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KOAA thanks Waldo Canyon firefighters but doesn’t think their dangerous work merits healthcare benefits, apparently

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Funny story. KOAA was covering the community thank you given to the firefighters returning from the Waldo Canyon Fire last night. Members of Occupy Colorado Springs joined the crowd with signs calling attention to the fact that many of the firefighters don't have healthcare benefits. The Channel 5 reporter instructed his cameraman to avoid filming those signs, including one which read "WE SUPPORT THE FIREFIGHTER'S UNION" which incidentally, got a lot of thumbs up from the passing fire crews. Local TV crews will extend adulation for the wildfire-fighting heroes, but their conservatism has limits. Don't you think the rigors of firefighting, and exposure to unknowably toxic smoke, merits health coverage? It's alright to show adulating communities thanking the heroic fire crews but not caring about them.

Character assassination par for course, but KOAA falls for “hijack” complaint?

THAT'S RICH. "Occupy Hijacked" is the takeaway from a KOAA news blort on division within Occupy. Because Agent Duh and Co had been calling the TV station to complain they'd lost their right to march into GA and take it over, KOAA concludes that someone stole their protest movement. Let's see, was it the group on the corner, standing before the camera, whose faces have adorned the occupy protests since the beginning? They're the hijackers? Compared to two newcomers and an internet slacktivist, who are under disciplinary probation for acts of aggression against OCS? Hijack is a baseless enough claim among discontents, but why does KOAA give it credence? Plus KOAA airs a tirade from the OCS encampment's most vitriolic tormentor Mr. Clean, alias Michael Jay aka Mike Mike V-Jayjay, allowing him to rant on, incognito. What a scurrilous hit-piece, not unexpected, but probably their best shot. Let's see the so-called hijackees pull off anything Occupyish as they pretend to be "more in tune with Occupy Wall Street." Have at it. And best of luck to KOAA to keep up that charade.

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