Video: Liberal law student chokes on silver spoon in (false) protest
Posted September 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm by Meredith Jessup
Caption on this photo: “Protested (sic) falls to his knees in tears in front of Chase Bank crying – this is the bank that took my parents’ home.”
According to the Daily Kos, Robert should be commended as “a patriot” for spelling out the reason people are protesting. “If you can watch it without being affected, you are as heartless as Dick Cheney,” the site notes.
There’s just one problem: Robert Stephens’ story is (surprise!) completely bogus.
Phone inquiries into the county property records & taxpayer services office reveal that the Stephens family home is not and never has been in foreclosure, that property taxes had been paid in full this year and the remaining balance on their mortgage for the half-million dollar home is less than one year’s worth of tuition+fees at their son’s law school.
The nail in this empty protest‘s coffin is a delightful phone conversation I just had with Robert’s mother, Marquita, where she admitted Chase Bank indeed was not “taking” their home from them. Instead, due to a recent “reduction in income,” they’ve decided to hold a “short sale.”
When I asked Mrs. Stephens if she and her husband planned to stay in their suburban St. Paul, Minn., surroundings after the sale, she told me they weren’t too keen on the idea. The area is “a bit too conservative,” she said.
All great sob stories deserves an equally great cry-me-a-river soundtrack. The story of liberal protester Robert Stephens is one such story:
Glenn also discussed Stephens’ claims on GBTV Tuesday evening: For more info on this story or to pass it on, click here.
Lying liberal protester responds to Blaze‘s ’right-wing attack’
Posted September 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm by Meredith Jessup
Despite numerous requests for comment from the now-infamous “Days of Rage” protester Robert Stephens (”with a PH!”), I still haven’t heard back. I did, however, manage to track down a blog post he apparently authored, responding to my, er… “right-wing smear campaign.”
Let’s review: Robert joined other liberal protesters in New York last weekend to participate in demonstrations on Wall Street, though his personal gripe seemed to be specifically aimed at Chase Bank. According to Robert, Chase was scheming to “take” his parents’ home from them after they had “played by the rules.” After a bit of research, however, The Blaze learned that the Stephens’ home was not in foreclosure and that his parents were merely contemplating a short sale. In other words, no big bad bank was “taking” their home.
Despite these clear-cut facts, Stephens took to his blog to defend his protest and its false pretense:
In early 2010 my father was diagnosed with cancer. His health had been deteriorating for some time, and in the beginning of that year he became disabled. At the same time my mother, who was president of an adoption agency, lost her job. My parents struggled to pay for my father’s health and keep up payments on the mortgage for a year until it became clear in early 2011 that they would be unable to bear the weight of all the cost and they would lose their house. I had just started my first year of law school in the midst of all of this and I hated leaving my father at a time when I knew he needed help. My father was a Baptist minister for over 30 years, who had preached with an intellectual sharpness and with a compassion that touched many people. It was hard to watch him struggle to get out of the bed, and barely have the energy to speak, let alone preach a sermon.
February was the lowest point for me. At that time, my parents began trying to use a short sale in order to avoid the forcible repossession of their house; although if the house did not sell then the bank would foreclose. When I returned to visit my parents, we were getting multiple calls from the mortgage holders and they began placing doorknockers on the door giving notice of missed payments. I had to stand by as my parents’ lives crumbled around them, with no security in where they would live six months down the road.
[Side note: When I phoned Mrs. Stephens’ non-profit organization today, they told me that she still worked there. ::shrug::]
Instead of taking a couple of semesters off from his $70,000/year law studies to help, Stephens demands that society as a whole ensure that his parents stay afloat amid economic and medical emergencies. More specifically, he demands that Chase Bank — the bank that invested its own money to help his family purchase a home in the first place — ignore the fact that his parents had past-due bills. This isn’t merely an anti-capitalism protest — it is anti-reality.
But like any good liberal, Robert soldiered on in his defense, resorting to one of the most trusted weapons in his rhetorical arsenal: the race card.
My dad grew up in segregation era North Carolina, my mother in segregation era Pittsburgh. They struggled against a rigid system of racial oppression to get their educations, so they made sure that I would have the best possible opportunity to go even further than they did. They continued to face racial discrimination as the achieved their livelihoods, but the [sic] persevered so that I would have a chance to learn and to be safe.
I kept repeating that I was ready to be arrested because I know how criminal justice tends to treat Black men (see Rodney King, a Black man beaten by police while on his knees etc). Additionally, as I was on my knees people were being beaten all around me, including some of the camerapeople. In my eyes, they and the other victims of police brutality on that day are heroes.
I won’t discount the notion that racial discrimination exists in the world, but wonder how on earth it possibly hindered them. Without such “discrimination,” would Robert’s dad have two PhDs instead of just one? Would his mother have pulled in $200,000/year instead of the $100,000 she reportedly earned last year? If this is what “discrimination” looks like, where do I sign up?