Shocker: When It Was a Democrat Roughing Up a Reporter, Rush Limbaugh Didn’t Think It Was So Funny

Yesterday, RedState’s Kimberly Ross expressed the disappointment a lot of people have felt over how Rush Limbaugh joined the chorus of Republican hacks making light of a Congressional candidate (now Congressman-elect) assaulted a young reporter. Back in 2010 when Democrat Congressman Bob Etheridge from North Carolina roughed up a young reporter asking questions, Rush had a totally different attitude about it.

Here’s a taste of what Kimberly commented on. Read the rest of her article for full effect.

Limbaugh’s reaction to Gianforte’s treament of journalist Ben Jacobs is another disappointment. Instead of harshly and seriously condemning the candidate from Montana, he amused himself by pointing out how studly he was when taking on the reporter’s Millennial form.

From Rush’s show on Thursday:

In Montana — ladies and gentlemen, I must do something. I must join the chorus of people condemning what happened out there. This manly, obviously studly Republican candidate in Montana took the occasion to beat up a pajama-clad journalist, a Pajama Boy journalist out there.

The story is he grabbed his neck and threw the guy to the ground because the journalist was being insolent and disrespectful and whiny and moany and accusatory. And the manly, studly Republican simply didn’t realize that on the big stage you can’t do this kind of stuff and kicked the guy’s ass to the ground. This cannot be accepted. This must be condemned. I wonder how many people in Montana are now gonna vote for the guy, though? (laughing)

And there’s a brave newspaper out there, a brave newspaper withdrew its endorsement for this studly, manly, brutish Republican. His name is Gianforte, Greg Gianforte, and he didn’t like this reporter who’s indistinguishable from your average Millennial man today, virtually indistinguishable. He’s from the U.K. Guardian.

The Republican talking point of the day was to mock the masculinity of reporter Ben Jacobs and celebrate Greg Gianforte for beating him up. I suggested yesterday that this sort of coverage would undoubtedly be quite different if it were a politician of a different party had been the one doing the beating. Then I remembered that back in 2010 video surfaced of Democrat Bob Etheridge getting physical with a young reporter with a video camera.

Limbaugh’s take then was quite the opposite of what he expressed yesterday. From Rush’s radio show of June 17, 2010:

Bob Etheridge. As I said at the top of the program, if a United States soldier had done to a murderous terrorist what Bob Etheridge did to this student he would be facing a court-martial. In fact, if one of us were to grab a young woman, get caught on video in the act, could we just say we’re sorry and that we were being stalked by some evil right-wing website and get off scot-free? The chances that Etheridge will be charged with a crime like the rest of us is zero, or practically zero. Look at how the Democrats circle the wagons around every one of their reprobates. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter who the reprobates are. They’re all out there circling the wagons around this guy.

(Those last few sentences really ring hollow given the “reprobate” Rush Limbaugh and his fellow radio talkers helped win the White House.)

Rush participated in the wagon-circling around Greg Gianforte just like every partisan Democrat did for Etheridge, Clinton, Obama, and every other left winger who ever got into hot water.

If you have a low tolerance for abject hypocrisy, don’t read this next excerpt.

‘Democrats Defend Etheridge, Attack Breitbart — Bob Etheridge’s abject apology for roughing up an anonymous conservative videographer is being accompanied by a defense of the congressman from national Democrats. … DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse: ‘This was a Republican party tracking operation.” Here’s the dirty little secret about Etheridge. And don’t forget, there have been many other guys like Etheridge. Jim Moran, a number of these people. And here’s the dirty little secret. This little incident is very illustrative of how Democrats look at the world. They are above us. They are above all of us. They have more rights than we do. They can force us to observe their rights while abdicating ours. What on God’s green earth — and they’re saying he might have been drinking. So what! They’re denying it, but even if he was, that’s no excuse. What made him think he could lay a hand on anybody and steal his property much less somebody just asking a question? Why would that question make him go bat crazy like this? (emphasis added)

Why indeed. That’s an excellent question. Too bad Rush doesn’t see that it applies to his “manly” pal Gianforte as well. I used to believe Rush was sincere when he talked about the character of our leaders mattering, but Rush isn’t interested in defending principles anymore (if he ever was).

The man who blazed the trail for conservative media is now appears to be just another tribalist hack.

Now, to be fair, let’s be fair, we try to be fair on the EIB Network, there are limits to free speech even from aspiring journalism students. We have to admit here, folks, these are tense times, and this journalist should have known the danger he was putting himself in. When a journalist (especially a student journalist) asks a congressman if he supports the Obama agenda, that’s like yelling fire in a crowded theater. I mean, you ask a congressman whether he supports the Obama agenda you are asking a question that is guaranteed to create all kinds of — they don’t want to answer this. ‘Who do you think you are? I don’t have to answer your question.’

The Republicans’ American Health Care Act is part of the Trump agenda, so it’s almost poetic that Gianforte attacked Jacobs for asking him a question about that in particular.

There was “no excuse” for Bob Etheridge assaulting a reporter but doing the same thing makes Greg Gianforte “manly” or “studly.” It’s just like how Bill Clinton’s adulterous behavior was a desecration of the office of President but Donald Trump’s is treated with a wink and a nod and some golf course back slapping. If Rush is only hanging on to say whatever helps Republican reprobates hold the reigns of big government, maybe he should pack it in—and take the likes of Hannity and Ingraham with him.

I’m sure some will read this and complain that there are bigger issues to deal with and rebuke me for not “fighting the real enemy” yada yada. That’s fine. I just think a rudderless conservative movement that can’t even rely on those who were once its firebrands is a big issue and worth talking about.

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VIDEO: Familiar Ailment Hits Hillary Clinton During Commencement Speech at Wellesley

During the 2016 campaign there was a lot of speculation about Hillary Clinton’s health because of symptoms that were blamed on pneumonia and frequent coughing spells supposedly caused by the amount of public speaking she had to do. I don’t think her speaking schedule is as grueling now as it was then but the coughing still seems to be a problem.

For some reason, those assembled cheered and whooped for Clinton’s lozenge use. Clinton blamed the cough on allergies.

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Badass ‘Grandpa’ Squares Off with Armed Muslim Terrorist in the Philippines

RedState’s Andrea Ruth reported on the horrific acts perpetrated by Islamic terrorists in the Philippines but not all of them are getting away with their atrocities. There is a report from the region of a septuagenarian fighting an Abu Sayef terrorist who entered his home. The terrorist was armed with an assault rifle and the elderly resident only had a machete-like weapon called a bolo.

The 70-year-old Lolo (Grandpa) Peryong confronted Abu Ubayda and engaged him in a hand-to-hand combat in his backyard in the town of Calape. Abu Ubayda was the last of an 11-member Abu Sayyaf team, who clandestinely slipped into Bohol last month with the intention to kidnap victims for ransom.

Captain Jojo Mascarinas, intelligence officer of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said Lolo Peryong was cleaning his backyard in the afternoon of May 15 when Ubayda, armed with an M16 assault rifle, intruded the perimeter of his house in Barangay Lawis in the town of Calape some 45 kilometers north of this city.

While all his neighbors fled for their lives, Lolo Peryong took a bolo and bravely attacked the bandit.

Ubayda was apparently caught by surprise as Lolo Peryong came swinging his bolo at him.

Ubayda, for whatever reason, did not shoot Lolo Peryong but was able to parry the old man’s non-stop bolo thrusts and hacking. He succeeded in seizing the bladed weapon from the old man, who continued to attack.

Eventually, Ubayda stabbed Peryong, then butt stroke him with his rifle before pursuing Army soldiers arrived and shot the terrorist dead.

Fortunately for Lolo Peryong, the wound was not fatal. He was brought to the hospital, where he is now recovering.

Nice job, Grandpa.

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Laura Ingraham’s Site Peddles Fake News to Defend Candidate Accused of Assault

Obviously the big topic of discussion today is Republican Greg Gianforte’s alleged physical assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. As one would expect in the state of political tribal warfare that now exists, there are people defending or even applauding Gianforte attacking Jacobs. Some of that has manifested itself as typical meathead smack talk while some of it is more insidious, like writing deliberately misleading headlines.

Laura Ingraham’s site Lifezette published this piece earlier today:

Montana Assault Witness Changes Story, Says No Neck Grab

Reporter says firsthand account misstated key aspect of Gianforte incident

This isn’t really a change in story if one recognizes that the story here is that a candidate for Congress lacks the self control to answer (or ignore) a reporter’s questions without resorting to physical violence. Nor is the neck grab a particularly “key” aspect of the incident. Saying it is a key aspect of the incident sure seems like a transparent attempt to create the impression that the candidate did nothing wrong. Something was alleged then something was recanted, so this whole incident must be more fake news. (Anyone who has worked in online publishing knows that a sizable chunk of the audience never reads past the headline.)

The Lifezette piece cites Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna’s eyewitness account.

Among the small handful of eyewitnesses was Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna.

Acuna wrote a report published on Fox News that detailed what happened as Jacobs aggressively questioned Gianforte.

“At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” she wrote, “Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, ‘I’m sick and tired of this!’”

Acuna repeated her initial version of events during an appearance on Fox News Wednesday evening.

“Gianforte grabbed [Jacobs] by the neck, slid him to the side, and body-slammed him, and then got on top of him and started punching,” she said.

On her radio show, Ingraham apparently grilled Acuna on insignificant details, leading Acuna to clarify the manner in which Gianforte grabbed Jacobs before slamming him to the ground, as if that makes a candidate attacking a reporter more acceptable.

Details from Acuna’s report quickly went viral online, but she said Thursday during an interview on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that she misstated the neck grab.

“One of you guys said last night that he put his hands around his neck,” Ingraham said. “Which, as somebody who’s done a lot of taekwondo and self-defense, to me that seemed, that might not be exactly right.”

“You know, and I’m the one who said that,” Acuna replied, “I saw both his hands go up, not around his neck in a strangling type of way, but more just on each side of his neck, just grabbed him and I guess it could’ve been on his clothes, I don’t know.”

Ingraham asked Acuna if that meant she was changing her story.

“Again, just to clarify, he didn’t grab him by the neck with both hands in the way that was initially described, that’s not quite accurate,” Ingraham asked at the end of the interview.

“No, so it wasn’t like he grabbed him around the neck, he had one hand on each side of his neck,” Acuna confirmed.

WELL THAT CHANGES…absolutely nothing. Acuna still saw Gianforte grab Jacobs and body slam him, which is unacceptable behavior for anyone, let alone someone running for Congress.

Ingraham’s Twitter comments about the incident are equally dismissive, veiled zingers aimed at the attack victim rather than the hot head Republican who lost control. Rush Limbaugh was making similar comments on the radio today, only condemning the assault sarcastically while describing Gianforte as “manly” for reacting to questions with violence.

That’s what high profile conservative media has become in the age of Trump. Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and others like them have voluntarily become little more than the Republicans’ version of Deny, deflect, dismiss anything that reflects badly on their team and conversely promote anything that does the opposite (even if it’s a debunked crackpot conspiracy theory).

They have decided that their job is not to defend ideas anymore but to defend politicians, provided those politicians wear the right color jersey. Remember when they all said they cared about a candidate’s character and we fell for it? Good times.

Ask yourself how the coverage of this incident from the right would have been different had Gianforte been a Democrat. Conservatives can’t complain about media double standards when conservative media is just as guilty of them. You don’t defeat fake news with more fake news.



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Does PETA Know Yet? Texas Legislature Approves Weird New Way to Hunt Feral Pigs

Picture it: The easy soul harmonies of The 5th Dimension singing Up Up and Away playing in the background punctuated by the sounds of high powered rifles. Texas has approved hunting for feral pigs and coyotes from hot air balloons.

Texas lawmakers have approved hunting feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons.

The state already allows shooting feral hogs from helicopters. The latest hunting twist comes as the state looks for new ways to control a growing hog population that causes millions in damages to crops every year.

Hunting by helicopter has proven expensive and difficult to hit anything, and often scares the animals away. Hot air balloons are quieter and offer a more stable line shooting platform.

The bill requires the state to license hot air hot hunting. Texas has an estimated two million feral hogs. Their high breeding rate and lack of natural predators has seen their population explode

The bill passed the Senate Wednesday night and now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott for his consideration.

I’m not sure how this would work. It’s my understanding that you don’t really have much control over where you’re going when you’re up in a balloon. Will hunters launch their balloon and hope it drifts over some hogs? Maybe the balloon will be tethered in area with a dense pig population. Either way, it sounds like a unique way to spend the day.

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What Does Calling Islamic Terrorists ‘Evil Losers’ Reveal about Donald Trump?

During the 2016 campaign, one of Donald Trump’s biggest applause lines was pointing out that Barack Obama couldn’t say the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” Only he had the courage to call the terrorists what they are, not the RINO establishment or the Democrats. Only Trump.

Now he’s president and after the first major terrorist attack to occur during his term, he seems unable to say those words himself. For some reason he has opted for calling them “evil losers” which is even more tepid than the language Obama used.

Some people are analyzing this as if there is some deft psychological strategy at work. More likely this is just evidence of Trump’s lack of depth and his weak command of the English language.  Anyone who has been following politics in the age of Trump will know that “loser” is a word Trump uses to identify (and to feebly insult) anyone who disagrees with him. “Loser” is often modified by predictable adjectives like “major” or “total.” Then he might add a comment about how the “loser’s” career or business is failing. This he probably believes to be the coup de grâce.

Trump believes he is the definition of what it means to be a winner. Couple this narcissism with his limited vocabulary and “loser” in his mind means “not like Trump.” He naturally believes this to be the ultimate insult.

These tweets are only the tip of a very large yet laughably juvenile iceberg.

It would seem as though the only thing separating the terrorists who savagely murdered Manchester concert goers is that they are “evil” while people like Michelle Malkin, Jonah Goldberg, Bill Krystal, S.E. Cupp, et al are just garden variety losers.

Trump is a man of few words. I don’t mean he doesn’t ramble on and on behind the podium. He can certainly do that. What I mean is that Trump only knows a few words. He’s a man who’s vocabulary never made it out of the 8th grade.

I think he realizes this and it is one of his many insecurities for which he compensates with combativeness and braggadocio. It’s why Trump reacted like a 14 year old girl when Jonah Goldberg observed that Trump was tweeting like a 14 year old girl. Trump’s impulse is to try and belittle those who disagree with him. I think the effort he puts into it rises in proportion to how much smarter than him he fears his target is.

So why is he falling back on this “loser” reflex with regard to terrorists? He is in the middle of an overseas trip and he has probably been coached not to unload on radical Islam right after making nice with the Saudis. Without that option, he’s left with precious little with which to express an opinion. So the terrorists are losers, just like everyone else Trump dislikes. Only evil.

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Sean Hannity Teases ‘Huge Announcement Tonight’ Involving his ‘Future at Fox’ and Seth Rich Story

RedState has been following the, shall we say, difference of opinion between Fox News and talk show host Sean Hannity regarding the Seth Rich conspiracy theory. Fox earlier retracted an article containing claims that Sean is still pushing on Twitter, his radio show, and on his Fox News television show apparently.

Now Sean is teasing a big announcement about the Seth Rich conspiracy theory as well as his “future at Fox.” Hannity’s defiance of Fox today on the radio certainly lends itself to speculation about the host and network parting ways.

Is it a play to boost his ratings or does he really have something big to reveal? I guess we won’t know until tonight. He’ll probably milk most of the hour before saying anything he considers to be “huge.”

I won’t make any predictions because ever since Hannity became a full time apologist for Donald Trump, he’s liable to say anything.

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NICE: Fox News Disses Sean Hannity, Retracts Bogus Seth Rich Story Out From Under Him

Today Fox News issued a retraction of its coverage of the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. The story implied that there was evidence that Rich was the source of leaked emails that embarrassed the DNC during the 2016 presidential campaign, leading to speculation that Rich was murdered by someone working for the DNC.

On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.

We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.

The May 16 story in which former detective and Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler claimed to have evidence of Rich’s communications with Wikileaks is still available via the Web Archive. Wheeler later recanted that claim. That hasn’t deterred some from continuing to suggest that the murder of Seth Rich was a DNC orchestrated revenge killing.

RedState’s Jay Caruso commented Sunday night on the debunking of the story and how loyal Trump sycophants like Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich are pushing the the DNC murder angle. The timing makes it look like they’re using the Seth Rich speculation as a counterweight to the Democrats’ unsubstantiated accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to fix the election, another claim that is much hyped despite there being no evidence. We’ve got two tribes dueling with conspiracy theories.

Even though Fox News issued the retraction, Sean Hannity is still frantically pushing  the story on Twitter and his radio show. No doubt that this will consume his television show tonight as well.

Seth Rich’s brother pleaded with Hannity to stop peddling the conspiracy theory.

Maybe someone at Fox should fill Hannity in on what meets their standards. Maybe that doesn’t matter to Hannity who is not really a journalist, but a partisan talk show host. He defiantly said on the radio today “I am not Fox News. I retracted nothing.”

Hannity claims to be doing this for the Rich family (who have repeatedly asked him to stop). In the clip from his radio broadcast, Hannity’s claim to having deep feeling for the Rich family seems less passionate or sincere than his focus on how this story is pushing aside the story of the investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. It’s pretty clear what is driving him here and it’s not truth or concern for the family of Seth Rich.

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How Kellyanne Conway Helped Name a Minor League Baseball Team’s ‘Ball Pig’ Mascot

Politics attaches itself to everything these days, sucking the joy out of life like a bloated tick—more like one of those Alien face huggers to be honest. You can’t escape it. Not even popular escapist pastimes are safe. A Saint Paul, Minnesota minor league baseball team adopts a pig every year as their mascot. Fans submit names for the “ball pig” and this year the name chosen was a political jab at President Trump’s chief counselor Kellyanne Conway and her gaffe about “alternative facts.”


The St. Paul Saints unveiled the name of their newest ball pig “Alternative Fats” during a Facebook Live stream that included a video parody of Counselor to the President Kellyane Conway’s interview on NBC’s Meet the Press in which she coined the term “alternative facts.”

“You wanted the name of our 2017 Ball Pig, and we’re giving you Alternative Fats,” the team wrote alongside a photo of the pig.

The parody video is excruciatingly awful and unfunny.

Some of the other names suggested were funnier.

The team said it received a record number of entries in its “Name the Pig Contest” including references to the state of Minnesota or the team’s 25-year history as well as gag suggestions such as “Piggy McPig Face.”

Sean Aronson, director of media relations/broadcast for the saints said they also received an overwhelming amount of politically-themed names such as “Boar’d of Trump,” “Ham Jong Un” and “Pigimir Putin.”

If you’re holding a contest to name a “ball pig” and the winner ends up being “Alternative Fats,” how can you classify “Piggy McPigface” as a gag suggestion? They’re all gag suggestions because this is a gag.

Troy Drury, a fan of the team on Facebook, didn’t care for the name.

Troy Drury: I’m somewhat surprised you went political, but at least you could have chosen something funny. #pigly

Marshall Skare: they didn’t choose something funny. they chose something hilarious!

Troy Drury: #notmyballpig

Now that hashtag is funny.

The team said that the name is “not a direct shot at anybody” despite obviously being a direct shot at Conway.

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VIDEO: More Airline Drama as Unruly Trump Supporter Gets Kicked off Plane in Shanghai

This video is just bizarre. An old guy wearing a red “Make America Great Again” cap made a big scene on a United Airlines plane in Shanghai, China bound for Newark, New Jersey. He was eventually taken off the plane by Chinese police.

Apparently the guy thought he deserved an upgrade and was trying to forcibly take one by not letting anyone sit in the same row.

It’s unclear whether Chinese police did jail the man or who he was. As others on the United Airlines flight described it, he started arguing before he stepped onto the plane.

“Obviously, the hat provoked some of the stuff,” said Alexis Zimmerman, who was flying back to Newark from a business trip.

The man took an aisle seat three rows in front of her. She said he refused to let anyone sit beside him.

“He wanted to sit in the whole row by himself,” Zimmerman said.

Her video shows him leaning back in his seat — hands folded behind his red hat, feet propped on someone else’s arm rest — while a woman in crutches and many others stand in the aisle, snap photos and glare.

But the United crew in Shanghai remained polite and patient throughout Sunday’s ordeal, said Clark Gredoña, another passenger.

“He was trying to explain to the crew and captain … because he had points, he felt he deserved an upgrade,” he said. “So this was his way of getting it.”

But he got no upgrade. And before long, as seen in video, the man was waving his arms and shouting: “I have a seat here! … Shut up! … Moron!”

This went on for the better part of an hour, passengers Gredoña and Zimmerman said. And somehow in all of it, U.S. politics came up.

Of course U.S. politics came up. There is no escaping it.

“I know people don’t like my hat,” Zimmerman heard the man say.

“He berated a female passenger,” Gredoña said. “I think he called her Hillary. Then he called her a lesbian. I think he called a stewardess ‘sweetheart.’ ”

The man became “increasingly disruptive when asked to deplane,” a United spokesman said in a brief statement. “Local law enforcement was called to assist.”

Police had no more luck persuading him than anyone else. So Zimmerman, Gredoña and every other passenger had to return to the terminal and wait for the officers to remove him from the plane.

The crowd of people inconvenienced by the man started chanting “Lock him up” as police took him away—an obvious dig inspired by the Trump hat and the rallies where “Lock her up” was changed about Hillary Clinton.

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