If you’re like me as you watch this video taken by Madisonian, Phil Ejercito, you will angrily be wondering where the dang police are.
The savior here, in the orange union t-shirt and sportsjacket, is Democratic Rep. Brett Hulsey; behind him, with white hair and glasses, is Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman. Watch and try to imagine what might have happened had Hulsey not been there.
Attention MSM: ^^^^^That is what an angry, hateful, threatening mob looks like. F-Bombs and other assorted vitriolic rhetoric, threatening, crowding behavior, invasion of personal space…
The tea party protesters in the video below were also protesting a bill they didn’t like. But that’s where the similarities end. The Congressional Black Caucus chose to walk through that crowd, rather than use the underground tunnel, to go on some sort of vanity walk to the Capital, perhaps hoping to provoke an incident. Unlike Senator Grothman, who was simply trying to get into the building, the CBC chose to walk straight through the tea partiers, who reacted by lustily booing, (like they had booed the white Dem congressmen), and continuing to chant, “kill the bill”. That’s the message they had traveled to Washington to convey, after all. You don’t hear any f-bombs, or racial slurs. And they didn’t crowd them like the stalking Madison protesters mobbed Grothman:
That is not what a hateful, threatening mob looks like.
Hat tip: Hot Air
Cross-posted at Left-Wing Institute For Public Discourse
UPDATE: A little thought experiment from Da TechGuy:
For those who want to defend this as “democracy in action” lets play a game: Pretend that Sen. Grothman was an abortion doctor and the crowd around him were opponents of abortion. How many times would this video be replayed? Would even Charlie Sheen being found in bed with Gaddafi and Snooki be able to keep this from being the media story of the week?
More from Brent Bozell: Opinion: Whitewashing Wisconsin’s Protests:
For example, a Media Research Center study of 53 Wisconsin stories on ABC, CBS and NBC found that only eight stories visually featured signs comparing Gov. Walker to Hitler, or Mussolini, or Stalin, or Mubarak, or Satan. More incredibly, not a single network anchor or reporter addressed whether that kind of signage was civil or appropriate. And only Fox covered Capuano’s “get a little bloody” remark.
Now, compare this to how tea party protests have been covered, and you can see a glaring double standard at work.
These same media outlets spent two years obsessing over every over-the-top tea party sign and mere accusation of uncivil behavior.
Do you remember the claims that tea party activists intentionally spit on Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (a charge he backed away from) and that tea partyers yelled the N-word at black congressmen (which no one could produce on video)? The mere accusation, the mere suggestion was enough for blanket network coverage.