Jesse LaGreca, in case anyone did not see him on Utube, was the Wall Street Occupier who handed Fox News their head when they came to Zuccotti Park hoping to make OWS look bad. They picked the wrong guy when they picked Jesse.
You can see the video here if you missed it:
Lol, if you have not seen it, it is worth watching and if you have, it is worth watching again.
It was one of those rare moments where you felt like standing up and cheering. And people did just that.
Fox never aired the segment, as promised, and it's easy to see why.
Jesse is also a member of Daily Kos, one of the few writers I have followed there for a number of years. His DK handle is 'MinistryofTruth'.
Jesse has been unemployed for a long time, but he can now say, he truly has found an Occupation.
You asked for it. You got it. Announcing the Jesse LaGreca Show+*
They are giving me my own show.
I can't believe it either.
I am writing the pilot myself. I get full artistic review. No one will be telling me what I can say and what I can't. I get to tell the truth. The job of a journalist is to afflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted, but more than anything else the job of a journalist is to present the facts. It is not my fault if the Republican party is almost always on the wrong side of the facts. I'm not here to sell you a "fair and balanced" narrative where "both sides do it". I'm here to tell you the truth. I am a progressive. I am an Occupier. Basically: I am Fox News’ worst nightmare.
Initially, the show will start in a half an hour, once a week format, but I hope to expand to a 4-5 day a week format as soon as possible. We start shooting the pilot in 2 weeks. So I guess I have an official "job" now.
It's amazing how quickly your life can change. Less than a year ago I was down and out and at my wits end. All my life I have worked my ass off and studied, I've struggled to make ends meet even when I had a full time job, I know how hard it is out there, I have lived it myself. Someone once said that nothing easy is worth a damn. Things certainly have not been easy for me in this life, but it sure as hell has been worth it.
I cannot think of anyone I would rather have speaking for the 99%. He has been interviewed on many MSM shows since he came to their notice, and articulates the goals of the movement so beautifully and honestly. He has been on CNN, MSNBC with Keith eg, and has always been impressive. Just an ordinary guy, but with so much passion. Which was always apparent in his diaries on DK.
I did not know at first that Jesse LaGreca was MinistryOfTruth on DK, but was not really surprised when I found out.
Here in his own words is his story, as written on DK, just weeks before the OWS movement began and Jesse, like so many others like him, joined it:
I understand now why I lost my job months ago, and why I have failed to get a new one.
The answer is simple; I don't have an education.
You see, technically, I am a high school dropout.
I say technically because my status as a high school dropout did not last for long. After my father killed himself when I was 16 I dropped out of high school. In school, I was a low C student, though that was largely due to a lack of effort on my part and a horrendous attendance record. At that point in my life I didn't see the point in school, or for that matter, anything.
He does not say where he will be on TV, but was asked in the comments and this was his answer:
I'm still working out a bunch of the details, but (237+ / 0-)
the site is going to be Occupy.com (I'm pretty sure) and the show is being put together by a bunch of occupy folks in the media business. I will keep the news coming to you as I get it, I'm going to a meeting with some of the producers later this afternoon to work out more of the details.
#OccupyWallStreet ~ I will protest when and where I damn well please. I have the constitution in my pocket. That is my permit.
by MinistryOfTruth on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 07:57:21 AM PST
He has been a great guest on every MSM show he has appeared on and it looks like someone has 'discovered' him. He is a natural, imho. I believe he is the only Occupier, and non-professional pundit to appear on the Christiane Amanpour Show, a fact he pointed out to her on the air in his very direct way 'you won't have guys like me on the show though' or words to that effect. She had the grace to appear embarrassed and made no effort to contradict him. But to her credit, he was on her show.
Congratulations to Occupier Jesse LaGreca!
Hey Boehner, where are the jobs??
Edited to add another great interview with him:
Edited to remove TV. As someone in the comments pointed out, he did not say TV show.