Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.


- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Friday, September 05, 2008

Ultimate Irony: 2 Fox reporters detained by police at RNC protests

Dispatch from the Angry Middle:

If this isn't the ultimate irony. Yes I'm laughing as I type.

This from Lubbock Texas:

Media Arrested With Protesters on RNC's Final Night
2 MyFox Journalists Detained, 1 Arrested

ST.PAUL, Minn. (MyFox National) -- Two MyFox journalists were among several media professionals detained or arrested Thursday night on a bridge where about 200 protesters were taken into custody enroute to the site of this year's Republican National Convention finale.

MyFox national editor John P. Wise and MyFoxDFW.com editor Alice Kalthoff were reporting on the protests. Police set off smoke bombs to disperse the crowd after which protesters were directed to head toward the bridge. That's when the protesters, along with the journalists, were stopped by police on the bridge and told that they were all under arrest.

It turns out that 19 news media journalists were detained and/or arrested while covering the RNC protests, including journalists from FOX, the AP, and Minneapolis' own KARE-TV. Many said that their press credentials were ripped off or ignored.

Local coverage from Minneapolis/St. Paul's KARE11:

ST. PAUL -- Police in St. Paul and Minneapolis made more than 800 convention related arrests during the four-day run of the Republican National Convention.

Nearly 400 of the arrests came on Thursday - the convention's last day. A large share of those took place Thursday evening on the Marion Street Bridge, several blocks west of the Xcel Energy Center.

Police used flash-bang grenades, smoke, pepper spray and tear gas to herd scores of protesters and several journalists onto the bridge.

Dressed in riot gear, police then blocked both ends of the bridge before ordering protesters and journalists to drop to the ground and place their hands on their heads.

My favorite part of the local coverage was the link embedded in the middle of the story:

Click here: Was hosting the RNC worth it?

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2 Comments:

Blogger Big Primpin' said...

I'm one of the FOX journalists who was arrested in St. Paul last week. Here's what happened from my angle:

http://www.myfoxny.com/myfox/pages/ContentDetail?contentId=7384001

3:26 PM  
Blogger feduphoosier said...

They are going to clear your record, right? Is the network backing you up?

Thanks for posting an update!

5:14 PM  

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