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In his recent Talking Points Memo segment on his popular Fox News show, Bill O’Reilly apparently referenced information from a WND article about the radicals behind the Occupy movement.
WND’s investigative pieces are regularly utilized as research tools by cable news and talk radio hosts.
On Wednesday night, O’Reilly’s Memo segment was titled “Who is behind the Occupy Wall Street Movement?”
Stated O’Reilly: “‘The Factor’ has been investigating who exactly is behind the Occupy Movement, which is now very well organized and no longer a citizen protest. Rather, it is a hardcore far-left movement designed to cause as much trouble as possible.
“The sincere occupiers left a long time ago. What’s left are the professional agitators. The Occupy Movement is now being run out of Washington, D.C., and offices belonging to the Institute for Policy Studies, a far-left outfit. The director of the group is John Cavanagh, a long-time liberal activist. His non-profit institute accepts money from, surprise, George Soros through the Tides Foundation. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are involved.”
Abrey Whelan of the Washington Examiner first reported on the origins of Occupy’s rental bill.
WND took the information further in an article earlier this month that highlighted the Institute for Policy Studies funding from the Soros-financed Tides Center, as O’Reilly also reported.
The WND article pointed out Obama’s ties to the Service Employees International Union, the SEIU, including how the union’s president, Mary Kay Henry, pledged last year to spend the next year focusing on get-out-the-vote efforts for the president.
The WND article reported how the union’s former president, Andy Stern, was the most frequent visitor to the White House in 2009, according to visitor logs. The SEIU organized campaigns to elect Obama in 2008 and contributed millions of dollars to his election fund. Those points were brought up by O’Reilly during his Memo segment.
“The Service Employees International Union headed by Mary K. Henry is paying rent for the Occupy Wall Street crew in D.C.,” O’Reilly said. “About $4,000 a month the union is picking up. The SEIU has more than 2 million members and collects about $300 million a year from dues and other financial vehicles. Miss Henry herself has visited the White House a number of times as has the former head of the SEIU, Andy Stern, who has also been a frequent visitor to the White House and remains deeply involved with the union.”