When Hate Consumes Reason:The Fox News “Hate-a-Thon” against Occupy Wall Street

Stacey Hessler is a 38-year-old mother of four from Florida who was so inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement she moved to Zuccotti to join the protestors.

I’m starting to think that Fox News hates the Occupy Wall Street movement almost as much as they hate President Barack Obama, and that’s really saying something.  One does not have to think hard to find examples of the anti-liberal vitriol that oozes from this cable news channel on a daily basis.  What amazes me is the lengths that the Fox News channel will go to,  just to discredit the fledgling Occupy Wall Street movement.  Their latest example came just this morning when they tried to demonize a woman from Florida named Stacey Hessler, who is participating in the Occupy Wall Street protest.  Stacey isn’t someone famous, she’s actually just a normal American citizen, exercising her right to Freedom of Speech.  The creepy thing is, Fox News did a background check, and research into their Expose’ of a normal American, in their overreaching effort to stigmatize the entire Occupy Wall Street movement.  Watch this Fox News segment entitled ” From Mom to Mob”.

As if the Fox News segment on Stacey Hessler wasn’t bad enough,  another Rupert Murdoch/NewsCorp entity, The New York Post, also jumped into the fray attacking Stacey Hessler in their own expose, calling her a “middle-aged flower child”.  The New York Post writes…….

The Florida mom who ditched her banker husband and four kids to live in Zuccotti Park squalor is a hippie homemaker whose neighbors are horrified by her latest antics — but are hardly surprised that she flew the coop.

New York Post:Neighbors ‘not surprised’ ‘hippie’ left family to join Wall Street protesters

The Village Voice ran a story regarding the attack on Hessler……..

​Stacey Hessler is a 38-year-old mother of four from Florida who was so inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement she moved to Zuccotti to join the protestors. Hessler made the trip almost two weeks ago and has been living in the park ever since. The New York Post reports she “ditched her banker husband and four kids, ” but would the paper turn Hessler into some sort of caricature? Why, they would never do that to the “Flower-power flake,” as she is described in the headline that graces the top band of the Post‘s website when you open the story.

The most incredible part of all of this, according to people who find all of this incredible, is that her husband is a banker. The odds! Fox News, who picked up the Post‘s story, says that Hessler is “keeping herself warm at night with the help of a young waiter from Brooklyn. ”

The following are a series of colorful terms and adjectives from the Post article used to describe Hessler, who will clearly inspire your wife to leave you and live in a park with a Brooklyn waiter:

  • Hippie homemaker”
  • “Self-described ‘vegan freak'”
  • “Into dreadlocks, roller derby and ‘unschooling’ her kids”
  • “Acts like a self-obsessed college sophomore”
  • “Middle-aged flower child”
  • Boasted of “California-style beliefs.”

California-style beliefs, we assume, are beliefs about cucumber, crabmeat, and avocado.

The Post reports that Hessler describes herself on her Facebook page as a “radical unschooling mom of four, midwives assistant, roller-derby queen, rock-star musician, activist, dreadlock princess, African-bee keeper, organic vegan freak and a surrogate for the second time.”

“I’m not disgusted she took off [to protest] — because I’m not surprised,” a neighbor apparently “seethed” to the Post. “She’s very bizarre,” another unnamed neighbor added.

Should you have sympathy for Stacey Hessler, this roller-derby freak who “ditched” her kids to, as Fox News says, “become part of the raggedy mob in Zuccotti Park?”

Lauren Napoli, Hessler’s friend, told the Post that Hessler and her family are “one of the most amazing and beautiful and loving families that I’ve ever encountered.”

“She had been following this movement on her own through Facebook and YouTube and whatever, and she decided she wanted to come up to New York. And her family said, ‘Go, mom, go. This is what you want to do,'” Napoli said. “From what she said to me, she said, yeah, her family supports her.”

Hessler’s aforementioned Facebook page also features a post  from her on her wall dated October 15th:

I have a plea for my friends. I need your help and support. I want to stay occupying wall st. I feel my presence is very important in the support of non-violent communication and sanitation(keeping the park clean) I am willing to work tirelessly on these efforts. I need help with getting my kids to activities and stepping up with the things I help lead, such as one small village, jr roller derby, …

Friends responded to her request and offered help and assistance. She appears to have a network of support and, according to Napoli, Hessler’s husband and kids are fully behind her.

And that Brooklyn waiter who is supposedly “keeping her warm” at night? “It’s not like that,” Napoli says, “everyone who’s there, we’re trying to support each other, and when it rains you need to be under a structure.”

Typical ditch-prone hippie flake.

The scary thing about this is…everyone who is participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests, are part of a family.  They are your neighbors, your co-workers, brothers, sisters,  sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers.  Today it’s Stacey Hessler getting demonized, tomorrow……..it just might be you.

by Richard O. Emanuel Jr. (Occupy Cyberspace/Reclaim America from the Lunatic Fringe!)


24 comments on “When Hate Consumes Reason:The Fox News “Hate-a-Thon” against Occupy Wall Street

  1. Fox News is a Euphemism for Rupert Murdoch, which is a Euphemism for Malevolent Global Corporatocracy. I’m just pissed they guy didn’t get to shove that pie in his face.

  2. Fox News is now targeting citizens they see as political opponents and it’s immoral and corrupt. This isn’t President Obama they’re attacking, this a woman who does not have access to media resources to defend herself. When Fox News attacks civilians, maybe it’s time for civilians to boycott companies that advertise on Fox News.

  3. What’s rich about this is all the women lucky enough to have corporate jobs spend a woefully small amount of time with their families doing the work of three people because those bstrds won’t hire the other 2.

  4. truly an example of a courageous american … the negative rantings of ‘no longer new sources’ are childish expressions of immature parts of our society that no longer want to be a part of america … she’s a good woman who is supported by good people that believe we are better than where we are today …

  5. she says she is fighting for a better world, the same thing the military is doing. I don’t know everyone is so upset about that. I agree with her. I saw these uprisings coming years ago. People can only be pushed so far until they push back. Corporate greed has taken over. In 1975, the average CEO was making 40 times what the average worker made. That figure has since risen to over 400 times the salary of the average worker. Costs of living have skyrocketed in the past ten years, and salaries have not even come close to following suit. What do you all expect? Somethings gotta give sooner or later

  6. Methinks Ms. Hessler needs to contact an attorney, Fox News might be able to get away with this crap when talking about Barack Obama or Bernie Sanders. But Ms. Hessler isn’t a public figure. At most, she is a limited public figure by virtue of being interviewed for her role in OWS.

    But even that doesn’t give F’n News immunity against clear slander, like saying that a married woman is cuddling with a waiter in an OWS tent. I foresee Fox News writing a very large check in Ms. Hessler’s name.

    • I agree that she should get an attorney. Maybe an attorney will get her considering Fox News has made her such a public profile. I hope that self righteous woman who cast dispersions on Hessler’s dignity and loyalty to her family is named in the law suit as well.

    • Absolutely! Any pro-Occupation attorneys out there who want to step up and defend her rights (and thereby all of ours) pro bono?

  7. How sad is it that they resort to character assassination of a person exercising their right to protest? The people who work at Faux are a bunch of cowardly bullies.

  8. Fox is just digging itself in, deeper and deeper. Hopefully this “vegan freak” and her obviously loving, supportive family will seek the advice of a lawyer. I think this story needs to be sent to Rachel Maddow, Ed Schulz, Jon Stewart, um…I guess I better get busy!

  9. She’s a real American. Those trolling Fox News faces are just acting as foot soldiers for some billionaire from Australia. Who’s the real USA patriot it that sick segment?

  10. Ok, this is really creepy. Creepy that they did the background check, very creepy that they sit there and discuss her motivations, character, and ability to mother her children as if they’re in middle school. Get a lawyer, Stacey. Sue them and then use the money to stay longer.

  11. I am proud of Ms. Hessler and all the Occupy protesters around the country. FOX continues it’s campaign of smears, lies, but truth cannot be hidden. The ‘genie is out of the bottle’ and it’s not going back in.

  12. Really, this is rupert murdoch’s fault ? This woman is an idiot, she is not in the army, which by the way is a job for most people. She is pretty much as described, except the article does not use the moniker “self-absorbed jerk”, which would accurately describe anyone leaving their 4 minor children to go play protest for as long as they see fit.

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  14. Err. FOX News and supporters are usually on the wrong side of history on most important issues. Didn’t we leave these separate spheres of ideology behind back in the 1970’s when women finally got their place in society (better late than never!)? Nice to see so many people here agree that this is laughable.

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