Media still excusing the Occupy movement?

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," January 31, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: And so, the unwashed population is out of hibernation. Yes, last weekend, the Occupy movement hammered Oakland, throwing rocks and bottles, spraying graffiti everywhere, smashing glass at City Hall and, of course, burning an American flag. Yes, just like those Tea Partiers.

More than 400 were arrested, prompting the worst mayor in Oakland history -- well, since that last one -- Jean Quan, to finally change her tune. Roll tape, roll tapers.


MAYOR JEAN QUAN, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: I think they've been treating us like a playground and I think that everyone is losing patience. And I think they're hurting the movement.


GUTFELD: Well, we knew that before your city suffered 5 million bucks in damage. And now you're losing patience? You should lose your job.

But the real battle now is the media and its ongoing attempt to portray the idiotic as inspirational. No one has made more excuses for OWS than them. The CNN crawl actually said the Oakland mess could inject new life into the movement. Given the amount of drug use there, inject is an apt verb.

And it's heating up once again in Occupy D.C., but I don't think Obama is going to notice. They'd be better off occupying the golf course.

And I got to ask, why do the protesters cover their faces and cause violence and then threaten to sue?

It's because they're cowards and the courtroom is their end game. It was always about dragging cops before a judge, reaping rewards and spending the rest of your life lying about your heroic rebellion. It's just like the '60s, but without the go-go dancers. Oh, I love those go-go dancers. I was only 5. I was 5, but I knew they were good.

Andrea, would you call this a comeback of the OWS, that they're now back in, that it's going to inject the movement?

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: I think it is, I think it is. They're coming back in a big way. They're actually burning flags and breaking into the government buildings and I'm shocked the administration won't say anything about it this time because it is really unprecedented. They said the damage was about $5 million.

GUTFELD: And there's companies that have left Oakland. And speaking of-- maybe I'll roll that Jay Carney comment when he's asked what happening in Occupy D.C.


REPORTER: What is your reaction? Is the administration concerned that some of these protesters are taking things too far?

JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Well, with regards to Oakland, that's obviously a local law enforcement matter.

Our position has been, and continues to be that we need to balance First Amendments concerns of the right to demonstrate, the right to speak freely, with public safety concerns.


GUTFELD: It's like me when I talk about polls.

OK. He said it's a local law enforcement matter. He didn't feel the same way about the Harvard professor, remember, Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police -- he kind of got involved in that. Obama did.


GUTFELD: Why didn't he touch this, Eric?


DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: Because I think he learned a lesson.

BOLLING: Can we point something out? Dana Perino called this a long time before anyone ever said it. That the Occupy movement would probably go away in the winter and then come back in force in the summer. It just happens to be warm in Oakland right now, and probably come back here.

Bob, you compared these people to the Tea Party. I'm just curious, Tea Party ever broke interior windows in hearing rooms? Protesters tipping over, damage historic model of city hall, destroyed a case holding model of Frank Ogawa Plaza, stolen flags, flag burning, cut wires, offensive graffiti, scattered garbage -- I don't know, just doesn't sound anything like the Tea Party to me.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: Or carrying guns, where the president of the United States is or putting a monkey figure up to show the president -- no, they're fine people.

GUTFELD: How could you put -- two incidents, by the way, that I think that we should look up and find.

TANTAROS: Yes, I never heard those.

BECKEL: Just a couple of facts about the Oakland police that you're sitting here and being so nice to. They've had since 2005, 170 -- 170 charges of violence by police, having nothing to do with Occupy Wall Street, which already 14 of them been canned --

GUTFELD: But it's nothing to do with Occupy Wall Street.

BECKEL: Wait a minute.

GUTFELD: It's nothing to do with that.

BECKEL: The Oakland Police Department overacted again. You know, in 2000 --

GUTFELD: They're throwing bricks!

BECKEL: Wait a minute, in 2000, 119 people were awarded $11 million because the Oakland Police Department were rioting.

GUTFELD: What does this have to do with those guys?

BECKEL: Because you're sitting here and saying it's all Occupy Wall Street folks.

GUTFELD: It is, they incited the riots!

BECKEL: And the cops didn't go down there making it worse?


GUTFELD: That's their job to go and stop them. They shot them with bean bags. Have you ever been hit with a bean bag? It feels good.

BECKEL: You're talking about a police department that's riddled with overreaction.

GUTFELD: OK. If you use that as the response, then there should be no response to a riot, no response to aggressive demonstration. We should just say, oh, the police are bad, let's lay off.

PERINO: And also burning of American flags, I mean, that's --

GUTFELD: That's the cops' fault, Dana. That's the cops' fault.

BECKEL: Are you suggesting, by the way, that burning the American flag represents all liberals?


PERINO: No one was saying that. We're talking about Occupy Oakland.

GUTFELD: That represents Occupy Wall Street.

BECKEL: OK. So, you're suggesting that Occupy Wall Street are, does not repersent --


GUTFELD: I'd say the rape, the overdoses, the crime, the violence represent Occupy Wall Street.

BOLLING: You don't have to defend them if you don't want to.

BECKEL: No, no, the point is -- no, I can defend them and I can defend their message.

BOLLING: Why would you? How can you, Bob? They're horrible. They're anarchists.

BECKEL: Some of them are anarchists. That's right.

GUTFELD: The people behind it, Adbusters.

BECKEL: Timothy McVeigh was an anarchist.


GUTFELD: They're anarchists.

PERINO: Wasn't George Soros hoping -- like kind of hoping for this moment?

GUTFELD: Yes, he's saying that, you know, this is an inevitability, class warfare, violence.

BECKEL: Oh this is not because of class warfare.

TANTAROS: I think the administration wants this.

PERINO: I believe everything that George Soros says.

BECKEL: Well, do yourself a favor, don't.

GUTFELD: Adbusters is calling for a siege in Chicago and that's Obama's hometown.

PERINO: I bet Rahm Emanuel will kick them in the you what, that will not happen in Chicago, believe me. He will -- I think that Rahm Emanuel is a great mayor and he's going to -- he won't let it happen.

BOLLING: I don't know, it's a pretty liberal, crazy state.

TANTAROS: Why can't they be lovable liberals like Bob was back in the '60s?

GUTFELD: Yes. It was all about love back then, Bob?


BECKEL: No, I was at Haight-Ashbury the summer of love. I never could get anything.


GUTFELD: All right. On that note --

PERINO: Is that why you're upset?

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