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Occupy Wall Street explained in a NY minute on Bill Maher's "Real Time"

CJ Westerberg, October 10, 2011 7:10 PM

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October 11, 2011 Update: The Milquetoast Radicals by David Brooks

"I have no trouble understanding
what they are complaining about . . . "
-Alan Grayson

While watching HBO's Bill Maher's "Real Time" on Sunday night, I mentioned to husband
that the show didn't have its mojo this particular episode.  Husband said, "Give it another minute  when it gets really interesting" (he watched it when it first aired on Friday night).  He was right.  (Bill Maher is R rated so if you are new to the show, be forewarned).

Alan Grayson takes on P.J. O'Rourke and Nicolle Wallace's critique of the movement spreading from New York across the country.  If you want to understand "Occupy Wall Street," in a minute (okay - maybe more if you start at the 1:40 mark until about the 3;15 minute or so), watch this video below. Mediaite did a fine job setting up the intro:

One would think that the anti-corporatist ideals of the Occupy Wall Street movement would receive some safe harbor on Real Time with Bill Maher, and one would be correct that their ideology gelled entirely with the audience. But before Alan Grayson passionately stood up as a spokesman for their cause, the panel spent a fair amount of time mocking the group ruthlessly, for their "bongo drums," disorganization, and incoherence.

-CJW

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