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Alex Johnson

Comparing Occupy and the Tea Party

OPB | Oct. 31, 2011 9:20 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 10:48 p.m.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which began in New York on September 17, has since spread to hundreds of cities across the United States and around the world. As coverage of the protests has grown, so have comparisons between the Occupy and Tea Party movements. President Obama, for one, said the two groups were “not that different.” 

Both groups have been characterized as having “leaderless” beginnings, and both have claimed they’ve been snubbed by the media. Nate Silver, a statistician at the New York Times, says that the Occupy movement is catching up to the the amount of media coverage that the Tea Party protests received when they began in early 2009.

Still, Tea Party representatives in Oregon say they’ve been the victims of a double standard. In a press release, the Oregon Tea Party wrote:

Despite the refusal of protest organizers to secure the proper permits for their parade and use of public parks, Mayor Adams expressed support for the Occupy Portland protest on social media…

Nationally, Tea Party representatives say the key difference between the two movements is where they place the blame. The Tea Party says government is the problem, while many Occupy protesters point to public greed.

Have you participated — or considered participating — in Occupy or Tea Party protests? Do you think the two movements share common traits?

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