Why is the New York Times’ coverage of the Wall Street protests so snarky and disparaging?

Here’s an excerpt from Ginia Bellafante’s snotty New York Times piece:

By late morning on Wednesday, Occupy Wall Street, a noble but fractured and airy movement of rightly frustrated young people, had a default ambassador in a half-naked woman who called herself Zuni Tikka. A blonde with a marked likeness to Joni Mitchell and a seemingly even stronger wish to burrow through the space-time continuum and hunker down in 1968, Ms. Tikka had taken off all but her cotton underwear and was dancing on the north side of Zuccotti Park, facing Liberty Street, just west of Broadway. Tourists stopped to take pictures; cops smiled, and the insidiously favorable tax treatment of private equity and hedge-fund managers was looking as though it would endure.

“I’ve been waiting for this my whole life,” Ms. Tikka, 37, told me.

“This,” presumably was the opportunity to air societal grievances as carnival.

Cory Doctorow:

Writing in The Nation, Allison Kilkenny offers an angry rebuttal to Ginia Bellafante’s NYT article on the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, which paints the protesters as “scatterbrained, sometimes borderline-psychotic transients.” Kilkenny attended the same demonstration, and while she also saw “super-loud and eye-catching” demonstrators, she mostly found herself talking to everyday people who’d lost everything, like Matthew, a 40 year old father of two: “My home has been seized, I’m unemployed, there’s no job prospects on the horizon. I have two children and I don’t see a future for them. This is the only way I see to effect change. This isn’t a progressive issue. This is an American issue.”

It looks like the Transport Workers Union has recently voted to join in the fun, and airline pilots in uniform have also been participating.

UPDATE: At 7:00 pm Thursday evening, Talking Points Memorandum posted this article, projecting that, with support pledged by several large unions, crowds may soon swell to upwards of 20,000 protesters in the near future.

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About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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