The protest event was promoted to be an “angry mob parody” but the small group of about 35 everyday people were all friendly. They were concerned with how the Federal Reserve is affecting the economy and how little transparency it has. Two battery-operated “torches” were home-made but no fake or real pitch forks were seen.
Earlier I asked KCPT’s Nick Haines to describe on the video how the 40 people were selected to ask questions of Mr. Bernanke. Mr. Haines said many were picked because they were suffering from the current economy, but several small business people were also invited. About 200 were in the audience.
A young man can be seen in the video passing out flyers to those entering the KC Fed. He was later asked to leave. I caught up with him and he describes why on the video.
Several in the protest crowd offered their questions for Ben Bernancke:
Questions and answers from this forum are to appear on segments of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer the next three days.
- Bernanke Reflects on Fed’s Actions in Public Forum, The Online NewsHour, July 26, 2009.
- Questions for Ben Bernanke (video), Kansas Meadowlark, July 25, 2009. (See novel “digital drive by” of signs at the beginning).
- 1100 Sign Petition for Congressman Dennis Moore to support “Audit the Fed” Bill (video), Kansas Meadowlark, July 24, 2009.
- Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank
- ConsenusKC assists NewsHour with Bernanke event
- Campaign for Liberty