In May, Fox Business launched a weeklong effort to pit the “makers” against the “takers.” Now, Fox's Greg Gutfeld is using those labels to pit the Tea Party against the Occupy movement.
This is just the latest effort by right-wing media figures to marginalize members of the Occupy movement as societal parasites. After members of the Occupy movement adopted “We are the 99 percent” as an organizing message centered on systematic wealth inequality, CNN contributor and Red State editor Erick Erickson launched a fraudulent counter-movement portraying Occupy protesters as being subsidized by taxpayers. Fox News hosts quickly endorsed Erickson's efforts.
Gutfled himself has previously called the protesters “annoying” and said they were guilty of “class envy.”