Skip to comments.The Last Honest Liberal-Caitie Parker (Friend of AZ Shooter)
Posted on 01/09/2011 2:32:27 AM PST by icwhatudo
Her name is Catie Parker and her 15 minutes of fame is upon her. She is a liberal and may have saved Sarah Palin and the Tea Party a huge amount of ill will in the wake of the Arizona shootings. She was the classmate and self described "really good friend" of the Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner. She was also in a band with him. Her comments have set the blog world and media on fire with her description that the shooter was "left wing, quite liberal". This flies in the face of the Palin/Tea Party connection narrative that many in the media and on the internet have been pushing.
Parker, who's comments about the left wing politics of the shooter have been cited in this morning's NYTimes, was one of many who tried to place blame on Sarah Palin for putting out a map that "targeted" districts (including Congresswoman Giffords') where Republicans should focus their election efforts.
Parker describes herself on her MySpace Page as liking Environmentalism and Animal Rights while loathing Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, so it would appear her comments can not easily be dismissed as the ravings of a Tea Party or Palin supporter.
Parker first mentioned her possible connection to the shooter on her twitter account: "Saying Jared Laughner was the gunman. Really hoping that's not the same guy I went to HS with, really good friend. Freaking out right now!!!"
She then realized it was him: "Official I went to high school & college, & was in a band w/ the gunman. I can't even fathom this right now."
Her comments began to get noticed when she tweeted her relationship to an employee of Reuters Media, Anthony De Rosa, who has nearly 4,000 followers on his Twitter site.
De Rosa conducted the first interview with Ms. Parker, asking her confirm the shooter's myspace and YouTube accounts and asked about the shooters state of mind. Parker replied "He was a political radical & met Giffords once before in '07, asked her a question & he told me she was "stupid & unintelligent""
De Rosa then asked the money question: "did he identify himself as a member of the Tea Party?" To which Ms. Parker gave the answer that would stun the mainstream media world..."As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy."
De Rosa then asked: "Was he closely tied to any groups or mainly a loner?" To which Ms. Parker answered: "he was a pot head & into rock like Hendrix,The Doors, Anti-Flag. I haven't seen him in person since '07 in a sign language class"
De Rosa himself came under attack for seeming to lend help against the false narrative that the shooter was somehow connected to Palin. He posted "i'm the furthest thing from a Sarah Palin fan, I'm reporting the facts".
De Rosa then worked to arrange contact with ABC news and Jake Tapper while Ms. Parker started to get overwhelmed with the comment "This is a circus. Good Morning America just called me."
De Rosa has gone on to link to the 40 media requests including the NYTimes, NPR, and PBS that are pouring in for Ms. Parker.
I had a chance to tweet with Ms. Parker and here is a screenshot of our conversation (note-read from bottom up as newer posts are on top):
Unfortunately I did not get a response from Ms. Parker about the quotes from the the IRS plane crash perpetrator Joseph Stack. The media were also pushing the false narrative of a conservative Tea Party type in his case until posters at Free Republic were able to research his writings.
In the case of the Arizona shooter, one would think that these clues...:
having a flag burning video as your favorite video
having Mein Kampf as one of your favorite books
having said "America is a terrorist nation"
having said "America is in two illegal wars"
having said you "Do not trust in God"
having become upset at receiving a Bible when you checked off "no religion" at a military installation
having a drug arrest
having hung out with the "Goth Crowd"
having smoked pot and "wasn't too keen on religion"
...would make it hard for anyone to claim a motivation from conservatives, the Tea Party, or Sarah Palin.
Sadly it wasn't enough. Instead it took a liberal, an honest liberal like Catie Parker, to stop the mob mentality and set the record straight.
Well done. Thank you for compiling this information.
dem izzz sum Dune wurms! “Tremors” sized worms!
OUTSTANDING! Thanks. In all of the state-run noise, one 1st-hand analysis is worth more than ALL the rest of the garbage fed to us by the propagandists.
Would be ironic if Parker received threatening tweets from angry liberals.
OUTSTANDING! Thank you, icwhatudo. Worth another BUMP-TO-THE-TRUTH! HOORAY Catie Parker!
Great write-up. Even though she initially pushed the blame-Palin theme, she was honest enough to be forthright about her former friend.
Awesome post, FRiend.
I agree. She should take some precautions and go low-profile for a while. If I were her, i’d take down any facebook or myspace page i might have. any information about myself that might be publically available.
Maybe FReeper Hall of Fame.
Here’s your post
“Depends on how much stuff is destroyed by that really really really really honest sheriff when they search his home.”
Pretty self explanatory. To me anyway.
As Rush has always said, with regard to the media and their constant agenda, and I paraphrase:
The “story” is always about the severity of the charge and not the veracity of any evidence.
And that is it that the media does, to spin a story for their agenda.
They turn the “severity of the charge” into a mantra - repeat it, repeat it, repeat it - ad infinitum; without real evidence but with lots of conjecture, while either ignoring, minimizing or simply dismissing any actual evidence that might contradict their spin.
The theory and the practice is that the mantra will remain in the public mind as “the story” in spite of any factual retraction that comes up.
Caitie is getting hammered pretty hard. The left apparently does not tolerate “traitors”.
edsimon77 Edward Johnson
@caitieparker Are you getting hateful tweets from liberals challenging your story?
caitieparker Caitie Parker @edsimon77
getting lots of hateful tweets about lots of things.
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If the media really wants to go analyzing they better look at the parents
If the kid goes nuts the question of parents is “what can be done”.
if that question never gets asked or little action is taken then something is really wrong there.
They say a conservative is a liberal who gets mugged.....