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March 2 2011 10:12 AM

You Provide the Pictures, I'll Provide the War

February 26: News10 in Sacramento runs a story titled "Demonstration turns into shoving match at state capitol."

An amateur videographer caught a shoving match on tape. The video showed a face to face argument right before Richard Andazola, 28, of Stockton, shoved a tea party activist.

"He bum rushed across the street, came right at us, swung his bullhorn at me, hit me in the hand and then put his hand around my throat and started choking me," Rodney Stanhope of Placerville said.

The video doesn't show the choking incident, but clearly shows the shoving. Because of it, Sacramento Police officers cited Andazola for battery.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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Indeed, it doesn't show any choking or hitting -- unless the men confronted one another at some other point, the story is bunk.

The Sacramento incident fades away. Sorry: It fades away until The O'Reilly Factor

for a segment on "Wisconsin union protests."


 

This is what I'm talking about. Let's not diminish the violence that actually breaks out at protests. Let's also not make shit up. Everyone agreed?

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.