Skip to comments.Reporter Assaulted at Palin Rally (OMG!)
Posted on 10/17/2008 10:39:45 AM PDT by Wegotsarah.com
The McCain campaign, today unhappy about the attention Joe the plumber is getting, has been running against the press off and on for a while, and the hostility from some supporters to the press does seem to be getting more intense.
As usual, anecdotes are just that. But this one, from a reporter working on a piece for the Greensboro News-Record, stands out. He writes that he wandered to the back of a Palin event to talk to some protesters:
I sidled up to one of the Obama supporters and asked why they were there, what they were trying to accomplish.
As he was telling me a large, bearded man in full McCain-Palin campaign regalia got in his face to yell at him.
Hey, hey, I said. Im trying to interview him. Just a minute, okay?
The man began to say something about how of course I was interviewing the Obama people when suddenly, from behind us, the sound of a pro-Obama rap song came blaring out of the windows of a dorm building. We all turned our heads to see Obama signs in the windows.
This was met with curses, screams and chants of U.S.A by McCain-Palin folks who crowded under the windows trying to drown it out and yell at the person playing the stereo.
It was a moment of levity in an otherwise very tense situation and so I let out a gentle chuckle and shook my head.
Oh, you think thats funny?! the large bearded man said. His face was turning red. Yeah, thats real funny he said.
And then he kicked the back of my leg, buckling my right knee and sending me sprawling onto the ground.
Want me to call you a wahmbulance?
I’ll bet a few bux this is crap.
yeah yeah..and once again..none of this recorded..even though there are hundreds of cameras and recording devices around..just magical isn’t it..
Ordinary folks have had enough of the press bias and the Obamabots.
I’m calling B.S. If I had the meter picture, I would post it right here.
That’s twice in 15 minutes that I’ve seen something alluding to the fact that McCain/Palin have soured on “JTP.”
What the heck guys? The guy is freaking gold. Take him in and run with it...
Show me the video. Surely you had a camera guy with you?
All of this hogwash is a MSM attempt to conjure images of Selma and Birmingham.
Now who writes things like this about themselves? People who are making things up, that's who. I would bet the farm that, just like the "kill him" report, this is made up.
Set up...I dont buy it....Reporters want a fight so they can post stories like this!!!
Is this the same guy who made up the assertion that someone yelled “kill him” at the other rally. Just because these reporters say these things is little evidence that they are true.
Interesting how Politico reports this as though it was a bad thing.
Orson Scott Card publishes his stuff there, and I’m fairly sure he lives in the area.
I’m betting that he can get the real scoop on what happened.
Didn't think so.
What a weenie, he’s probably never got the back of the leg push before because he was raised in plastic bubble wrap in San Francisco.
Wa-Wa-Wa, get a blanket baby!
Eh what a bunch a whiny bullshit.Why did the reporter laugh and smile at the couple of Obama signs held up in the windows?
He deserved to be smacked.
If this really happened, then the assailent is an asshat and has done our cause harm.
There is no reason for such behavior and defending it is stupid.
If it happened.
If it happened.
If it happened.
Where is the reporter’s name in the story?
It doesn’t pass the smell test.
Is this the Onion?
I like pushing and blocking the Drive-by reports at rallies. It’s fun.
Mercy... did it soil your dress?
The McCain campaign loves the attention Joe the Plumber is getting.
Sure, I believe this like I believe someone shouted kill him. Even if it is true it is one person, out a crowd of thousands, over whom the McCain campaign has no control. Where were the SS during this incident. Notice how the media pukes always portray themselves as just good natured journalists trying to do a job.
Lets see the police report.
Just wait til the real assaults take place. This? BS. Also, I can’t honestly believe for one minute that anyone changes a vote because of this sort of “news story”.
to think I sued to think politico was alright a couple of months ago but they have gone right for obama and have become another mouth piece for obama
Thats twice in 15 minutes that Ive seen something alluding to the fact that McCain/Palin have soured on JTP.
I didn’t post this, but if you really want to get jazzed about Joe Plumber spin, read this:
It’s a reporter, so the chances are that the report is a lie. Until he can prove his assertion in court, I’m going to assume it’s a lie.
If the reporter was talking face-to-face with the Obama supporter, and the McCain guy came up and started talking face-to-face with the Obama supporter, how did the McCain guy manage to get behind the reporter to kick him in the back of the leg? Is he Plastic Man or what?
Oh? I hadn't heard anything about this, and would be surprised if it were true.
I don't believe the story about the reporter being assaulted either.
I don’t believe it. This guy planted this big guy there, so he could get a story that would be of interest to more than his regular four or five readers.
Make sure he goes through the drive through at McD's for a Whaaa-mburger and some french cries.
This is pure BS and the reporter is a liar. The News & Fishwrap is a hack liberal rag that is not even suitable for lining bird cages.
More crap staged by Camp Obuma. We just learned from the Secret Service that the “Kill him” allegation made by the PA girlyman reporter was a lie. This is the same Commie crap from the ‘RATS.
Raising the BS alert on this one. There are plenty of cops at these events; why didn’t he file an assault complaint??? “sent me sprawling to the ground...” awwwww...
This should be it’s own post - the McCain campaign put the spotlight on this guy. He’s not a public figure, nor is he running for office. They need to take him in, give him whatever help he needs, and see if he’d be willing to go out on the trail. He’s absolute gold, warts and all.
Politics: Only the perfect need apply.
I don’t think these effete journalist school jackasses understand how much anger has built up over the past 20 years and more at the left-wing, pimping, disgusting liars and propagandists who work for the media.
This has been a one sided war, ever since around 1968. Now maybe a few people will get angry enough to fight back.
The astonishing thing is that this hasn’t happened more often. left-wing activists don’t hesitate to attack members of the press who offend them, as we saw at the RNC Convention. But it’s only news when angry citizens finally start losing it.
No doubt they will make this a big propaganda play. Maybe the answer is not to apologize yet again, but to ask, “Well, what else did you expect? You are the guys who chose to start a war against our country and its citizens. Yes, you started it. Now either stop with your treasonous lies and one-sided propaganda, or expect to take some medicine.”
The press has declared war on Americans who do not support their chosen one. They have taken to making up stuff to smear them now.
Makes you wonder if the press is getting desparate because they know they are losing. The huge McCain/Palin crowds make them angry so they have decided to smear the McCain/Palin supporters.
For crying out loud, these hysteronics are downright palestinian.
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