Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Journalists Funded By GOP 'Vulture Capitalist'

Journalists Funded By GOP 'Vulture Capitalist'

New York Times has doc­u­mented, Paul Singer, a Re­pub­li­can ac­tivist and hedge fund man­ager worth over $900 mil­lion, has emerged as one of the most im­por­tant power bro­kers within the GOP. Now, it ap­pears that the re­porters fi­nanced by Singer are at the fore­front of ef­forts to tar­nish the rep­u­ta­tion of 99 Per­cent Move­ment demon­stra­tors:

Jour­nal­ist Who Ad­mit­ted To In­fil­trat­ing Protests To ‘Mock And Un­der­mine’ The Move­ment Works For A Singer-Sup­ported Right-Wing Mag­a­zine. In a col­umn posted last night, re­porter Patrick How­ley ad­mit­ted that he had sur­rep­ti­tiously joined an anti-war spin-off group from the Oc­cu­pyDC protests that planned to demon­strate at a mil­i­tary drone ex­hibit at the Smith­son­ian’s Air and Space mu­seum. How­ley wrote that he “in­fil­trated” the ac­tion and sprinted into the po­lice along with a few pro­test­ers in order to “mock and un­der­mine” the move­ment. Singer is a major donor to the Spec­ta­tor, a right-wing mag­a­zine known for its role in the “Arkansas Pro­ject,” a well-funded ef­fort to in­vent sto­ries with the goal of even­tu­ally im­peach­ing Pres­i­dent Clin­ton.

Jour­nal­ist Push­ing To Dis­credit Oc­cupy Wall Street Is Funded By Singer’s Think Tank. Josh Barro, a jour­nal­ist who has at­tacked the 99 Per­cent Move­ment in the Na­tional Re­view and the New York Daily News, draws a salary from the Wris­ton Fel­low­ship at the Man­hat­tan In­sti­tute, a big busi­ness ad­vo­cacy think tank in New York. Barro makes the same tired ar­gu­ments, that anti-Wall Street pro­test­ers are too inar­tic­u­late and “ex­treme” to be taken se­ri­ously. Singer is the chair­man of the Man­hat­tan In­sti­tute, and even over­sees the Wris­ton an­nual fundraiser.

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