I came across this Washington Times article yesterday and was highly skeptical.
CEDARBURG, Wisc. -- Hundreds of angry people in this small town outside Milwaukee taunted reporters and TV crews traveling with Sen. John McCain on Friday, chanting "Be fair!" and pointing fingers at a pack of journalists as they booed loudly.
This just didn't ring true. I was in a crowd of people on the sidewalk as the motorcade went by, and last of all came the press bus. Far as I could tell, there was no reaction in the people around me: no booing, no shouting, nothing. As I said in a previous post, the crowd was happy and pumped up but peaceful.
Still, I thought, maybe things were different on the other side of the rally. And who wouldn't understand the anti-press sentiment, given how completely they're in the tank for Obama and how badly they've treated Sarah Palin? Could happen, right?
However, I'm now convinced that once again the press is trying to make Republicans look bad: boorish at best, dangerous mobs at worst. As evidence, here's a comment I ran across on Just One Minute:
---I happened to be in this crowd and heard the interview. The reporter exagerates [sic] a little. The number of chanters in the crowd was in the tens, not hundreds (I did give a couple of shouts). Our crowd was very large perhaps three-four hundred of a couple thousand that couldn't get into the main venue of 8 thousand. [My comment: The main venue crowd was officially reported as 12,500, though they were expecting 8000.]
We weren't really booing either. It wasn't all anger either, it was mostly more of a taunt. They were mainly women in their fifties making schoolmarmish admonishm ents 'Be Fair (children)' to the press.
What the WaTimes reporter didn't catch was one of the reporters mocking us by prissily (hope that's a word) half bowing to us and mouthing 'I Promise'. The rest of our honored information bearers ignored us.
I am sure that his is one of the DriveByMedia outlets that is not in financial free fall, so he can continue to condescend to us.
Read the full article by Joe Curl and check off the insults. He refers to the group as a "pack" (of wild dogs, maybe?) and uses the rather provincial term "townspeople" (though a minute's checking would have found people from cities such as Madison and New Berlin, as well as people who drove up from Illinois).
In describing a moment at the RNC he calls the delegates "red-meat Republicans" (fits with the wild dog imagery) and says, "the crowd turned ugly" (What did they do? Riot? Rush the stage, as some Code Pink protesters tried to do? No, they chanted and pointed. Oh, horrors.)
Just more of the same from legacy media trying to hurt Republicans. I suppose we should be used to it by now.