If the attack on Fox News contributor Steven Crowder by union thugs in Michigan on Tuesday was, as MSNBC and others have suggested, a setup, it was really well set up. As video from the “mostly peaceful” protest has emerged, lefty blogs already have had to back off of claims that Crowder pretended to be pulled back into the crowd.

Now, video newly released by FTR Media shows alleged “rat son of a bitch” Crowder interacting with his attackers before the punches were thrown. One protester is shown trying to dissuade others from resorting to violence, because “that’s what he wants.” Another is heard saying, “He’ll get what he wants.” Well, Democrat Rep. Douglas Geiss did say, “There will be blood.”

No matter how much video is released, the “he was asking for it” narrative continues.

https://twitter.com/ImpoliticOne/status/279389440458248193

Along with further background on the punching incident, the video also gives Crowder an opportunity to deliver a nice primer on Saul Alinsky tactics, complete with live demonstration.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Riddle me this: how does it benefit Crowder himself if he edited the video? It may benefit the right to work movement, but would it benefit him?

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      I don’t see how it could benefit him to do that.

      Question: Have you added the (D) to your name to immunized yourself from leftist criticism? If so, good tactic!!

    • Canadian in USA

      Apparently, there’s a conspiracy going on. (/sarc)

  • http://www.well.com/~cynsa/bulb.html SeamusRmoney

    Crowder finally admits, after about 1000 lies, that he went out of the tent and pushed the guy first. http://wonkette.com/492830/steven-crowder-tent-gate-1211-was-an-inside-job#idc-cover

    What a liar. Once the marshals were no longer there to contain him he went wild! Then lied about getting his ass kicked for starting a fight.

    • freeofliberals

      He tried to prevent the tent from being torn down with women and children inside. How is that “starting a fight”????

      • http://www.well.com/~cynsa/bulb.html SeamusRmoney

        Children? Quit lying. Even Breitbart’s Lee Stranahan and the AFP’s Scott Hagerstrom have said that is false. There were no children under the tent.

        Try to quit lying for 5 minutes.

        • http://twitter.com/KALKAM71 KALKAM

          Then be honest you prog…admit you have no right to take down what does not belong to you and that you have no right to swing at someone…

          You can’t…

          You care about liars? Spit on Susan Rice and her boss first…

        • AaronHarrisinAlaska

          Follow your own advice Wonkette. Protecting people and property isn’t starting a fight. Lee never made that claim his intervewie did. It’s irrelevant who was or wasn’t under there. Fact is ‘peacful’ protesters ingaged in unpeacful property destruction where thankfully only one person was really hurt. It’s these thing you ignore in order to protect those like minded to you and its that which sickens people.

        • Catchance

          So… it’s okay to destroy someone else’s property as long as no children were in there? Which they didn’t know, anyway?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

          A) Is a 15 year old not a child? You obviously haven’t watched all of the videos for an obvious young teenage boy denotes his age while recounting the events in the tent.

          B) Please show me where Stranahan have said that. Direct attributable quotes will help. I will link his HuffPo and Breitbart links so you can try. http://www.breitbart.com/Columnists/Lee-Stranahan and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lee-stranahan/

          • http://www.well.com/~cynsa/bulb.html SeamusRmoney

            Here you go. Stranahan directly says it here in this Taft interview w/Crowder …

            http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=99&c=849&f=878051

          • robcrawford2

            So, “Seanus”, you’re OK with assault and battery?

          • robcrawford2

            So, “Seanus”, you’re OK with assault and battery?

        • freeofliberals

          Ok, “People inside the tent”. Hows that. Does that make a difference???

    • Taxpayer1234

      Hey don’t watch the video or anything.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      The marshals? Was there a parade near the tent?

    • Zane Henry

      so, let’s get this straight. Crowder and others tried to prevent union thugs from pushing the tent down with people inside, and gets punched in the face. Somehow that is starting a fight?

      How dare they try to protect people in that tent! When union thugs wanna destroy something, you better just crawl back in the tent and let it happen, right?

      Oh and GFY.

    • AaronHarrisinAlaska

      You never watched the video, did you Wonkette? Police were right there and stood by. As for starting a fight. Oh man, technicalities. Technicalities every where. Technically crowder was punched for pushing some one. Technically he was pushing some one to protect others. The video shows the union supporters going after the tent with fist, foot, and one with a box cutter. People are inside that tent. Women, men, children. Crowder was punched because he was technically trying to protect them.

    • Seewetoldu

      What a joke.. you must be a union member here..and loose that fake link.

    • http://twitter.com/KALKAM71 KALKAM

      Wow, you filthy commie lovin progressives really assume everyone is as stupid as you guys were raised to be.

      You think nothing is wrong with a bunch of violent union thugs with self-control issues tearing down a tent that doesn’t belong to them…with people inside…because they don’t like opposition…

      But you consider someone doing something to stop the savage behavior you and your type were raised with as “starting a fight”???

      It’s not a class war..it’s a war of decent Americans vs you fifthly commie lovin progs.

      You guys are pathetic…you really think nobody will call you out on your crap or stand up to you…

      You need numbers to feel powerful…Americans need only themselves.

    • BeyondPolls

      The unions are racist.

      • robcrawford2

        Look into the history of “prevailing wage” laws.

        • BeyondPolls

          Interesting stuff.

      • robcrawford2

        Look into the history of “prevailing wage” laws.

    • Catchance

      Oh, right. You read Wonkette, a complete communist e-rag, and then tell us not to believe our lying eyes. And for the record, Crowder said that they were trying to push guys off of the tent that they were trashing. He didn’t say that he pushed the guy first. Talk about liars.

      • Its True

        And you are on Twitchy, a conservative attempt at spinning everything on Twitter to their “unskewed” reality.

        Then again, I doubt you even have any concept of what hypocrisy is. As, if you did, you wouldn’t be a conservative.

        Next tell me how honest O’Keefe is.

        • robcrawford2

          He’s more honest than you.

          Granted, that covers a LOT of ground…

        • robcrawford2

          He’s more honest than you.

          Granted, that covers a LOT of ground…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      So we should believe Wonkette (whom I know thank to their ‘Trigg Palin-Retard for President spread for the boy’s third birthday) and not the numerous camera angles that show the contrary? Sorry, guy. That takes more suspension of disbelief than most possess.

  • $38218625

    Leftist can’t abide honest, civil discourse.

  • $35072932

    Accuse the Accusers: @scrowder Gets the Left’s ‘Plate Glass Window’ Treatment
    http://theothermccain.com/2012/12/12/accuse-the-accusers-scrowder-gets-the-lefts-plate-glass-window-treatment/

    After yesterday’s incident in which labor union activists tore down an Americans for Prosperity tent in Lansing and sucker-punched Stephen Crowder, this headline zoomed up the Memorandum aggregation:

    Breitbart Folks Appear to Fake Violence in Lansing

    Huh? This was a decidedly odd piece of blogging: The claim that somehow the union thug clobbering Crowder was part of a right-wing hoax, based on such “evidence” as the event having been reported by “James O’Keefe’s buddy” Lee Stranahan — because, hey, if anybody at Breitbart thinks it’s actually news, that means it must be phony, right?
    “Accuse the accusers!” Re-arrange the narrative of events so that a story that obviously makes the Left look bad is, instead, a story about the Right unjustly trying to make the Left look bad.

    Crowder is being smashed “through a plate glass window,” so to speak. If conservative New Media and citizen-journalists call attention to such an incident, that very fact — the involvement of conservatives, and their interest in the incident as news — will be leveraged by liberals as part of the counter-narrative to discredit and de-legitimize the story.

  • $35072932

    Accuse the Accusers: @scrowder Gets the Left’s ‘Plate Glass Window’ Treatment
    http://theothermccain.com/2012/12/12/accuse-the-accusers-scrowder-gets-the-lefts-plate-glass-window-treatment/

    So it doesn’t matter to Marcy Wheeler at “Emptywheel” whether her bizarre version of what happened in Lansing is true or even rationally plausible. She has no interest in truth.

    She only cares about “winning.”

    In this case, “winning” means providing reporters with some flimsy pretext for ignoring what actually happened yesterday: Union thugs physically attacked their opponents in broad daylight.

    This should frighten us. The Left has rejected any notion of objective truth. Instead, there is only political truth. And political truth is judged by the Marcusean axiom of “liberating tolerance.”

  • rivers

    Oh yeah, the new tone. How dare Steven Crowder get punched in the face! Let’s get him! From Crowder’s twitter account:
    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/563591_571606776199097_226725351_n.jpg

  • Ntr

    It’s hilarious seeing the left all up-in-arms. It’s good to keep pushing them into a corner through states’ rights policies. Their brand of liberalism (modern) is a joke and needs to be treated as such.

    I’ll just leave this here…some things to remember when dealing with the left:

    Keep the pressure on. Never let up

    Make the adversary live up to its own book of rules

    Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon

    If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive

  • FrancisMcManus

    The video O’Reilly showed tonight had the part Steve Crowder edited out. The part right before, and during when Tony goes down tt he ground.

    The camerman is on one side of Steve and Tony is on the other. You see Tony walking toward Steven and Steven moves his shoulder into Tony and Tony goes down. As he gets up he says, “Now you assaulted me, right?”

    I can see why Steve cut that part out of what he posted on the YouTube and showed on Hannity. He started the physical kerfuffle.

    • Fred Zanfardino

      Your full of crap. Moving your shoulder into somebody is a instigation of a “physical kerfuffle” and justifies a sucker punch? And you ignore the fact that Tony was the one *going toward him* to continue the assault on the tent. Steve was only protecting himself and others. As for this Tony guy going down, in the NBA they call that a “flop.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjcitro Paul J. Citro

    Anything to justify the union thuggery

  • Drinky McGee

    Watching that twerp get punched will never get old.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      When your I.Q. and your shoe size match, what else do you really have to celebrate?

      • Drinky McGee

        I appreciate the flattery, but my shoe size isn’t 160.

        • precursor

          no but your IQ is a 10th of what you claim it to be.

          • Dave

            Good one.

          • Drinky McGee

            You’re supposed to capitalize the first letter of a sentence. Also, after “no” there should be a comma.

        • robcrawford2

          Neither is your IQ. Is that your BAC?

        • robcrawford2

          Neither is your IQ. Is that your BAC?

  • Renny

    Yeah, thug in hat gives old thug the set up. They def. targeted him long before.

  • ember

    This attack of the left is no surprise at all and was totally predicted.

  • walterc

    I got it figured out now, if Steve Crowder hadn’t kept hitting that guys fist with his face, there’d be no problem, right? /sarc

    This whole situation just highlights the situation we’re in in this country. IMO, we’re just a hairs breadth away from all out civil war in this country. I weep for my children’s future.

    • http://twitter.com/who_me_too RadicalRebelWhoMeToo

      I’m afraid you are correct.

  • robcrawford2

    Has anyone noticed what’s on the Union Thug’s t-shirt?

    A fist.

    A fist throwing a punch.

  • robcrawford2

    Has anyone noticed what’s on the Union Thug’s t-shirt?

    A fist.

    A fist throwing a punch.

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    I can no longer call these pussies “union thugs” because in my mind, a thug is a tough guy with a small self image. These guys are a bunch of lazy pukes who think they are tough. As far as I am concerned, Jihad and Unions are for PUSSIES. No different.

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    I can no longer call these pussies “union thugs” because in my mind, a thug is a tough guy with a small self image. These guys are a bunch of lazy pukes who think they are tough. As far as I am concerned, Jihad and Unions are for PUSSIES. No different.

  • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

    Where is the calls for Fox to fire the people who edited this video to make him look like a victim? Why aren’t you screaming the way you did about the Treyvon Martin case?

  • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

    Where is the calls for Fox to fire the people who edited this video to make him look like a victim? Why aren’t you screaming the way you did about the Treyvon Martin case?

  • Rick20033

    Anyone who could watch Crowder interact with that crowd and still accuse him of being a coward is being dishonest. It takes nerves of steel to wade into that crowd of boneheads and disagree with them.

  • Rick20033

    Anyone who could watch Crowder interact with that crowd and still accuse him of being a coward is being dishonest. It takes nerves of steel to wade into that crowd of boneheads and disagree with them.

  • FrancisMcManus

    In the video Steven Crowder published on the Internet, he edited out the part where Tony gets shoved to the ground. Why? Does it contradict his preferred story that the “union thug” started it, that union people are inherently violent? I would think it’d put a big hole in that pitch.

    In an interview with Sun News in Canada, Crowder admits he shoved Tony. See 4 minute mark in the unedited version: http://ow.ly/g7JNj

    Crowder does not report the incident to the police, of which there were about
    350 on the grounds of the Capitol. Instead he edits his video and goes
    on Sean Hannity.

    Later this week, Steve Crowder goes on Sean Hannity again and is confronted by a tea party union man Andy Sullivan for lying http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlMv39ZmjzM He says Crowder deserved it.

    We’ll see if Fox News thinks it’s ok for a contributor to intentionally mislead the Fox News audience and keep his job. My bet is that it’s 50/50 — dishonesty is never wrong if it serves the cause.

    Also, this week Michelle Malkin goes on Hannity to tell Fox viewers that violence wasn’t invented until unions existed, except for gang members, Muslims and Al Qeuda.. al shalom. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTG5gmRtpis

  • Red Fred

    It really doesn’t trouble me whatsoever if Crowder “said” something that angered the unruly union mob. He didn’t throw a punch.