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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Yes it is. I don't see anyone defending and or excusing his actions. Not even the man himself. And he is a politician who as well all know are experts at spinning.
    To be fair, there really have been quite a few people in this thread that defended his actions, or even expressed cheer at his response, called it appropriate, and praised him for it.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    To me, high schoolers running around trying to act like Hannity are pranksters. They're not doing in any type of serious journalistic endeavor.
    Is Etheridge a close family friend? Did one of these kids run over your dog? That's the only way I can explain your furious defense of Etheridge and your hilarious outrage over these kids.

    They put their 'school project' up on youtube, DELIBERATELY EDITED (with repeated scenes) to embarrass the Congressman.




    Unless that's James Cameron's kid, you might want to come up with a new rationalization for why you're so amusingly wrong about this situation.
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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

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    Dude needs to be charged with assault.
    Dude needs his ass kicked. Wish I was that college student and he tried to pull that crap on me, especially on camera. I would have stomped another hole in his ass.
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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by Alastor View Post
    To be fair, there really have been quite a few people in this thread that defended his actions, or even expressed cheer at his response, called it appropriate, and praised him for it.
    What I have seen mostly is people questioning the journalism of these students, myself included.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Yes I have read the thread. And I don't even think hazlnut who has gone a bit loony on this one is defending his actions.
    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut
    He didn't assault them. (unless DC has a different statutory definition)

    In fact, it could be argued that they assaulted him.
    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut
    I'm saying his version of the story could go something like this:

    "I was walking ALONE down the street. TWO MEN younger than me approached and DIDN'T IDENTIFY THEMSELVES. There was a LARGE CAMERA shoved in my face and they were BLOCKING MY WAY."

    He felt ambushed and tried to move past them.
    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut
    I'm giving my honest reaction to the video. I think it's funny watching two O'Keef wannabe's get the snot scared out them on their first outing.

    I hope the congressman doesn't catch too much flack over this.
    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut
    But I like the way he handled the little ****s and I hope he doesn't catch too much flack over it.
    And here's my favorite:

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    Grabbing the arm and the the neck is self-defense. Ju-Jitsu! Look how beautifully he rolled the little turd to side, clearing a path for his escape. Well played, old man.
    self defense! lol
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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    What I have seen mostly is people questioning the journalism of these students, myself included.
    Again, it doesn't matter what these students were doing unless they had assaulted the congressman. However, it was the other way around. There is no excuse for the congressman's behavior.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    What I have seen mostly is people questioning the journalism of these students, myself included.
    I'd say the issue of the assault completely overshadows the journalistic credentials that these kids had.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    What I have seen mostly is people questioning the journalism of these students, myself included.
    There have been instances where people have not simply questioned the integrity or motive of the students however.

    I too question those things - a great deal. More with each moment that passes without them coming forward in fact. I'm pretty much convinced this was a set up already actually. The only thing that would change my mind is them coming forward and explaining their actions and roles in the incident.

    But that's me.

    Some really have gone so far as to defend Etheridge and say he acted correctly. There are several posts to that affect in this thread.

    I agree that most people have responded the way you and I have. There have been exceptions, however.



    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    I'd say the issue of the assault completely overshadows the journalistic credentials that these kids had.
    I'd say that one person's culpability does not excuse another's.

    I believe everyone should be accountable for their actions and held to a standard of integrity. This includes Etheridge, and it also includes the political activists that provoked him - and whomever it was that contrived the circumstance to begin with.
    Last edited by Alastor; 06-16-10 at 03:07 PM.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Yes I have read the thread. And I don't even think hazlnut who has gone a bit loony on this one is defending his actions.
    Of course he is, as well as making excuses for Etheridge's actions. He was asked a question. Period. Nothing in that question he was asked was justification for his response, nor was the supposed agenda of the student.
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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by Alastor View Post
    I'd say that one person's culpability does not excuse another's.

    I believe everyone should be accountable for their actions and held to a standard of integrity. This includes Etheridge, and it also includes the political activists that provoked him - and whomever it was that contrived the circumstance to begin with.
    You are acting like it's equal playing ground. It's not. They asked him a question, whether it was partisan or not doesn't matter. All he had to do was walk away, and instead chose to take it to a completely different level. Even if he would have said "**** off" to the kids I wouldn't have a problem with it. The fact is that he attacked them. It was completely unwarranted, regardless of what they asked him.

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