Here is one difference between out-of-control Tea Partiers and out-of-control Occupiers. The Tea Partiers throw (according to reports lacking some credibility) racial epithets at politicans. The Occupiers throw rocks and bottles at police (seen on film).
There is a certain irony inherent in protests from a group who, when it comes right down to it, want an even more coercive and redistributive government. Even more ironic is their vilifying the public face of the government, namely the police trying to keep the peace (and protect the rights of those people who don’t think they have the right to occupy public or private property). Here in America we do things differently: the pro-government people attack the police, the anti-government people respect them. Weird.
But the troubling part of the story is not really that some yahoo throws racial epithets or rocks. The troubling part is that the main stream media think the former is more serious than the latter.