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Patterico on Tommy Christopher and the ‘Wheelerization’ of Steven Crowder

Posted on | December 17, 2012 | 11 Comments

You really need to read the article that Patterico put up about how Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher went “all-in” on the claim that a Michigan union thug’s assault of Steven Crowder was a hoax:

I would love to know where Tommy Christopher got the idea that Lee Stranahan and had something to do with the Crowder video. Just who are the “[p]eople familiar with Breitbart ‘News’ videographers’ penchant for misleading edits” who “immediately smelled a rat” due to the (non)involvement of [Lee] Stranahan with this video?

How curious a coincidence, and how amazing that Patterico — while the rest of us spent the past four days all up in the Connecticut shooting and aftermath — maintained his focus on the Michigan story. But I don’t think it’s entirely a coincidence. Remember what I wrote last week:

After yesterday’s incident in which labor union activists tore down an Americans for Prosperity tent in Lansing and sucker-punched Stephen Crowder, this headline zoomed up the Memorandum aggregation:
Breitbart Folks Appear to Fake Violence in Lansing
Huh? This was a decidedly odd piece of blogging: The claim that somehow the union thug clobbering Crowder was part of a right-wing hoax, based on such “evidence” as the event having been reported by “James O’Keefe’s buddy” Lee Stranahan — because, hey, if anybody at Breitbart thinks it’s actually news, that means it must be phony, right?
Also, the video was edited. Anybody who edits a video is obviously engaged in some kind of evil conspiracy.
What the hell is this silly gibberish? Are these people crazy?

Marcy Wheeler — who is Marcy Wheeler? And how was it that she got this same Stranahan/Breitbart meme about “deceptively edited” video that was ballyhooed by Tommy Christopher? Isn’t it interesting that Tommy also Wheelerized the Patrick Moran story?

Go read Ron Brynaert’s Pastebin file (which I found via Google by searching “Marcy + Wheeler + Rauhauser”) and notice that the names of Tommy Christopher (9 references) and Lee Stranahan (11 references) also occur in connection with the search for the still-mysterious “Jennifer George” angle on the Anthony Weiner scandal. “Alicia Pain” is also an element, along with the SWATtings of Patterico and Mike Stack.

Now go read Patterico’s post, which he projects as the first of a five-part series. Did somebody hit the “SMITE” button on his keyboard?


  • Finrod Felagund

    Tommy Christopher is a two-bit schmuck.

    I look forward to Patterico slapping him around.

  • Finrod Felagund

    From comment 20 at the Patterico post:

    They start with the conclusion, and then they work backward to the premises.

    Conclusion: The union people did not [do a] thing wrong.

    Therefore Crowder is lying.

    If Crowder is lying the video is edited.

    Etc. This guy has it, I believe. They start with what they believe and then they twist the facts to fit that belief. It’s all a big game of “Dead men DO bleed!”.

  • Adjoran

    Tommy Christopher has to regularly make a public fool of himself in order to get his fix of attention. It isn’t as if anyone looks to him for substance.

  • Bob Belvedere

    This is way all Ideologues operate [and some bad, incompetent scientists]. They have to because, if they question their premises, then the whole system they have constructed in the laboratories of their minds risks crumbling. And the Ideologue’s psyche is too fragile to handle that.

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  • K-Bob

    Some idiot commenter at the Mediaite site actually claimed that Crowder was, “Just like Kenneth Gladney” in starting the fight.

    Next thing you know these sick-minded propagandists will have the grade schoolers at fault for teasing the poor, mentally ill “kid,” Lanza.

  • richard mcenroe

    Well, we haven’t really addressed the bullying issue with that poor misunderstood youth.

  • K-Bob

    Whatever it is, I’m sure white men can be found to be the ultimate cause.

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