Overheard on CNN.com: 'So many haters'
Occupy Wall Street protesters in Greensboro, North Carolina, left, and Seattle, Washington.
October 27th, 2011
04:41 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'So many haters'

Comment of the Day:  "You folks bashing the occupiers, shame on you! It is a fundamental right to stand up for what you believe in."
- goaheadnjump

In connected stories, iReport photographers around the world highlighted the images, stories and aims of Occupy Wall Street protesters, while a backlash movement claimed to speak for the 53% who pay federal income taxes and do not support the movement. CNN.com comments, although apparently previously balanced, now seem overwhelmingly negative, often suggesting that OWS supporters took useless courses in college and are unwilling to take any job available. Many OWS supporters are employed, however.

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EatBabies said, "Wow, so many haters. While I don't fully support these people, I at least see that they have the foresight to see what's coming. Cost of living, inflation, ever-increasing rates/prices are not being matched by wages. In 40 years the American 'middle class' won't be able to afford to live."

goaheadnjump said, "You folks bashing the occupiers, shame on you! It is a fundamental right to stand up for what you believe in."

whoareu61 said, "What do the protesters want? It's easy for the self-righteous and the misled to claim it's all about 'free stuff' but it's not. It's about accountability of politicians, bankers and corporations. The big banks got bailed out and still receive low-interest loans under the premise of lending it to people to start businesses or expand the ones they have, but the banks are investing that money into foreign investments instead of here in the U.S."

InsrtName said, "Major car company goes belly up, the government steps in and bails them out. If MY corporation goes belly up, do you think they will do the same? Nope. It will go down the trash barrel like most every other corporation in America would."

CNNLied2Us said, "Wow. See those BIG signs that everyone is holding? Try reading them. These people are literally SCREAMING in the streets exactly what they want. Seriously, how could any of you not know what these people want by now?"

TheGray said, "Most of you are missing the point. It's not just about finding work –sure an unemployed engineer can find a job at McDonalds–it's about the disparity in incomes. It is WRONG!"

Wyldfae said, "I realize that it's easy to be smug and self satisfied if YOUR particular life worked out reasonably well. But speaking from personal experience, there are MANY Americans out here who have done exactly the same thing as you, and they weren't so lucky.

"My husband was in the military for 26 years, as a flyer and in the intelligence field. He got cancer courtesy of the military, although no one will ever admit that. When he retired, he lost two jobs within a 4-year period due to downsizing. It didn't matter how hard he worked or how well he did his job.

"Until you have been out of work in this economy, you have NO idea how bizarre it's become. How there are 100 to 300 applicants for every position. How you can look for weeks, months, years, for a job that will support your family and find nothing. So before you start slinging smug comments around, and calling people 'losers' because they believe there is a disparity in our country that shouldn't exist, count your own blessings and be grateful – not ignorant and mean."

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soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. you idiot

    Meant we just marvel at people like you and those who are not so quick on the draw have to work 100 times harder. the cob webs are still in my eyes, late night for me last night, my friend in California kept me up too late. any how you two carry one I gotta go.
    Joey, glad your head didn't smashed to pieces and you obviously have your intelect in tacked.
    chow! 🙂

    October 28, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ you idiot:
    My point was that taxes on my work pay for the police to protect the day-and-night demonstrations. I'd rather pay the police for fewer hours of having to protect the park.
    It was complex, as are the economic problems against which OWS is, sometimes naively, demonstrating.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Truethat

    @Joey. I feel ya bro. Yet what of molestations endured on top of the physical beatings? Did your family somehow escape the molesters? Children's minds automatically block the memories of being molested as a protection. As the child grows and as his stunted emotions lag behind, those memories begin to release themselves, causing him to become angry and depressed. (anger is expressed hurt) It took me over a year of therapy and literally writing hundreds of pages before I myself became fully aware of just how much abuse actually did occur as I was being "raised". Most who were molested as children are totally unawares. But it's easy to spot them...wanton promiscuity is their trademark. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it was molested as a child.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    Good morning.
    @ Philip:
    I did the work on my brain. Freud, Sullivan, Beck, etc.–every school but Gestalt.
    The pain that is left, I drill into as if it were dinosaur remains, then pump it up and sell it as art.
    It makes beautiful art, and it sells well.
    Now it's time to go out to the well and roll barrels to the market.
    Bye.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @JIF:
    Have a productive day, sir.

    @Philip:
    I have no doubt you think your words are true.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. philip's bald head

    a hairy back and knuckles don't count. neither does being good at a driving range. you're still bald, friar tuck.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Oh, yes, the use of the word partisan is somewhat misleading, and you use it as if it were a bad thing.
    You're as partisan as they come.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/bring-it/

    October 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @Michael Fury:

    Thank you.
    We will *not* be moved.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alcoa

    "The next phony war will be the world’s governments’s uniting to fight ALIENS who are in reality missing children genetically engineered to look like “little green men” flying nazi technology flying sacuers currently being mass produced at, not only Area 51, but secret underground facilities in Russia, France, Germany, and the UK" – Truethat

    Come to me, dahlink, I have cap for you....

    October 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Maddox

    @Alcoa: this is the silliest thing I ever read the first time, and now that I read it again, it's even stupider now. Makes for a great sounding movie though.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Avser Bastian

    NEW & RELOADED !! NOT ANTI WALL-STREET PROTESTS, BUT INSTEAD ANTI WHITES !!

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTESTS ARE ALSO KNOWN UNDER ZIONIST "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP" IN AMERICA !! TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP FROM HANDS OF WHITE AMERICANS TO SO CALLED "MINORITIES"(COMMUNISM)

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTEST MOVEMENT IS LED BY SO CALLED "ANONYMOUS" !!

    HAHA...TELL ME WHO IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE AND WHERE PEOPLE ARE SURVEILLANCED 24/7 !!? WHO !!? NOBODY !!! ABSOLUTELY NOBODY IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE AND NOR ARE THOSE WHO MADE YOU PROTEST FOR THEIR SAKE OR WHAT MULTICULTURALISM IS !!! Wall street protesters are Obama's raise of the planet Apes army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow where new Stalin is in place – PUTIN !!!

    VISIT http://multiculturalismisterrorism.blogspot.com

    THEY WERE MURDERING YOU WITH AND INSIDE OF THEIR CORPORATIONS FOR OVER 66 YEARS !!! THEY HAVE CLOSED DOWN ALMOST EVERY SMALL COMPANY(FARMS) IN UNITES STATES OF AMERICA AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO GO OUT THERE AND PROTEST FOR THEM AGAINST WALL STREET(corporations = Wall-street) !!!

    THEY CRIME CONTEMPLATED AGAINST US PER EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION FOR OVER 66 YEARS AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO RAISE COMMUNIST FLAG UNDER AMERICAN SKY !!! ONE RACE; RAT RACE(COMMUNISM) !!!

    IF YOU PROTEST(YOU SHOULD), MAKE SURE TO RAISE SIGN WHERE DISPLAYED I CITE "66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE" OR GET LOST HOME IF NOT ALREADY HOMELESS(I despise people who starve to death out there and are afraid to say out loud what is truth even while protesting...I despise people who only see themselves and do NOT care even about children of their own...children who will be turned one day in white refugees as seen on above video thanks to their parents who are awaiting...awaiting in fear to become homeless and what is inevitable at any given moment) !!!

    THIS NEWS IS RELATED TO

    WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw OR http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009 (EXILING WHITES AND IMPORTING NON WHITES). THIS IS THE MAIN REASONS PER WHY WALL-STREET PROTESTERS APPEARED(to cover up government crime/genocide against white population because Obama = Osama) BESIDE ALREADY MENTIONED "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP"(COMMUNISM).

    October 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rusty

    People should not hate because our life times is too short

    October 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wayne

    Get a job, bunch of freeloaders / loosers, etc.

    November 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
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