Joan Walsh Is on a Tear . . . of Lies

Just a few days ago, I noted that Ms. Walsh had a little fit of demagoguery over Stupak and the nuns. Today’s column carries on the same technique of taking as givens (for purposes of “informing” her audience) assertions that simply aren’t true, then castigating others for moral equivalency.

The opening gambit is to compare Eric Cantor’s assertion that his office was shot at with that of Ashley Todd, a McCain campaign worker who claimed to have been beaten up by political opponents, and whose story was later discovered—Tawana Brawley-like—to have been manufactured. Cantor’s office storefront in Richmond, according to police, was hit by a stray bullet, but there is no evidence to suggest that someone was aiming for it. Cantor had announced the incident earlier in response to demagoguing by congressional Democrats regarding Tea Party (or as they like to say, Tea Bagger) violence, with the MSM quickly following their cue, as you can see here.

Let’s for the moment put aside comparisons, such as those regarding noose incidents, some examples of which can be found here, here, or here, though I could reach back and find many others. Let’s also put aside the privacy violations that were so loudly decried by opponents of Bush, but which are magnified a thousand fold under ObamaCare and the relentless drive towards totalitarianism, and the question whether Ms. Walsh has so much as tut-tutted any violence to persons or property at peace or anti-globo rallies. In fact, I’m feeling so generous that I’m not even going to bother to find out what, if anything, she said about Kenneth Gladney’s beatdown by Purple Shirts of color spewing racist epithets.

Instead, let’s stick to what Ms. Walsh asserts. Ashley Todd was an ass, and I hope that she was charged with filing a false police report at the very least. That said:

But for a few days, the right wing insisted Todd’s attacker was the Democratic equivalent of the menacing crowds at Sarah Palin rallies shouting “Kill him!” and “Terrorist!” about Obama.

It’s completely untrue, based on an assertion by one journalist who is contradicted by the numerous Secret Service agents sprinkled throughout the crowd. Nevertheless, it is hauled out as a given thing by Ms. Walsh.

We needn’t really go that far back, though. The claim that Emanuel Cleaver was spat on the other day turns not to be true, either. A vociferous man who was not even hollering at Cleaver himself, did not prevent his spittle from impacting Cleaver as he went by. It was claimed that a rock was hurled through anti-abortion Democrat Driehaus’s office window, when that office is on the thirtieth floor of a Cincinnati building. The Carnahan coffin incident didn’t turn out as advertised. Then there’s the matter of Condomquiddick. And if anyone has documented proof of the n-word being hurled, as claimed by Andre Carson, against the CBC the other day, Andrew Breitbart will make you $10k richer. Surely, given the numbers of recording devices, there must exist a trace of this awful slur.

Walsh does reference the story of a maniac rear-ending the car of a man with an Obama sticker on the bumper, and that person ought to be put away for awhile. Does she doubt that I could cite numerous instances of violence or threats of violence against Republicans by Obama supporters? She need look no further than the mockery that was made of American election law by virtue of Holder’s bizarre decision to quash a judgment against members of the New Black Panthers in Philadelphia. Some gay supporters of Hillary in Chicago have been harassed by Obamaphiles so much that they’ve responded with a blog. Does she remember the uproar about Bill Sparkman, supposedly murdered by yokels as a threat to Census workers everywhere? Has she denounced actual incitements to violence on the airwaves?

Ms. Walsh’s denunciations aren’t worth an Obama EO, when she resorts to lying to make her case. I’m sorry, but that is an immediate bar to credibility here, just as it is in the case of AGW. Straighten up, Joanie Baloney, because our Tea Party anger stems from the insulting lies that the administration and their Congress keep telling us, and that you and most of the MSM seem only too willing to abet.

(Idea of Scott Baker at

The House voted to censure Joe Wilson when he shouted “You lie!” after Obama claimed that illegal immigrants wouldn’t be covered by his legislation. They then had to spend the night making their counter-claims true. And we will see, won’t we, Joan? And I’m sure you’ll be the first person to point out that Obama will have lied, even if he grants amnesty to those illegals, and to demand an apology on his behalf, because you are a paragon of journalistic virtue.

UPDATE: Many thanks to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air for linking me up.

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22 Comments on Joan Walsh Is on a Tear . . . of Lies

  1. Buelldawg // 03/27/2010 at 8:15 am // Reply

    Of course, Joanie will never follow up on her accusations when her theory proves false. It doesn’t fit the narrative. She is so out of touch.

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  2. Thorgina McSaladtosser // 03/27/2010 at 8:51 am // Reply

    Hey Dan, I hate to pull a Joe, and link to a PW comment section, but Ric “daddy-hate” Caric just left this gem regarding your homophobia.

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  3. Bob Reed // 03/27/2010 at 9:01 am // Reply

    Joanie Baloney…
    That is priceless!

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  4. Topsecretk9 // 03/27/2010 at 9:04 am // Reply

    I’m enjoying this immensely. Democrats are so dumb. They spent eight years publicly fantasying about the murder and demise of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al and they really think the US citizenry don’t recall their violence against anything and everything republican?


    They think pulling the victim card after years of praying for Bush’s death, cheering every Cheney heart problem or republican death, preparing Molotov cocktails to throw at cops and republican convention goers, biting off the fingers of senior citizens, beating a black man and screaming niger in his face because he’s conservative and on and on isn’t having the net effect of further reducing their Democrat credibility? Cry wolf much?

    Years of “chill wind” and “dissent is the hight form of patriotism” and now they really think they can pretend that doesn’t exist and people don’t remember and people don’t see the their hypocrisy and cynicism?

    Estimated 10k Teaparties in Searchlight, NV. today after a week long of effort to demoralize…You seen a map of Nevada? Searchlight is in bumfuck, population 798. No where to stay, nothing. IOW not a fun place to make a trip to for a protest.

    So keep it up dipshits!

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  5. Stupak and the Nuns, I love that band!

    Seriously though, why is the legacy media so exercised over phantom cries of “nigger” but seems to think its perfectly acceptable to actually SAY “teabagger?”

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    • I think you know the answer, Christopher. But why don’t you send me emails about your posts, anymore? I get busy and forget to check, though you’re on my reader.

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      • Meh, not writing anything good enough to email people about lately. I only feel comfortable pathetically begging people for links when I have written something I figure is noteworthy.

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    • Lazarus Long // 03/27/2010 at 10:22 am // Reply

      Nowhere NEAR as good as Dr. Utopia and the Unicorn-riders.

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  6. Thorgina McSaladtosser, “pull a Joe”? Ha!

    You may notice as you stare into PW like the Little Match Girl, that Jeff linked to this link. So linking back to PW is just fine. Heck, even Glenn Reynolds liked to Jeff last night.

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  7. Dan, this is an epic act of citizen journalism. Bravo.

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  8. Watching these buffoons get confronted with their own perfidy and cruelty after making all these womanly accusations, and then have to feign attempts at creating a logical case for “incitement” has been like watching a people lose a language. Apparently, the case that wild tea partiers are running around in a murderous frenzy awaiting Republican “incitement” boils down to crosshair posters, the phrase “hell, no!”, and the word “Armageddon”. These people are pathetic, and Ms. Walsh is more vile than most.

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  9. I am so sick of the ploy of the left using the “N Word” argument against those on the right they don’t agree with. It’s like if you can’t argue the point on it’s merit pull out the “N Word” that’ll do it…NO IT WON’T! Not any more…they have used it up…”one size does not fit all” any more! It’s time the left put on their “big boy panties” and man/woman up. We spent 8 years of them calling Bush everything but President or a man…and it’s over…we are going to fight back…(oops did I use an improper word there?)at the ballot box come November or any election that happens between NOW and THEN!

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  10. Joan Walsh is the worst of shills, but she gets her creds from appearing on MSNBC, what do you expect? That being said, for being so “intellectually superior”, the Dems ignore the fact that for every tea party person at a rally there are a thousand others behind at home of like mind and heart. It is just so ignorant to attempt to falsely label these folks with something different every week, as right now those labels and the negative rhetoric coming from both the left and the MSM are probably the greatest recruiting tools the tea parties have. “Intellectually superior” indeed.

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  11. JIM WHITTAKER, Hemet, CA // 03/28/2010 at 3:51 pm // Reply

    Joan Walsh is such a bitter old harpie, can’t stand to
    read her or watch her on the rare tv appearances. She
    needs to go get laid…

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    • That’s the answer for everything to ignorant jackasses like you, isn’t it? You mean like Obama is laying the whole country, asshole?

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  12. walt willower // 03/28/2010 at 4:02 pm // Reply

    oh, c’mon – she’s just an old cunt, what do you expect?

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  13. Hey, Dan, why don’t you write an article about someone who is really screwing the country, like Obama? Joan Swirsky can do nothing to make our lives any better or worse…That’s what all you liberals do, though…You shoot the messenger…But what can one expect from people who have no reasoning ability…

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    • Hi, Pete. First I want to thank you for reading and commenting. Then, I’ll just say that you should take a look around, because this isn’t the only post, and some of them deal directly with Obama and Company. That said, yes, these people do have to ability to do us harm. They have done us harm. And it is not acceptable to sit by and let them lie and slander, and not call them on it.

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  14. “It was claimed that a rock was hurled through anti-abortion Democrat Driehaus’s office window,”

    Humm this Sounds sooooo familiar, like an M.O.!

    “08 race worker held in damage to Colorado Democratic HQ — One of two people suspected of shattering 11 windows Tuesday morning at the state Democratic Party headquarters has an arrest record and a history of helping a Democratic political candidate, public records show”

    “Police said that about 2:20 a.m., 24-year-old Maurice Schwenkler, now in custody, and an at-large accomplice took a hammer to the picture windows displaying posters touting President Barack Obama and his health care reform efforts”

    Sounds familiar, like an M.O.!

    Yes, PAID Democrat campaign worker Maurice Schwenkler was caught (and now convicted) smashing 11 windows at the state Democratic Party headquarters!

    The windows all had pictures/posters for Obama care.

    Sounds familiar, like an M.O.!

    From thinkprogress BEFORE it became public knowledge that the Vandal was a PAID Democrat campaign worker

    “A “vandalism spree” hit the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters in Denver today, where the “vandal allegedly used a hammer to smash” 11 windows. Party Chairwoman Pat Waak attributed the violence to the intensity surrounding the health care debate, saying, “Clearly there’s been an effort on the other side to stir up hate.”

    Sounds familiar, like an M.O.!

    Why do Democrats PAY Democrat campaign workers vandalize their own offices and then blame it on Republicans?

    Eric Bradley reports
    “Caleb Faux, the party’s executive director, finds it hard to believe the incident wasn’t related to the legislation’s passing.

    “I have to assume that it did,” Faux said. “We’ve been here for three years and we’ve never had an incident of that kind.”
    According to Faux, the rock didn’t shatter the window, which is made of heavy plate glass. It did, however, make a hole the size of a half dollar coin and crack the glass.”

    And the reporter didn’t question a rock being thrown from ground level up 30 stories to hit the window on the 30th floor of the building?

    Is this a Faux report?

    “Faux estimates the window will cost several hundred dollars to replace. He had not yet filed a police report.”

    Could that be due to the Cincinnati police might not believe a rock could be thrown from the ground up to the 30th floor of the building?

    The fact! that this was not reported to the Cincinnati police screams it’s bogus!

    Sounds familiar, like an M.O.!

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