MI prosecutor determines Fox contributor picked fight, then claimed he was attacked.
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III said he won’t file criminal charges after reviewing unedited video showing events that led to a Fox News contributor being punched during December’s right-to-work demonstrations.
Steven Crowder filed a police report following the Dec. 11 incident at the Capitol, which Michigan State Police had referred to Dunnings’ office for review. The fight occurred amid generally peaceful demonstrations involving more than 10,000 people who had gathered in Lansing that day as lawmakers voted on a package of bills that ban requiring union dues as a condition of employment.
Dunnings said today the first video his office reviewed had been edited. After reviewing an unedited clip, he decided to not pursue the case.
“It’s pretty clear the person that they wanted to charge was acting in self-defense,” Dunnings said of the union member who apparently slugged Crowder.
Crowder posted a heavily edited video of the altercation, which made it seem as if he’d been attacked out of the blue by Fox News patented “union thugs.” Needless to say, Crowder accompanied the video with a pocketful of victim cards. But a second, less dishonest video completely undermined his story.
Crowder said on Twitter later day that he suffered a minor cut to the forehead and a chipped tooth after being “sucker-punched” four times.However, unedited footage shows that the union member who apparently punched Crowder appeared to have been pushed to the ground seconds before the brawl.
It’s unclear who pushed the union member. Crowder was standing nearby and appears to throw his hands up in the air in a gesture of innocence after the man fell, the video shows.
If you see someone fall over, you don’t immediately claim you’re innocent unless you’re not. He might as well have shouted, “Wasn’t me!” He also provided the prosecutor with the dishonestly-edited version of the incident, which you would only do if you had something to hide. Both videos are at the link.
If you ever thought that maybe Fox News wasn’t really a propaganda outfit, that they were simply a conservative-leaning network in a mirror opposite mold of MSNBC, you can disabuse yourself of those notions. This “news” outfit was actively engaged in making pro-union people look bad, by trying (and succeeding) to incite them to violence. By all appearances, Crowder attacked a man to get him to take a swing at him.
One thing’s for sure, you’re probably not going to see this story on Fox News.
The Willard Scott equation.
It looks like Mitt Romney’s brother Scott is considering running to fill the senate seat left open by retiring Michigan Senator Carl Levin.
Since Mitt’s real name is Willard and his brother is named Scott, if you add the two together you get Willard Scott, former Today Show weatherman and the original Ronald McDonald, as my handy chart demonstrates.
Seems about right. Math doesn’t lie.
Another ‘responsible gun owner’ acts irresponsibly.
A prosecutor in Lapeer, Michigan says, “No harm, no foul,” after a charter school took the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) advice and hired a armed security guard who promptly left his handgun unattended in a student bathroom.
Chatfield School co-directors Matt Young and Bill Kraly announced last week that they had hired retired Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. firearms instructor Clark Arnold as a security guard in response to the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“It’s a tremendous asset to the safety of our students,” Young told WNEM in a report that aired on Tuesday.
But by Wednesday, the school had admitted to The Flint Journal that the retired firearms instructor had made a “made a breach in security protocol” and left his unloaded handgun unattended in the school restroom “for a few moments.”
“The school has put additional security procedures in place that follow local law enforcement practices and guidelines,” a statement from Young said. “At no time was any student involved in this breach of protocol. We will continue to work on improving school security.”
Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh displayed a marked lack of logic in response to the incident. “If you left a gun unattended and a toddler finds it and shoots and hurts someone, it could be some kind of reckless use of a firearm,” he said. But since no kids got a hold of it, it was “almost like no harm no foul.” So, if you leave a gun laying around and a kid doesn’t find it before you remember where you left it, that’s completely responsible use of a firearm. Apparently, luck is an important factor in responsible firearms use.
But here’s the thing; Arnold was a trained firearms instructor. You assume he knew what he was doing. This just points to the fact that we’re all human and humans make mistakes. But when firearms are involved in these perfectly human mistakes, the consequence have the potential of turning a lot more serious and deadly. Bringing a gun into any situation increases the danger of that situation, simply by virtue of the presence of the gun and the fact that it’s in the possession of an eminently fallible human being. This is one reason why having a gun in your house makes you more likely to be shot, not less — the less often you’re in the presence of a gun, the less often you’re exposed to the danger of a deadly mistake. It simply makes perfect sense.
And people want to bring the danger of that deadly mistake into our schools? Seems less like a common sense safety measure and more an obvious recipe for disaster. As safety measures go, guns are terrible.
Wisconsin GOP appears to have no stomach for further fights with labor.
Wisconsin Republicans claim they have no interest in following Michigan’s lead by pursuing passage of union-busting “right-to-work” legislation: it appears they have decided table their own version of the same bill. Though famously anti-union Governor Scott Walker (R) won’t say whether or not he’d support a Michigan style bill, incoming State Assembly speaker Robin Vos has said no such legislation will be brought up for consideration in the forthcoming term:
However, a spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker-elect Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said Assembly Republicans don’t have plans to restrict private-sector unions in Wisconsin when the Legislature reconvenes Jan. 7.
“Right-to-work legislation is not something that is being pursued this session in the Assembly,” Vos spokeswoman Kit Beyer said. “That folder has been put away.”
It’s important not to give Walker and co. too much credit: Walker’s refusal to comment on right-to-work is a step backwards from his previous pledge to “do everything in my power to make sure [right to work] isn’t there.” Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) similarly opposed right-to-work before ramrodding it through the current lame duck session.
I’m thinking this is probably the real deal. Republicans can probably stand one battle royale per session and a boneheaded move to eliminate same day voter registration will probably be that.
Still, I could be wrong. Wouldn’t be the first time.
Actual poll question asked of Michiganders by Public Policy Polling.
“The people of Detroit don’t forget.”
Via Jennifer Granholm:
So tired of hearing Romney try to “airbrush history.” Especially on the auto industry. Michiganders will never forget. #RomneyWrong— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) October 23, 2012
FiveThirtyEight.com gives Obama a 96.9% chance of winning Michigan.