With last weekend’s passage of the health control legislation, tempers flared and a lot of accusations were thrown about. The press extensively covered reports that Tea Party protesters on Capitol Hill hurled racial epithets and even spit on one lawmaker (who later declined to positively identify the spitter and had his aides issue a statement that he refused to identify the spitter to avoid the man being arrested…I don’t know about you, but if a person spits on me I actually want them arrested, wouldn’t you agree?).
Yet the media never questioned the claims. They merely presented them as fact without challenging the alleged acts of violence, something the MSM often does when dealing with conservatives in the protest scene. There’s much more to it than has been offered. Even FOX dropped the ball on this one.
Georgia congressman John Lewis claimed a Tea Party protester called him a “n—er” and claimed it was caught on camera, but the YouTube videos used only prove nothing of the sort was said. Interestingly, if you click here you’ll see a 48-second video at the start of John Lewis walking through the crowd, then if you click here you’ll see a second video with a caption claiming it was taken “five minutes” after Lewis was “rushed by the angry mob” (you don’t see that in the first video). What else is interesting? You’ll see at least two of Lewis’s staffers holding up cameras and taking footage. Not one of them caught the supposed N-bomb. Brazenly, Andrew Breitbart offered a $10,000 donation to the United Negro College Fund if anybody could provide proof that the word was used. Nobody has taken up the challenge, not even with a fake.
One supposed protester called Barney Frank a “fa–ot” while protesters called for his attention. The MSM played it up big time, but none of them called it out in the least. What you didn’t hear was the story provided by those who were there, the protesters themselves: they didn’t know the guy using the epithet, and admonished him for having done so. The man apparently dropped his head and all but ran away when they did this. Now, I don’t like Frank but I absolutely hate that word (for those who don’t know me well, “hate” is a word I almost never use) AND the other slur that was supposedly used that day. If I thought a Tea Partier had used it I would have been all over it. Now you know why I wasn’t: I knew there was more to it.
Russ Carnahan claimed that protesters left a coffin on his lawn. The story, pushed by every news agency in the country (and wailed about by Frank Rich at the NY Times), claimed that the coffin had been LEFT on his LAWN. If you look at the story on Politico, they finally say that the coffin was placed near his home but never retracts the statement that originally claimed it was physically left there. MyFoxStLouis had to ask the questions nobody else would. It was in the hands of protesters the entire time. It was not placed on his lawn nor was it left. It went home with the protesters who had it.
We’ve seen countless instances of hate crimes being faked against liberals. We’ve also seen actual hate crimes perpetrated against conservatives so many times that nearly every conservative radio host and writer has written an entire chapter in at least one of their books about said hate crimes. Most notably, this week Republican Eric Cantor reported his offices had been shot at and there was evidence of the crime. How many news agencies reported on that? I think I read about it on FOX. That’s it. If someone else knows where, please provide the link.
Instead, we have liberal pundits screaming that the gas line was cut at the home of Rep. Tom Perriello’s brother when we don’t even know what the hell happened. Didn’t the libs learn from the Bill Sparkman dustup? The man staged his death to look like a hate crime murder so his son could collect the life insurance benefits. The body wasn’t even cold before liberal outlets and the MSM were pinning Sparkman’s death on conservatives. At least now we’re scaling back from murder to cutting gas lines. Once this is disproven I guess we’ll scale it back to the tardiness of the takeout delivery guy (you were late because of protesters down the road?!? HATE CRIME!!!).
Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) took all of the claims of hate crimes over the past week and rolled them all into one incident when he decided to take aim at Sarah Palin. Palin’s speeches have advocated “reloading” and “taking aim” at congressmen (via the vote, she has clarified that every time she’s used it) who voted for the health control monstrosity, and Weiner threw a snit fit over it, claiming it was threatening and saying, “there are too many people who have twisted minds who might think that she’s being literal.”
On the very, VERY few occasions that a right-wing activist has been caught in the commission of a hate crime, all conservatives have joined the liberals in absolutely condemning the act (including when abortion doctor George Tiller was shot). When a liberal commits a hate crime, the Democrats have no comment. There are twisted minds on both sides, but at least we flesh ours out and hand them over to be dealt with appropriately.