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Post by TexasBlue on Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:07 pm

ABC, NBC and CBS ignore union thugs' attack on Fox News contributor

Dan Gainor
Fox News
December 12, 2012


It’s a sad day for American TV journalism when The Huffington Post is a more honest news outlet than ABC, CBS or NBC. On Tuesday, after Michigan union protests escalated into violence, HuffPo led with several stories, including one headlined: “Fox News Contributor Punched.”

That story was about how Fox News contributor Steven Crowder and others were attacked by union thugs during the protest against the new “right-to-work” law. ABC, CBS and NBC covered the protests but only ABC made mention of police having to deal with protesters. None of them mentioned the attack on Crowder or showed the videos of that attack and the thugs tearing down a tent with people in it, both widely available on the Internet hours before the evening news show broadcast. No network quoted Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa predicting “civil war” between lawmakers and union members.

NBC anchor Brian Williams referred to it all meekly as “a boisterous day in the state capital.”

According to The Detroit Free Press, three people were arrested and “Capt. Harold Love of the Michigan State Police confirmed police used pepper spray on at least one demonstrator.” The article added that the union protesters “tore down a tent being occupied by Americans for Prosperity, a pro right-to-work group,” while chanting “Tear it down, tear it down.”

On broadcast news, the best they could all agree on was that the union thugs were some form of “angry.” On CBS “Evening News,” correspondent Elaine Quijano explained, “Union workers from across Michigan and other states voiced their anger at the Michigan capital.”

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” correspondent Alex Perez did slightly hint at the escalation, but showed nothing at all scary. “The anger boiling over, officers turning to pepper spray to control the crowd, at last 10,000 deep,” he told viewers as one man was shown rubbing his eyes. Anchor Sawyer referred to the law as one that supporters “believe could be an ominous sign for unions and worker paychecks everywhere.”

NBC “Nightly News” mentioned that there were at least police there at the protest, as correspondent Ron Mott admitted protesters operated under the “watchful gaze of police, some in riot gear.”

Even The Washington Post mentioned that “Former Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.) was hit with pepper spray while protesting ‘right to work/ legislation outside the Michigan state capitol on Wednesday.”

None of that appeared on the evening news shows. That’s how reporters can control an agenda. Had journalists’ favorite villain the Tea Partiers beaten a liberal commentator, it would have led every newscast and would be talked about for days. Nor did they want to admit that union leadership was making threats and union thugs were carrying them out in vile and violent fashion.

But network reporters don’t want to show union thugs and conservative victims, especially anyone connected to Fox News. That doesn’t fit with their world view. Ain’t that a punch in the head – or several in Crowder’s case?


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Post by TexasBlue on Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:09 pm

Union thugs use punches, not persuasion, in Michigan

Washington Examiner Editorial
December 11, 2012


If you are on the fence about right-to-work laws, the YouTube video of conservative commentator and stand-up comedian Steven Crowder having his face bashed in Tuesday should be all you need to know to make up your mind. If you want to end special legal privileges and forced payments to organizations that have resorted to such violence and intimidation for years, then you'll come down strongly for right-to-work laws. A mob of unionists protesting Michigan's enactment of right-to-work legislation -- which allows workers to choose whether to pay union dues -- attacked a tent that had been pitched on the capitol grounds by peaceful counter-demonstrators. Crowder was among those pleading for restraint as the union thugs set upon the tent, using knives to slash its canvas and ties, so that it collapsed on the people inside. For standing in their way, Crowder was punched in the face three times, received a very loud and profane death threat, and was finally grabbed by his coat collar and pulled backwards as he attempted to retreat. The whole thing was caught on camera.

Of course, that's patty-cake compared to the violence that unions have used for years in order to get their way. In 1993, picketing members of the United Mine Workers shot and killed nonunion contractor Eddie York (the union fought his widow's lawsuit before finally settling out of court). The most telling part of that story was the not-so-conciliatory reaction from the union's then-president, Richard Trumka, who told the Washington Times: "If you strike a match and put your finger in, common sense tells you you're going to burn your finger."

Union bosses hate right-to-work laws the same way they hate every policy that tends to empower workers -- including their own members -- to make informed decisions about how they are represented in the workplace. This is why they pushed so hard to eliminate secret ballot votes in unionization elections. It is why they have pushed to shorten the time frame for those elections to the vanishing point, and to prevent employers from discussing the possible drawbacks of unionization with their employees. That is why they pushed to change the 70-year-old rules for airline and railroad union elections, so that a minority of workers can now force the majority into a union.

Right-to-work laws do not ban unions. They merely ensure that workers can no longer be coerced to pay them. They also create workplace conditions under which even union members are no longer a captive audience, forced to bow to whatever decisions the union leadership makes.

And that's what the union leaders fear most.


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Post by Mark85la on Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:55 pm

Of course they do. See no evil hear no evil.
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