Fox News Contributor Repeatedly Punched By Michigan Pro-Union Protestors Tearing Down AFP Tent
Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:46 PM
Earlier this afternoon, we reported that pro-union protestors in Michigan tore down an Americans for Prosperity tent while rallying against the state’s new right-to-work law.
Crowder was apparently on the scene to conduct man-on-the-street interviews, when things seemed to have gotten quite tense.
One protester cursed at him as he attempted to ask a question; another grabbed Crowder and punched him in the head a few times. Later on, as a tent was being torn down, Crowder was hit again.
However, being that the video is edited, it is unclear whether the violence against Crowder resulted from something we don’t see on-camera, or what sort of exchange occurred immediately before the punching at 0:38 into the video.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:53 PM
Michigan State Police donned riot gear this afternoon to control an increasingly angry crowd at the state Capitol, with police estimating that more than 10,000 people were gathered at the site.
Captain Harold Love of the Michigan State Police confirmed police used pepper spray on at least one demonstrator.
About 1:30 p.m., a double line of about 30 state troopers marched from the back of the Capitol, across the lawn, and across the street to the Romney Building, where Gov. Rick Snyder has offices. They pushed a crowd of several hundred people away from the windows.
At least one man – reportedly in his 60s – fell, but was quickly helped up.
The crowd remained gathered at the building, chanting and singing, hoping that Synder, who was inside, would hear them.
Love, referring to the pepper spray incident, said police were positioned around the Capitol trying to keep people away from the building when one demonstrator grabbed a trooper and tried to pull her into the crowd. The trooper beside her reacted with pepper spray and the man let go of the trooper, Love said. He was not arrested.
Love said two other people were arrested for trying to force their way into the Romney building. He couldn't say whether they had been charged.
As the first right-to-work bill was being passed inside the Capitol by the state House, protesters outside jeered at the news. They began to scream and shout in opposition, prompting a large contingent of State Police troopers to form a line in front of mounted police and begin pushing the crowd back from the Capitol steps, drawing even louder complaints from protesters.
“Shame on You!” chants could be heard across the Capitol lawn.
More State Police began arriving, with about 10 mounted officers and more than 40 other state troopers standing two deep near the Capitol steps. Some of the officers on the edges of the crowd carried tear gas.
It was a crowd that at one point tore down a tent being occupied by Americans for Prosperity, a pro right-to-work group. Love said troopers went onto the lawn as the tent came down and a couple of people said “they just escaped in the nick of time without being trapped under the tent when it collapsed.”
As they tore down the tent, protesters yelled "Tear it down, tear it down."
The dismantling came after a verbal skirmish between those who favor the legislation and those who don’t.
Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:38 PM
Ruh roh. Conservative activist Steven Crowder is facing a bit of heat from both the conservative media and the mainstream media, after his supposed “assault” by union members in Michigan.
It seems video of Crowder being punched by a Michigan union member “somehow” left out a key snippet – that was exposed by Fox’s Sean Hannity, of all people (mistakenly, of course – we wouldn’t to accuse Hannity of intentionally practicing journalism) – that shows the union member getting up off the ground and then punching Crowder, suggesting that perhaps something happened to knock the union member to the ground and provoke him to strike back.
This was exposed, as I said, by Hannity, by accident in a segment that was meant to laud Crowder. The NYT has the story, but in a nutshell, Chris Savage of Eclectablog (who I met the other day for the first time at RootsCamp) first noticed that Crowder’s video seemed to be selectively edited.
Crowder fought back against the charges and claimed the full video was released on Hannity’s show, so people could check it and see that he didn’t selectively edit it. Well, the NYT concluded, the Hannity video proved Crowder wrong. A key part was left out. Chris Savage was right.
Yeah, who could have ever imagined a conservative video-gotcha activist would selectively edit a video to make it appear something happened in a way that wasn’t completely true, when that’s what most of the top conservative video-gotcha activists has been doing for years.
Crowder’s credibility took a second blow when a fellow conservative video journalist, who used to work with the Daily Caller, criticized Crowder, seemingly insinuating that he may have helped provoke the violent confrontation.
From Rosie Gray at BuzzFeed:
Video of conservative activist Steven Crowder’s tussle with a union member in Michigan this week, which led to the Fox News contributor being punched, and knocked to the ground, has gone viral in the conservative media — but it’s being panned by other career mischief-makers in the media who believe Crowder fumbled his performance.
Michelle Fields, a former video journalist for The Daily Caller who used to regularly cover Occupy Wall Street, said Crowder appeared to violate one of the first rules of this kind of stunt reporting: Don’t taunt the protesters.
“Going to liberal rallies and confronting people is a delicate situation,” Fields said. “It’s important not to taunt because you’re just putting yourself at risk.”
First, here’s the video that Crowder released, which does not show the union guy picking himself off the ground before hitting Crowder:
Now, here’s the Hannity video where you can see, clearly, that something happened first to the union guy that appears to have provoked his violent reaction:
And here’s Jon Stewart with more the background of what’s going on in Michigan with the “right to work” issue that’s leading to these protests: