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ABC News Reprimands Audio Operator Who Covered Mosque Protest
TV Newser ^ | August 26, 2010 | Chris Ariens

Posted on 08/26/2010 12:56:03 PM PDT by Beaten Valve

A freelance audio operator covering a protest at the site of a proposed mosque and community center near Ground Zero has been reprimanded for his behavior.

Andrea Lafferty, who was a speaker at the mosque opposition rally, first noticed the audio operator questioning a man in the crowd who was holding a sign which read, "No Sharia Here." On Andrew Brietbart's Big Journalism, Lafferty writes:

He was very aggressive, disrespectful and condescending; apparently, he did not like the man's answers about Shariah and pushed the point: "Why do you feel threatened? What are you afraid of? Why can't you answer my questions?" Lafferty then began asking her own questions of the audio op, following him to an ABC News van and snapping several pictures along the way.

In my opinion, the ABC employee's role at the rally was to provoke a confrontation with participants so ABC News cameras could record it and then use the footage; literally, making news. ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser the network has looked into Lafferty's complaint and agrees that the tech "aggressively" questioned members of the crowd with his personal camera.

Adds Schneider, "He was not instructed to perform interviews or to engage with protesters and was there solely as an audio tech. He has been reprimanded for his behavior at this event."


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TV stations that foist this type of fraud on the viewing public should lose their license to operate...
1 posted on 08/26/2010 12:56:10 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

They just got caught that’s all. Had nobody thought to investigate, the confrontation would have been on Prime Time.


2 posted on 08/26/2010 12:58:16 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Beaten Valve

“Unbiased” journalism in action.


3 posted on 08/26/2010 12:58:55 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Beaten Valve
Why do you feel threatened?

We've got 3,000 reasons to feel threatened.

.

4 posted on 08/26/2010 1:00:29 PM PDT by repentant_pundit ("Summer of Recovery" soon to be followed by "The Fall of Prosperity")
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To: Beaten Valve

He got reprimanded...for getting caught!


5 posted on 08/26/2010 1:01:45 PM PDT by albie
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To: Beaten Valve

Inciting violence-the ehtics of the MSM.


6 posted on 08/26/2010 1:02:10 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: Beaten Valve

All he got was a reprimand?! I know I shouldn’t be shocked.
There was a fellow that called into Mark Levin’s show. He said that he was they man in the hardhat in the middle of the crowd, and had been there all day. He saw the entire thing. It was a set up. Everything had been quiet until this. A set up? No news there. Move along, move along.


7 posted on 08/26/2010 1:02:48 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Beaten Valve
Adds Schneider, "He was not instructed to perform interviews or to engage with protesters and was there solely as an audio tech. He has been reprimanded for his behavior at this event."

Color me skeptical.

8 posted on 08/26/2010 1:03:18 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Beaten Valve

How many incidents like this happen every day that go unnoticed?


9 posted on 08/26/2010 1:03:44 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Beaten Valve

An old fashioned fist to the nose, would solve much of what ails America, plaqued as we are with leftist punk cowards and word-twisting lawyers.


10 posted on 08/26/2010 1:03:47 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Beaten Valve
An old Nazi tactic which is to incite and then to exploit.
11 posted on 08/26/2010 1:06:48 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Chump Obama promised "Change" and we got chump change.)
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To: EyeGuy

Use a taser or stungun. Bloodborne illnesses are no fun, and many lefties are infected with various nasties.


12 posted on 08/26/2010 1:06:57 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: EyeGuy
An old fashioned fist to the nose, would solve much of what ails America, plaqued as we are with leftist punk cowards and word-twisting lawyers.

Aw, stop trying to sweet-talk me. You had me at "old fashioned fist to the nose". 8^)

All sorts of folks from road-raging drivers to theiving corporate dirtbags to neo-totalitarian politicians should be reminded on a regular basis that they're not immune from receiving a fat lip and a bloody nose.

13 posted on 08/26/2010 1:11:38 PM PDT by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: Beaten Valve

....isn’t goading someone in to committing crimes itself a crime?


14 posted on 08/26/2010 1:12:27 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Beaten Valve

It’s very easy to fire a free-lance tech...you just don’t hire them again.

Wanna bet he gets hired again?


15 posted on 08/26/2010 1:13:19 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Beaten Valve

Walt Disney would be sick at the sewer Disney/ABC News has become. They were trying to provoke. Disney scum.


16 posted on 08/26/2010 1:18:44 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...
Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans
17 posted on 08/26/2010 1:19:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Those who support the construction of the WTC mosque oppose Christian missionaries working abroad.)
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To: Beaten Valve
TV stations that foist this type of fraud on the viewing public should lose their license to operate...

I absolutely agree.

18 posted on 08/26/2010 1:21:45 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Those who support the construction of the WTC mosque oppose Christian missionaries working abroad.)
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To: Beaten Valve

Name the perp.

During the Elian Gonzalez protests in Miami, an LA Times journalist attempted to provoke a riot by throwing some rocks at the cops.

She was caught for her provocation. She continued working as a journalist and later was one of the reporters who went to visit the Islamists who seized the Church of the Nativity.

Without the name of the perp, we won’t be able to tie the events the next time he engages in liberal activism.


19 posted on 08/26/2010 1:24:40 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Those who support the construction of the WTC mosque oppose Christian missionaries working abroad.)
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To: Beaten Valve

He should be prosecuted under the law. Inciting a riot (or attempting to) is not protected speech.

He was creating a disturbance, certainly much more than a toe tapper in an airport men’s room did.


20 posted on 08/26/2010 1:25:36 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Those who support the construction of the WTC mosque oppose Christian missionaries working abroad.)
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To: Beaten Valve

Well, it’s a positive sign that ABC at least felt enough pressure to take this step.

We have to keep up the pressure, folks. They wouldn’t have done this out of the goodness of their hearts (I’m sure every last one of them is a mosque supporter).


21 posted on 08/26/2010 1:48:54 PM PDT by livius
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To: Andrea Lafferty

The proper response to an aggressive inquiry regarding your vulnerability is violence. You screwed up. The next person this bung wipe accosts will be the beneficiary of a more emboldened attacker.

22 posted on 08/26/2010 2:10:15 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Beaten Valve
"Why do you feel threatened? What are you afraid of? Why can't you answer my questions?"

The correct answers are:

"Why are you trying to bring back slavery?"

"Why are you in favor of stoning gay people to death?"

"Do you believe adultery is a capital crime?"

23 posted on 08/26/2010 2:17:19 PM PDT by denydenydeny (You're not only wrong. You're wrong at the top of your voice. --Spencer Tracy, Bad Day at Black Rock)
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To: Beaten Valve; madmominct

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2577636/posts

Report from the Front Lines: Apparent ABC Employee in Confrontation with Ground Zero Mosque

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 11:52:12 PM · 8 of 24
madmominct to roses of sharon

Oh my god - this is the guy who came up to me and took issue with my sign, which said “NO MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO - IT’S NOT ABOUT FREEDOM OF RELIGION - IT’S ABOUT RESPECT FO THE (3,000) DEAD”. He said, “Are you sure it was 3,000 and not 2,997? Isn’t it disrespectful not to know exactly how many people died?” He was totally condescending and mocking. I told him “Who care’s what you think?” and walked away. Wow - I’m totally amazed. I assumed he was from some fringe news outlet - turns out it was ABC - well, come to think of it, I wasn’t far wrong!


24 posted on 08/26/2010 2:23:37 PM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
A freelance audio operator... questioning a man in the crowd who was holding a sign which read, "No Sharia Here." ..."He was very aggressive, disrespectful and condescending; apparently, he did not like the man's answers about Shariah and pushed the point: 'Why do you feel threatened? What are you afraid of? Why can't you answer my questions?' Lafferty then began asking her own questions of the audio op, following him to an ABC News van and snapping several pictures along the way. In my opinion, the ABC employee's role at the rally was to provoke a confrontation with participants so ABC News cameras could record it and then use the footage; literally, making news." ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser the network has looked into Lafferty's complaint and agrees that the tech "aggressively" questioned members of the crowd with his personal camera... "He was not instructed to perform interviews or to engage with protesters and was there solely as an audio tech. He has been reprimanded for his behavior at this event."
Freelance my ass. ABC says it will use this pro-terrorist jackoff again, which means ABC is complicit in his behavior, PERIOD. Thanks Beaten Valve.
25 posted on 08/26/2010 3:54:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: Beaten Valve

Let’s erect two story crosses next to Abortion Clinics and when liberals protest - we can ask, “what are you afraid of?”. Liberals are bullies.


26 posted on 08/26/2010 4:28:20 PM PDT by GOPJ (TIME Magazine - - a conserve-a-phobe publication.)
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To: Beaten Valve
Let's erect two story tall crosses next to Abortion Clinics and when liberals protest - we can ask, "what are you afraid of?".

Liberals are bullies. Eff ABC NEWS - they're a conserve-a-phobe group anyhow...

27 posted on 08/26/2010 4:29:34 PM PDT by GOPJ (TIME Magazine - - a conserve-a-phobe publication.)
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To: roses of sharon

Thanks for pointing this out to me - I hadn’t seen it! I’m glad he at least got that - though I agree with the person on here who said that they probably reprimanded him because he was dumb enough to get caught!


28 posted on 08/26/2010 4:41:24 PM PDT by madmominct
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To: Beaten Valve
At a recent GOP rally in Austin on the same day Obama visited town, there were four guys who looked to be college aged that called themselves "Citizens Against Breastfeeding". They carried signs with messages like "God made breasts for husbands, not children."

There were at least 1,000 conservatives on the capital grounds but the media in attendance seemed to be drawn to these guys like flies to honey. So, instead of getting the story out that average Americans were mad as hell about Obama and the Democrat Party, they came away with a story about kooks who had a problem with lactation.

I suspect they were plants - sent there by someone (liberals, the media?) to make the crowd look like fringe kooks who were not to be taken seriously.

So, could I believe that the media could be staging some of this to discredit the Tea Parties and Republicans? You betcha.

29 posted on 08/26/2010 4:44:32 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: a fool in paradise

danny, ha ha great photo of a so called journalist. Thank God for FOX


30 posted on 08/26/2010 5:47:50 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Beaten Valve

Joeseph Goebbels is the only one who would accept an apology from ABC.

Our media outlets are mere agents of fascism.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html


31 posted on 08/26/2010 5:57:30 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: albie

His reprimand was probably a promotion to reporter for the All Barack Channel.


33 posted on 08/27/2010 9:03:34 AM PDT by stratman1969 (Regime Change Begins November 2, 2010)
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