The New York Observer‘s Drew Grant notes today that Fox News hasn’t been too eager to cover the Occupy Wall Street protests — oddly, the network took a far more active role in the Tea Party events in 2009 — but the Republican outlet has sent some producers to the demonstrations. To hear the protestors complaints? No, to “prank” the activists and “cut up interviews to make people sound stupid.”
In at least one instance, this didn’t work out well.
Grant posted this clip of an interview between Fox News’ Griff Jenkins and Jesse LaGreca, a member of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
In case it’s not obvious, this video is not from Fox News — for some reason, the network didn’t air the footage — but rather from OccupyWallSt.org’s media team.
Those who can’t watch clips online can read the transcript the Observer published, but I’ll just say this: Jesse LaGreca appears to be pretty good at this. It’s tougher than it looks and this guy was on message.
Even when the producer tried to get him to condemn President Obama — a standard Fox News move when talking to liberal activists — LaGreca responded with a message the network probably didn’t want to hear:
“I think, myself, as well as many other people, would like to see a little but more economic justice or social justice — Jesus stuff — as far as feeding the poor, health care for the sick. You know, I find it really entertaining that people like to hold the Bill of Rights up while they’re screaming at gay soldiers, but they just can’t wrap their heads around the idea that a for-profit healthcare system doesn’t work. So, let’s just look at it like this, if we want the president to do more, let’s talk to him on a level that actually reaches people, instead of asking for his birth certificate and wasting time with total nonsense like Solyndra.”
Good for him. In fact, it seems to me LaGreca should be on television more.