With Governor Walker and the GOP trying their best to undermine labor rights in the legislative chamber and also remove citizen-protesters from inside the Capitol building, this NYT story and photo gallery is ultra-denigrating. To understand it, you barely have to read past the supposedly tongue-in-cheek title: Thank You for Your Support. Now, Can We Sweep the Capitol?
There's all that, and then there's the rest of the slideshow that is only too happy to stereotype and write off the protesters by making them look, through most of the edit, less like angry, determined and decidedly non-violent citizens than eccentric hippy meditating drumbeating sixties throwbacks.
And then, just to let you know the NYT pictures are less cute and frivolous than they are amplifying a meme, Digby offered this little nugget today:
Rush Limbaugh says the Wisconsin protesters Are "Long-Haired, Maggot-Infested, Dope-Smoking FM Rock 'N' Roller Types."
You need to take in the caption to fully understand how it goes together. It reads:
As Gov. Scott Walker pushed for a bill that would weaken public employee unions by taking away most of their collective bargaining rights, protesters responded by making themselves at home in the Statehouse. All the while, a crew of custodians - some union members, some not - have been cleaning around them. Aaron Pazour, 26, who works two jobs, is not a union member, but would like to be because he needs the benefits.
(photos: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times)
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