Nah, I don't either. Let's see -- was that because a Republican was in the White House and they didn't want Iraq War protestors to come off looking bad? Count on it. But now that the reverse is the case (Democrat in the White House, people protesting health care reform), well ... let's take a look:
ABC's Diane Sawyer last night stated that there were “protesters roaming Washington, some of them increasingly emotional, yelling slurs and epithets.” David Kerley reported that, “surrounded by angry protesters at the Capitol, someone yelled the N-word at” Congressman John Lewis” and “a few steps below, Representative Emanuel Cleaver was spat on,” while “as openly gay Representative Barney Frank walked the halls, a homophobic slur.”
You might think there'd be an accompanying video to, y'know, back up what ABC was reporting. Nope. But they did have an old video of 1960s-era civil rights protests to somehow "equate" what Rep. Lewis supposedly went through yesterday with his past struggles!
CBS's Bob Schieffer was just as bad:
Demonstrators protesting the bill poured into the halls of Congress shouting “Kill the bill!” and “Made in the USSR.” And as tempers rose, they hurled racial epithets, even at civil rights icon John Lewis of Georgia, and sexual slurs at Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank.
Wouldn't you think, in the YouTube and cell phone age, that someone would have video evidence of these nasty attacks? Well someone did -- and the proof doesn't back up the MSM:
With all this being said, it would not surprise me if a few nutjobs did say something like what was claimed in the reports. But were these the norm? Were they widespread? Of course they weren't. For, if they were, video evidence of their slurs would be widely available. But that's not the narrative the MSM wants people to hear. They want the public to believe that the vast majority of health care protesters and Tea Partiers are far-right racists and homophobes. Fortunately, Politico's report of one of the supposed incidents proves the media narrative wrong:
It was a tense scene outside a meeting of Democratic lawmakers as a 100 or so protesters chanted "kill the bill," and one man launching a homophobic slur at Rep. Barney Frank.
Frank, who is gay, was leaving the Longworth House Office Building when a man yelled a charged homophobic slur at the Massachusetts lawmaker.
Other protesters quickly admonished the shouter, with one woman yelling back, "We don't need that."
Are these incidents akin to the shouts of "Kill Obama" during that Sarah Palin rally? Shouts that, as the Secret Service later noted, had no foundation in fact?
Alas, back to the title of this post: Has the MSM ever led off, or even done a story about hateful comments towards Republicans/conservatives at anti-war protests? If so, where are they? How many are there? The only real place to view such shenanigans is on the 'net and via conservative media.
Related: How the Southern Poverty Law Center uses supposed racism to stifle dissent. Does the SPLC have actual criteria by which they designate folks as "hate groups?" Nope:
Heidi Beirich, research director of the group, acknowledged "we do not have a formal written criteria."
When a radio host asked her in late 2007 how an organization qualifies for the label, Beirich offered this explanation. "You qualify as a hate group if you treat an entire group of people for their internal characteristics, or their inherent characteristics, as less, or you demean them in some way." A definition this flexible and imprecise could summon the SPLC Hate Patrol to the door of nearly any group of football fans, political activists, or Apple computer enthusiasts.
Forty-five years ago, John Lewis began the third of what became society-shifting civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. On Sunday, the anniversary of that famous trek, he joined hands with fellow House Democrats and marched past jeering protesters into the Capitol to remake the nation’s health care system.
Indeed. Protesters complaining about more federal government intrusion into their private affairs where a few MAY have uttered inappropriate remarks is akin to violent, hardcore racists who desired that black Americans not be given the same rights as everybody else in the country.
Got it. Be prepared to see a LOT more of this crap leading up to November.