October 23, 2011

The Fox & Friends kids' reaction to the Stacey Hessler story was the same sort of predictable nonsense you'd expect from people paid primarily to get outraged over the latest liberal/marxist attack on America. The weekend edition though just might be outdoing their weekday counterparts in hysteria.

According to them, Hessler is (a) an unfit mother of four young kids for leaving them behind in Florida as she lives on the street in Manhattan; (b) who probably wasn't 'putting out' for her banker husband anyway (hmm...oh, nevermind); and is now (c) shacked up with some young waiter from Brooklyn.

BRIGGS: I want to reiterate what Ali mentioned, this 38 year old Hessler, mother of four says, “Military people leave their families all the time, so why should I feel bad? I'm fighting for a better world.” That is more disgusting than any of the filth down there on Wall Street. Equating what she's doing with military service, Joe Biden would be embarrassed by that.

MORRIS: Her husband also works for a bank.

CAMEROTA: He's a banker. He works at a bank.

MORRIS: Why not just protest at home?

CAMEROTA: Maybe she has...

MORRIS: Yeah, maybe that's been part of the problem.

CAMEROTA: Her husband banker used to work at Bank of America and now works for a local bank in Florida. She's clearly having a mid-life crisis of some sort to leave your kids. And she said that she doesn't plan to go home. Actually she's going to stay there for the duration.

MORRIS: So good. A role model.

BRIGGS: Mother of the year.

Jonah Goldberg at The National Review used that as an epithet first. This "unfit mother" though seems awfully committed to her kids. From her Facebook Wall:

I have a plea for my friends. I need your help and support. I want to stay occupying wall st. I feel my presence is very important in the support of non-violent communication and sanitation(keeping the park clean) I am willing to work tirelessly on these efforts. I need help with getting my kids to activities and stepping up with the things I help lead, such as one small village, jr roller derby, bee-attitudes, 4H, for his glory co-op. Please respond if you are willing to help my kids so I can stay here and help this movement. I have a train ticket for tomorrow that I want to change but I need to know I have support from my community back home for my family in order to change the ticket.

Their fantasies run amuck they then turn to an Associated Press poll that they say says 56% of Americans don't support the Occupy Wall Street protests. Except that poll says no such thing. It asks:

OWS1. Do you consider yourself a supporter of the Wall Street protests, or are you not a supporter of the Wall Street protests?

....which is an entirely different question than asking if you agree or disagree with the goals of the movement, or if you oppose, as a recent Gallup survey asked. For comparisons' sake, a recent Time poll had only 6% of the respondents saying they considered themselves members or followers of the Tea Party. But such is life in Foxland, where facts really don't matter if you have another narrative to sell.

Here is Stacey Hessler reacting to the NY Post article about her that sparked all this vileness.

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