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MY VIDEO of Michele Bachmann’s Christian Testimony Used in SMEAR JOB

Posted on | August 29, 2011 | 79 Comments

This is so shocking I don’t know how to begin to describe it. Regular readers will recall that on Friday, Aug. 5, I covered an appearance by Michele Bachmann at the Spirit Midwest Christian Music Festival in West Des Moines, Iowa. It had been raining all afternoon before Bachmann arrived and gave her Christian testimony, which I recorded on video and posted the next day.

Some vicious monster ripped off my video and edited it, so that when Bachmann begins by jokingly asking the crowd, “Who likes wet people?” — because everybody was soaked to the bone, including me — instead there is a caption, “Who likes white people?”

Ken Layne of Wonkette then spread that smear all around the Internet.

Thank goodness, Chris Moody of Yahoo News spotted the lie and posted the truth.

Now, who do I sue for copyright infringement, piracy and fraud?

UPDATE: Linked by Da Tech Guy, by Eternity Matters and by Lisa Graas at The American Catholic and welcome, Instapundit readers! I’ve also written this up at Right Wing News and cross-posted at the Hot Air Green Room, concluding:

[A]fter I learned that my video had been stolen and misused for such a defamatory purpose, I put up a blog post denouncing the smear, and sent an e-mail to the anonymous proprietor of the “On Knees” Web site. He then deleted his first lie and substituted another vicious smear as a “correction.” But his pirated and re-edited version of my video — a clear violation of my copyright, and of YouTube’s terms of service agreement — is still online. I have spoken to an attorney and fully intend that the perpetrator of this crime will be brought to justice.

And I want the creep who did this to understand that he has just forfeited whatever legal right he had to anonymity. In pursuit of legal action, my attorney informs me, we can subpoena YouTube to get the actual name of this pseudonymous monster, who has made the mistake of picking the wrong dude to rip off in pursuit of his vile purposes.

By the way, Bachmann’s campaign manager is Ed Rollins, a guy who isn’t likely to take this kind of crap too kindly, either.

UPDATE II: Linked by Roxeanne de Luca and by Joy McCann at the Conservatory — thanks!

UPDATE III: Linked by Duane Lester at All American Blogger and by Bob Belvedere at The Camp of the Saints — thanks!

UPDATE IV: Lowlife Who Pirated My Video Apologizes for Smearing Michele Bachmann — we’ll see what my attorney says about this.

Linked at Pirate’s Cove — thanks!