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Anti-War Protesters Assault Griff Jenkins!

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From America's Election HQ, August 24 2008




sharm
Their message?
 
&^#@%$! And ^*&^%$!  
 
Is Griff okay?
August 24, 2008, 2:57:26 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
That was hot off the presses. They haven't done a follow-yet but I assume he'll be ok. If not you'll read it here first.
August 24, 2008, 3:00:53 PM EDT – Like – Reply


I know how many houses I own
I know I wasnt going to talk in here again but how can you call "what they said " assault I did not see his life in danger Unless you fox lovers can stand the F word used in Fox terms.
August 24, 2008, 3:02:51 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
Amazing.
 
We live in the best country on Earth. There are probably a heck of a lot more countries where that type of protesting would not be permitted, but its allowed here, and good that it is.
 
But to behave like that, what a bunch of imbeciles and thugs.
August 24, 2008, 3:07:51 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
> I know I wasnt going to talk in here again
 
Yeah but we knew better.
 
> I did not see his life in danger
 
Where did you get your law degree? He was shoved all over the place. Assault has nothing to do with someone's "life being in danger". If you're going to come back here again, please do so on a topic where you know what you're talking about.
August 24, 2008, 3:08:37 PM EDT – Like – Reply


david smawley
That was a short vacation. If I were a foxNews producer, I would make sure that the correspondents on the street had some extra protection beside just the camera man. When you wade into the middle of hostile, angry folks you better have someone cover your back.
August 24, 2008, 3:16:40 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Philly
Risky business
I feared for Griff's safety while he was in the crowd of loons. I wasn't sure who was following him when the cut to studio occurred. Someone wearing a backpack grabbed at him and that caught my attention. FNC staffers need more security to protect them from the kooks. Be safe, folks!
August 24, 2008, 3:50:47 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
Unless you fox lovers can stand the F word used in Fox terms.
I know how many houses I own | Homepage | 08.24.08 - 3:07 pm | #  
 
Hey Fox News Fixed My Houses, or whatever you are calling yourself at the moment, we Fox Viewers enjoy when the Fox Haters drop the F bomb like that. These haters think that by behaving like that on national television, they are going to help persuade the general public to go against Fox. Ain't gonna happen. All they are doing is preaching to their Fox Hating Choir. When the "undecideds", "middle-America" viewers see that and see who is delivering that message and how they are doing it, it only helps Fox.
 
For me, I love seeing it, because it reinforces my view that many of the Fox Haters can't present a normal debate, all they can do is get vulgar and behave like a child.
August 24, 2008, 3:53:28 PM EDT – Like – Reply


cornycob
I love how peace protesters resort to violence.  
 
I hope they do recreate '68. Especially with 24 hr. media, the Democrat party will look bad (although the same stuff could happen in St. Paul).
August 24, 2008, 3:55:23 PM EDT – Like – Reply


KeithO
As expected, Griff Jenkins conducted himself with a total lack of class. What did he expect - everyone to stop the the march so he could ask his condescending questions?
August 24, 2008, 3:56:31 PM EDT – Like – Reply


tony
Typical Left. And typical of some left wing nuts (who arent going to talk here again) seeing nothing wrong with their actions.
 
Hats off to the reporter who wasnt afraid to go into hostile territory. Im surprised that we didnt see Keith Olbermann in the crowd screaming F**k Fox News.
August 24, 2008, 3:56:56 PM EDT – Like – Reply


david smawley
Some of these kooks not only hate Republicans and FoxNews, they hate Democrats as well as the US Government. I don't think Fox folks need to be human chum here in a sea of sharks.  
 
Some of the protesters actually want to shut the convention down and turn Denver into 1968 Chicago. They want chaos and a riot.
 
So, take care and be smart about how you deal with anarchists.
August 24, 2008, 4:05:15 PM EDT – Like – Reply


HaggisFarmer
That was deliberate provocation by Griff...What did he think would happen...He went into the crowd advertising he was a FNC person...Wouldn't surprise me if this wasn't some sort of O'reilly ambush...We'll see Monday night.
August 24, 2008, 4:29:20 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
As expected, Griff Jenkins conducted himself with a total lack of class. What did he expect - everyone to stop the the march so he could ask his condescending questions?
KeithO | Homepage | 08.24.08 - 4:01 pm | #  
 
Good lord, that is a common practice for reporters, to walk out and interview marchers as they walk. He wasn't trying to stop anyone, he was walking with them as he asked questions. This incident is an example of the level of class and civility you get from many of the Fox Haters.
August 24, 2008, 4:30:30 PM EDT – Like – Reply


The Factor
How did poor Griff get the job of wading through this mass of knuckle dragging idiots? Where's the brown note when you need it?
August 24, 2008, 4:43:04 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Newshounds are #1
A Fox news alert Barack Obama was the mastermind behind the attck of Grif Jenkins, we have picture proof , it was a black man
August 24, 2008, 5:03:48 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
That was deliberate provocation by Griff...What did he think would happen...He went into the crowd advertising he was a FNC person...
HaggisFarmer | 08.24.08 - 4:34 pm | #  
 
So, it was provocation because he did it as an FNC reporter; it would not be provocation if he was a reporter for another organization?  
 
Yikes! With your legal interpretation, you've just stated that it is OK to assault reporters if they work for Fox.
 
I do like part of your analysis however,  
 
Crowd = angry/hostile/violent/vulgar
 
Insert reporter from FNC = OK Violence because its "Provacation".
 
Insert reporter from other organization = No Violence, no provocation.
 
Therefore, FNC does not appeal to the angry, hostile, violent and vulgar among us.
August 24, 2008, 5:47:49 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Newshounds are #1
Ashley
He ran into a crowd, you dont run toward a crowd of bulls do you, no, you step aside, ask questions from the curb, Grif was trying to be tough, but geez, dont go over the top
August 24, 2008, 6:09:22 PM EDT – Like – Reply


HaggisFarmer
Ashley | 08.24.08 - 5:52 pm |
 
You know exactly what I'm saying...Griff launched himself into the crowd, against the flow...And started sticking his mic in folks faces...I may be wrong here...But I don't think that crowd were Fox lovers in the 1st place...And Griff knew that.
August 24, 2008, 6:09:43 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Philly
Apparently one cannot ask them questions about their views because it is seen as a provocation. Riiiiight.
August 24, 2008, 6:13:10 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Chinaskee
How they gonna recreate '68 without Abby Hoffman and Jerry Rubin ? At least those two radicals knew how to talk.
August 24, 2008, 6:31:12 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
And started sticking his mic in folks faces...I may be wrong here...But I don't think that crowd were Fox lovers in the 1st place...And Griff knew that.
HaggisFarmer | 08.24.08 - 6:14 pm | #  
 
So, your suggestion for reporters to avoid groups that may not like you, avoiding the opportunity to deliver that groups views to your audience, instead cater only to those groups which like you.
 
That's the MSNBC strategy.
 
There is nothing that this guy did to justify the language or violence from the group. Mob mentality. These clowns remind me of the animals at the NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade a number of years ago.
August 24, 2008, 6:42:55 PM EDT – Like – Reply


SteveMG
Griff launched himself into the crowd, against the flow...And started sticking his mic in folks faces...I may be wrong here...But I don't think that crowd were Fox lovers in the 1st place...And Griff knew that.
 
And that gives them - and it was some of them not all - the right to push him around and yell and scream at him?
 
If this had been an MSNBC reporter covering a rightwing demonstration, you'd defend their pushing and harassing of that reporter?
 
No you wouldn't. You know you wouldn't. You'd blame Hannity and O'Reilly for, somehow, instigating the crowd.
 
Your bizarre hatred of anything related to Fox News is just that: bizarre.
August 24, 2008, 6:46:56 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
you dont run toward a crowd of bulls do you, no, you step aside, ask questions from the curb
 
So let me see if I have this straight Fox News Fixed My House, the next time I go to Pamplona, Spain for the running of the bulls, I should not run towards them to ask questions, I should step aside and ask those bulls questions from the curb?
 
I guess that's a safe manner to interview a bull.
 
Thanks for the tip!
August 24, 2008, 6:47:46 PM EDT – Like – Reply


HaggisFarmer
I didn't see any violence...All I saw was folk chanting...About what they thought of Fox news...Isn't that their right?...Free speech and all that.
 
If Griff was beaten up...Which I don't think he was...Then that is wrong.
August 24, 2008, 7:05:41 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
I didn't see any violence...All I saw was folk chanting...About what they thought of Fox news...Isn't that their right?...Free speech and all that.
HaggisFarmer | 08.24.08 - 7:10 pm | #  
 
Can you point to a post where anyone said it wasn't there right it wasn't their right to hate fox news or to even protest in the first place? Check out my 3:12.  
 
Getting pushed and shoved, plus having making verbal threats of violence, is assault and battery. Felonies in the US. Nice how you quickly rushed to their defense earlier, then come up with a ridiculous theory about BOR being behind it.
August 24, 2008, 7:22:10 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
I may be wrong here...
HaggisFarmer | 08.24.08 - 6:14 pm | #  
 
This being the key phrase......Nice of you to condone violence.
August 24, 2008, 7:25:03 PM EDT – Like – Reply


SteveMG
I didn't see any violence...All I saw was folk chanting.
 
Interesting. In the US we call what you're doing a "row back."
 
You originally blamed Griffin and Fox News for provoking this disturbance but now say (rowing back) it was just some people chanting against FNC.
 
But if one honestly views the entire tape, one can see some - again I'm not criticizing the entire crowd - pushing and shoving of Griffin to keep him away from the camera.
 
Not a big deal, of course. But not - as you've done, excusable.
 
Again, had this been an MSNBC reporter and a rightwing crowd, my guess is that you'd see things much differently.
August 24, 2008, 7:28:27 PM EDT – Like – Reply


HaggisFarmer
Ashley....I didn't see the battery part.
 
Griff described it like this on his blog: "Things got a little sporty today in Denver"
 
Dose that sound like he felt he was in mortal danger...."a little sporty"
 
"ridiculous theory about BOR being behind it."
 
I'll wait until I see the factor tomorrow night...But I think you'll find I'm right.
August 24, 2008, 7:40:20 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
Haggy -  
 
Let's review your some of your viewpoints...
 
First it was "deliberate provocation" and a BOR Ambush. Blame Fox.
 
then you move on by falsely inferring that we were saying that the protestors had no right to march or to have negative feelings about Fox.
 
Then you falsely portray it as if we were saying Griff was "beaten up" and downplay the event because Griff wasn't beaten up.
 
Then you falsely portray it as if we were saying Griff was in "mortal danger", then downplay the event because Griff was never in mortal danger.
 
He was the victim of assault and battery. Threads made, battery made. Let's all be greatful that Griff was not injured.
August 24, 2008, 8:12:44 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
Griff described it like this on his blog: "Things got a little sporty today in Denver"
 
Sounds to me like he took it like a man and not a pansy ass crybaby. Doesn't mean he didn't feel threatened.  
 
Can you imagine if that were ellen or chrish in the midst of evil Republicans(not that they would ever do such a thing) and one of the protesters accidently bumped into them? They would be screaming bloody murder. Not Griff.
August 24, 2008, 8:15:18 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Escape Goat - Olympic Athlete
Oh for Pete's sake. Griff is O'Reilly's ambush boy. He's a professional trouble maker whose sole purpose in Denver is to egg on confrontation.  
 
How in the heck does not wanting to talk to him violate Freedom of Speech. If anything, they exercised their Freedom of Speech by telling him to ^&%$-off.
 
He's not there to do any kind of reporting. He's there to find the craziest people he can and get in their face to cause a confrontation. If you're a Red Sox fan and you go to Yankee Stadium and start running your mouth, you're gonna get punched.
August 24, 2008, 8:17:03 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
I'm sorry but once again you are mistaken. Jenkins was doing live reporting all weekend, not some confrontation taped for O'Reilly but going out live for Fox News with O'Reilly having nothing to do with it.
 
For some reason I'm still surprised at how the people who are the most rabid Fox haters know the least about Fox.
August 24, 2008, 8:27:17 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Escape Goat - Olympic Athlete
I don't know whether or not it's another O'Reilly ambush piece. But I do know that Griff has done O'Reilly ambush pieces before. That's why Fox sent him. His specialty is to get in someone's face and egg on a confrontation.
August 24, 2008, 8:40:47 PM EDT – Like – Reply


tony
Oh for Pete's sake. Griff is O'Reilly's ambush boy. He's a professional trouble maker whose sole purpose in Denver is to egg on confrontation.  
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Goat: He is a reporter. He was doing what he is supposed to do. Report the news no matter where it brings you. If you want to watch a network that READS the news off of the left wing blogs, watch MSNBC. If you want to watch REAL reporting, watch Fox. Now go back to the mutts on newshounds and tell them how you came over her and told us off. Be gone now!
August 24, 2008, 9:01:20 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Fox Fan
"Griff is O'Reilly's ambush boy."- Giant Goat Turd
 
Actually, O'Reilly uses Jesse Watters, a rather small in stature and nonthreatening person to do his "ambushing". Griff was acting simply as a reporter. Thanks for the insightful comment, NH ambush boy. Now let me exercise my freedom of speech and say f*** off until you have any clue what you're talking about!
August 24, 2008, 9:01:35 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
That's his "speciality"? Man, I underestimated how little you do know about what you're talking about.
August 24, 2008, 9:02:30 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
The Fox pricks will try their hardest to egg on confrontation.
Escape Goat - Olympic Athlete | 08.24.08 - 6:19 pm | #  
 
Jenkins is a professional shit-stirrer that will do and say anything to bait a confrontation.
Escape Goat - Olympic Athlete | 08.24.08 - 7:03 pm | #  
 
Do you think Hannity would step one foot in Denver?
Escape Goat - Olympic Athlete | 08.24.08 - 7:48 pm | #  
 
Griff is begging for someone to kick him in the nuts.
Escape Goat - Olympic Athlete | 08.24.08 - 8:50 pm | #  
 
:lol:
August 24, 2008, 9:02:55 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Damail
Goat can't even get his producers straight. Griff Jenkins is not O'Reilly's roving reporter, Jesse Watters is. There is no justification for the pushing, the shoving, the obscenities. And they refuse to deal with the fact that these people made fools of themselves.
August 24, 2008, 9:14:20 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Escape Goat - Olympic Athlete
Nice try, but you know exactly what I'm talking about. You're all keeping your fingers crossed that he succeeds and gets pushed down or gets punched. I just hope nobody falls for the bait. But like I said before, if you look hard enough for a fight, you're gonna find one.
 
Ok, that's my 2 cents. See you in another month or two.
August 24, 2008, 9:15:00 PM EDT – Like – Reply


HaggisFarmer
I know Jesse watters does most of O'reillys ambush stuff...But Griff did the Robert Wexler ambush.
August 24, 2008, 9:49:21 PM EDT – Like – Reply


SteveMG
Nice try, but you know exactly what I'm talking about
 
Sorry, we don't know what you're talking about since you have all of your facts wrong.
 
Your claim is that this reporter - Griff Jenkins - is O'Reilly's attack dog reporter. And that, as such, he instigated this little contretemps.
 
But you've got him confused with Jesse Waters, who does work for O'Reilly.
 
So, who the heck are you talking about?
August 24, 2008, 9:51:24 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Fox Fan
Olby Sucks | 08.24.08 - 9:07 pm | #
 
Good finds, OS! Goat must be chewing cans that have some lead in them...
August 24, 2008, 9:52:33 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
Here's an eyewitness to the whole shebang, for those who insist this was much ado over nothing:
 
the protesters got very physical with the Fox crew. They attempted to smash the camera on the street, and, when they couldn't get it from the cameraman's grasp, they just started shoving him instead. It looked like the initial hit struck the camera on the bridge of his nose hard enough to draw blood
 
http://tinyurl.com/4vkun2
August 24, 2008, 10:15:46 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Ashley
In the thread above, someone whined about the rights of free speech for the protestors. This quote from J$ new item linked above puts it all into focus.
 
"Throughout the event, these men and women exercising their freedom of speech lamented, in dramatic and ominous terms, their lack of free speech. Then in the middle of the event they decided to silence the Fox News crew.  
 
For a peace protest, these guys sure are ready to make war. Not with enemies abroad, but with conservatives at home, real or perceived. Stop war, they cry. Just not theirs, apparently."
 
Free speech for all but Fox. Yup, many of the fox haters just don't quite grasp the concept.
August 24, 2008, 10:24:40 PM EDT – Like – Reply


vstol
Johnny,
 
Come on, man. Don't be so hard on them. They're just a bunch of silly kids, having a little end of summer fun. Weren't you young once?
August 24, 2008, 10:30:24 PM EDT – Like – Reply


HaggisFarmer
Griff certainly cut and run...Just left his cameraman to it....This Tommy Christopher guy (witness) was he anything to do this the counter demonstration there?
August 24, 2008, 10:33:53 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Newshounds are #1
The protesters hated fox go figure, so if Griif would have left it alone nothing would have happened probably, hey lets stick a camera in a pissed off guys face. God how stupid.
August 24, 2008, 10:42:01 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
Amazing how quickly concerns over the freedom of the press vanish when the press is someone from Fox. That makes everything all right.
 
I'm pretty much a first Amendment absolutist, so I'm not going to offer my opinion any further. But the attitude of some of the Fox haters is sickening and, in what is supposed to be a free, civilized society, dangerous.
August 24, 2008, 10:51:05 PM EDT – Like – Reply


HaggisFarmer
J$...Fox had the absolute right to be there...But the demonstrators had the absolute right to say what they thought of Fox.
August 24, 2008, 10:59:52 PM EDT – Like – Reply


SteveMG
Griff certainly cut and run...Just left his cameraman to it....This Tommy Christopher guy (witness
 
What? Some of the protestors allegedly beat up the Fox crew and you criticize Griffin? 
 
Griffin?
 
Why do I think that if Griffin had intervened that you'd criticize him for escalating the matter?
 
Wow, the Fox hatred is just irrational.
 
If this had been a reporter for any other news organization (except I guess the Washington Times), you'd be mighty upset.
August 24, 2008, 11:01:47 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Chinaskee
Personally I think a lot of people here are obsessing over the "violence" and missing what that clip really demonstrated. And that is that these protesters are just a bunch of rowdy morons who have no idea what their cause is or what their goals are. If they did they would have been able to answer the question instead of resorting to ad-hominem attacks when asked what their views were.It doesn't matter that it was somebody from FOX. It could have been somebody from the AP,Reuters,MSNBC,CBS or ABC.They still would have got the same response.They're leftist morons.They don't have manners.
August 24, 2008, 11:07:37 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
J$...Fox had the absolute right to be there...But the demonstrators had the absolute right to say what they thought of Fox.
HaggisFarmer | 08.24.08 - 11:04 pm | # 
 
Yes, but, they didn't "say" anything. They resorted to violence. Nex?
August 25, 2008, 12:46:57 AM EDT – Like – Reply


vstol
Chinaskee | Homepage | 08.24.08 - 11:12 pm 
 
I respectfully disagree with premise that the protesters would have acted the same regardless of the brand of the ENG crew and that the "rowdy morons-have no idea what their cause is or what their goals are."
 
I have no doubt that the FNC logo was the equivelant of a red flag to a raging bull, a Star of David to the Brown Shirts and an American in uniform returning home in the SF International Airport right after Kent State.
 
These, and other things, play a duel role. They are both symbols of what they fear and hate, and objects of their anger and rage.
 
Their cause is clear; tear down the values, traditions, institutions, laws and government of this country. Their goal has been clearly stated in their own words and writings; anarchy.
 
They cannot be debated, they cannot be persuaded, they cannot be dissuaded. They can only be resisted and challanged. They are the club, the sword and the sharp arrow of the only force that can destroy this country, irreparable divisiveness.
August 25, 2008, 2:08:08 AM EDT – Like – Reply


tess
Why try to cover these rowdy morons? Probably because you wanted a little pushing and shoving to make a story. All last week Fox was the reporting on what was going to happen with the protestors. It is almost like Fox is wishing for riots.
August 25, 2008, 7:30:48 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Newshounds are #1
So true Tess Oh so true
August 25, 2008, 10:13:43 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Neil C
As someone who'd probably be categorized as a radical leftist, I have to say: well played, Fox News. This scene played out exactly as intended, including the dialogue on this comment board.
 
As both "right-wing" and "left-wing" -ers will agree, there are elements of every movement that we'd rather dissociate ourselves with. I mean honestly, who *hasn't* been at a demonstration -- "right-wing" or "left-wing" alike -- with people that make you cringe? Opposition media will wisely always focus on these fringe elements, and then use that image to taint whoever they like. 
 
For example, I likely share many beliefs of those at the DNC demonstrations. I have opposed the war from day 1, and believe that this country is in desperate need of a widening of the political spectrum. Like many, I believe in the public expression of these beliefs in order to put political pressure on the candidates. However, having seen this report, countless monkey-brains will discredit my views on the basis of some chuckleheads who happened to be at the same parade.
 
Beliefs do not equal tactics. For example, as an advocate of safe, legal abortion, I know there are plenty of educated, well-meaning people who oppose the legality of abortion. However, I'm smart enough to know that they're not all snipers and bomb-planters -- and in fact that many who, while they agree with their core beliefs, are disgusted with their tactics. I want the chance to debate and discuss with these people in a forum that's *not* the Jerry Springer show.
 
I wish our national debate could rise above the level of a battle of 2-dimensional cartoon characters. Unfortunately however, it suits those in power to keep us fighting like lobotomized children. It saddens me that this comment board satisfies them.
August 25, 2008, 11:15:03 AM EDT – Like – Reply


vstol
From the undisputed authority on what is true
 
So true Tess Oh so true
Newshounds are #1 | Homepage | 08.25.08 - 10:18 am
August 25, 2008, 11:16:36 AM EDT – Like – Reply


no tann coulter
I, for one, think that Griff is doing the right thing. Keep poking those dangerous, angry animals with a short stick. What better way to learn the subtle nuance's of journalistic integrity.
August 25, 2008, 8:41:14 PM EDT – Like – Reply


vstol
I wish our national debate could rise above the level of a battle of 2-dimensional cartoon characters. Unfortunately however, it suits those in power to keep us fighting like lobotomized children
It saddens me that this comment board satisfies them.
Neil C | 08.25.08 - 11:20 am | # 
 
Neil, 
 
Welcome.
 
You had me up until the last sentence of the last paragraph. I'd be interested to learn what is the cause of your conclusion.
 
Also, what's wrong with Jerry Springer???
August 25, 2008, 9:41:32 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Fox Fan
Agreed vstol, Neil is very well spoken and makes some excellent points. His last sentence was a parting shot at what he probably thinks are a bunch of right-wingers.
 
I enjoy reading articulate differing positions here, and as such I hope Neil C comes back. I also hope he does not devolve to trolling which some disagreement can lead to- even with intelligent commenters. 
 
Welcome, Neil.
August 25, 2008, 10:04:42 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Olby Sucks
vstol and FF...I have a hunch Cecelia was right about "someone" coming back under a different name. I have to say the odds were greatly in her favor.
 
Also, no tann. Coulter does tan. I've seen her lines. 8)
August 25, 2008, 11:01:47 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Josh SN
Did anyone notice that this so-called "journalist" actually said of the people protesting outside the Democratic convention to nominate Barack Obama as the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States:
 
"Not all of them are Obama fans! That's perhaps the biggest surprise of all." 
 
And why does this Griff person keep saying people don't believe in freedom of speech if they don't want to talk to him?
August 26, 2008, 9:26:29 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Neil C
Thanks for the kind comments. I was directed here by a friend's blog who linked to the video.
 
To explain my last sentence: I'm a great believer in the saying "If you can get them asking the wrong questions, you don't have to worry about the answers". I feel like what's going on here is a reporter has caused a media-sexy ready-for-prime-time high-profile situation which really doesn't have much political relevance. What it does -- and brilliantly, I might add -- is to distract from more astute issues-driven DNC coverage and smear everyone left of center with image of some greasy elbow-throwing anarchist-wannabe bike messenger with a self-aggrandizing romantic passion for storming the barricades. Christ, but I have had enough of these people stealing the headlines while I march alongside veteran community activists.
 
What results is everyone getting their angry ya-yas out at each other over whether reporters should a.) enter an angry mob or b.) get pushed around in the street. But hang on: is there suddenly some epidemic of journalist abuse? No. It just all smacks of razors in halloween apples or a little girl down a well. I won't argue that it makes for good TV, but then again TV doesn't always make for good politics.
August 26, 2008, 10:09:56 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Tracy S
When we watched this, we actually thought it was a farce. . ."Don't you believe in freedom??" lol
 
He was pushing so hard for confrontation it was ridiculous: he was walking backward AGAINST the stream of walkers - no one stops dead in the middle of a parade to do an interview, instead of asking sane questions he started saying things like "Why don't you believe in freedom of speech?" (wtf?), he wasn't shoved at all - if you look closely you see the people are just trying to get in front of him for the camera, the rowdy "crowd" consisted of about three frat kids, one person said "Stop the torture, stop the war" and the female announcer replied with "Nobody will tell their message", the announcer told us the desire to avoid war in Iran was a "FAR LEFTIST" message. Ummm, actually no. . . . 
 
We really laughed at the attempt to portray this as a "Brave journalist in life-threatening situation". My brother seriously thought it was a satire skit at first.
August 30, 2008, 12:15:23 AM EDT – Like – Reply


Cecelia
Nell,
 
I agree. I think the protest story was ginned up a bit too. 
 
I wish I could also agree with you that most left wing demonstrators are as civilized, intelligent, and open-minded as you seem to be. However, I can't.
 
From what I seen on the internet, my impression of leftists involved in demonstrations is that they are people who have an extremely low tolerance for dissent, an unusually graphic and coarse vocabulary, and the social and ethical boundaries of a pickpocket when it comes to folks they disrespect (anyone in their way...).
 
I've no doubt that this is NOT the case for the majority of folks on the left, but it's certainly my impression of the ones with a "cause" or "mission".
 
BTW, I hope you stick around, Nell. I've enjoyed your posts.
August 30, 2008, 8:40:07 AM EDT – Like – Reply