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Alternet: Occupy Protesters Mic-Check Palin During CPAC Speech
-By Adele M. Stan
February 11, 2012- Sarah Palin wasn't even a quarter of the way through reading her closing manifesto for the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., when the signal went up.
Palin was just off on a riff, mocking President Barack Obama.
"Hope and change...Yeah, you better hope things change...," she said disdainfully.
"Mic check! Mic check!" went the call-and-response that's become the hallmark of the Occupy movement. There were fewer than 25 protesters. The SRO audience in the the hotel ballroom -- capacity 4,200 -- in which Palin spoke erupted in a unison chant: "U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!" Police and security guards escorted the Occupiers out of the building, as much for protection as apprehension. There were no arrests.
As the protesters descended the hill on which the Marriott Wardman Park, where CPAC took place, Dana Loesch, editor of Andrew Breitbart's BigJournalism.com, stood on the sidewalk, sneering at the protesters, accusing them of violating Palin's free speech rights and barking a trope that's fast becoming a mainstay of Breitbart's smears against Occupy: the accusation that protesters are paid. "You got paid $60 to do that," Loesch yelled.
"I paid for my pass with my own money," the protester shouted back. These Occupiers were all college students -- with the exception of one high school student -- so they were able to buy CPAC passes at the student rate of $35. (Non-students pay $195 for the same conference package.)
Breitbart, Loesch's boss, is in the midst of making an anti-Occupy propaganda film with director Steven Bannon, to be distributed by Citizens United, the group that won the law suit brought to the Supreme Court that changed the rules of campaign finance to allow a much broader role for corporations in political campaigns. On Friday night, Breitbart went into a rage when Occupy protesters showed up in front of the Marriott Wardman Park to protest CPAC. "Racist, sexist, anti-gay," the protesters chanted. "Right-wing bigots go away."