We begin tonight with what has become by any measure a pretty massive protest movement. While it goes by the official name ‘Occupy Wall Street,’ it has spread steadily and far beyond Wall Street, and it could well turn out to be the protest of this current era. —Brian Williams on Oct. 5, 2011 gushing with extreme hype over OWS.
Despite all the friendly hype given to the Occupy Wall Street protests by much of the mainstream media, OWS is now in its death throes according to this Reuters report by Chris Francescani. He also notes that as OWS is about to be taken off life support, the much maligned Tea Party movement is doing quite well by contrast:
More than eight months after Occupy Wall Street burst onto the global stage, decrying income inequality and coining the phrase “We are the 99 percent,” the movement’s survival and continued relevance is far from assured.
Donations to the flagship New York chapter have slowed to a trickle. Polls show that public support is rapidly waning. Media attention has dropped precipitously.
And as OWS begins to fade into Coffee Party obscurity, the Tea Party continues to remain a political force despite having been written off in the past by much of the MSM:
“Most of the social scientists who are at all like me – unsentimental leftists – … think this movement [OWS] is over,” said Harvard University professor Theda Skocpol, a liberal academic who wrote a book on the Tea Party.
…“Eight months in, the Tea Party were beginning to impact primary elections, and by the second year were having a tremendous impact,” Skocpol said. “They were, if not electing, then at least changing the kind of candidates that were being elected.