Over the past two days, BigGovernment.com has been exposing the identities of members of IBEW Local 357 who taunted, harassed, intimidated and threw eggs at peaceful Tea Party protestors in Harry Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, Nevada last weekend. This could signal in important turning point in citizen journalism and the use of the internet and social media to reveal the truth about an important dynamic in American Politics.(from bigjournalism.com)
These reports are relevant for two important reasons:
First, they highlight the incredible lack of evidence the mass media had when they loudly and unabashedly repeated the claim that Tea Party activists in Washington, D.C., hurled racial epithets at members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
When the CBC marched down the middle of the protests on the day of the health care vote in the House of Representatives, there were hundreds and hundreds of hand-held cameras and cell phones that recorded the event. Here we are, ten days after the event and not one person has produced a video or audio recording proving anyone used a racial epithet.
But, within days of the egg-throwing incident, we have seen video showing:
• An egg whizzing by Andre Breitbart’s face.
• The man holding the egg.
• The union protesters taunting and intimidating Breitbart and his fellow conservative activists.
• Protesters using a typical “Alinsky” tactic of accusing their targets of doing the exact thing they do. In this case, throwing an egg and then telling police that Breitbart had thrown it.
And, once BigGovernment.com released the footage, multitudes of readers have come forward identifying the people in the videos and providing further evidence of similar activities involving these agitators in the past.
Isn’t it a stark contrast?
In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote a novel that envisioned a political tragedy akin to the Obama administration. It Can’t Happen Here is the story of Berzilius Windrip, a Democrat senator nominated for the presidency.
A charming, charismatic demagogue, he is elected by promising lots of free goodies for everyone. Once in power, President Windrip ruins the economy, neutralizes Congress and cracks down on dissent. He makes himself dictator, with assistance from a civilian national security force.
Being charged with murder, facing the death penalty three times and working with the Black Panthers are only a few of the things that Dr. Angela Davis can say she has done. Now, speaking in Ira Allen Chapel at the University of Vermont can be added to that list.
“Tonight it is fitting that we kick off with someone who exemplifies the strength and courage of women across the world,” President Daniel Mark Fogel said.
Davis’ speech marks the start of the Blackboard Jungle 3 Symposium, Fogel said. “The Blackboard Jungle Symposium aids to complement the key tenets of our six-credit diversity requirement,” Fogel said.
The symposium is designed to help educators address the challenges of approaching issues like equality, social justice and cultural competence, according to a statement from the Office of the Associate Provost for Multicultural Affairs and Academic Initiatives.