Oh, and Lawrence O’Donnell too.
I’m watching The Last Word with Lawrence tonight as I’m working a little on Tarheel. The topic of the night, at least the lead topic, is the Republican debate. And his second guest segment is with Michael Moore. You know, the guy that hates capitalism. Yeah, him. Anyway, this is classic.
I’ll put the video up as soon as they have it on the you tubes.
Okay, so it starts like this:
Newt: [hypothetical question to an OWS protester] Who’s gonna pay for the park you’re occupying if there are no businesses making a profit?
Lawrence: Introduces Moore.
Banter between Moore and Lawrence
Moore: I think he’s got it mixed up though when he says “if it wasn’t for the corporation, there wouldn’t be a park there.” I seem to remember, ah, in America, parks are developed by the local governments —
Lawrence: Mmmm hmmm
Moore: — for the people by the people let the people picnic and do things. I don’t ever remember a corporate park.
Lawrence: You don’t have to buy a ticket.
More head exploding nonsense follows.
Zuccotti Park, formerly called Liberty Plaza Park, is a 33,000-square-foot (3,100 m2) publicly accessible park in Lower Manhattan, New York City, privately owned by Brookfield Properties. The park was created in 1968 by United States Steel, after the property owners negotiated its creation with city officials, and named Liberty Plaza Park and situated beside One Liberty Plaza. It is located between Broadway, Trinity Place, Liberty Street and Cedar Street. The park’s northwest corner is across the street from Four World Trade Center. It has been popular with local tourists and financial workers.
The park, once known as Liberty Plaza Park, is owned by A CORPORATION! I think I should say that again. The park, the place where OWS is gathering, is not a public park. It is a private park owned by a CORPORATION!
Newt knows this. I know this. Every fuckin’ body knows this.
Except Lawrence O’Donnell and Michael Moore.
It is SO owned by a corporation that THIS happened:
The park was heavily damaged in the September 11 attacks and subsequent recovery efforts of 2001. The plaza was later used as the site of several events commemorating the anniversary of the attacks. After renovations in 2006, the park was renamed by its current owners, Brookfield Office Properties, after company chairman John Zuccotti.
After being damaged in the terrorist attacks, the park once known as LIBERTY PARK for chrise’sakes, was renamed Zuccotti park after the COMPANY CHAIRMAN!
They changed the name of the park from Liberty Park to the name of their CHAIRMAN!
This park can’t GET any more corporate.
Michael Moore is an ass. And a dumb one too.