Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Isn't this the ... bad part of town?

In case you were getting all your election news from the Lame- stream Media and missed it, Uncle Buckle the Safety Buffalo had a treat for you over at Fox:

An apparent member of the New Black Panther Party was spotted Tuesday standing outside the same Philadelphia polling station where voter intimidation was reported two years ago.

Hey, kids? Free journalism tip: If you need a qualifier in the lede, you need it in the hed too!

Monitors from the city government watchdog Committee of Seventy and other agencies have been keeping a close eye on the individual dressed in New Black Panther-style clothing, committee president Zack Stalberg told

"Other agencies"?

He said the man, whom MyFoxPhilly tried to interview, has been there for several hours and is "not friendly," but that he doesn't appear to be causing a disturbance."He wasn't friendly looking, but he was behaving himself," he said.

(Can our Philadelphia readers help out here? Is that how y'all say "didn't get uppity" over there?) reported that the man, wearing a pin showing his party affiliation, a black hat, glasses and leather coat, was seen outside the polling place in north Philadelphia -- the same polling place where in 2008 two members of the New Black Panther Party stood shaking a billy club and allegedly intimidating voters.

The unidentified man on Tuesday would not answer questions posed by MyFoxPhilly, but was apparently working at the polls as a volunteer and greeting voters. There have, as of yet, been no reports of voter intimidation at the polling station.

"As yet."

I think I've found the real source of my annoyance with campaign coverage this year. The grownup wing of journalism -- the notionally professional side -- has bought completely into a bizarre narrative in which there's nothing on the landscape but righteous anger at
out-of-control spending and the expansion of gubmint. No one's bothering to explain why this movement that, as CNN puts it, "emerged in 2009 in opposition to expanded government and the growing federal deficit" is so obsessed with two guys shaking the old billy club at a polling place in Philadelphia in 2008. Or why its candidates are the ones who are eager to free Dearborn from the jackboot of sharia terrorist mayor Jack O'Reilly, or who really don't think the First Amendment even kinda-sorta hints at this church-state stuff the liberals are always on about. Or why these folks are allowed such authority over the grownup news agenda when they have their own 24-hour PR service ready to do their bidding.

Busy few weeks around here, so lots of stuff got stuck into the "maybe" file that would have been fun to talk about. Good to know that our friends at Fox are going to keep providing material.



Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

zomg one New Black Panther was standing around a polling place greeting people! "Not friendly" to Fox, I'll bet. Nor would I be, and I'm hardly a Black Panther of any vintage.

12:41 PM, November 04, 2010  

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