Conservative talk radio hosts John and Ken showed up at Occupy L.A. for a live broadcast Thursday, setting off a chaotic scene of jostling and shouting. If their aim was to provoke, they succeeded.
The hosts, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, have been mocking the protest on their popular afternoon show on KFI-AM (640). When they entered the encampment of tents surrounding City Hall, accompanied by four security guards dressed in suits, they were quickly flanked by a crowd of several dozen protesters.
Some demonstrators greeted them with smiles and handshakes. Others screamed that they were pushing "right-wing propaganda." At one point, the crowd drowned out the broadcast with cheers of "We are the 99%."
A woman walking by who asked about the commotion was told by a protester: "It's a conservative radio show here to make people sound and look stupid." Eventually, tensions eased and the hosts conducted a series of interviews with protesters.