THE FIVE

Waste of Time? Mag's Awful Analysis of 'Occupy' Protests

Publication names movement top story of 2011

 

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," December 8, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: So, you can deal with the Occupy protesters two ways. There's New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's way.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, R-N.J.: Sure. Yes. You're so angry, aren't you? So angry, so terrible. Let it continue. Hey, that will continue.

Oh, work it all out. Work it all out for yourself.

That was the entertainment we brought from New Jersey tonight. I hope you enjoyed it. I'll be working at the Marriott down the street. Please remember to tip your waiters and waitresses, all right?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GUTFELD: Not bad.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: I thought it was funny.

GUTFELD: Or another option, you can follow Time magazine, a publication the size of a brochure for fat camp which is named a movement, the Occupy movement, the top U.S. story of 2011, beating out Lindsay Lohan wearing the same jeans three days in a row, which to me was a bigger story.

But Time magazine is right. It is a big story. However, their analysis reeks. To say the occupation persistence made the protest so important.

Persistence? What about the pestilence?

Time left out the corpses, the rapes, the overdoses, the riots, the vandalism, and all the other pain the protesters inflicted on the nearby communities. Sorry, cherry picking no longer applies when there are more cherry than pickers. With another death in Denton, Texas, more spitting on cops, bomb left in a congressman's office, and Boston mayor declaring its protest a risk to health and safety. In fact, every camp became a health risk. Something Time happily ignored.

Why is that? Maybe Time hopes the protesters start to read the magazine, tripling their circulation to 400 people. Or they remember Walter Durante, The New York Times correspondent whose USSR coverage of the 1930s denied Stalin's murderous famine. Durante's reward, a Pulitzer Prize. If that is not a carrot for a lazy journalist, what is?

GUILFOYLE: Wow.

GUTFELD: Kimberly, you were smitten during this.

GUILFOYLE: I know. I'm trying to throttle back. I find him to be exciting and funny. I don't know. I like his approach to things. I think he is a little off the cuff. Like Bob, you know?

He's just being himself.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: Is there similarity here do you think between the two of us?

Christie was being typical himself. One think I noticed, that was a Mitt Romney. There were like 12 people behind Christie and nobody in the audience. They should have kept the Occupy Wall Street there, at least they would have a crowd.

GUILFOYLE: Good point to that.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: You got to love Chris Christie, though. The man says it like he is. So many people out there going, where are you?

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: That's true.

BOLLING: Why didn't you run yourself?

PERINO: That's a really good point. But one of the things I thought was funny is that -- the occupy Wall Street folks go in protest and basically calling Christie a corporate goon.

The thing is, is that he's never been a corporate goon. He's been what they all aspire to be, which is a public servant. He served as assistant U.S. attorney, worked his way up to U.S. attorney. Then, served in the state government in New Jersey. And then he ran for governor. He wins.

GUTFELD: Yes, but if you see a big, you know, a big fat white guy, he's got to be a private goon.

PERINO: Right. So, is there any private sector position acceptable to the Occupy Wall Street people?

BECKEL: I don't know, but I got right here. Every week now, I'm going to have one for you.

GUILFOYLE: What is that?

BECKEL: This is a new -- this is 1,350 --

(CROSSTALK)

GUILFOYLE: When he goes rogue.

BECKEL: This is plus/minus average, minus three. Twice as many people relate to Occupy Wall Street people as the Tea Party. The 60 districts where tea people won, the Republican Party crashing the negatives are way up. And 80 percent of the people think that these corporate guys should be in jail, 65 percent think chasm between rich and poor is getting worse.

PERINO: Jeez, their negative is almost as high as Obama's.

BECKEL: All I can say is, I made every one of my point, just made my day.

GUTFELD: Wait. Can I just point? You just made my point. The reason there is sympathy towards the Occupy protest is because the media sugarcoated what they are doing.

BECKEL: They got 80 percent of the people that buy into it.

(CROSSTALK)

BOLLING: According to who, Bob? Paper in your pocket?

GUILFOYLE: I love it, though.

BECKEL: It's a poll. It's a poll.

GUTFELD: Hey, hey, you can't knock it off. I want to move this over. I want to talk about the Time"made the number one story, the U.S. story.

What do you think, Kimberly? What was the number one story?

GUILFOYLE: Mine was Fast and Furious. And I don't mean the investigation. I mean the movie of Paul Walker with his shirt off and Vin Diesel.

No, I mean Fast and Furious. If I'm fascinated by this and the investigation going forward, we're going to see some heads roll and resignations.

PERINO: I have loved the story of Solyndra.

GUTFELD: Ooh!

PERINO: Partly because the first day when you said it sounded like a Lifetime TV movie I've always loved saying it like that.

GUTFELD: Tonight at 9 --

PERINO: Solyndra.

But I think the reason it was a big story I think it is the poster child for what is going to be a big discussion in our country, which is: Should the government or should it not be involved in picking winners and losers in the marketplace? And is crony capitalism a problem?

GUTFELD: Bob, what's your story of the year, the U.S. story?

BECKEL: Darrell Issa is one of those people.

My story is demise of the Republican Party. A great party, I think. It's a two-party country. And it was always been a great party. But it's now been hijacked by --

GUILFOYLE: Billionaires?

BECKEL: Extremist. That, too.

GUILFOYLE: One percenters.

BECKEL: Extremist right wingers who are calling themselves Tea people. There are no different than the John Birchers were in the '50s.

And what's happened now -- seriously. The Republican Party moved so far to the right, I hate to say this. I think you will see this as the year marking the beginning of the end of the Republican Party as we know it. And that's why 2010--

GUTFELD: Only conservative candidates win, Bob. Sorry.

(CROSSTALK)

PERINO: Yes, how do you explain 2010?

BOLLING: Yes, 2010 and --

BECKEL: A low turnout.

BOLLING: The House and the Senate will be Republican.

BECKEL: We'll take your word on that.

BOLLING: It's going to be -- whatever, we had the same pick so I went with something else. Greg, this is the story of the year -- "The Five."

PERINO: Big story.

BOLLING: July 11th, 2011, Bob, even you can sign on to this, right?

BECKEL: I always sign on.

GUILFOYLE: I think that's really cute.

GUTFELD: My pick is killing bin Laden. That was a big day. I went out to Times Square and yelled at the French terrorists who wouldn't stop talking because I was watching Obama on TV and they didn't stop talking in French language they use. I said, hey, shut up, you're in America. This guy is dead. Get out of the bar.

BECKEL: You know, why do we worry about Mexicans coming up when we allow French to come here? Seriously.

GUILFOYLE: Oh, my gosh!

BECKEL: Do you know the British built a tunnel between them and the French. The French were trying to get to 2,000 years and they -- c'mon!

GUTFELD: I apologize.

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