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Wall Street Protester Caught Fibbing…Just a Tad.

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You may have heard about the protests on Wall Street in New York over the weekend. Then again, maybe you didn’t. Turns out they weren’t that big of a deal, until that is, this guy popped up on video. Robert Stephens’ (with a PH) story sounds terrible, even heart breaking. At first glance and on face value, it makes you feel sympathy for the cause he is advocating and his reasons to protest the “Big Banks”.

But Mr. Stephens wasn’t using the intelligence that helped him graduate from Carlton College and got him into the George Washington University law school while shouting out his serious allegations.  He didn’t stop to think whether anyone listening would check into his heart-rending claims and reasons for doing what he did.

Oh dear…

Someone was listening and someone did some fact checking.  Merideth Jessup of The looked into the public records and found this:

“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 [$500,000] is less than one year’s worth of tuition+fees at their son’s law school.”  Jessup then called Stephens’ 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.”

Mr. Stephens has since responded to the reports with a blog post where he tried to justify his antics and his dishonesty, calling the report, “a smear campaign by the right wing.”

Sorry Mr. Stephens, but you smeared yourself and your cause when you decided to resort to untruths, to manipulate the media, and public opinion.  You are wrong.  It’s too bad you can’t admit it, apologize for it, and learn from it.  Then, you’d really be putting those brains to work in a productive manner.


Written by DCL

September 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm