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Friday, April 9, 2010
NewsBusters Condones Erickson's Threat to Shoot Census Worker
Topic: NewsBusters

Are you sure this is how you want to take your stand, Lachlan Markay?

In an April 7 NewsBusters post, Markay declared that Bill Press "smear[ed] a prominent conservative blogger," newly minted CNN commentator Erick Erickson. The offense? In asking a question duringa White House press briefing, Press did not clarify exactly what Erickson threatened to shoot a census worker over.

Of course, that's not the way Markay put it. "[Press] misquoted RedState's Erick Erickson to make it seem as if he was encouraging the listeners of his radio show to not fill out the Census, and tried to turn Erickson's statement into an attack on CNN," Markay asserted, adding that "Erickson's shotgun comment was referring to the American Community Survey, which the Weekly Standard's Daniel Friedman has described as 'downright Orwellian.'" He continued:

It's quite telling that Press quoted Erickson as saying "pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little twerp likes being scared at the door." He actually said "pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door."

Leaving "ACS" out of the quote allowed Press to paint Erickson as one of those Census conspiracy theorists and as generally and vehemently opposed to any effort by the federal government to record information about its citizens.

That's mostly a distinction without a difference -- Erickson still threatened to shoot a census worker. Interesting that Markay is willing to give Erickson a free pass on making terroristic threats, as long as he threatens to shoot the right person.

Is that really a responsible stand for Markay to be taking?

(Press responds to Markay at Huffington Post.)


Posted by Terry K. at 10:02 AM EDT

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