Progressives from across the country have come to Providence, Rhode Island, this weekend to party and network for the "giant family reunion for the left" -- the Netroots Nation Conference. After a crushing loss Tuesday following the failed attempt to recall Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin activists served as the reunion's grumpy uncle.
At the "Take a Walk, Scott: Post-Mortem of the Wisconsin Recalls" session one particularly ticked-off panelist engaged in several frustrating rants slamming Walker's reforms, campaign finance law, and the media.
"What would Hitler have done with Fox News,” exclaimed Harry Waisbren. “It's impossible to imagine the power of propaganda system that we have right now, and there is no counter. The one percent is able to buy our media."
The Hitler analogy came about during a segment of the discussion where panelists dissected a television advertisement by Governor Walker. The activists argue the advertisement misrepresents job creation statistics in Wisconsin over the last two years.
Earlier in the session Waisbren bragged about "cheesehead rallies" he organized in front of Fox News' New York City office last year, where the Wisconsinite claims the number of protesters were in the thousands. He claims the event later inspired actions of MoveOn and Rebuild the Dream. The National Review caught one of Waisbren's protests in front of Rupert Murdoch's home last summer. At the protest Waisbren claimed "Fox News is a criminal organization," in front of a crowd that NRO reports made it up to 35 or 40 people, but with the press reportedly far outnumbering the demonstrators.