Union protests at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 6, featured people paid to protest and people performing chants identical to those chanted by the International Socialist Society (ISS) at the protest on March 12.
The Austin American-Statesman reported that “popular chants included ‘they say cut back, we say fight back’ and ‘It’s raining, it’s pouring, Rick Perry is snoring.’”
Compare that to our own footage from the March 12 rally where the International Socialist Society chanted identically. Whether Wednesday’s chants were the ISS, unions, or both wasn’t entirely clear.
Blogger Matt Dowling shot footage of the union protesters neatly bused in. In rough footage of our own, we counted somewhere in the vicinity of 25 buses, neatly arriving together in organized, astroturf fashion. Dowling reported there were 40 buses at the rally, likely costing in the neighborhood of $40K to rent, not to mention union members get paid to protest.
This “protest” received scant coverage in the Texas media. The coverage it received was inattentive to the dishonorable makeup of the crowd, a stark contrast to tea party rallies, where the media played a lively game of “find the extremist and interview him”.