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 Breitbart.com 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?