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Beating the press (II)

A reporter says he was assaulted by “a large, bearded man in full McCain-Palin campaign regalia” at a McCain rally in North Carolina. The reporter’s offense: Interviewing some Obama supporters who had infiltrated the event. (Via Jay Rosen’s Twitter feed.)

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  1. Aaron Read

    Does this say more about McCain/Palin or the people who vote for them?

  2. Mark

    It must say more about McCain/Palin…Their secret emails to supporters contain specific directions to assault reporters whenever possible.It also directs supporters to yell outrageous things like ‘Kill Him!” — Oh, wait, the Secret Service said that one didn’t happen.

  3. Dot Lane

    “a large, bearded man in full McCain-Palin campaign regalia”Is this how Santa Claus spends his off season? Or is giving away toys considered spreading the wealth?And Mark, once again, the Secret Service couldn’t find corroborating evidence. It doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. There is one witness who said it did.

  4. Anil

    Mark, I and tens of thousands of other people watched a video which captured the McCain/Palin supporter yelling “kill him!” in response to another person who shouted that Obama was a terrorist. You should do a little research before you post your comments.

  5. Aaron Read

    No, no – my point was, if these are the kind of people who support McCain/Palin…that is, dumb, rednecked, racist, f**ktards (or at least the walking stereotypes of them), then isn’t that in itself an argument to not vote for McCain?The ultimate result being that it almost starts becoming like a negative campaign ad supporting Obama that McCain produces for him: only racist idiots vote for McCain, if you’re going to vote for him you’re an racist idiot, too.One would think that, if properly guided, that sentiment could easily become widespread and be a huge turnoff to undecided voters…?

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