense like Solyndra” is part of the bureaucratic, government subsidized, palm greasing, corporate lobbyist bs that got us into this mess. The democrats screwed us with Dodd/Frank and it has been snowballing ever since. Government is the cause and Wall Street is the effect. Occupy a voting booth and stop filling the circle by the person’s name with a “D” after it because it “feels good”. Get informed, be objective and stop taking sound bites as fact. It’s called logic, try it.

  181. Love 4 Our Humans says:

    I don’t know what the big deal is either… 

    I will speak for myself (though there are thousands of us that feel the same way). 

    I am protesting against CORRUPTION. Specifically, I am protesting against the corruption within the government & the greedy (powerful) corporations that push the corruption within our government. I am protesting the Banks that new exactly what they were doing when they purposely murdered thousands of people’s dream of owning a home and those that lost their financial credit. Did you know that there are about 13 banks and mortgage companies that charged hidden, ILLEGAL fees to military personnel and veterans trying to refinance their homes? Do you know the history of money? I have spend hundreds of hours researching about so many of these truths, before I realized it was time to stand up against the oppressors.

    Have you done any research about The Federal Reserve and know exactly how it works? Some people think that the Federal Reserve is a United States Government institution. Actually, they are a collection of private banks that created a monopoly which prey upon the people of the United States and its government for the benefit of themselves and their foreign customers; foreign and domestic speculators and swindlers; and rich and predatory money lenders.

    I am also protesting for the hundreds of thousands of people that lost their pensions, their life savings because some greedy CEO along with their tools (friends) stole MILLIONS and the government did not do anything about it. Right now the Federal Reserve can’t (won’t) find where more than 9 TRILLION dollars went to. Let me know when you find it. So, while the poor get put in jail for non-violent (stealing even less then 500.00 dollars) crimes the CEO’s get nothing for the MILLIONS AND BILLIONS that they have stolen from thousands if not millions of people in this, OUR COUNTRY, your Country.

    Do you know who is running this country? Have you heard of the Rothschild family? Goldman Sachs? Lehman Brothers? Deutsche banks? JPMorgan chase? Check it out. Don’t forget about Bavarian Illuminati & The Discordian Society. I’m betting you will be surprised and a bit scared by this unless you are one of them.Don’t forget about the pharmaceutical companies (for crops/plants) that are buying all the natural (organic) seeds in the world that are then genetically modified. 

    When a farmer sows these seeds they grow beautiful fruits that have “suicide seeds” and thus the farmer HAS to buy more seeds from the corporations instead of saving their seeds (like it has been for generations) thus food gets more expensive. Check out Monsanto’s GMO, DuPont and Syngenta. Let me know where to find reazonable priced natural and nutritional food.

    Check out The Gerson Theraphy and search cancer and diabetes (specifically type 1) cures, the natural way, while you are at it too… and know that there has been a cure for cancer and many other illnesses. The Pharmaceutical companies (for people) drugs/medicines make more money then organic food, alternative medicine and plain ol’ vitamins… so let’s keep letting millions die for profits.

    Want to educate yourself? … well here, watch some of these documentaries…. Food, Inc – Food Matters – The Beautiful Truth – The Future of Food – The Gerson Therapy – We Become Silent – The Tobacco Conspiracy – How the Banks Won – The Inside Job and MANY MORE!!!

    Whether you like to hear this or not… I will stand up to protect YOUR RIGHTS, MY RIGHTS and that of the PEOPLE… I want a future for my children and their children and their children.

    Thank you! Let me know when you wake up from the dream… The American Dream that is…

  182. Anonymous says:

    Some of his comments were not really informed, like health care, one of the yop reasons health care is so expensive is the government intervention in the free market. I would be safe to say that anytime the government tries to manipulate some part of the economy the prices goes up and quality  goes down, Ad one of the other reasons is all the lawsuits that drive up costs. Lets look at the real reasons say health care is so expensive instead of just throwing more money at it. 

  183. Anonymous says:

    **Dude is amazing!  Carry on, Comrade!

  184. K says:

    First off, while Mr. LaGreca was well versed he actually also screwed up facts.

    1) This was not a spontaneous movement.    OWS emails ave proven that.  

    2) This is not Fox News fault.  Given the fact the OWS movement was started by anarchists, socialists, communists, Mr. LaGreca is off the mark in really attacking Fox news.

    3) Funny he attacks News Corps, YET gives Solyndra a pass.  

    4) No, it was a low moment in the Us when anyone and everyone that did not support and worship Obama was instantly called a racist.  When the Tea Party was called a racist, yet more white people than any other races are taking part in OWS, when people were called racist for objecting to the Healthcare Reform.    Nice try, Mr. LaGreca, way to avoid facts.

    5) 99% of Americans don’t care about OWS movement.  Most in the movement want to collapse the whole system.  Great and what solves what?  Nada except for then clamoring for Globalism and a stateless Communist country.  The complaints about OWS are increasing from the neighbors in the area of the park, not to mention the slow growing level of violence in other Occupy cities, such as Oakland, Portland, and Chicago.

    6) NO ONE in this country wants to destroy the Middle Class.  Yet given the fact we have an ever increasing population in this country that is not sustainable, financially, not to mention we have this generation being spoiled, and demanding handouts and wanting something for nothing, the middle class is eating themselves.  

    7) I suggest OWS actually take the money they have made, go buy a building, convert it into a shelter and feed the poor and whomever else.  They are getting gourmet meals, better than I am getting, and then they turn around and complain about stuff being stolen from within the camp YET want to redistribute the wealth.  I guess they just don’t want to redistribute THEIR wealth.  

    8) Hey Mr. LaGreca DADT was signed into law by Democrats and it was a Republican gay organization that filed the lawsuit to repeal it.  

    9) Solyndra is not total nonsense.  That was $535million dollars of taxpayer money sent to a company that went bankrupt that people knew was going bankrupt.  So wait he is on OWS to complain about the economy YET says Solyndra is nonsense?

    Man this guy really lacks proper comprehension to the situation and important facts.  But hey grand to see he is wearing the Union Army hat there.  

    1. K says:

      Oh yeah 

      10) WHY is he now down protesting in D.C. in front of Congress ya know the people that control the laws and regulations of the country.  

      11) By the way the Government WAS trying to tackle social programs and economy issues but guess what, there are TOO MANY PEOPLE.  

  185. nhpoet says:

    Three cheers for Jesse LaGreca – for standing up for decency, integrity and social responsibility against the fascist mercenary called Fox News!

  186. Slugger745 says:

    My father is fairly conservative. As I grew older, I started to realize that we should all be forming our own opinions about our economic/political state. A thorough education and independent research has taught me this:

    Cardinal rule: ” There has always been a conflict between the haves and have-nots” Karl Marx
              -What does this tell us?
                         A: Throughout history, there has always been a struggle between the rich and the poor. How do we find a resolution to this issue? I think that we learn from history. The answer to that question is simply this: WE are trying to answer the wrong question. FACT: We will never be able to find a way to solve this issue. Human nature will not allow this to happen. Therefore, we should ALL assume that THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A DISCREPANCY between the haves and have nots. By trying to find a way to solve this issue is a waste of our precious time that we could be using to really help solve what plagues our country.

    This whole blame game between Dems and Republicans is useless. Both parties have plenty of flaws. The parties are quick to pick out the flaws in each other’s platforms while disregarding the floors in their own way of thinking.

    2. “Too much of anything is a bad thing”
               -Extreme leftist = unsuccessful socialism
              -Extreme rightism = unsuccessful facism

    WE NEED TO FIND A HAPPY MEDIUM.
    BE TOLERANT OF ALL PEOPLE
    LEARN FROM BOTH PERSPECTIVES

    If we know the rich keep getting richer. Why not find a way to make them more productive to society while allowing them to accomplish, what they perceive as, the “American Dream”

    Democrats: Stop thinking so “Idealistically” because guess what? Idealism is not realistic.
    Republicans: Stop using the Bible as justification for everything, this too is not proven to be a realistic basis.

    The question that needs to be answered is this….Regardless of what type of regulations are set in place, the rich will find a way to keep making money…..”Tax us? fine, instead of investing and creating jobs, we will buy tax free municipal bonds and hoard our money”.

    Solution: FInd a way for the rich to be more productive to society while still allowing for the “American Dream”

  187. Theonepercent says:

    That was your high point Jesse. History will never remember you. You live on my scraps because I allow it. When I throw a dog a bone I don’t want to know if it tastes good or not.

  188. It is easy to see why Fox cut the segment. They were looking for someone to fit their agenda and did not expect an articulate well thought out response to their questions. Fair and balanced, I don`t think so.

  189. OWS?? says:

    The 99% thing is pretty funny. These folks really are taking it to heart.

    Trust me, if 99% of Americans shared your views, the GOP would not be about to take the Senate and the White House.  Get over yourselves, people. This OWS thing is already fizzling out, despite the best efforts of the media to keep it alive.  It was never that big anyway.

  190. john says:

    You guys are idiots this was a staged interview. Look at the camera the person is using that is not a professional camera. No news agency uses those cameras. Also the shot is wrong the best angle comes off of the cell phone camera. if you were a producer would you let a phone camera have the best angle? What would the point be to doing the interview then?
    This is just retarded and shows how low the occupy union fronting people will go to get stupid crap on the air.

  191. Todd Schebor says:

    I don’t care if this is staged. This has a lot of points to make, and no news company is going to put an interview that targets them as a problem. Fact of the matter is news organizations revolve around the MONEY they get from their VIEWERS, and the viewers just so happen to want entertainment opposed to important facts and education. This man has a lot of points to get across and he merits the public’s approval.

  192. I think this movement is great news and I hope some kind of real change comes from it and soon. However, everyone seems bent on blaming the politicians while ignoring the actual problem with the United States: The Federal Reserve.

    This corporation is the backbone of all our problems, no make that the head, and the politicians simply allow it to continue to rob not only the US but the entire world. At the expense of peoples lives, standards of living,  and the environment. For what? For fake money that has no value except what we as human beings put on it. It’s fake, and it’s a scam. Take the money out of the equation and you’ll quickly see the power return to the people.

    Government officials work for the people, but you can’t tell them that because they won’t listen or believe you, whether your Democrat or Republican your sole purpose is to simply get elected to get your hands on the public tax fund and to take bribes, its become the only way the US government knows how to function. This sets the stage for complete domination by the corporate powers. Remember they have all the money so they can do whatever it takes to keep the 99% of Americans down and unable to resist their horrible plans. Unless you take the money out of the equation, but how do you do that? As of now there is no way to do that. So the best we can hope for is some kind of “government regulation” that will never come, and by the time it does it will be to late.

    “God Bless America”, that in itself is a pitiful joke and part of the reason no one can get there shit together to change a light bulb let alone a corrupted government. Educating the masses serves little to change anything of value, that simply makes you a better wage slave. Want some real change for the better, pick up your guns and prepare to fight the greatest enemy “The People” have ever faced…..GREED.

  193. LOL, another Fox hater editing events to suit his political hatred. Fox has covered this over and over, but how would you know? You copy and paste Huff fiction and go on some incoherent rant. Then posters like Ian come in and ignore the facts. Unbiased polling has confirmed over and over. They have the most even reporting of any news org out there, with officials on both sides of the aisle . Listen to some of Stern’s interviews with these empty headed idiots. Fox doesn’t need to edit to make them look stupid. They ARE stupid. Find me one interview from any news outlet where when asked, “why are you here and what do you stand for” is answered with giggles and something unrelated to the “cause”. You people are sad and pathetic.

  194. Matt says:

    that’s it?! Observer over blew that one.

  195. Poop says:

    Listen children, we must transcend beyond labels such as political parties. There are no Repugnant-cans and Demon-crats amongst the winners. It is them versus us. Those who the system works for work for the system; that is their master. They have divided the general populace, the drones, to make us weak. We are weak. We cannot ever rise to power. Power is evil. We must remove power from all so that all may live well.

  196. Anonymous says:

    “Establishment polls confirm what everyone in the street already knows: a clear majority of New Yorkers, three of every four, support the occupation and get the “demand” in their gut.”
    WHAT IS THE DEMAND?
    Stop Occupying and start doing something! Everyone knows things are screwy.  Do you have a solution? Take advantage of your momentum before it fades.  You’ve wreaked havoc on your neighbors.  Do something, demand something, or Occupy some friggin OFFICE SPACE “stat” to figure it out and stop costing NYC a friggin FORTUNE.

  197. Matthewkinyonminor says:

    This guy is my hero

    1. Anonymous says:

      You have very low standards.

  198. Press Hilton says:

    Indeed, the obvious reason is what an awful video production this clip is.  The subject is not framed, the interviewer is in the way in the shot, the audio is mixed instead of being clear on a single channel.  It’s an atrocious production and,  Fox biases aside, maybe that’s a major reason why it wasn’t aired. It would be quite different if this were shot by someone with a phone cam or other u-g device. The gritty rawness of it would then be okay.  But this is supposed to be network standard.  

  199. Haribagus says:

    so, what is so revolutionary, revealing, and brave in this interview? why are you presenting this pretty boring stuff as a dead-blow to Fox News? what is this infatuation with Fox anyway, it’s just a TV channel, presenting a view shared by some, like NBC, CBS etc. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it, pretty simple.
    By the way, mentioned offhandedly and mockingly issue with BHO’s birth certificate was (is?) not so funny, it directly concerned our Constitution….
    but to more important issues now, this movement (although they are pretty much stationary) has had so many opportunities to express itself coherently in numerous interviews, you-tube shots – but almost every time all I see is either a moron, a bigot or somebody like this one, repeating the unconvincing stuff about nothing… 

  200. D Schrul says:

    this guy thinks he 99% of the people are behind him… boy he’s sadly mistaken. he’ll find out tomorrow.

  201. Slar Mas says:

    Fox is ripping on Obama because Obama is the most god aweful worst president this country has ever had.  He berates, apologizes for, and dismisses us as lazy, and then tries to raise our taxes to pay for healthcare for people who refuse to work.  I am not talking about people who can’t work or are old infirm or disabled, I’m talking about lazy good for nothing people who just refuse to take a job because it doesn’t match up with what they expected to get for their high priced yet useless liberal arts degrees.  Seriously, we need a President and a populace that loves this country and is willing to work for it.  When we all work and produce there is plenty of money from donations to support paying for people who need healthcare and honestly deserve it, and there are plenty of not for profit hospitals and hospices. 

  202. This hatchet job is news worthy how?  There’s plenty of example of Fox Bashing by Cheese puffs like that guy.  What a laugh!  Let’s see, highest Cable News Ratings is Fox News, wonder why???

    BTW amateur, that’s Griff Jenkins; he’s a real journalist. 

    1. Anonymous says:

      Because there are a lot of ignorant and stupid people who watch FOX and really think it’s news. Very sad. Very sad, indeed.

  203. Guest says:

    Would you interview me? I’d love to tell you what I think of the New York Observer and see if you’d really print it.

  204. Justin MacGregor says:

    Jesse said what many of us think but could never have put into words as eloquently as he did on the spur of the moment with a camera stuck in our face.

  205. Anonymous says:

    Actually Jesse spouts gibberish and Liberal claptrap.  He wants us to have free healthcare and food for the poor, which requires funding but then wants to ignore massive taxpayer fraud cases like Solyndra.  If the current administration wasn’t wasting so much money on crony projects to get the money back into the democrat coffers, there would be more funding available for the social safety-net programs that Jesse wants.  Typical liberal inconsistencies. 

  206. dt12 says:

    so proud for Jessie   happy that he was able to speak for alot of americans. right on!

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  208. Keith6 says:

    what is jordan & uzbakistans involvment in middle east

  209. you can’t single out Fox and not look at NBC, CBS, and ABC.
    The big three are tied together by a multiple multi-national corps.

    Research: (Bilderberg Group/media)

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  211. Marcia says:

    Its Funny How You Always Call Yaself A Nigga