The “journalists” at ABC57 in South Bend, Ind., reported yesterday on the suspension of a high school teacher who attempted to organize a flash mob on Twitter to help her burn down a local pizzeria. Nowhere in the report, a video of which appears below, did news anchor Colleen Bormann apologize for her role in inciting this over-the-top response by planting in the minds of locals the idea that Memories Pizza was hostile to gays.
As LU reported yesterday, ABC57’s news crew went door to door on Monday looking for a business willing to admit it supported the state’s embattled Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They found one in Memories, asking owner Crystal O’Connor whether the pizzeria would cater a same-sex wedding. Her answer — “We’d have to say no” — touched off a firestorm in the liberal blogosphere and mainstream media, which painted O’Connor and her husband Kevin as irremediable bigots, deserving of contempt.
If not worse. Enter Concord High School coach Jess Dooley, who tweeted Tuesday evening:
The account has since been deleted, and Dooley has been suspended pending an investigation.
Assistant Walkerton Police Chief Charles Kulp issued a statement asking for calm and indicating that charges of harassment, intimidation, and threats may be brought against Dooley. Perhaps prosecutors should look into naming Bormann and ABC57 as co-conspirators.
In the meantime, New York’s Daily News noted this morning that Memories has received moral and financial support from fellow “bigots” to the tune of $33,000 in three hours.
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