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A group of around ten women in Muslim headscarves crashed the RightOnline conference for about ten minutes Saturday, protesting what they said was an incident targeting Muslim women Thursday night.
The event was the latest spark kicked up by the proximity of Netroots Nation and RightOnline. The two conferences are blocks apart — RightOnline is being held in a hotel many Netrootsers are staying in — and interaction between the progressives at Netroots and the conservatives at RightOnline has been inevitable.
A spokesperson for the group of women told TPM they weren’t sure of the identity of the man responsible for the Thursday incident — when two hijab-wearing women were followed by a man with a cell phone camera who reportedly asked them why they were dressed the way they were "in America" — but rumors that the incident involved an employee of conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart were rampant at Netroots.
A few points. It wasn’t a “flash mob” – at least not as I understand the term. I stood on the second floor balcony, watched them arrive together. I then watched a person, who I assume was John Aravosis, interview one of them for at least 10 minutes and then I watched them ascend the elevator and go up into the RightOnLine crowd.
All of this action based on a rumor that it was an “employee” of Breitbart involved in asking someone why they were dressed the way they were. Not fact – rumor. Unfortunately for them, all they drew was curious stares from the crowd. No confrontations, no heckling, no nothing.
I’m not sure why TPM felt compelled to make of this much more than it was, but then I always find it interesting to actually witness something as it happens and then read the report in what passes for the left’s media.
The spokesperson for the "flash mob," Allison Nevitt, told TPM that there was a larger message to their protest beyond the Thursday incident, which Nevitt said had been reported to Minneapolis police.
"The point was mostly that Muslim women are an equal part of this nation, and that we have an equal right to exist here," Nevitt said.
Is that the point? Well other than a rumor, who at RightOnLine denied it?
Must be a slow day at TPM. They’ve decided the “latest right-wing freakout” has to do with Obama’s plan to give Manhattan back to the indians.
Apparently this was all spawned by a World Net Daily article which one has to assume TPM feels represents all of the right-wing. Yes, according to TPM:
The outrage began after the President announced on December 16 that the U.S. would reverse course and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The Declaration was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2007, but the U.S., under President Bush, opposed it.
Really? Outrage? Hell, I never even heard of it until TPM brought it up. And WND is not exactly a site I read or feel represents the views of most that consider themselves to “right-wingers”. It is sort of the National Enquirer of the right side of the political spectrum.
But hey, what’s a 1,000 words or so in an effort to falsely paint the right as “freaking out” over something that most thinking people know is never going to happen. Give always? Sure – government, especially under a liberal like Obama, is going to try to take from one side (the successful side) and “spread it around”. But come on – give Manhattan back to the indians. Only a liberal would consider that even remotely possible.
And, of course, it is the liberal side of the blogosphere that are commenting on (and running with) the story: Alan Colmes (Liberaland), Dennis G. (Balloon Juice), Ron Chusid (Liberal Values), Alex Parnee (Salon), Zandar (No More Mister Nice Blog) and Joan McCarter (Daily Kos).
Oh, wait, there was one more person, supposedly on the right, who commented. Bryan Fischer. Yeah, you remember him – the fellow who said the Medal of Honor was being “feminized”. Right – he belongs in the same place as WND.
Two mentions by a marginal right publication and personality and somehow the left weaves it into a right-wing freakout and conspiracy theory.
Except it is 7 liberal blogs pushing the nonsense.
Who exactly is “freaking out” here?