#OccupyWallStreet Conspiracy Theory of the Day
I’ve noticed a conspiracy theory on Twitter going through random tweets using the #OccupyWallStreet hashtag, namely that the police steered the protesters onto the Brooklyn Bridge, where several hundred were arrested (most released immediately).
Now the conspiracy theory is being fed by The Village Voice which juxtaposes two articles from The NY Times, in which the reference to the police allowing the protesters onto the bridge was removed:
The above photo of juxtaposed screenshots from the New York Times website has been making the rounds on Facebook, and it shows two very different takes for the same story on yesterday’s Brooklyn Bridge arrests. The screenshot on the left, from 6:59 p.m., appears to reflect what many protesters are saying: The police tricked them into marching on the bridge.
The Voice goes on to note The Times’ explanation that the change simply reflected updated information which developed throughout the day. The Voice also posts two videos of police warning protesters before they entered onto the bridge, which would tend to disprove the conspiracy. But The Voice notes that questions remain:
While the NYPD videos certainly represent the “input from the police,” they may raise more questions than they answer. Animal New York‘s Bucky Turco tweeted that the second video above appears to be edited at the 29-second mark. How much was edited is unknown, but the footage certainly does jump.
Inconsistent accounts. Possible evidence tampering. A conspiracy so broad it reaches from Police Headquarters to the newsroom of The NY Times.
But don’t discount the possibility. Makes sense that if you want to arrest several hundred people, it’s best to corral them into a confined place from which they cannot run, like a bridge.
This is deep. Really deep.
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The accounts actually are consistent, the police did indeed let them on the bridge, but never “let” them on the vehicular portions. Protests happen on the Brooklyn bridge 5 times a week at least, heck there were two other protests that day on the bridge, both larger than this Occupy Wall Street one. And the people that are actually at the park (owned by a corporation, no less) in the financial district weren’t at this protest, they were guarding their claim, so police don’t seem to have a motive here.
Ultimately the police seem to have a much stronger case as far as I’m concerned, but everyone is free to judge for themselves.
This is really, really, really interesting and important, and it’s critical to the survival of western civilization we get this right, so if . . . . .. . . .
For police to have “lured” people onto the bridge the people would have to have trusted the police first. But aren’t they part of the evil corporate power complex?
Hippies. They may get older but they never get any smarter.
They are going nuts over this story over to Huff Po ….saying it rivals the Tea party or something ….that its the beginning of something …..LOL wait until the weather changes and these hippies go home to mommie and daddy
Even if it’s true that they directed the protesters to the Brooklyn Bridge, so what? Police tactics that serve to minimize disruption to the citizens trying to live their lives don’t amount to a “conspiracy”. It is such an overused and misused word.
Isn’t this the same group that wanted to protest outside of police headquarters, and ended up in front of the US Attorney’s office? The only reason the police could “lead” them onto a bridge would be if they were following. Too Stoopid for Words. (New abbreviation: 2SW)
These people are a radical hate mongering liberal anarchist mob of punks and thugs, aka, useful idiots.. trying to cause chaos and havoc, and make a scene, to seem like a crisis.. They are not fooling anyone.. and I hope they are all arrested..
Have you ever seen the Tea Party folks, ever demonstrating like them, violently, with hatred.. that’s because we are the real American Middle Class Main Street “WE THE PEOPLE” Law Biding Americans.. Not like these radical hate mongering mob of Obama Liberal anarchist punks, thugs, and goons..
So they’re accusing the police of being smarter than the protesters?
Spot on! LOL!
Oh, it’s deep, all right. So deep, I need a backhoe. Even if the police did “send” the protesters onto the bridge, the protesters are the ones who participated in activities that were just illegal enough to warrant getting arrested; which seems to be exactly what they wanted. Why are Tea Partiers hated across the liberal universe despite never once being arrestible at their rallies, but leftists can set out to get arrested and not suffer any loss of stature? (Yes, I already know the answer.)
Totally different take: this is an excellent example of why newspapers – especially online “editions” – should REQUIRE that an update has a note as to WHY it is being updated. From what I can tell, the caption was changed with no such notation. The NYT – the so-called “paper of record” – should be aware of this, and do this as second nature.
Yet the Times and the AP do this ALL THE TIME!….typically when the information is changed to favor a liberal or leftist cause. NewsBusters often catches these change/updates, but not always.
Journalistic integrity on display. Not!
I find it hysterical that I see so many signs bitching about their student loans. Then, they should be at the White House, right? After all, since 3/2010, the GOVERNMENT took over the student loan industry, and now their interest is used to fund The Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare.
Another thought: could the (unionized) police have been helping these protesters get arrested because they support the unions? Several unions just voted to support #OccupyWallStreet….. Just wonderin’.
It’s ALL a conspiracy. Everyone was in on the gag, from the protestors to the police to the Times and Village Voice.
I have my own conspiracy theory.
It involves the “Jedi mind trick”
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The police should have directed them off the bridge and into the water. The protesters probably wouldn’t notice.
Does anybody, including the left and the Obama campaign, think these obstreperous pro Obama demonstrations are going to be a net positive for his election chances?
“The police tricked them into marching on the bridge.”
Uh, OK. I don’t see this as a problem. I see this as good police tactics as it relates to crowd control.
No one got hurt and the petulant squatters will have their day in court.