Apr 10th – Yesterday, people may have come across the below Facebook post from Ori Feibush.
It was accompanied by pictures of vandalism, somebody had spray painted the words “Don’t vote 4 Ori” on the side of a home in Point Breeze. Mr. Feibush with no explanation or evidence sought to hold his opponent Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responsible. Feibush’s long-time collaborator Republican candidate for Sheriff even posted a story about it.
This Facebook post came just as Mr. Feibush was receiving mounting criticism about the tone he brought to the 2nd District Council race. Feibush was facing questions about language he had used to describe Councilman Johnson in the past. Specifically, in Philadelphia Magazine, Feibush had reffered to Johnson as a “poverty pimp” and “terrible human being” yet at more recent forums called him a “nice guy.”
Feibush, instead of answering, aimed to changed the conversation.
It’s media savvy, in that it demonstrates Mr. Feibush knows how to affect media cycles.
However, for those of us in the Point Breeze neighborhood who’ve been embattled with Mr. Feibush, it’s not the first time he pulled this same play:
On August 24th, 2013, the Point Breeze Organizing Committee (PBOC) organized a march down Point Breeze avenue that ended in a protest of Mr. Feibush’s business. The morning of the march, there was an incident of vandalism – someone threw a brick through the window of OCF’s coffee shop.
Mr. Feibush wasted no time calling the media. He convinced them to film him cleaning up the glass. This was in order to portray him as under attack and sympathetic (much like yesterday’s post). Mr. Feibush, again with no evidence, told NBC News that he knew for a fact it was our organization, PBOC, that had done it. This, of course, differed from the police department, who did not think we did it.
That alone demonstrated a high level of irresponsibility, however a closer examination of the facts suggest something even more dubious.
The vandalism occurred at 6am. Only 90 minutes later (see creation time below), somebody launched the website, “PointBreezeCriminals.com” with a corresponding youtube page, and twitter account. The site’s sole article argued that the act of vandalism was connected to PBOC’s march. It also posted the surveillance footage.
Feibush, was apparently “lucky”, that he had a friend who was up that early and in such a small amount of time, had the idea for a website, obtained the domain, built the website and corresponding social media, uploaded and transferred the surveillance video footage, wrote the article, then recruited supporters to promote the website.
It was convenient for OCF in that, for those outside the neighborhood, it shifted the narrative to one where Feibush was a victim. Media savvy.
Dishonest, Disingenuous, but Media Savvy.