Absolutely. The link was unfortunate. It was the first thing that Google found. Looked legit. Here's another since you haven't read the other comments from other people here stating the same thing I did.
Why hasn't your trusted mainstream media followed the money? Who pays them? Who leases the buses, who prints their signs? What do you think Community Organizers get paid for? You are the one reading straight up propaganda. There has never been a time of such media collusion as now, and you here state that you trust the mainstream media?
These protesters are agitated by professional (paid) community organizers. If techdirt was more like journalism, and less like HuffPo, the author wouldn't be making such dramatic claims like "shitting on the first amendment", and would instead research the whole picture.