Sometimes one has to laugh at the hypocrisy of our media both the corporate "left" and "right" I was watching Lawrence O'Donnell using the repression of Pussy Riot to have a go at Edward Snowden.
Now I wouldn't mind the comparison between how Russia and the US deal with protest movements but you have to start with equivalences and stick to the point. The suppression of Pussy Riot in Sochi by pushing, hitting and pepper spraying reminds you of what? Suppression of the Occupy Movement? Yep in the face of peaceful protest both our Governments resort to what exactly?
US citizens of all political persuasions are still reeling from images of unparallelled police brutality in a coordinated crackdown against peaceful OWS protesters in cities across the nation this past week. An elderly woman was pepper-sprayed in the face; the scene of unresisting, supine students at UC Davis being pepper-sprayed by phalanxes of riot police went viral online; images proliferated of young women – targeted seemingly for their gender – screaming, dragged by the hair by police in riot gear; and the pictures of a young man, stunned and bleeding profusely from the head, emerged in the record of the middle-of-the-night clearing of Zuccotti Park.Funny how at the time Lawrence O'Donnell had this to say
Funny how memory becomes extraordinarily short when you want to make an irrelevant point to attack someone else.
But, but our police brutality is less than your police brutality?
Is it any different than this?
You want to talk about repression and breech of privacy by the state, fine; but let us have an honest debate.
If you want to talk about whistle blowing, imprisonment, and abuse in prison that will be equally tough. Chelsea Manning anyone? Guantanamo and torture even?
Goddammit, I am fed up of this type of not so subtle hypocrisy
Get real for heavens sake.