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Congressman issues apology

June 15, 2010

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— A Democratic congressman apologized Monday after video posted online showed him swatting at the camera, demanding that two men taping him identify themselves and grabbing one of them by the wrist and neck.

“I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved,” Rep. Bob Etheridge of North Carolina said in a statement. “No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response.”

The video was posted on websites owned by Andrew Breitbart, the conservative Web entrepreneur who also released video of workers for the community organizing group ACORN counseling actors posing as a pimp and prostitute.

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whats_going_on 3 years, 10 months ago

good god, every affiliation has bad apples, quit pointing fingers. It's getting really old, and it's not helping anything.

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Pantoozo 3 years, 10 months ago

The guy is a democrat. Leave him alone. Breitbart, Drudge are always picking on democrats by asking them questions.

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cato_the_elder 3 years, 10 months ago

For the record, all of you who have referred to "assault" need to know that what the Congressman committed, at least based on my review of the tape, was both an assault and a battery. In most jurisdictions "battery" can be simply an offensive touching (e.g., fondling a woman on a crowded subway train). The significance of this is that battery is designated statutorily in some jurisdictions as a more serious crime, carrying more serious penalties, than assault. I don't know whether that's the case in D.C., assuming that the confrontation occurred there.

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Agnostick 3 years, 10 months ago

jafs (anonymous) replies…

Even if that's true, this guy did assault someone.

Shouldn't he be held accountable?

And, his comments are way off as well - he doesn't have the "right to know who you are" - if he doesn't want to answer questions, he can simply walk away.

If it's illegal for people to video public figures on the street without their consent, he can call the police.


Good points, jafs!

So, if it was assault... has there been a police report?

The problem with filing a police report is that the complainant would be obligated to truthfully detail the incident... including when and where it happened. That police report would then most likely be a matter of public record.

As I pointed out to 75x55, there might be one or more parties that wouldn't want that kind of information to be common knowledge.

I checked TheSmokingGun.com and they don't have anything about this (yet).

Breitbart knows that he alone is driving this story. Like any good Nascar driver, he knows that every single part needs to be screwed down tight. So, a police report would be like having a 3/4" socket bouncing around in an engine cylinder @ 185 mph.

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com

P.S. It's not illegal to videotape an elected official on a public street. Libel? As an elected official, Etheridge would have to prove actual malice--that Breitbart was out to get him and him alone. Breitbart could easily weasel out of that charge by just saying "I wasn't out to get Etheridge, specifically--I'd have been happy to ambush most any Democrat/liberal I could! It didn't have to be Etheridge, specifically."

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75x55 3 years, 10 months ago

So, have all your talking points sources been updated yet to reflect that this video was posted days before Breitbart got hold of it?

Viva DemUndgnd mailing list!

Remember to double-tap the messenger.....it's the Progressives way!

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Kontum1972 3 years, 10 months ago

and the dude with the sunglasses is going to do some time...hope his new roomie will be to his liking....

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Agnostick 3 years, 10 months ago

I imagine it can be difficult for some people to keep cool in that kind of situation. Most anyone can pick up a Flip camera at Best Buy, buy a cheap suit, and claim they're an "independent journalist" or "documentary film maker." Hindsight being 20/20, best response for the congressman would've been a smile and something like, "Call my office and speak with my assistant--(s)he'll help set up an interview."

This kind of "whore journalism" practiced by Breitbart, Drudge, Ruddy etc. is little more than political tabloidism--all shock, no substance.

Etheridge is now at the mercy of Breitbart's boys. If they decide to press assault charges against Etheridge, he'll have to face the music.

"Publius," indeed.

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com

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75x55 3 years, 10 months ago

Wow. You guys must have massive arms from carrying all this water for your party of choice....

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macon47 3 years, 10 months ago

i am getting kinda tired of these cheesey little jerks passing them sleves off as reporters and making asses of them selves reminds me of the kshb reporter gal and lew perkins freedom of speech and the press, ha ha ha ha just be a jerk and get you photo on utube

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BigPrune 3 years, 10 months ago

I read somewhere the good Congressman just check himself into a rehab clinic for sex addicts.

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jmadison 3 years, 10 months ago

Had Etheridge just left a caucus with Jack Daniels?

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm amazed Etheridge didn't whistle up some SEIU thugs to bust heads.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

Etheridge was taking that "hit back twice as hard" bit too literally.

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jaywalker 3 years, 10 months ago

Considering the antagonist's past history, I'm gonna need to know what was said to the rep before passing any judgement. Haven't heard the whole story but saw the tape; sure didn't look like such a big deal to me. If he was purposely baited and/or this 'activist' crossed the line of decorum, I've got no problem whatsoever with the congressman gettin' slightly physical.

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Pantoozo 3 years, 10 months ago

Why would he get upset over a question about whether he supported President Obama's doctrine? The student probably was wearing a tie and the congressman thought he was a republican. If the student had long hair and was wearing beads he probably would not have been hit by the democrat congressman.

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Pilgrim2 3 years, 10 months ago

The only acceptable apology will come as the Congressman emerges from jail after serving his sentence for assault.

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grammaddy 3 years, 10 months ago

Saw that video on facebook. Russell Simmons posted it there from hes "Global Grind" I was appalled that ANYONE would treat another human being so rudely!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

"The video was posted on websites owned by Andrew Breitbart, the conservative Web entrepreneur who also released video of workers for the community organizing group ACORN counseling actors posing as a pimp and prostitute."

That's not what happened. That's merely how Breitbart lied about what was done at ACORN offices.

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