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Jesse LaGreca being interviewed by a Fox producer for a segment on Greta van Susteren’s show. For some reason, it didn’t make the cut.

The New York Observer has the full story and the transcript of the interview here.

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  • Ashli Norton

    I don’t see “owned” when I see this video. I see rehearsed speeches that don’t answer the question of the reporter. A lot of his points were invalid and definelty one sided. I do agree with a few of his ideas, but there was no validity to his arguments.

    • D. Lawrence

      Gee, let’s all listen to Ashli because she seems to have it all figured out!

      • Joe Fortier

        Name one thing that was “invalid” about his argument. He basically explained, in a very succinct way, how the American media machine operates. When the public was crying for jobs, Conservative media focused on Obama’s birth certificate; when the public cried again for jobs, Conservative media focused on austerity; when the public cried again for jobs, Conservative media applauded Republican intransigence in Congress. Now at a tipping point, the public is finally venting its frustration and expressing it through protest. In light of Jesse’s comments, protesting the establishment also includes protesting the establishment media i.e. Fox News. So Ashli, your comment is both ridiculous and unfounded. Check your facts…

        • Ashli Norton

          His arguments were invalid in a technical sense (Critical Thinking 101 invalid vs valid argument kind of sense). As in they didn’t necessarily have anything to do with the questions of the reporter that is all.

          To address the unrelated points of your comment, I think all media “conservative” or “liberal” becomes distracted with sideshows when important issues like organic foods, GMOs, oddly quiet oil spills, and African wars go on in the background.

          I don’t necessarily “disagree” with the movement as you would love to believe, as a matter of fact, I don’t think the movement understands it’s purpose yet, but I’m sure they will get there soon. I was just making a point about his arguments and the obvious over-hyped lead title of the article about someone getting “owned”.

          It seemed a bit far fetched after watching the video. That’s all my point was. It just seemed very much rehearsed and did not appear to be a real conversation or debate with the reporter. You absolutely implied the rest and your comment didn’t necessarily counter nor address my point.

      • Ashli Norton

        No, I don’t have it all figured out and surely didn’t imply so.

    • Wallaconno

      Step one to positively contributing to a forum: Name the arguments whose validity you question, then some factual basis for your claims.


    • Michael D.

      I saw owned… FoxNews is known for one-sided and self-serving reports, and this man is merely calling him out on it — WHILE answering his questions, mind you.

      And perhaps this is news to you, but some people actually pride themselves on the ability to pull a compelling speech out of their ass. You’d do well to take a page from this man’s book instead of assuming that his level of public speech is unreachable.

      There are only two types of people who look at a skillful display and attempt to find the cause: the intelligent and the envious. The intelligent seek the cause to further their own ability. The envious seek the cause to better slander the display. Tell me, which one are you?

      • Ashli Norton

        I think all media has “a side” and it’s not consistent, it just depends on which interest group paid more that week to get news coverage that’s all. I simply made a point that the protester in the video did not answer the questions directly.

        To address your personal “attacks”. I don’t necessarily remember making any generalizations about his “level of public speech” I simply said that it seemed rehearsed as I am sure is obvious to an objective few and doesn’t answer the questions of the reporter.

        The third part of your comment is simply hogwash and I refuse to address it because it’s unrelated, full of assumptions, and bloated with unnecessary argumentative tone.

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  • Rixar13

    “Jesse LaGreca, For some reason, it didn’t make the cut.”

    Jesse LaGreca was correct and articulate in every aspect of the discussion… wink ;-)

  • Gjjj

    this isnt real, why do you hate other people who have a different view then you do.  I’m sorry that you know how the rest of of should live better then we do.  I mean that’s why you are doing so well, great job making so much income, former veteran, why else would you be speaking for the rest of us.  Liberal douche

  • pro99%

    The media blackout doesn’t have to go one way. If CNN has blacked out OWS, the 99% can easily turn their lights off and black them out. It’s simple. With just a switch of your remote control, you can BLACKOUT CNN. When their ratings go down, when the 99% refuses to watch them, they won’t have an audience. Let’s show our solidarity, blackout news controlled by the 1%, BLACKOUT CNN!

  • mitch77

    Jesse LaGreca …IS A PHONY

    “I’m the only working-class person you’re going to see on Sunday news,
    political news,” declared Jesse LaGreca on “This Week With Christiane
    Amanpour” yesterday. “Maybe ever.” Truly America does not have a rigid
    class structure, for this self-proclaimed working-class tribune “is a
    blogger for the liberal website Daily Kos,” as Amanpour said in
    introducing him. “And he’s been a fixture at the Wall Street protests.”

    Whether or not LaGreca is working-class at all, his assertion that that
    gives him singular status on Sunday news shows is plainly bunk. He
    appeared along with a panel consisting of Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd,
    Peggy Noonan and George Will. (In case you missed it, has
    the video.) Noonan, with whom we work, tells us that she and two of the
    other three panelists had what would be considered working-class
    upbringings. (The exception is Will, son of an epistemologist.)

    At one point, Noonan posed a question: “What is your plan? You going to
    spend the next six months blocking the Brooklyn Bridge? Or are you going
    to harness a movement into political action?”

    LaGreca’s response: “What I find amusing is that now people are looking
    to us to solve the political problems, and they should. But I’m not
    going to support one party or the other. I’m not going to tell you who
    to vote for. But I will encourage you to be a voter. I think we have
    succeeded tremendously in pushing the narrative.”

    And we all know what backbreaking work it is to push narratives! In the
    bad old days before trade unions and labor regulations, children would
    earn just pennies as they toiled for 14 or 16 hours a day, shoving heavy
    narratives through dirty, dangerous vignette-shops.

    But seriously, consider that statement in light of this passage from a recent Noonan column:

    The president seems preoccupied with “shaping a story for the American
    people.” He says: “The irony is, the reason I was in this office is
    because I told a story to the American people.” But, he confesses, “that
    narrative thread we just lost” in his first years.

    Then he asks, “What’s the particular requirement of the president that
    no one else can do?” He answers: “What the president can do, that nobody
    else can do, is tell a story to the American people” about where we are
    as a nation and should be.

    Tell a story to the American people? That’s your job? Not adopting good policies? Not defending the nation? Storytelling?

    The interview reflects the weird inability of so many in political
    leadership now to acknowledge the role in life of . . . reality.

    Noonan goes on to observe that “overthinking the obvious and focusing on
    the artifice and myth of politics is a problem for all political
    professionals, including Republicans. . . . But this is mostly a problem
    for the Democratic Party at the national level, and has been since the
    1980s. It reflects a disdain for the American people–they need their
    little stories.”

    Behold Jesse LaGreca, who boasts of his working-class street cred while
    speaking the elitist jargon of the professor-cum-president’s failing
    administration. And he does so on ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co. He’s
    an Audio-Animatronic revolutionary.

    All that said, there is some truth to his statement that “we have
    succeeded tremendously in pushing the narrative.” But the truth of it
    makes his posturing all the more ridiculous.

    “Occupy Wall Street” began as a left-wing protest, something about as
    exceptional as a pigeon in New York. It didn’t become a “narrative”
    until the narrators made it into one. Who are those narrators? They work
    for companies like Disney, CBS Corp., Comcast Corp. and General
    Electric Co. (co-owners of NBC), Time Warner, News Corp. (our employer),
    the New York Times Co., the Washington Post Co., the Tribune Co.,
    Thomson Reuters Corp. and Bloomberg LP.

    These corporations make their profits (or attempt to) by pushing
    narratives–by selling stories. Sometimes their narratives are as
    preposterous as Jesse LaGreca’s. An example is yesterday’s New York
    Times editorial that begins: “As the Occupy Wall Street protests spread
    from Lower Manhattan to Washington and other cities, the chattering
    classes keep complaining that the marchers lack a clear message and
    specific policy prescriptions.”

    The disdainful reference to “the chattering classes” is just priceless.
    To which class, pray tell, do New York Times editorialists belong?
    Though come to think of it, at least the anonymous hack who wrote that
    editorial got paid for his effort. That makes his claim to

    working-class status stronger than LaGreca’s.

    James Taranto on Jesse LaGreca, capitalist tool.

  • Andrewtd

    I did see this on Fox news, this speaker has more of a clue than most of the protesters but he was also had a prepared statement, that is to say he was ready to speak on message to a ‘right wing’ newscaster

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