Conservative Agent Provocateur Infiltrates Occupy Wall Street and Gets Pepper-Sprayed

Patrick HowleyVia The Week:

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., was shut down Saturday after a crowd of protesters showed up to voice their opposition to U.S. drone strikes. The march was organized by an antiwar group called October 11, but was quickly joined by some members of the Occupy Wall Street offshoot Occupy D.C. Ten or so protesters tried to force their way past security and were pepper-sprayed in return. One was Patrick Howley, an editor at the conservative magazine The American Spectator, who shoved his way into the museum even after being pepper-sprayed. “As far as anyone knew I was part of this cause — a cause that I had infiltrated the day before in order to mock and undermine [it] in the pages of The American Spectator,” Howley says in his (since-modified) article. Did he step beyond the bounds of journalism?

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43 Comments on "Conservative Agent Provocateur Infiltrates Occupy Wall Street and Gets Pepper-Sprayed"

  1. Typhoeusinvictus | Oct 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm |

    DOUCHEBAG

  2. Typhoeusinvictus | Oct 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm |

    DOUCHEBAG

  3. Typhoeusinvictus | Oct 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm |

    DOUCHEBAG

  4. Typhoeusinvictus | Oct 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm |

    DOUCHEBAG

  5. DeepCough | Oct 16, 2011 at 10:42 pm |

    To quote the great Nelson Muntz: “Haw-haw.”

  6. DeepCough | Oct 16, 2011 at 10:42 pm |

    To quote the great Nelson Muntz: “Haw-haw.”

  7. DeepCough | Oct 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm |

    To quote the great Nelson Muntz: “Haw-haw.”

  8. Anonymous | Oct 16, 2011 at 11:09 pm |

    what a dick

  9. geekofthedead | Oct 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm |

    what a dick

  10. Lord Snot | Oct 17, 2011 at 12:45 am |

    I don’t see what the problem is. Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, does it all the time!

  11. Lord Snot | Oct 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm |

    I don’t see what the problem is. Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, does it all the time!

  12. Anonymous | Oct 17, 2011 at 2:24 am |

    NO ONE BUT AN AGENT PROVOCATEUR WOULD HAVE EYEBROWS OF SUCH A CATERPILLAR-LIKE QUALITY!

  13. Anonymous | Oct 17, 2011 at 2:24 am |

    NO ONE BUT AN AGENT PROVOCATEUR WOULD HAVE EYEBROWS OF SUCH A CATERPILLAR-LIKE QUALITY!

  14. NO ONE BUT AN AGENT PROVOCATEUR WOULD HAVE EYEBROWS OF SUCH A CATERPILLAR-LIKE QUALITY!

  15. KREET-n SLAVE | Oct 17, 2011 at 2:28 am |

    know your enemy

  16. know your enemy

  17. Is it wrong that I think he looks like a male version of Katy Perry?

  18. Is it wrong that I think he looks like a male version of Katy Perry?

  19. Is it wrong that I think he looks like a male version of Katy Perry?

  20. Did he step beyond the bounds of journalism? YES. Duh. Journalists are supposed to report facts, not insert their own BS agendas into the mix. He may call himself a number of other things, not the least of which would be deceitful, lying little shitfuck, but he may not call himself a journalist and expect to be taken seriously. 

  21. Did he step beyond the bounds of journalism? YES. Duh. Journalists are supposed to report facts, not insert their own BS agendas into the mix. He may call himself a number of other things, not the least of which would be deceitful, lying little shitfuck, but he may not call himself a journalist and expect to be taken seriously. 

  22. bobbiethejean | Oct 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm |

    Did he step beyond the bounds of journalism? YES. Duh. Journalists are supposed to report facts, not insert their own BS agendas into the mix. He may call himself a number of other things, not the least of which would be deceitful, lying little shitfuck, but he may not call himself a journalist and expect to be taken seriously. 

    • Mr Willow | Oct 17, 2011 at 5:03 am |

      but he may not call himself a journalist and expect to be taken seriously.

      By anyöne but Roger Ailes.

    • but I thought real journalists were supposed to do what ever they could to get the story? so in all honesty he was doing what a real journalist would. even though anyone can be a journalist with having a cell phone and a tweeter account now a days. and i’m not sticking up for the guy just pointing out something obvious.

    • What they are supposed to do and what they actually do are two different things. Nearly all reporters and so called journalists are guilty of this, but since he’s conservative it gets reported on.

      • This is the same excuse my kid uses for behaving badly–“everyone else does it too.” Ooooh, maybe you are 16 too SF@K01? In that case, let me explain it to ya: We don’t misbehave because it is wrong behavior. Other people’s wrong behavior doesn’t make our misbehavior right, nor does it somehow give them an advantage over us.  Setting an example of right behavior will eventually reward you. But what my kid really understands is Karma. Whatever you give out to the world comes back in equal measure. So stop excusing non-journalistic behavior.

  23. Simiantongue | Oct 17, 2011 at 7:05 am |

    I raise caterpillars too.

    Those are his what…? Oh sorry never mind.

  24. Simiantongue | Oct 17, 2011 at 3:05 am |

    I raise caterpillars too.

    Those are his what…? Oh sorry never mind.

  25. Mr Willow | Oct 17, 2011 at 9:03 am |

    but he may not call himself a journalist and expect to be taken seriously.

    By anyöne but Roger Ailes.

  26. Eyebrows.

    That is all.

  27. Eyebrows.

    That is all.

  28. Anonymous | Oct 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm |

    Journalist wants to mock people for breaking the law by being disruptive, but instead mocks them because they don’t follow him when he is disruptive himself. Can you get more disingenuous than that? It’s a desperate to mock by any means necessary. The end result is that he unwittingly manages to mock none other than himself.

  29. Tchoutoye | Oct 17, 2011 at 9:27 am |

    Journalist wants to mock people for breaking the law by being disruptive, but instead mocks them because they don’t follow him when he is disruptive himself. Can you get more disingenuous than that? It’s a desperate to mock by any means necessary. The end result is that he unwittingly manages to mock none other than himself.

  30. but I thought real journalists were supposed to do what ever they could to get the story? so in all honesty he was doing what a real journalist would. even though anyone can be a journalist with having a cell phone and a tweeter account now a days. and i’m not sticking up for the guy just pointing out something obvious.

  31. Anonymous | Oct 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm |

    What they are supposed to do and what they actually do are two different things. Nearly all reporters and so called journalists are guilty of this, but since he’s conservative it gets reported on.

  32. Hadrian999 | Oct 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm |

    it’s Malcolm

  33. Hadrian999 | Oct 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm |

    it’s Malcolm

  34. Hadrian999 | Oct 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm |

    it’s Malcolm

  35. Happyelephante | Oct 19, 2011 at 4:42 am |

    you didnt over step your bounds, karma jusy whopped your ass – wrong side buddy

  36. Happyelephante | Oct 19, 2011 at 12:42 am |

    you didnt over step your bounds, karma jusy whopped your ass – wrong side buddy

  37. This is the same excuse my kid uses for behaving badly–“everyone else does it too.” Ooooh, maybe you are 16 too SF@K01? In that case, let me explain it to ya: We don’t misbehave because it is wrong behavior. Other people’s wrong behavior doesn’t make our misbehavior right, nor does it somehow give them an advantage over us.  Setting an example of right behavior will eventually reward you. But what my kid really understands is Karma. Whatever you give out to the world comes back in equal measure. So stop excusing non-journalistic behavior.

  38. I wonder if this intrepid reporter attended the James O’Keefe School of Journalism? Yes, the very cornerstones of good journalism are to ‘mock and undermine’ the events you cover. Imagine if a liberal Democrat tried to lead a bunch of Teabaggers to defy the law and get pepper-sprayed to mock and undermine the Tea Party movement —  ah, I can hear the screeching howls of injustice from Mr. Howley already.

  39. I wonder if this intrepid reporter attended the James O’Keefe School of Journalism? Yes, the very cornerstones of good journalism are to ‘mock and undermine’ the events you cover. Imagine if a liberal Democrat tried to lead a bunch of Teabaggers to defy the law and get pepper-sprayed to mock and undermine the Tea Party movement —  ah, I can hear the screeching howls of injustice from Mr. Howley already.

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