Idjit reporter shocked by ‘Amazing Grace’-playing bagpiper; Twitter schools; Update: Tweet deleted

Wow. As Twitchy reported, a man started playing “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes outside the evacuated Boston courthouse, where a large crowd of media and spectators had gathered.

It was an incredibly touching and moving display.

But, to Boston Globe reporter (and self-proclaimed star professor at Harvard night school) Billy Baker, it was a mystery and totally inexplicable.

Twitter is at the ready to help the “real journalist” out by providing a Teachable Moment.

Ace of Spades schools the idjit reporter as only he can.

His fellow Twitter users continue the lessons.

Besides being a “star professor,” he also claims to be a Southie guy.

And some homework for the Harvard-man.


Update: He deleted his tweet. Sorry, “professor”: Twitchy is forever.

  • Garth Haycock

    Would he rather that they play Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”?

    • Walt

      Probably prefer to hear AC/DC’s Highway to Hell. that seems ot be where this nation is headed in a hand basket.

      • yahneverknow

        aside: I think AC/DC’s Highway to Hell by bagpipe would be brilliant. Then again, I’m a bit odd. 😉

    • Jim

      We have a piper down!

  • Michelle

    Wow. I might understand his confusion if he was new to Boston, but in his Twitter bio he claims to be a “Southie guy” Southie is Dorchester. Dorchester is mostly Irish. It is not at all uncommon to see someone playing bagpipes somewhere around Boston on any given day. It’s part of the culture there. How could he not know that? Random bagpipe player because it’s Boston. Amazing Grace because people died. Baker is all kinds of stupid and ignorant.

    • mickeyco

      Takes double stupid to be a reporter & teach at Harvard.

    • ceemack

      That hymn is never as beautiful as when it is play on bagpipes.

      Okay, so maybe I’m a wee bit biased…

      • Judy B

        Not biased, just right! It’s always beautiful, but most so on pipes.

    • Billie Slash

      He claims to be a Southie, but a Dumbie would be more appropriate.

      • Michelle

        That’s the part that made me laugh the most – he claims to be a Southie and yet, he was confused by the random appearance of a bagpipe player? If he was raised in Southie, it most certainly was under a rock.

        • Miss Clairee

          It was on the Leftie side of Southie! That part of town doesn’t get out much!

    • SteveTirone

      Southie is NOT Dorchester. Dorchester is where you moved on up from Southie, after you saved a couple dollars. But they’re still both damn Irish.

  • Gordon

    He’s a journalist just asking questions… Think about it, Amazing Grace was written by a White, Christian by the name of John NEWTON.
    As we speak David Sirota is speculating that this is an activation code for a Protestant terrorist sleeper cell.

    • coachanthony

      Oh, those damn Christians and their Bibles!!! Why, next thing you know a group of them might show up and recite the Pledge of Allegiance or something……

    • TomJB

      Don’t look now, but there may be another white christian ready to whip out a bugle and play Taps. *cower*

      • Gordon

        RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!! (Throws self on bugle)

  • Right Wired

    Looks like this tweet was deleted?

    • BorderLine Guy

      Yep. Typical wuss. Can’t live with it. Even tried to CYA with:

      “The bagpiper played a few songs. Haunting and moving. Then he disappeared just as suddenly as he had appeared.”

      • Sons Thunder

        I think that’s the absolute worst part. I can’t imagine how he could reach adulthood and been able to ask the significance of Amazing Grace. However, he obviously did. Trying to hide his ignorance and cover with a ‘haunting and moving’…what a phony. Hope his colleagues ridicule him on a daily basis.

  • Lisa Dean

    Maybe I’m being dense today, but isn’t Amazing Grace played by bagpipers at funerals for police officers and firemen? And isn’t it played to show respect for the dead?

    • Terry Malpass

      Played for many reasons, that being one.

      The song is a wonderful testament of the Grace of Our Lord who saves us and renews us through that Grace. Makes the burliest of men weep as children when delivered right.

      My favorite Hymn and just beautiful on the pipes.

      • Judy B

        Ditto, well said.

    • Billie Slash

      Yes. And not just in Boston.

    • SpinMeNot

      Played at the funeral of my best friend, by a military Piper, along with Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. One a recognition of God’s Saving Grace in his life, the other a traditional/historic Black Gospel Spiritual. Other than Taps, that was the only music, at his instructions.

      I miss him terribly. I think I am done for the night. Be safe all, God Bless.

      • Lisa Dean

        It was sung at my Dad’s funeral as well and then they played Taps and I lost it with no chance of recovery. I’m just numb at the arrogance of Libs today…

      • mickeyco

        I’m so sorry for your loss. Praise Him that your friend knew God’s grace.

        • SpinMeNot

          Thanks, and it is the sure and certain knowledge that I will see him again that makes his absence bearable.

      • Judy B

        Very sorry, good friends are hard to come by…

  • Mamaelk09

    Well when he passes on they can take Amazing Grace off the list of songs to play at his funeral.

  • Diana Morrison

    Did he have to ask someone, “What’s that tune?”

    • Miss Clairee

      Yes. I think he asked a fourth grader who was on a tour with his school class.

  • Tucker Latham

    “No explicable reason” – High-octane arrogance AND ignorance.

  • Chris Ar

    If he had seen Spock’s funeral, he’d understand.

    • Orlando Cee

      He probably wasn’t even born when the movie came out.

      • Billie Slash

        Just my point. Some of these Millenials can’t pour piss out of a boot.

        • Clayton Grant

          Even when the instructions are on the heel.

    • Jim

      Dammit, who put these onions here?

  • Tom Anderson

    Idiots should not tweet. Seriously.

    • mickeyco

      But look at all the fun we’d miss.

      • Tom Anderson

        Ok, ya got me there. :)

  • grais

    How old is this kid?

  • Steve_J

    It doesn’t have to mean anything to Billy Baker. It only has to have meaning to the person playing the pipes.

    • Joe W.

      Thread winner!!!!!

    • Judy B

      I guarantee it meant something to most who heard it,

  • Mister A

    He just learned the word “explicable” and couldn’t wait to use it in a sentence.

    • riverlifecallie

      ^ Winner!

  • Clayton Grant

    Anderson Cooper immediately RT’d to Billy “silly pipebaggers”.

  • Harry A

    we get all bent out of shape for the dumbest things on twitter. this is an absolute non story, and we’re gonna take one tweet and start calling a guy an idjit? perhaps it was badly phrased, but you know what he meant and to go on the attack over something so petty, that should be beneath us. all of the well known conservative bloggers taking time out of their day to attack someone with less thank 6500 followers, so unnecessary . just my opinion though.

    • Billie Slash

      And we know what opinions are like……

      • Harry A

        im not saying that it wasnt kinda obvious why the guy was there, i probably would have worded it differently but he was just trying to say he’s surprised. on a day when CNN, ABC and FOX told us told us that someone was arrested, the AP said an arrest was imminent and CBS said theyre looking for a “WHITE MALE” i think we have other reporters to worry about. i struggle to see how baker is the “idjit” of the day.

  • Zefal

    Just tell him DHS secretary janet napolitano sent him and he’ll change his tune and say, “What brilliance!” And then he will lament that the man would’ve had new bagpipes if it wasn’t for the rightwing meanies who exposed the attempted purchase by DHS of bagpipes.

  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    Billy who?

  • Rob Stevely

    Looks like he deleted his ignorance.

  • DurkaDurka

    All Communist News Network reporters are required to get massive yeast infected an@l from their Party Chairman(Producer). This may explain why he didn’t know what planet he was on. He was in a state of rectally blistered hemorrhagic euphoria.

  • conservativemomma

    Check out the trailer from the “Amazing Grace” movie from a couple of years ago. Sadly there is probably not 3 public school kid who knows the history of William Wilberforce who spent his life pushing England to abolish the slave trade…and succeeded.

  • megthered

    OMG! Does this idiot not remember the funerals of the 9/11 responders. They played Amazing Grace with every one that I saw. My Irish family has not had a funeral without Amazing Grace. What a dolt!

  • 1SkepticalChick

    Annnnnd he’s deleted his post…except Twitchy, all together now….is FOREVAHHH!

  • Dick Beninya

    What. A. Schlep.

  • Syttende Mai

    Oh he must be playing because Bolshevik Obama lost on gun control yesterday.

  • Syttende Mai

    Oh he must be playing because Bolshevik Obama lost on gun control yesterday.

  • andycanuck

    And John Kerry says “Sweet Adeline” is his favourite song!

  • Randi Starr

    Fool(Frequently Opposer of Learning)

  • JustLikeAnimals

    @billy_baker Ass-clown reporter files inexplicably stupid report for no apparent reason.

  • Jack Deth

    Liberal stupidity is a disgusting marvel to behold.

  • maltwit

    Baker thinks Grace is a hooker who works on Harrison Ave. I hear she’s good but not “amazing”.

  • Rulz

    Just goes to show how intelligent Ivy League faculty can be .

    Don’t have all the answers either.

    GOP 2014

  • bo1921

    Why is “reporter” billy even there? Now that’s inexplicable. Is he “reporting”? Huh?

  • The Sanity Inspector


  • Osumashi Kinyobe

    I am reminded of Kirk’s eulogy for Spock in “The Wrath of Khan”.

    Of all the reporters I have known, Billy Baker is the most….

    (choking on emotion)

    … stupid.

  • Ryan D Lauer

    For no explicable reason: cocky.

  • Ricky

    Firstly, people from South Boston are not referred to as “Southies.” How do I know? I’m from Southie. Secondly, the type of pipes this bagpiper was playing are Scottish, not Irish. How do I know? I’m Irish. Thirdly, it would be absolutely bizarre to see a bagpiper playing outside a courthouse at any time, for any reason. How do I know? I play the bagpipes. Long story short? Billy Baker’s right, and you’re all morons. Please attempt to educated yourselves before you speak. Just because you’re conservative doesn’t mean you have to be an idiot ALL the time. Just some of the time.

  • Michelle

    I take it you’ve never lived in Boston. Bagpipe players aren’t “out of the blue” in Boston, they’re an everyday sight. It’s part of the culture. And Baker, who claims to be born/raised in South Boston (HEAVY Irish population), made himself look stupid by saying it happened for “no explicable reason.” You can’t be a resident of Boston and be confused over the appearance of a bagpipe player unless you are seriously dense.

  • Billie Slash

    Are you Billy Baker’s mama??

  • Bristel

    It doesn’t take a genius to guess why someone would play “Amazing Grace”… It’s like the guy has no logic in his brain.

  • Mead

    Regardless of whether it was scheduled, it was anything but ‘inexplicable’. Anything but ‘unable to be explained’. Think about it. He was asking “Why the heck is this guy even here?” And that’s just dumb.

  • Michelle

    OK, if you DO live in Boston, don’t you find it odd that a self-proclaimed “Southie guy” is a tad confused about a man showing up with bagpipes? Perhaps our experiences in Boston are different – I saw bagpipes all over the place on any given day playing for whatever reason, and NOT just at funeral homes. My specific point is – how can ANYONE who lives in Boston be “taken aback by the appearance of a piper” when it’s part of everyday activity? I mean, if I lived in Dallas, TX and a random bagpipe player showed up, I’d be a little confused. And I think due to the song the piper was playing in response to what happened Monday – the reason for the piper being there playing that song is pretty obvious. The reason Baker is catching flak for his not understanding why it happened is 1) He works for a newspaper 2) He teaches Harvard extension classes 3) He was raised in the most predominantly Irish neighborhood of Boston…and he couldn’t understand why that man showed up and played that song on the pipes.

  • Guest

    And just to demonstrate how chaotic it was out there, here’s a link to a story and video from the National Review website…

    Check this out. Now imagine that some guy with a bagpipe shows up. As a young Lawrence Fishburne said in Apocalypse Now when the Playboy Bunnies showed up in a combat zone, “This is sure enough a bizarre sight in the middle of all this s**t!”

    I truly believe that this is all Baker meant.

  • Michelle

    Well, you and I can continue to go round and around with our differing opinions, but I believe that would be a waste of our time. I see you claim above to know Baker, so I now understand why you are perhaps unable to be objective. But the primary reason this is now a moot discussion – apparently Baker himself realized it wasn’t a very bright comment…he has deleted it.

  • Michelle

    Ah, hey – thanks for the input, but it’s obvious you aren’t really paying close attention to this conversation. Playboy Bunnies showing up in a combat zone is most definitely odd on every level, but a bagpipe player showing up anywhere in Boston for any reason, regardless of what’s going, is incredibly normal and a frequent occurrence.

  • Michelle

    If he doesn’t like feedback, be it positive or negative, on the thoughts he conveys…it appears he has a Twitter account “for no explicable reason”

  • IceColdTroll

    LOL, I bet it’s his butt buddy. You the pitcher or the catcher, cupcake?