Free speech, Denver style

posted at 6:02 pm on August 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

My friend Griff Jenkins at Fox News covered the “Recreate ’68″ protest rally that preceded the Democratic convention in Denver today. As you can see for yourself, Griff and his Fox News microphone gets swallowed up quickly by a hostile crowd that refuses to engage with him at all. Instead, they yell slogans to keep him from interviewing anyone:

So everyone gets a chance to exercise their free speech, and at the same time, no one says a damned thing. Meanwhile, the protesters lose a chance to get their message out over what they see as a hostile media outlet — and an opportunity to change minds. Instead, they chant mindless slogans like “Fox Is Slander” without any explanation of that argument either.

Hey, Griff. In just a week, you’ll be among the sane in St. Paul. Keep your chin up, buddy.


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I saw an even crazier video of Griff on Fox earlier… any chance you’ll be digging that up, Ed?

Anyway, I hope Griff has security with him.

RightWinged on August 24, 2008 at 10:32 PM

They want anarchy…

SouthernGent on August 24, 2008 at 7:06 PM

The truth of the matter is these folks wouldn’t last ten minutes in actual “anarchy”.

eanax on August 24, 2008 at 10:46 PM

The truth of the matter is these folks wouldn’t last ten minutes in actual “anarchy”.

eanax on August 24, 2008 at 10:46 PM

You’re exactly right. The ones who could best handle anarchy are those who most believe in a stable (small) govderment and a strong defense.

davidk on August 24, 2008 at 10:53 PM

By the way, SMART people use the word “damned” all the time. I suspect it might even be in the Bible and some of the greatest literature of all time.

It means “condemned”.
No one says a condemned thing…?
Not a smart use of the word.

jgapinoy on August 24, 2008 at 11:04 PM

I fully support the Left’s right to shut down opposing views. After all I never listen to a word they say.

OldEnglish on August 24, 2008 at 11:17 PM

The lefty commenters I’ve seen online blame Fox for this. LOL

Crazy b______s.

capitalist piglet on August 24, 2008 at 11:26 PM

This is the way it really is folks:

http://i36.tinypic.com/fp5a9g.jpg

byteshredder on August 24, 2008 at 11:40 PM

I fully support the Left’s right to shut down opposing views. After all I never listen to a word they say.

OldEnglish on August 24, 2008 at 11:17 PM

HA!!! W.C Fields couldn’t have said it better! Cheers!

Kini on August 25, 2008 at 12:10 AM

Has this sort of creepy, self-hating weirdo always existed? Are liberals documented in the bible? Did the founding fathers have to take crap from morons groups?

I ask because I’ve steadily come to the conclusion that liberal activism is a sort of mental illness. If so, it must have manifested over history.

I’d put more thought to it, but I’m about to recreate 69

uptight on August 25, 2008 at 12:27 AM

I expect nothing more… The real shocker would have been if the crowd got quiet and answered his questions!

HotAirExpert on August 25, 2008 at 12:31 AM

The violence is only a moment away.

ronsfi on August 25, 2008 at 1:34 AM

In this day and time crazy should be a treatable disease.

Griz on August 25, 2008 at 2:17 AM

Reminds me of a classic line from a John Lennon song:

“Everybody’s talkin’ and noone says a word…”

SuperCool on August 25, 2008 at 3:12 AM

HA!!! W.C Fields couldn’t have said it better! Cheers!

Kini on August 25, 2008 at 12:10 AM

::hic::

OldEnglish on August 25, 2008 at 3:40 AM

It means “condemned”.
No one says a condemned thing…?
Not a smart use of the word.

jgapinoy on August 24, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Quit smoking the pages of your dictionary. “Damned” is an expletive (and the name of a loud band). It means something along the lines of “friggin, confounded or f*ckin.”

in use: That damned comment was the dumbest I have read in a long time.

The Race Card on August 25, 2008 at 4:20 AM

Follow the money every time.

There’s socialism in every leftist’s heart.

And a hatred of Jews.

Black Adam on August 25, 2008 at 7:05 AM

If they want anarchy so badly… why dont we give it to them.

Viper1 on August 25, 2008 at 7:29 AM

Example # 4,215,982 of my favorite maxim: the single most effective tool for electing Republicans is just letting people see who and what liberals really are.

God bless Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink, and moonbats everywhere for doing at least 70% of our job for us.

Professor Blather on August 25, 2008 at 7:46 AM

Are liberals documented in the bible?
uptight on August 25, 2008 at 12:27 AM

Sure are. Here you go:

1Jo 2:18 Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the end of the world has come. (NLT)

Liberals arent necessarily THE Antichrist, but most if not all of them are certainly anti-Christ.

abcurtis on August 25, 2008 at 7:52 AM

RE: damn, aka tinker’s damn

There are two theories about this one. One points to the very low social status of tinkers, itinerant menders of pots and pans, and to their well-known tendency to include a swearword in every sentence. So to say that something “isn’t worth a tinker’s damn” is to say that it’s of no value at all, not worth even a moment’s consideration.

A more ingenious explanation was put forward in the latter part of the nineteenth century: when a tinker was soldering a pot, he would make a small wall out of bread dough around the place he was to flood with solder in order to stop it from spreading. After he had finished, he would naturally throw the dough away as being of no further use, so that “a tinker’s dam” was equally something of no value.

I think the first explanation is probably the correct one. Many of the words we consider vulgar/profane and, therefore, unacceptable, were in common use by people who were considered common, that is to say, vulgar. (See definitions 2.b. and 4.):

vul·gar adj.
1.Crudely indecent.
2.
a.Deficient in taste, delicacy, or refinement.
b. Marked by a lack of good breeding; boorish. See Synonyms at common.
c. Offensively excessive in self-display or expenditure; ostentatious: the huge vulgar houses and cars of the newly rich.
3. Spoken by or expressed in language spoken by the common people; vernacular: the technical and vulgar names for an animal species.
4. Of or associated with the great masses of people; common.

The Latin Vulgate is written in “vulgar” Latin. The New Testament was written in Koine (common, i.e. vugar) Greek.

I grew up in an environment where saying “heck” and “darn” was a sin. Times change.

The Biblical principle by which we should live is this:

Eph 4:25, 29
25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE OF YOU WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.

29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
NASU

davidk on August 25, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Number 1, Griff rocks for getting out there and putting some mild, reasonable questions to those moonbats. Number 2, these people are way less than hippies. “Fox is slander”? C’mon, that’s so lame! But coupled with so much repressed rage, I suppose it really doesn’t matter; listen to it a couple times and all you hear is the howling of “Foxyander! Foxyander!”

pomerpants on August 25, 2008 at 8:38 AM

The guy in the red shirt could do an ad for “moonbats”. He’s wearing the hat on his head. Seriously, he should do something about his head, it’s gross.

hopefloats on August 25, 2008 at 11:17 AM

For those who couldn’t get the video to work…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D74Xs1VuYAE

craig on August 25, 2008 at 11:19 AM

I’d say language warning, but apparently it is fine for the little girl on her dad’s shoulders…

craig on August 25, 2008 at 11:20 AM

When will they send in the fire dept with the hoses? …..I will even supply the soap so they can have their yearly bath.

grapeknutz on August 25, 2008 at 11:28 AM

One Fox realized the hubbub that their presence at the march was causing they should have sent all their camera crews into the march. then they really would have been able to recreate 68.

scrubjay on August 25, 2008 at 1:19 PM

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