Also there? Right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter.
But it was something that Jones said that caught my attention.
Well, you know, I think that probably the majority of people who are in the Democratic Party, progressive independents or what I would call post-hope Democrats–we’re Democrats, we did the vote and hope.
And when we–what happened was, we sat back and we let the Tea Party crowd dominate the protests world in the streets. For the first time, we had the biggest economic catastrophe since the Great Depression. And there was not one left-wing protest. The right wing was marching. The left wing was munching popcorn, hoping that Obama would do it.
This is a strange observation. Granted, Jones would seem to want to see more of this kind of activism. But in April of 2010, protests against Wall Street greed were happening. In October 2010, a massive rally–One Nation Working Together–attracted thousands to Washington, D.C. A few months earlier, thousands of activists attended the U.S. Social Forum. U.S. Uncut protests across the country took aim at austerity politics. There was the massive uprising in Wisconsin. And of course Occupy Wall Street.
Now most–if not all–of these movements failed to attract, at least at the outset, the kind of corporate media coverage the Tea Party enjoyed. But it’s not as if they didn’t happen.