Here’s a scene from Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s recent heavily-staged photo-op at City Hall.
“Oh Volodya! What have those Occupiers done to you? Of course as a white male hetero, you were probably totally misogynistic and racist ‘n stuff, but still, damaging your refrigerated traveling case, well, that wasn’t called for. No matter, we’ll get your legs straightened out and we’ll replace the Freon in your tomb pronto.”
As seen yesterday.“OK Madam Mayor, try to look super sad as I handhold this Canon 580EX II/ off-shoe camera cord combo and rack out my 16-35mm lens on this Canon 1D Mark III. No, sadder, you need to look sadder. Your people, or I should say the people who work for you and haven’t quit or gotten fired by you yet, they told me exactly how to pose you for this staged photo-op. You’re giving me a 3, how about an 8? That’s it! Sadder, sadder, strike a pose, remember, you’re the victim here, hold it, hold it!” Click.
More seriously, what happened to all of Mayor Quan’s quotes from KCBS in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle? I can’t figure it out, but, anyway, and for the record, from the (sometimes) Paper of Record, here’s what’s been saved from the Memory Hole:
“Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said today that she is going to call national leaders of the Occupy Wall Street movement and implore them to disown Oakland’s protest movement.
“I plan to call some of the national leadership of Occupy this week to say that the Oakland group is not nonviolent and has not agreed to be nonviolent,” Quan said in an interview on KCBS. “The national Occupy movement has said they are nonviolent.”
Rachel Lederman, a civil rights lawyer based in San Francisco who is working with the Occupy movement, said police have overreacted and have used excessive force, creating “an increasing level of confrontation with Occupy Oakland over the past several months” and that officers on Saturday had boxed in peaceful protesters.
She said some protesters had carried shields with them because “these young people have felt the need to protect themselves when they’re likely to be shot with so-called less-than-lethal projectiles.”
“What they are doing against the city economically is not nonviolent either,” she (Quan) continued on KCBS. “Every Saturday they are doing demonstrations and in my city that is my night of highest police need. They are taking away resources from my city and creating a situation that is making it more difficult for me to keep the city safer.”
“Well you guys used tear gas and batons too,” Quan said, referring to San Francisco. “I think it is a different time, I think it is how the media plays it. There is also probably a little misogyny and a little racism, when I looked at what happened in terms of how the national media portrayed it, and how Occupy’s internal media portrayed it.”
And there’s this too: