Democratic mayors (and even liberal New York mayor Michael Bloomberg) tired of the nonsense and decided to clear the dirty encampments. After having spilled barrels of supportive ink, The Washington Post wondered on the front page if it was an "occupation or an infestation."
The Occupying Rabble needed a boost, and they got it with the story of campus police pepper spraying protesters at the University of California Davis. It was a remarkable jump-start for every left-wing journalist looking to regain his mojo for championing the protesters against "The Man" -- who in this case, is a spineless liberal female administrator and Democrat donor named Linda Katehi.
Americans awoke Monday morning to all three TV networks spreading the latest viral video by the OWS publicity team showing police pepper-spraying seated student protesters in the face. Leftist students in Davis had linked arms and refused to move despite repeated warnings from campus police to clear out. They were determined to encourage police action. Protests are designed to gain publicity. Publicity demands conflict. Publicity demands egging on the police to engage the disobedient.
They needed to be victimized by police "brutality." They wanted desperately to be pepper-sprayed. They needed to regain the narrative.
The liberal media delivered. As the coverage piled up, the campus cops with the spray and their chief were placed on administrative leave. Still, the campus erupted in demands that chancellor Katehi resign, even as she denounced the police's actions as horrible. If anyone spoke up against the protesters, you'd never know it. The media were silent on that front.
In an exclusive interview, ABCs George Stephanopoulos repeatedly pushed Katehi to step down. "You have resisted calls so far to resign. Are you going to stay?... Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition calling for you to go. Haven't you lost the confidence of the faculty and the students?" Stephanopoulos openly advocated for the protesters, lobbying, "I'm sorry, but we're looking at the video again right now. They're sitting there peacefully. It doesn't appear to be a violent situation."