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Sunday, October 17, 2010

How Long Will MSM Ignore Assault By NY Congressman Maurice Hinchey On Reporter? / Update: Poughkeepsie Journal Scoops NY Times

If you were hoping to wake up this morning to an extensive investigative report by The New York Times, The Washington Post, or any of the major mainstream media outlets on the physical assault last Thursday by New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY22) on an upstate reporter who questioned Hinchey about conflicts of interest in sending federal earmark money to benefit a property partially owned by Hinchey, you will have to wait.

Although the assault has been reported by the YNN Capital Tonight program, Politico, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, HotAir, Instapundit, The Daily Caller, and your humble correspondent, among others in the blogosphere, and even though the upstate newspaper for which the reporter worked is standing by the report of the assault...

... as of this writing, The NY Times  and the rest of the MSM are silent.

Because a senior New York Democratic Congressman getting in the face of a reporter, telling the reporter to "shut up," chasing the reporter down, pushing his finger into the reporter's chest, and grabbing the reporter's throat, is not newsworthy.

But it certainly was newsworthy when YNN's Capital Tonight program reported on Carl Paladino's confrontation with a NY Post reporter, in which Paladino threatened to "take out" the reporter after the reporter's newspaper send photographers after Paladino's young daughter, but did not engage in any physical contact.

Paladino's verbal assault arising out of a personal dispute with a reporter meant everything and served to disqualify Paladino from office, but Hinchey's physical assault arising out of a reporter's investigation into Hinchey's conflicts of interest apparently means nothing.

Update 2:10 p.m. -- Still nothing from the NY Times, but the Poughkeepsie Journal has the scoop the NY Times, Hinchey in Altercation with Reporter.

Update 5:50 p.m. -- MSM still maintaining strict radio silence.

Related Posts:
Congressman Maurice Hinchey Commits Assault and Battery On Reporter
Reporting From Ithaca: Is Maurice Hinchey Really In Trouble?

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  1. The left is besides itself that people have turned on them. They do not know what to do and how to handle it. Their propaganda just doesn't work anymore. The age of the internet really makes sure that the MSM is held to account, something that has never truly happened before.Their hypocrisy is evident and they have no sway in the world anymore.It really is driving them crazy.Watch over the next two weeks it will get worse and then after the election...watch out.

  2. I thought it was interesting that Crooks and Liars, complimented by a post from Zandar the Stupid, came out with posts about how Democrats are recieving threats just as this Hinchey story was starting to get legs in the blogsphere.

    Here we have Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey caught on tape assaulting a reporter last week. Democratic Congressman Bob Etheridge is on video assaulting a student videographer a few months ago. A high level campaign worker walking next to Democratic Senatorial candidate Martha Coakley during her campaign was caught on tape throwing a Weekly Standard reporter to the ground within Coakley's view.

    These are elected Democratic officials, or in the case of Coakley a high level staffer, assaulting citizens.

    But the looney left are busy portraying mentally disturbed psychotics as dangerous right-wingers.

  3. here's another violence by a Dem story that is being ignored.


    full disclosure, i wrote that. I am guest blogging over there.

  4. I took the trouble to actually watch the video. Hinchey never threatened or assaulted anyone. He told a rightist activist to shut up only when that activist interrupted a reporter who was trying to ask a question.

    Nice try.

  5. @libhom - read the story about the incident, and it is clear that the physical assault took place after the filming was over and Hinchey pursued the reporter down the hallway.

  6. libhorn,

    so the man was a rightist activist instead of just being a reporter trying to get an honest answer to his question, huh?