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Debunking Tommy Christopher on the Attack on Steve Crowder, Part 5: Ignoring the Other Victims of Union Violence

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:26 pm

I am spending (at least) five posts ripping apart Tommy Christopher’s recent post about the attack on Steve Crowder.

Part 1 showed how Christopher made a partisan error and issued an insufficient correction that doesn’t come close to revealing how central Christopher’s partisan-driven error was to his post.

Part 2 showed how Christopher misrepresented key aspects of Crowder’s interviews with Sean Hannity and Sun News.

Part 3 took on Christopher’s claim insinuating that the video itself shows Crowder pushing the guy to the ground.

Part 4, examines whether Tommy Christopher is a racist — and concludes that, at least by his standards, he is.

This final post, part 5, notes how Christopher focuses on Crowder to the exclusion of other victims of union violence in Lansing.

Victims like Doug DuRussel:

Doug DuRussel, who uses a wheelchair, said he was inside the AFP tent when protesters started to untie some of the straps.

DuRussel said he then went to another side of the tent and set his chair between straps “so people couldn’t uproot those.”

He said people shoved him and kicked his wheelchair.

Victims like Randall Thompson and Clint Tarver:

Americans For Prosperity Michigan said there could have been serious injuries.

“I went down to pick up my hat and someone punched me in the right ribs,” said conservative activist Randall Thompson. “I turned around and put my arms up and they punched me twice in the left ribs.”

Clint Tarver is not affiliated with a union or right to work supporters. He said he was just selling hot dogs inside the tent when all of his food was destroyed when the tent toppled over.

“It trampled my table, got rid of all of my restaurant equipment, my catering equipment, my buns, my hot dogs, my chili… all my food,” said Tarver. “One guy even had the audacity to say ‘here, make a chili dog now’.”

Here is video:

You know, if someone were actually interested in getting to the truth of whether Crowder was attacked by union thugs, they might look at whether other people were also attacked.

If they were more interesting in being partisan hacks, they might ignore that other violence.

Tommy Christopher? He ignored the other victims.

Draw your own conclusions.

TIME Person of the Year: Barack Obama

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:49 am

How come this rag can’t go the way of NEWSWEEK and disappear from the shelves?

America debated and decided this year: history would not record Obama’s presidency as a fluke.

So after his staff arrived, he left his family in the main room of the suite and stepped out to talk with his three top advisers, Axelrod, political strategist David Plouffe and Jim Messina, his campaign manager. He wanted to tell them what this victory meant, because it was very different the second time. “This one’s more satisfying than ’08,” he said. “It wasn’t just about what I was going to do as President. It’s what I’ve done.”

Ballooned the debt and kept unemployment high, to mention just two notable accomplishments.

Come on, Barry. Have a smoke. You’ve earned it.

R.I.P. Robert Bork

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:40 am

Yet another reminder of mortality. Both Bork and the guy who killed his reputation, Ted Kennedy, are now gone.

Bork would have been a very good Supreme Court justice. Condolences to his family.

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