Grapevine: Occupy Oakland Can't Let Go...of Banking?

Group makes big deposit in Wells Fargo


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Question of Priorities

Occupy Oakland members have voted to deposit $20,000 in Wells Fargo bank just a few days after some of the group's protesters shattered windows in one of the firm's downtown branches.

The money is to assist demonstrators who have been jailed. Wells Fargo says the decision -- quote -- "demonstrates that even Occupy Oakland understands -- first-hand -- the value and service that Wells Fargo provides its customers."

The group wants to use a credit union but that will take a couple of weeks to set up. Some Occupy members are uncomfortable with using Wells Fargo, but the group calls it a time sensitive issue.

Risky Business

Gulf coast residents say the cleanup from BP's oil spill is not finished even though the government says the company is no longer responsible.

As we told you Wednesday, BP only has to pay for oil that comes ashore if it is proven to be from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

The New York Times reports the company admits it will be harder to establish that link as time passes.

Estimates are that 10 percent of the oil remains and residents are still spotting tar balls and mats of weathered oil in the sand.

One Louisiana fisherman says -- quote -- "It may be the end for them, but we're at the end of our rope...We can't catch a fish to save our soul."


And finally, "how much is too much?" when it comes to media coverage of the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal?

That was the question posed by the Washington Examiner, which noted that in the first five days after the scandal broke, before any accusers had come forward or been named, Politico had already published over 90 stories.

The current count is 157 which represents about 13 percent of Politico's stories in that timeframe.

Such coverage is evidence of Politico's liberal bias, according to Newsbusters, a conservative blog that notes that in the entire 21 months leading up to the 2008 election, Politico published 158 stories -- one more than the Cain coverage allegations, so far -- about President Obama's ties to Jeremiah Wright; just 78 articles about Obama's ties to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers; and only 51 pieces linking the president to convicted felon Tony Rezko.