Late Night: ‘The Daily Show’ not sad about end of Occupy Wall St.

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Jon Stewart and ‘The Daily Show’ have remained somewhat skeptical of the ‘occupy’ movement since it began two months ago in Manhattan. Following the news that protesters had been ousted from Zuccotti Park,'The Daily Show’ broadcast one last field piece about the movement.

It was not exactly a fond farewell.

The overarching (and somewhat forced) narrative of the segment? That the movement was splintering into two distinct groups, the haves and the have-nots.

According to correspondent Samanta Bee, the rift was visible in the rival factions at Zuccotti Park. On the ‘uptown’ end, there was a well-organized, elite class of yuppies with Apple products and espresso machines. Meanwhile, ‘downtown’ was the province of grungier, less disciplined, bongo-beating types.

‘Let me get this straight. You’ve only been here eight weeks and you already have a ghetto?’ Bee asked one occupier, who was rendered speechless by the allegation.


She also interviewed a movement leader who attended daily organizational meetings in the atrium of the Deutsche Bank building on Wall Street. (Bee seemed to think this was hypocritical, though you could also argue it’s pretty subversive.)

Yet despite the emerging rift, Bee determined that the occupation had ended too soon. ‘They didn’t even have time to develop a middle class for this new society to crush,’ she said.

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