Occupy Oakland Crackdown: Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets…and Cats

Last night by many reports the police crackdown on the Occupy Oakland encampment was severe: Tear gas and flash-bang grenades were used to disperse a crowd trying to retake the park.

Reading about the events in the nation’s capital, though, and you got a different impression. The Washington Post--no stranger to minimizing the Occupy protests–ran a short AP dispatch under the headline “Protesters Wearing Out Their Welcome Nationwide.”

As if that weren’t dismissive enough, take a look at the photo the Post ran:

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Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.