WNYC News Headline:
Park 51 Opponents Cancel Protest
Uh, this is the twisted asshattery of the media. The craven NYC Council canceled the hearing that we were going to protest. Nothing like rewriting the news in a manner that is void of truth or objectivity.
As noted last week, opponents of Park 51 were planning to hold their first protest in months on Tuesday. The protest was meant to be held in a committee room at 250 Broadway, during a City Council hearing on Wal-Mart. But last week, that hearing was postponed until January 12, so the Park 51 protest has also been put off.
According to New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the new venue would be larger, due to the intense interest in Wal-Mart and whether the company will open stores in New York City.
Park 51 [Cordoba] opponent Pamela Geller says her protest was meant to address the "hypocrisy," as she saw it, in council members questioning Wal-Mart while not questioning the idea of a mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero. According to Geller, the council "caved" out of fear of anti-Park 51 [Cordoba]
"She [Quinn] said we needed a bigger room," said Geller. "I don’t believe that. I think they were afraid that we would overwhelm them -- I don’t mean that in a physical way -- and they cancelled."
The reporter, Arun Venugopal, got that wrong too. The Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, said “We needed a bigger room.” “We heard from unions all across the city, small business leaders from across the city." I said that was a transparent lie. They needed a bigger room because we would overwhelm them. They need a bigger room because they are afraid of us.
However, Jamie McShane, a spokesman for Quinn, said he didn't know who Pam Geller was and that he hadn't been aware of any protest at the hearing related to Park 51.
Geller hadn't expected the protest to be "huge," citing the conflicting schedules of many opponents, some of whom live in other states or have day jobs. But she said the re-scheduled protest would simply take place whenever the Wal-Mart hearing is scheduled.
"Whenever it is, we'll be there," said Geller.
Meanwhile, slumlord Rauf is going on a lecture tour of Harvard, Yale, the University of North Carolina and other institutions.
January 12th is the next hearing. Freedom lovers, mark your calenders. We'll be there with IOTW's award winning signage. Announcement to follow.