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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    I can't believe there are some people who are trying to spin this.

    There was nothing inappropriate about the young men's behavior. They asked an elected representative a question about the President's agenda in a public place. Again, there is nothing wrong with this, at all.

    Possible answers Etheridge could have given:

    1. Yes, I support the President's agenda.
    2. I only support parts of the President's agenda, such as...
    3. No, I don't support the President's agenda.
    4. No comment.
    5. Leave me alone.
    6. Purple-monkey-dishwasher.

    There was nothing inappropriate or partisan about the question. Our President does indeed have a political agenda, and there is nothing wrong with asking an elected representative if he or she supports it. The question was broad but entirely relevant and totally innocuous. Only someone with a skewed sense of politics would consider this question inflammatory, partisan, rhetoric, etc.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by alms View Post
    I can't believe there are some people who are trying to spin this.

    There was nothing inappropriate about the young men's behavior. They asked an elected representative a question about the President's agenda in a public place. Again, there is nothing wrong with this, at all.

    Possible answers Etheridge could have given:

    1. Yes, I support the President's agenda.
    2. I only support parts of the President's agenda, such as...
    3. No, I don't support the President's agenda.
    4. No comment.
    5. Leave me alone.
    6. Purple-monkey-dishwasher.

    There was nothing inappropriate or partisan about the question. Our President does indeed have a political agenda, and there is nothing wrong with asking an elected representative if he or she supports it. The question was broad but entirely relevant and totally innocuous. Only someone with a skewed sense of politics would consider this question inflammatory, partisan, rhetoric, etc.
    Well, I agree with others that it was a pointed question and was most likely partisan in nature. It's a part of the "gotcha journalism" of our modern age. Regardless of that, there still is no justifiable reason for him to attack them.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    Well, I agree with others that it was a pointed question and was most likely partisan in nature. It's a part of the "gotcha journalism" of our modern age. Regardless of that, there still is no justifiable reason for him to attack them.
    Patrick,

    Perhaps you could help me, because I'm not seeing it. What is "partisan" about asking a politician about supporting the President's political agenda? I mean, the President does have a political agenda, and the politician obviously supports it or does not. What would have been the "gotcha" moment? What kind of partisan ammunition could have been acquired from an answer of yes, no, or only part of it.

    I honestly don't see how this question automatically implies some nefarious ulterior motive on the part of the students. It's an innocuous and simple question that is relevant to politics. I don't know, perhaps I'm not as sensitive as some...

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    Well, I agree with others that it was a pointed question and was most likely partisan in nature. It's a part of the "gotcha journalism" of our modern age. Regardless of that, there still is no justifiable reason for him to attack them.
    This style of journalism is a form of legal harassment.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    This style of journalism is a form of legal harassment.
    You are being ridiculous.

    First of all, there is nothing illegal about paparazzi-style journalism or gotcha-style journalism. That is totally false, and I don't know why you would make such a statement.

    Secondly, what these kids did was not even close to the tactics you're describing. They asked a simple question about politics in a public place. They didn't ambush Etheridge and they didn't ask him an inflammatory or overly personal question. You're just trying to muddy the waters right now by dishonestly ascribing tactics to these kids that they were never engaged in.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by alms View Post
    You are being ridiculous.
    No I'm not. It is a form of legal harassment.
    First of all, there is nothing illegal about paparazzi-style journalism or gotcha-style journalism. That is totally false, and I don't know why you would make such a statement.
    I never said it should be illegal. And I have stated previously that it should be be legal


    Secondly, what these kids did was not even close to the tactics you're describing.
    I'm sorry but sticking a camera on the street and banging off questions is a form of harassment. I know I have done it.
    They asked a simple question about politics in a public place.
    "Do you agree with the Obama agenda?" Is a simple question? I'm all agree with at least one thing he has done
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    They didn't ambush Etheridge
    They ambushed himm with a camera.

    And they want to stay anon.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    Well, I agree with others that it was a pointed question and was most likely partisan in nature. It's a part of the "gotcha journalism" of our modern age. Regardless of that, there still is no justifiable reason for him to attack them.
    Would it make a difference for you if the Congressman had been a Republican with the same question?

    Would it still have been "Gotcha Journalism"?

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    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.







    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.
    Did I see it right on camera 2 that the Congressman took the camera phone out of the kids hand and didn't give it back?

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    Would it make a difference for you if the Congressman had been a Republican with the same question?

    Would it still have been "Gotcha Journalism"?
    Yes it would have been.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Patrick View Post
    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.
    It matters. Again, and you can ignore this as often as you like, but it won't go away...

    Again I'd say that Etheridge should be held fully accountable for what he did.

    And so should the other people involved.

    One person's mistake does not excuse another's, and yes it does matter why the camera men where there and what they were trying to do.

    The only reason I could see for not wanting all parties involved in turning our political structure into a playground romp is pure and blatant partisanship.

    No, I will not ignore the mistake Etheridge made; neither will I ignore that it was an instigated, malicious, contrived, and dishonest circumstance to begin with.

    I believe in integrity. I believe in accountability. I believe in knowing the reasons behind something that appears to be contrived. I believe in holding all parties to a reasonable standard, not just those that ally with my political adversaries.

    What Etheridge did was wrong, but so is what they did.

    Etheridge should be held accountable, and so should they.

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