January 8, 2009

Bay Area TV Station Notes ‘Professional Protester’ Influence in Riot; Other Media Silent

OaklandRiotTVreportPic0109Here’s something you don’t see every day.

A video report about last night’s riot in Oakland related to the shooting death of an unarmed man at the hands of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer actually calls it …. a riot. What’s more, the reporter notes, as is really often the case in situations such as these, how  people he characterized as “professional protesters” egged others on and created the atmosphere that led to so much violence and vandalism.

CBS5 reporter Joe Vazquez filed “Inside the Oakland Riot: A First-Hand Account.” It’s a little too “gee whiz” to me, but it least it gets some usually unreported facts out.

Here is the full text of the video:

Anchor: Last night, Joe Vazquez followed those demonstrators every step of the way. Well Joe, police noticed the influence of so-called “professional protesters.”

Vazquez: I have to tell you, one other intricacy in, in, and you hear about “mob mentality,” this was a classic example of it. It looked like most people were there to just have their voices heard. But there was so much anger.

And there were also folks in the crowd inciting it, no doubt about it. There were some folks in fact that when police had dispersed you saw a lot of people run. But then there were some folks in the middle, the ones with their faces covered. Perhaps they had been in protests before; they certainly looked like it.

They were yelling, “Come back, come back. Confront these officers. Stand your ground. Come back here and get in these officers’ faces.” And when they did that, that provoked the police officers’ actions.

So there’s no doubt about it, there were some interesting levels of protest. These, you might call them “professional protesters,” they were definitely inciting the riot. They were yelling, “Come back here! Support us! Stand your ground!” And that’s when the confrontations happened.

Vazquez’s blog entry at the same link on what transpired uses the term “instigators” instead of “professional protesters, and supplied these additional observations:

Demonstrators would occasionally disperse, but then instigators in the crowd who appeared to be anarchists called them back.

They wouldn’t identify themselves, but those instigators wore bandanas on their faces and seemed more intent on provoking confrontations and throwing stuff at police than truly having their voices heard.

“Come stand with us,” they implored. “Stand up for Oscar Grant!”

The crowd would then return. And they were getting bolder. Some protesters screamed just inches from the faces of officers. The cops stood still.

Others waved photos of Grant and called the officers “pigs” and “murderers.”

….. Glass started raining down. Bottles, trash – anything protesters could get their hands on – were flying at officers. They kept marching. Officers mechanically stomped over a woman’s bike as they chased her off. Other protesters who stood their ground were hit with billy clubs.

Occasionally, officers would burst into the crowd to go after the folks throwing garbage at police. In a tactical maneuver reminiscent of my rugby days, the officers would send four officers sprinting into the crowd, tackle the suspected offender, then retreat with the arrestee back behind the formation.

….. It was shocking to see, but the officers seemed to follow their training and were quite restrained, from my perspective.

To sum up the night, it was pandemonium that seemed uncontrolled, unplanned and unnecessary. Most of the protesters were not thrilled about having their peaceful demonstration thwarted by ugly behavior of a few.

You will search in vain in the rest of the media for any reference to the professionally organized nature of the riot. Actually, you won’t even see any “riot” reference except in “riot gear” worn by police at these links: the Associated Press (“Fatal police shooting sparks violent protests”), the New York Times (“Oakland Simmers after Night of Violence”), and the San Francisco Chronicle (“Protests over BART shooting turn violent”).

But the Chronicle did leave its slip showing by having a sidebar link asking readers to share and view their “riot photos.” Oops.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

They Never Learn: CNN Withdraws Apparently Faked Video of CPR Attempt on ‘Dead’ Palestinian Child

CNNgazaFakeStoryPic010809Not that it ever really went away, but fake news is back in Gaza, and the worldwide media is being played.

Many readers will likely detect the fakery in the linked video pictured on the right on their own (HTs to Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs [LGF] and Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee via Instapundit).

The video purports to show the death and hasty burial of a cameraman’s 12 year-old younger brother, one of two children allegedly killed on the roof of their home in rocket fire from an Israeli drone.

A seemingly pretty knowledgeable LGF commenter spotted what many inexpert readers who see the video will also catch (bolds are mine):

I’m no military expert, but I am a doctor, and this video is bullsh-t. The chest compressions that were being performed at the beginning of this video were absolutely, positively fake. The large man in the white coat was NOT performing CPR on that child. He was just sort of tapping on the child’s sternum a little bit with his fingers. You can’t make blood flow like that. Furthermore, there’s no point in doing chest compressions if you’re not also ventilating the patient somehow. …. In a hospital, during a code on a ventilated patient, somebody would probably be bagging the patient during the chest compressions. And they also would have moved the bed away from the wall, so that somebody could get back there to intubate the patient and/or bag him. In short, the “resuscitation scene” at the beginning is fake, and it’s a pretty lame fake at that.

So the question is, were they re-enacting the resuscitation scene by repeating their actions on a corpse, because the child had died earlier? It’s likely that the answer is no, that child is still alive, and is just an actor pretending to be a child who was killed. Why do I say that? Because the big guy in the white coat, if he’s really a doctor, nurse, nurse’s aid, EMT, or any sort of health care provider at all would be entirely aware that tickling the boy’s sternum doesn’t really look like actual chest compressions. If the boy was dead, the man would have done a more convincing job in compressing the chest. The taps on the chest that he’s doing are the sort of thing you see in bad TV dramas …..

Here’s what the video link at CNN looks like now (except that the orange box is mine). Note that the false narrative at the top right still remains:

CNN should have known better. The doctor involved in the scene, Mads Gilbert, as described with copious links by the Committe for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), is a Marxist radical with a long-standing hatred of Israel and the United States (some of the links to a Norwegian language site may not be suitable for children’s viewing):

Gilbert is a radical Marxist and a member of the political Red (Rodt) party, a revolutionary socialist party in Norway. He has been a pro-Palestinian activist since the 1970′s and travelled to Lebanon in support of the Palestinians during the first Lebanon war in 1982. He has long been a vocal opponent of Israel and the U.S. Gilbert has acknowledged that he cannot separate politics from medicine, stating, “there is little in medicine that is not politics.” He even criticizes the group Doctors Without Borders for providing medical assistance to both sides in a conflict instead of taking a strong stance and supporting only one party. In a 2006 article in Nordlys, journalist Ivan Kristoffersen lamented the fact that Gilbert allows his humanitarian efforts to be politicized by his radical agenda.

The extent of Gilbert’s political agenda and animus toward Israel and the U.S. is best evidenced by his radical support for the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the U.S.

In an interview with the Norwegian daily, Dagbladet, shortly after the attacks, Gilbert stated: “The attack on New York was not surprising, after the policy that has led the West in recent decades. I am upset over the terrorist attack, but am equally upset over the suffering which the United States has created. It is in this context that the 5000 dead people must be seen.” ….. When asked by Dagbladet if he supported the terrorist attack on the U.S., he replied: “Terror is a bad weapon, but the answer is yes, within the context I have mentioned.

A Jerusalem Post editorial that appeared on January 6, the day before CNN’s coverage, should have alerted the network to be skeptical towards Gilbert:

A WORD about Dr. Mads Gilbert: It turns out he’s no neutral medical man, but active in “solidarity work with Palestinians” for 30 years. Responding to 9/11, Gilbert didn’t rush to New York’s Bellevue Hospital to offer his services. Instead, he defended the moral right of the “oppressed” to have launched that attack.

Maybe CNN, instead of having on-air news readers like Kyra Phillips taking strong umbrage at the idea of Joe the Plumber reporting from the Middle East, should put the blue-collar guy on their payroll to get more credible journalistic results.

This is just one example of Mr. Gilbert fooling the media by posing as an impartial humanitarian doctor. Gilbert also was quoted this week without question by the BBC, Canada’s Globe and Mail, and ABC Online in Australia. He also speaks on camera at about the 1:00 mark in this CBS Evening news video available at YouTube.

This is just another in a long line of examples proving that when it comes to news out of the Middle East, absolutely everything coming out of Palestinian- or terrorist-controlled areas must be treated with very heavy skepticism.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Voinovich Not Running in 2010?

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:40 pm

That’s what an AOL Political Machine entry by Matt Lewis is rumoring (HT to an e-mailer):

In other news, I am hearing rumors coming out of Ohio that Senator Voinovich is seriously considering making an announcement next week that he won’t be running for re-election. According to my sources, Rob Portman would likely be the Republican to replace him. This also opens up the GOP gubernatorial nomination for former Republican Congressman John Kasich.

If so, this would be a factor (important background is here).


UPDATE: Comments below would indicate that contrary to the AOL post, Ham Sandwich is the current 2010 front-runner to replace the possibly retiring Voinovich.

Couldn’t Help But Notice (010809, Morning)

Poor baby (HT Instapundit) — “Just as Obama begins, huge deficit could hamper plans.”

As we enter the eighth month of the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy, their self-appointed media spokesmouths are complaining about the conditions they and their party, more than anyone else, brought on. Too bad, so sad. Writer Steve Thomma also repeats Obama’s preposterous post-election benchmark that he will “create or save 3 million jobs” — when during the presidential campaign, all he talked about was creating them.


Here’s a partial explanation of why Europe is cooling to the idea of global warming — “Temperatures plunged to record lows in Germany and heavy snow forced normally sunny Marseille to close its international airport as freezing winter weather gripped much of Europe on Wednesday. Port authorities in the Dutch city of Rotterdam deployed an icebreaking ship for the first time 12 years …..”

More: “Eight freeze to death in Europe’s coldest winter night.”


Patrick Poole: “Top American Islamic Cleric Threatens U.S. on Egyptian TV.” The cleric, Salah Sultan, operates out of the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Hilliard, and says that “One of these days, the U.S. will suffer more deaths than all those killed in this third Gaza holocaust. This will happen soon.”

Then he recited the same anti-Semitic Islamic hadith that Ahmed Alzaree couldn’t explain away in the fall of 2007 when he ultimately decided that he could not serve as imam at the Islamic Center of Cleveland, and whined that it was because Poole and yours truly had made serving there impossible.

This comes on the heels of Swamp Bubbles finding the same hadith in use at Toledo’s mosque. Ohio media’s refusal to report what is being said and done by the likes of Sultan is disgraceful.


Yet another media-made Obama excuse, courtesy of Associated Press reporter and Democratic Party operative Jennifer Loven:

Obama has to give Congress in early February a budget request – at least the bare bones of one – covering spending for the next fiscal year. Because that’s so soon after he takes over the executive branch of government, his submission won’t be anything like the usual one that fills several volumes and hundreds of pages.

Oh stop it, Jen. He campaigned for two years. He had the largest group by far of campaign apparatchiks in the history of the human race during most of the past year. But all he can manage is “bare bones”? What, besides preening on podiums with the seal of the fake “Office of the President-Elect,” have he and his people been doing during the last two months?