I'm not going to get into an online discussion about the merits and debits of the Tea Parties. Such is, as they say, like trying to teach a pig to sing. I'm content to wait it out until we have a Republican in office, and let them demonstrate for themselves whether they have the character they claim.
But to that portion of my social circle that's sympathetic to them, take note: You know how infuriating it was when the mainstream media tried its damnedest to impose a single, partisan narrative on a group of loosely affiliated people who had no central organization? How they repeatedly represented individual Tea partiers--and even individual Tea parties--as the voice of everyone in the movement?
Don't do the same thing with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. This is a group with a very vague uniting principle and no formal leadership or manifesto. Taking issue with that vague uniting principle is fine, but picking out the specific demands of a few vocal socialists among them isn't a reasonable way to attack the group.