The mainstream media paid quite a bit of attention to the confrontation yesterday between Trinity Wall Street and Occupy Wall Street.
The story also received international attention. The Daily Mail’s coverage is vintage Daily Mail, rightwing populism and photo of what was probably the only “scantily clad” woman at the protest. An Irish paper’s coverage was especially revealing in highlighting the manner in which Trinity Wall Street used statements from various Anglican and Episcopal leaders to buttress its case.
The church’s rector, Rev James J Cooper, said the church is “saddened that OWS protestors chose to ignore yesterday’s messages from Archbishop Tutu, from the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and from Bishop of New York Mark S. Sisk”.
Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic thinks Occupy made a strategic mistake.
From what I can tell, Trinity (which had been supportive of Occupy) has committed the sin of owning a lot of land in downtown Manhattan. This just seems like really small-ball–a concern for the activist one percent.
With all that said, this story from Episcopal News Service is among the best out there today.