First blood? Reporter loses slam-down with Secret Service at Trump event

First blood? Reporter loses slam-down with Secret Service at Trump event
(Image: Video screen grab, @JoePerticone, Twitter, via Breitbart)

What’s actually interesting about this extremely stupid development, which makes me tired, is that so many sites reported it as if the security agent involved was some nefarious rent-a-thug working for the Trump campaign, and was mistreating the reporter — implicitly in a brownshirt sort of way.

He was actually a U.S. Secret Service agent, and John Nolte makes a good case here that the reporter made the first — unacceptable — move, jostling the USSS agent and then saying “F*** you” to him.  (And no, there are no circumstances under which there might be some legitimate reason to behave that way with someone who is obviously a security worker, whether you know he’s Secret Service or not.  Asking for trouble is stupid and irresponsible, period.)

I’ll let you pursue that if you want to spend time with the videos and decide for yourself.  (Nolte has the counter-story links.)  The whole thing is so mind-blowingly idiotic, I can hardly stand to keep typing here.  It’s just emblematic of how biased the political coverage is out there, and how careless with facts.  So it’s worth calling to your attention.

Remember this barking-dog “coverage,” regardless of which candidate you’re hearing tendentious “gotcha” rumors about.

For posterity, a screen cap of the aggregator service Memeorandum displaying the various headlines about this incident.

(Screen grab of Memorandum aggregator page, 29 Feb 2016)
(Screen grab of Memorandum aggregator page, 29 Feb 2016)
J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.


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