Conservatives, Events, Michigan — December 13, 2012 at 6:50 am

Steven Crowder’s Breitbart-style editing of Michigan rally video getting noticed nationally


What, you think we wouldn’t notice?

Yesterday, I wrote about how Fox “News” contributor Steven Crowder used Andrew Breitbart-style editing of video from Michigan’s anti-Right to Work for Less rally on Tuesday to paint union members the worst way possible.

The story has been picked up nationally and, last night, was quoted heavily in a post at the New York Times news blog The Lede:

On Wednesday, however, questions were raised about the way in which Mr. Crowder had edited his video. After speaking with a witness to the events, the liberal blogger Chris Savage argued on his site Eclectablog that the video edit was misleading. {…}

As Mr. Savage noted, raw video of the scuffle over the tent shot by another camera showed that the man who punched Mr. Crowder was engaged in an angry discussion with a defender of the tent when the comedian stepped in between them. Within seconds the fight broke out.

In response to questions, including from his supporters, about the way he had edited the video, Mr. Crowder was by turns philosophical and prickly, but pointed out that more of the footage he used to make the clip was broadcast during his appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program on Tuesday night. {…}

Unfortunately for Mr. Crowder, a look at the video broadcast on the Sean Hannity show appears to show quite clearly that he left out an important section of the footage when he put together his edit. A section of the Fox News broadcast preserved by the Web site Mediaite shows that Mr. Hannity’s producers at Fox News started the clip five seconds earlier than Mr. Crowder did. What the extra footage reveals is the man who punched Mr. Crowder being knocked to the ground seconds before and then getting up and taking a swing at the comedian.

Here’s the video from Mediaite. As The Lede’s Robert Mackey describes, in the first few seconds, you can see that the union member that took a swing at Crowder had already been knocked to the ground and was getting up before he went after Crowder:

There’s also this bit that just shows Crowder’s utter lack of veracity:

There is one more anomaly in Mr. Crowder’s edit of the footage shot by his associates. The still frame he used for the clip’s title image on YouTube, which offers a much clearer image of the man punching him, was obviously shot by a second camera, from an entirely different angle than the rest of the footage he presented of the man hitting him.

I said something in a piece yesterday that I’d like to repeat here:

Let’s not kid ourselves about what “Tentgate” and “Hot Doggate” are all about: distracting the country from noticing that corporatist ideologues have turned the birthplace of American organized labor into a Right to Work for Less state. It’s a smokescreen, chaff to make sure the conversation is not about screwing union members and is, instead, about the AFP losing a couple of tents.

Also, a quick note to all the Breitbart fans, ultra right wingers and union hating conservatives that have flooded the comments section of the site these past couple of days: Welcome. I love having your traffic so please direct as many of your friends and associates here as you can. Comment, too. We love that. Just know that if you decide to call people names or start to spam the comments, I will delete them and, if you can’t behave yourselves and act civilly, you will be banned. I highly recommend you read my comment policy before making comments so that you know the score. But, truly, come back again and again and post links far and wide. We can use the money you generate with your visits to keep on doing what we do here.

  • Cooper

    Thank you for bringing this to the national spotlight.

  • Let me take some time to explain Michigan politics to right wingers who live outside this state and trolling this site. Michigan is pretty much like Pennsylvania than Wisconsin meaning if Detroit and the surrounding areas show up like they did in 2002,2006.2008 and 2012 your newly minted hero Rick Snyder is toast regardless how the idiots in the rural/small town GOP areas in the state vote.

    • Michigan’s economy has been in the gutters for years. This with a powerful union and the Dems holding the Governorship and the House. Why, exactly, are you happy? Either way, the working man is screwed.

      • What the fuck are you talking about? Jennifer Granholm was governor during the Bush years so basically she had to fight with one armed tied behind her back. Prior to Granholm’s two terms as governor we had another corrupt Republican governor named John Engler who ran the state in the ground from 1990-2002 if you do the math that’s 12 years. The reason I’m happy is because if the city and the surrounding areas show up in 2014 we can stop the radical fringe’s agenda by getting rid of Rick Snyder.

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  • Crowder deserved it regardless. Just like every ruling class ideologue and apologist deserves a beatdown at a mass demonstration against austerity. That’s right. If the working class is going to be a threat again in the U.S., as it needs to be given the looming catastrophe of capitalist-induced climate change, then a serious threat must be posed. Screw civility when it comes to those who justify our exploitation and block every advance.

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  • kirke123

    that punch must have felt great! want a war, then lets give it to them. i’m sick and tired of this government take-over. its time to act and act now!
    snyder has no idea about governing people nor does he and his band of taliban care. if we do not stop this afront now, then the slow state by state fed gov take over will be accomplished. labor rights and now women rights, soon we will be a 3rd world state.
    we must stop talking and act now!

    • nynetguy

      You are aware that Snyder has nothing to do with the Federal govt, right? He’s the Gov of the state..

    • earl hickey

      are you advocating Civil War? that form of lunacy is reserved for southern redneck.

      • DetroitRight

        Now, Now… I’m from the south and I don’t agree with that bullshit. All of us Hillbillies are not all crazy like that.

    • Georgina

      Nice try kirke 123. “Government take over”, sounds like tea party to me. THEY”RE BACK…… Careful people, remember these people have no legitimate facts to argue with. If their insults and name calling don’t work they will often try sounding like violent extreme radicals from the left. You know, gotta keep that union thug image going.
      If these trolls are paid or unpaid they’re not as good as they think. Maybe their bosses should have paid for GOOD UNION EMPLOYEES, to get the job done right. They’re showing up on all progressive anti-RTW sites.

  • J

    Thank you for this blog. I’m an ex-Michigander watching all this unfold with dismay. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed, and I look forwards to your updates.

  • Question for the author. Did the protestor fall or was he pushed? No where is it indicated that he was physically touched, only that Crowder stepped in between the protestor and one of the denizens of the tent.

  • Anna123

    Thanks for posting this we need to know the truth not Fox News version of the truth.

  • DetroitRight

    Hey! Why did you delete my comment supporting you? I want an answer.

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  • Roger MEA Retired

    I have a suggestion for every person in the state of Michigan that feels that the legislature and the governor are not representing us.

    If, according to our governor, people that work in a union shop shouldn’t have to pay an association fee (dues) to the union under RTW that they feel is not representing their interests. Even though, that union is required by federal law to represent them. Then why do we have to pay for a state legislature and state government that we feel has failed to represent us.

    Since as they say they are for peoples/workers choice and that people should not have to pay for something that they see no value in. Let’s send them a clear message that they are not representing us, contact your HR office, payroll, or whoever handles your payroll deduction and ask for a Michigan W4. Change your deductions to 9 dependents and in that way you can have the least amount deducted without raising to many red flags. Let us slow if not stop the flow of money to the state. Then next year when you file your Michigan taxes and you owe money send them $10 and a letter stating that, due to financial hardship, you are requesting a payment plan to pay what you owe and that you can only pay $10 per month.

    I am not telling anyone to violate any laws.

    But by doing this you can show the Michigan Legislature we are not happy with the representation that we are receiving from them.