Something You May Have Missed At the Debate Yesterday
Dealing with the 9-11 kooks over at Screw Loose Change, I've been caught up in a completely separate world from the rest of the political blogosphere. The "Truthers" are certainly out there on the edge.
One of the things they have been doing is confronting candidates on the campaign trail; I'm sure many of you have seen the videos of John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani having to deal with these crackpots:
Well, last night, CNN gave press passes to some of these tinfoil hatters, and predictably, they got into it with one of Rudy's flacks in the Spin Room:
The altercation ended with Matt Lepacek, the "reporter" for Infowars (Truther demagogue Alex Jones' operation) getting thrown out of the room. Sadly, CNN staffers reportedly attempted to prevent this from happening:
Though CNN staff members tried to persuade police not to arrest the accredited reporter-- in violation of the First Amendment, Lepacek was taken to jail. The police station told JonesReport.com that Lepacek is being charged with felony criminal trespass.
They don't call it the Clinton News Network for nothing!
On a serious note, CNN deserves a good razzing for allowing these kooks into the room. The media were in charge of this event; they have to do some screening of the press and make some tough decisions. Allowing multiple members of the Infowars (there were at least 4-5 of their "reporters" in attendance) is a mistake; allowing one might be a mistake. These folks are dangerously unbalanced and odds are high that one of them will turn Taxi Driver. If CNN won't do their job, the Secret Service should.