Writing Himself Out Of A Job

Yesterday in Washington, DC, there was a protest by a bunch of vaguely unhinged leftists. First reports tied them to the “Occupy Wall Street” nuts, then it was Code Pink, then some generic anti-war types, now I dunno. Anyway, they were quite unhappy that the Smithsonian Air And Space Museum was holding an exhibit on military drones. They decided to invade the museum, but were stopped by guards, who pepper-sprayed a couple and shut down the Museum.

 

Now, this is the type of thing I take personally. I’ve been there several times, and love it dearly. It’s an amazing place, filled with many incredible things. The thought that it should be politicized and attacked pisses me off no end.

 

But there’s a bit more to the story. It turns out that one of the “leaders” of the protesters (in a physical sense, if not necessarily in the traditional one) was an “infiltrator”  — an editor from The American Spectator.

 

Maybe I’m a bit old-fashioned, but I don’t like the idea of reporters/editors getting that involved with a story. Howley didn’t just go there to report on them — by his own admission, he was “under cover” and actually actively participated in their planning and protests. In fact, some have called him an “agent provocateur,” egging the protesters on, and I don’t think that it’s that far a stretch.

 

This is exactly what he shouldn’t be doing. These idiots have plenty of stupid and aggressive ideas of their own; they don’t need folks to help rile them up. Further, it lets the left shrug off their own responsibility for not policing their own nuts; they can just say “it was right-wing infiltrators that caused the problems.”

 

Howley should be fired. And if he doesn’t, then the American Spectator has declared itself not just an observer and commentator on the political struggle, but an actual participant.

 

We don’t need this crap.

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  • Anonymous

    This “reporter” doesn’t appear to grasp the concept of what a “reporter” does.

    If he’s into the whole undercover thing, I suggest he join the FBI instead.

  • Guest

    You’re right, Jay.

    And from Patrick Howley’s own account of his actions:

    Minutes earlier, I had been among those blocking major D.C.
    roads chanting “We’re unstoppable” — and from beneath my unshaven
    left-wing altar ego, I worried that we might actually be. But just
    as the lefties couldn’t figure out how to run their assembly
    meeting (many process points, I’m afraid to report, were left
    un-twinkled), too do they lack the nerve to confront authority.
    From estimates within the protest, only ten people were
    pepper-sprayed, and as far as I could tell I was the only one who
    got inside the museum.

    Kind shoots holes in Eric Cantor’s smears characterizing the protestors as “mobs”, don’t it?

    At this point I’m inclined to believe that any violence coming out of the OWS protests may well be rightists acting out to try to sabotage the OWS protests by painting them as violent when they aren’t — and when, according to Howley who was there in their ranks, “so too do they lack the nerve to confront authority.”

    Doesn’t sound like a violent mob to me — just a peaceful crowd which has been infiltrated by right wing provocateurs.

    • Anonymous

      How many? 

      Were their dozens of right-wing plants in there stirring up trouble? Careful Bob,don’t get too carried away in your glee. Your getting close to doing what you accuse a lot of us for doing.

    • Anonymous

      Howley’s article says that the idea to storm the museum came from organizers. I see nothing supporting the claim that he was a “provocateur.”

      • Anonymous

        He was the only one there with half a functional brain, of course he is responsible.

        sarc off

      • Anonymous

        He was the only one there with half a functional brain, of course he is responsible.

        sarc off

    • At this point I’m inclined to believe that any violence coming out of
      the OWS protests may well be rightists acting out to try to sabotage the
      OWS protests by painting them as violent when they aren’t — and when,
      according to Howley who was there in their ranks, “so too do they lack
      the nerve to confront authority.”

      Thanks Spectator. For providing lunatic fodder. Sheesh. With friends like these, who needs enemies.

  • Anonymous

    Dumb with the capital D.  One true plant gives the MSM cover to claim any and all mischief by the lefties are due to right wing agitators.

  • Uh, might I point out that the American Spectator jounalist could have been nothing more than an embedded reporter who – to use an old expression – got in over his head.

    • Guest

      You can’t be making excuses for this guy… come on.

      He wasn’t there to protest, he was there to incite violence – and to get some leftists heads busted open – and to get leftists thrown in jail – and to paint the peaceful protestors as violent.

      ANY violence stemming from OWS is now suspect. Is it just another righty causing trouble? The right should demand this guy be fired.

      Jay did: “Howley should be fired. And if he doesn’t, then the American Spectator has declared itself not just an observer and commentator on the political struggle, but an actual participant.”

      American Spectator is more than a participant, they are a dishonest instigator causing violence.

      • retired.military

        “, he was there to incite violence – and to get some leftists heads busted open – and to get leftists thrown in jail ”

        Whereas his actions were out of line and he was definitely in the wrong, I didnt see anything which stated he was inciting violence or trying to get leftist heads busted open or thrown in jail..   One can argue that the pepper spray caused a panic reaction as well.   I reme.mber my first faceful of tear gas in basic training.  It was not a pleasant experience   That said he had no business doing what he did instead of simply reporting on the incident.

        While we are on the subject though I believe that the left has had people march in Tea party protests carrying BS signs and causing problems to try to give the tea party a bad name. Naturally BS Bob doesnt mention them or accuse them of the same thing as he did this reporter.

        • Guest

          ” believe that the left has had people march in Tea party protests
          carrying BS signs and causing problems to try to give the tea party a
          bad name. Naturally BS Bob doesnt mention them or accuse them of the same thing as he did this reporter.”

          I cant mention something I’ve never head before – and I haven’t heard of the left doing that.

  • retired.military

    Howley should get thrown in jail along with anyone else who broke the law. 

  • Anonymous

    The part that is getting ignored is the protesters he ran up there with to confront the guards.

    Yeah…Howley was pretty damn stupid and is going to pay a price for it.

    That it was so easy for him in the first place should also be taken into account.

  • Bad judgement, hell yes.

    Agent provocateur?  Only in a leftard’s fevered skull filled with excretia from its normal repository.

    • Anonymous

      Couldn’t have splained’ it better myselves!!

  • I disagree.  We have become so accustomed to political “reporters” who sit at desks and rewrite the script handed to them by the political parties we don’t know what an actual journalist should do.  We don’t get the facts, only the propaganda.  Walking among those who are making the story is good work.  He should not have provoked any ideas or actions but infiltrating is an excellent way to get the facts.  Why is this different than an embed in a war zone?

  • Anonymous

    Jay Tea has a point.  If you’ve gone to observe OWS, you observe.  You don’t try to incite them to greater acts of civil disobedience.  

    • Anonymous

      Still waiting for anything in that article which would lead you to use the word “incite.”

      He went there, sat through some of their meetings, went (with 100 other people) to the Air and Space Museum, ran to it with a dozen or so others (to try and follow the story), watched on of the protesters become violent with one of the guards, and slipped by the other guards (which seems to indicate that he didn’t provoke anything – the people who were provoking were actually being physical with the guards).

      There is nothing in the article that indicates that he came up with any of the ideas, started any of the confrontation, or was really responsible for any of the events of that day – other than having slightly more physical skill at slipping past security guards.

      On the other hand… the people who are complaining the most about this article have been doing quite a bit of “creative editing,” by leaving out the bit about how he actually got in – by slipping by when a protester got physical with a guard (which, in itself, would be newsworthy if they were reporting about a Tea Party protest).

      “If you’ve gone to observe OWS, you observe.”  When did that become a rule of news reporting?  Undercover (and active) reporting has been a staple of left-wing news organizations for many decades.  Of course, that was before the right wing bloggers started catching the left doing so many stupid things…

      • Anonymous

        “If you’ve gone to observe OWS, you observe.”  When did that become a rule of news reporting?

        It was the rule at every single news organization I worked at for 10 years. 

        • Anonymous

          A lot of news organizations have such a rule – for their obvious, on-camera reporting types.  When you’re standing in front of the camera, doing “straight” news, that’s important.

          However, pretty much every major (and almost all minor) TV, newspaper, and magazine I’ve ever read ends up doing some sort of “undercover” work along the way.  In every case, you can see examples of how that never really works out the way they claim.

          Dateline NBC and 60 Minutes made a habit of it.  For decades now, “immersion journalism” has been a hallmark of many leftist news organizations (where someone goes so deep undercover to investigate something that they end up deeply involved – and often in control of – part of the story).  For that matter, a number of the early greats in newspaper reporting made their early reputations by going under cover and “becoming” the story, while doing things that should have gotten them thrown in jail for fraud.

          …and, for the best example of how it can go horribly (and wonderfully) off the tracks – read some Hunter S. Thompson, and try to remember the phrase “Gonzo journalism.”  Note how many times he flat out lies about his identity and changes the final story line with his own actions.  Then try to find a majority of lefties who will tell you how wrong that was…

    • We’ll send both of you combs…