Daily News, 'Voice of the People,' Calls the 99% 'Obnoxious'

As he was laying off reporters last week, Daily News CEO Bill Holiber praised the News’s long history as the paper of the 99%.

“Since 1919, the Daily News has served working-class families throughout all the communities of New York. For more than 90 years, we have been the voice of the people – celebrating our readers’ diversity, defending their interests, and protecting them from exploitation as we have worked to help them achieve the best-possible quality of life in New York.”

Unless, it appears, standing up to exploitation steps on the best-possible quality of life of the park-going residents of Lower Manhattan.

In an editorial published online today, the board wrote (via Alex Pareene):

Whose park? Not theirs. The ground is privately owned space dedicated to public use under a confused section of the zoning law. Never mind how the rules came into being, the important point is that the plaza is dedicated to broad use. It is supposed to be a place where workers can have lunch, where tourists can rest their feet, where kids can run around.

Later, it describes Occupy Wall Street demonstrations as “obnoxious” twice in two sentences!

Obnoxiously, they sang “We Shall Overcome” when the police moved in, as though holding onto this one plaza was analogous to integrating schools and lunch counters. What they need to overcome is a sense that they occupy a higher moral ground than everyone else and are entitled to the privilege of behaving obnoxiously.

Meanwhile, Daily News reporter Matthew Lysiak was arrested at the protest today, and has been liveblogging it intermittently on the paper’s website. He did not have a press pass on him, according to a News staff tweet.

Daily News, 'Voice of the People,' Calls the 99% 'Obnoxious'