Media — June 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm

UPDATED: Former MIGOP spokesman who suggested it’s time for “armed insurrection” hired as MLive op-ed contributor


Are you freaking KIDDING me???

So, did you hear about the former Michigan Republican Party spokesperson who asked if the SCOTUS decision on the Affordable Care Act justified armed insurrection?

His name is Matthew Davis and he just got hired as an op-ed contributor by MLive, one of Michigan’s largest media outlets. I am, sadly, not kidding.

First they acknowledged the scandal around him:

A funny thing happened on the way to announcing that Matthew Davis was going to be a new political columnist for He made news. Big time.

They go on to describe his sending out an essay to major media outlets asking the question, “Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?” which had this egregious bit of treason:

If government can mandate that I pay for something I don’t want, then what is beyond its power? If the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday paves the way for unprecedented intrusion into personal decisions, then has the Republic all but ceased to exist? If so, then is armed rebellion today justified?

Then, unbelievably, they say this:

We think he’ll be a great addition to our other two political columnists, Tim Skubick and Susan Demas. Check out his column on MLive on Mondays and Wednesdays.

This is a man who thought it appropriate to incite “armed insurrection” because the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act that will help provide healthcare coverage for tens of millions of Americans who do not currently have it. He has absolutely zero credibility of any sort about any topic now that he has revealed himself in this way.

I cannot fathom why MLive didn’t jettison this un-American traitor the instant they learned of his missive. That’s what a truly professional media outlet would do. Period.

If Tim Skubick and Susan Demas have any shred of journalistic credibility, they should resign in protest.


ADDING… It’s interesting how the description of Davis’s email went from “widely distributed” to one that went “several others”.

First article:

A Lansing-based civil rights attorney who has held positions with the Michigan Republican Party and Department of Corrections, questioned in a widely distributed email today whether armed rebellion was justified over the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare.

Matthew Davis sent the email moments after the Supreme Court ruling to numerous new media outlets and limited government activists with the headline: “Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?”

Second article:

One of the sites [Davis] contributes to frequently is The Michigan View. Editor Henry Payne asked him and several others for a response to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that upheld the health care reform law. Matt jotted his thoughts and accidentally hit the Reply All button. He regrets that move – and a thought he put in the column calling for armed rebellion.

History, it seems, is malleable when you’re justifying hiring a treasonous op-ed contributor.

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