Defining Assault Down

This may be the dumbest thing I have ever seen:

I’ve been bumped harder in the line at the grocery store by an elderly woman with bad vision and low blood sugar. My goodness, in retrospect, I was apparently assaulted over a 1000 times at Dead shows in the 80’s and 90’s. Just fucking ridiculous. Someone was arrested for this?

I love the cop doing his congratulatory “we were just lucky to have the connections” spiel, but the victims advocate nonsense was really the icing on the cake. Yes, delicate flower Ashley Taylor, the state will inform you in case this menace should ever delicately nudge you 12 inches in the future.

Just so we are clear, what should have happened here? The guy should have been given a ticket for being a jackass or disorderly conduct, and Ashley Taylor should be punched in the neck for claiming this was an “assault.” She should have been sent to jail for the piece you saw above for criminal stupidity. And any self-respecting DA would dress down that idiot cop.

(via Radley Balko)

Odds on Ashley Taylor being a Republican? Anyone?

*** Update ***

Just did a little facebook “research.” It appears petunia is a Bob Jones university grad. I’m sure you are all shocked. Black men being within 100 yards of white women only recently became acceptable there, so now this all makes sense.

How long before this moron is on Fox News? Because you know this profile in courage is never going to be in a war zone or anywhere more dangerous than a baseball game (where I’ve also been “assaulted” worse than what happened to her in this video- I hope to Allah she never goes to a Steelers/Ravens game wearing the away team colors).

We’re the dumbest country ever.

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105 replies
  1. 1
    Svensker says:

    And the cop said they were “lucky” to have the “contact” with the news media to have a photograph of the perp. Jeez louise.

    My friend had her had beaten in with a tire iron. She was a victim. This little twit? Well, I’d like to punch her in the nose. Maybe then she’d be a victim.

  2. 2
    Egg Berry says:

    Oh, a teevee news reporter!

  3. 3
    Culture of Truth says:

    How did the local police ever get access to the news footage?

    These aren’t just cops, they’re like, supercops.

  4. 4
    Culture of Truth says:

    Remember when the Vice President shot that guy? That was exactly like this, except he was drunk, didn’t report it, when back to dinner, he wasn’t arrested, and the guy he shot apologized to him.

    oh, and HE SHOT A GUY.

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    DCLaw1 says:

    Such a brave, brave woman. She should tell her story on Oprah. As long as Oprah doesn’t touch her.

  6. 6
    magurakurin says:

    Forget it Jake, it’s South Carolina.

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    Egg Berry says:

    Of all the stupid tricks of teevee ‘news,’ the live standup has to be the bottom of the barrel.

    “Let’s go out to our reporter, Krystyn, who’s standing in the rain. Krystyn, what’s going on out there?”

    “Well, as you can see Bob, it’s raining pretty hard right now, and drivers are having to use their windshield wipers.”

  8. 8
    Carolina Dave says:

    @magurakurin: winner! best comment ever!

  9. 9
    Suffern ACE says:

    Ok. But can we agree that the buffoon is a buffoon as well. That media people tend to be uptight and self congratulatory is not surprising.

  10. 10
    some guy says:

    black male shoves poor Local TV Reporter Ashley and grabs mic, on live TeeVee? and you are saying it took how many minutes before he was in custody? South Carolina, you say?

  11. 11
    BGinCHI says:

    Myrtle Beach, where crackers go to get some sun and act like assholes. Fucking South Carolina.

    Please secede again, this time we’re ready to let you.

  12. 12
    sophronia says:

    It’s all strategic. Black men are being warned that they better not do anything that can even remotely be exaggerated into criminal charges, or else. It appears that after Obama was elected some people decided that they were getting a little too uppity and something needed to be done. Why do you think our TVs are still populated with talking heads bloviating about black people and crime, even though crime rates are the lowest they’ve been in years?

  13. 13
    Mike Goetz says:

    The dude appeared to be a standard-issue idiot who wanted his face on tv. That everyone, with a straight face, thinks she was the “victim” of a “crime” is surreal.

  14. 14
    Sean says:

    My God, I just realized that I spent four years in college being assaulted weekend after weekend as I stood in line for beer.

    And yet somehow I didn’t succumb to PTSD.

    Stay strong!

  15. 15
    satanicpanic says:

    These people should be ashamed of themselves.

    ETA These news idiots that is

  16. 16
    Urza says:

    Unfortunately every time I think we’ve achieved stupidest country ever I find things like legal necrophelia in the news.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....z1tByGWF58

  17. 17
    Diana says:

    Amaazing.

    I guess then when I was being slammed-danced in the mosh pits of the 80’s, I was being assaulted.

    who knew?

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Mike Goetz: Opie and Anthony used to beg their listeners to interrupt reporters all the time. I wasn’t a listener but I remember some poor soul’s career ended when he turned around and started swearing at the clowns when he thought he was off the air. Where are the RICO charges?

  19. 19
    satanicpanic says:

    @Urza: Egyptian pols are trying to immunize themselves against half of the dead girl/live boy in their bed thing?

  20. 20
    SarahT says:

    So you won’t lose faith in all Americans, meet the extremely awesome Bob Garon : http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/po.....ent-event/

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    cbear says:

    If only Miss Taylor or her cameraman had been armed with the proper weaponry this felonious assualt could have been prevented and the miscreant dealt with on the spot.

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    blueintheface says:

    @Mike Goetz:

    The dude appeared to be a standard-issue idiot who wanted his face on tv. That everyone, with a straight face, thinks she was the “victim” of a “crime” is surreal.

    She was scared out of wits because a black guy made a sudden move in her direction. It’s the hidden fear of every white, Republican Christian (man or woman). The cops, the TV anchors and the good people of South Carolina all see it as a legitimate excuse to turn this reporter into the next Lara Logan.

    And it’s why Zimmerman shot a kid carrying skittles, two rednecks in Georgia jacked up a middle-aged mixed-race couple and a black off-duty copy got shot 28 times by a group of his peers but was convicted of attempted murder.

    Because underneath all of the talk of “2nd Amendment rights” and “law and order” it’s all about keeping white people in their rightful place and keeping the blacks from making any sudden moves that might scare white people.

  23. 23
    rammalamadingdong says:

    Apparently she was attacked by the Fresh Prince of Belair

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @satanicpanic:

    They need to feel ashamed, but I’m afraid having no shame is pretty much a job requirement.

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    Punchy says:

    Spreading some NaCl on a AA Duracell is a crime in my state. A saltin’ battery.

    /I’ll be here all week. tip yer waitresses

  27. 27
    Steve in DC says:

    Oh boy, this sort of “complaint” happens all the time here in the nicer areas. Shove the wrong person, and it’s always a fucking woman, and blamo, charges. Never mind that on rush hour people do shove and push to get onto the subway, and if you’re in my way on the street I’m fucking moving you.

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    satanicpanic says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: True “you should be ashamed of yourself” really has no bite anymore, if it ever did.

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    amk says:

    @freelancer: LOL. Thanks.

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    delphi_ote says:

    Did she just get assaulted by the Fresh Prince?

  31. 31
    MattR says:

    @Punchy: Little Falls, NJ is home to Asalt & Buttery Bake Shop.

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    Rita R. says:

    Wonder if the cops would’ve been called for this “assault” if it had been a drunk white frat boy who grabbed the mike to act stupid on TV? Scratch that. I know the answer.

    Although then this opportunistic little weasel who probably thinks she’ll make it big on Fox News one day when she’s destined to spend her career reporting on stolen pickup trucks and car wash fundraisers in fourth- and fifth-tier markets would have turned it into a report instead on the problem of bars overserving drunken white frat boys in Myrtle Beach. Idiot.

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    trollhattan says:

    “Something was about to go terribly wrong.”

    She’s made of tough, tough stuff. Get that trixie to Afghanistan, stat!

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    Steve in DC says:

    She was scared out of wits because a black guy made a sudden move in her direction. It’s the hidden fear of every white, Republican Christian (man or woman). The cops, the TV anchors and the good people of South Carolina all see it as a legitimate excuse to turn this reporter into the next Lara Logan.

    I’m going to call bullshit on this, it’s not about race. Rich people don’t like common folk getting up in their face. Your race has nothing to do with it, were the guy white he’d be a redneck and they’d freak out all the same.

    Sadly though, our “assault” laws are pretty fucking wild, yelling at someone can be considered assault.

    I live in one of these areas and “the riff raff” is just no allowed. Bums, homeless, punk ass kids, all of them get the cops called on them fast as fuck and even such a thing as asking for cash carries charges.

    Rich people are fucking stupid as hell.

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    Egg Berry says:

    @Steve in DC: You are an idiot, Steve. A teevee reporter doing stand-up in Myrtle Beach is not rich, by any stretch of the imagination.

  36. 36
    hhex65 says:

    @rammalamadingdong: Well, I bet his Mom is scared.

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    Kevin says:

    Watching that video, i had flashbacks to Mr Show. Just seemed like the fake news shows. Action News!

    “Something was about to go terribly wrong”

    “The victims advocates let me know when he was released on bail”

    Did she think he was going to come after her again? Is she hiding in her home now, looking out the window, afraid to go outside in case…someone bumps her lightly and tries to get on TV? The poor dear.

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    Citizen_X says:

    So, isn’t Kanye like, history’s greatest monster after that vicious assault on Taylor Swift?

  39. 39
    Corner Store Operator says:

    The stupid burns. If this movie had been made a year later this incident probably would have been referenced.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul4CZrnEFxU

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    amk says:

    @Steve in DC:

    Your race has nothing to do with it, were the guy white he’d be a redneck and they’d freak out all the same.

    Bullshit. Now we are even.

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    mattH says:

    @Kevin:

    Did she think he was going to come after her again? Is she hiding in her home now, looking out the window, afraid to go outside in case…someone bumps her lightly and tries to get on TV? The poor dear.

    Funniest part, I think the camera should be more afraid than her. After all, that was all he wanted – to be on TV. Too bad he gets a criminal record over what is essentially a college prank, and that she has absolutley NO sense of perspective or humor.

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    Donald G says:

    If this counts as being assaulted to the precious blonde Myrtle Beach reporter, I was assaulted everyday at 3:15 for three years trying to get out the front door of Western Branch Junior High without getting trampled by the assembled mass of humanity while being weighed down with a backpack that weighed half as much as I did and carrying a trombone case that was four-fifths as long as I was tall.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Citizen_X: No. You see. Jackasses are jackasses. On a pole where pol pot is on one end and hitler on the other, they are somewhere between. Somehow I knew something would go wrong was actually an anthem of the French resistance.

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    mattH says:

    @Corner Store Operator: Hehehe. It’s Heathers+Kick Ass. Looks fun.

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    Some Loser says:

    I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. Laugh at how surreal everything is, like something out of an absurdist play or an Onion article. Or cry at the fact they are treating this seriously.

  46. 46
    Alison says:

    @Kevin: Dude, seriously. You know how we all read ridiculous shit and think “This has to be The Onion, right?” Watching this, I was wondering when John Oliver was going to show up because my brain couldn’t believe this wasn’t a Daily Show sketch.

    I mean – good fucking lord. Talk about some melodramatic, over-the-top reactionary bullshit. Dude didn’t even look at her, clearly wasn’t interested in her but in getting the microphone and being a doofus for a minute. And “victim’s advocate”?? You know what? Fuck that fucking noise. As an ACTUAL victim of ACTUAL assault, I think I speak for most ACTUAL victims when I say go fuck your non-victim self nine ways to Sunday, woman. Gah.

  47. 47
    KCinDC says:

    Urza, that story is in the Daily Mail, which means it’s likely only slightly more related to reality than a story in the Weekly World News.

  48. 48
    David Koch says:

    30 Rock did a live show that was pretty funny, worth catchingg on-demand.

  49. 49
    Cacti says:

    Not to get all Burnsy on you Cole, but any first year law student could tell you that what took place there satisfies the legal definition of assault or battery in most jurisdictions.

    It’s not a very high bar to clear.

  50. 50
    blueintheface says:

    @Steve in DC: Race has nothing to do with it, my ass.

    There’s always two sets of rules, especially down here in the South. :

    The NAACP has filed two federal lawsuits charging hotels, motels and restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area have discriminated against African-Americans for years by refusing to open during Black Bike Week….

    The civil rights group lays out two patterns of behavior among defendants Molly Darcy’s on the Beach, a restaurant and bar, and the American Pancake and Omelet House. The suit says while these establishments close during the African American event, they are open and fully market during the annual Harley Davidson Spring Bike Rally, which is attended almost exclusively by white bikers…

    …In the late 1990s a candidate for mayor, Mark McBride, campaigned on eliminating the event, and after he was elected, lobbied unsuccessfully to have the National Guard deployed during the event.

    freelancer summed it up better than I did:

    Yup.

    Like I said. Race:

    http://youtu.be/dAgITD3fqeY

  51. 51
    srv says:

    By these standards, I was raped and the victim of buggery on the 6 blocks of the 71.

    Most folks would need a smoke, but I have a dozen Wing Wings, with Angry Korean sauce, so I’m really good now.

  52. 52
    Martin says:

    I’d go with disorderly conduct and a public apology. I’d also tell Ashley that she better toughen up if she expects to graduate from the smallest tv market in the country. Real reporters embed with the marines and duck RPGs.

    I wouldn’t go so far as the race issue, but anyone wiiling to toss 6 figures at grifters like Bob Jones for a shit ‘education’ probably made sure to remind their little princess just how special a little snowflake she was.

  53. 53
    gaz says:

    “Bob Jones, Sr. was leery of academic accreditation almost from the founding of the college, and by the early 1930s, he had publicly stated his opposition to holding regional accreditation.[39]…”

    somehow this doesn’t surprise me.

    no inter-racial dating up until 2000

    didn’t apologize for it’s extremely racist policies until 2008

    Seriously, if I had any kind of connection to this university, much less a “degree” I would not admit it in polite company.

  54. 54
    Martin says:

    @Kevin: My take away is that she tried to actually to make something positive out of it by showing how the process works for victims. That’s a valuable thing, but the whole effort comes off really weird because it needs a disclaimer that she was using this non-event to illustrate the process. Without that, it’s kind of a bucket of fail.

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    ruemara says:

    It must silly cop story season. I just got pulled over for the first time in 10 years of driving for a burnt out light in my license plate. And cited for not having the most recent insurance card in my paperwork. I felt like he just wasted both his time and mine. Nearly had me tempted to at least confess to stealing something, or whatever you do to get a ticket.

  56. 56
    yopd1 says:

    And then you have douchebags like this.
    .

  57. 57
    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @yopd1: Ooh, “Fox News Radio”, so he’s like the backup of the backup of the backup on Fox.

  58. 58

    Well, technically, that *was* assault. It’s the kind most people aren’t vengeful enough, or influential enough, to press charges about.

    The tone of the story was completely and wildly overblown. The cop who gave a statement was probably the cop who makes statements, and is used to it, but probably told all of his friends and family that what, no, he’s *not* on TV, no, in fact, you shouldn’t watch this news program at all that night.

    But that was assault. I think that a prosecutor would only bring charges if it was reporter or police officer who was assaulted, or if it was necessary to bump up a sentence for another crime.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @blueintheface:

    Did you read the two comments on that story there? Holy shit, talk about a ‘southern view’. One of them professes to be black, says horrible bullshit about their fellow black bikers and that they prefer to go to Harley White Bike Week, where they are treated respectfully.

    Sherman should have burnt the South to the ground, salted the earth and then ordered his troops to piss all over it.

  60. 60
    JR says:

    Oh, for the love of…SERIOUSLY?!!

    Not to armchair defense counsel the guy, but based on the slo-mo she doesn’t look like she’s in reasonable fear of bodily harm, which she would have to have been for this to be assault. Just plea him down to disorderly conduct and give him a little kick in the ass for setting the race back.

    And someone get poor Dan-Rather-at-the-’68-Convention over there a blanket and some cocoa before she faints.

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    Schlemizel says:

    I’m not a lawyer but I did take a business law class that was taught by the former Hennepin County Attorney. One of the most interesting classes I ever took. He talked a bit about assault and it was mentioned that, yes bumping into someone was assault but nobody would charge it unless there was something else going on. So, yes he is guilty of assault. So what is the “something else”? Lots of us guess race and there is plenty of reason to believe that. But I bet some of it is a reaction to the general jackassery that goes on in society. People want to show “those punks” that they need to behave better & making a jackass out of yourself in public won’t be tolerated.

    Hes is probably lucky he didn’t “resist arrest” and end up with black eyes & tazer burns

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    Xenos says:

    Assault? How do you get the apprehension of bodily harm out of this? You could maybe call it battery, but you would be hard-pressed to come up with enough damages to keep it from being dismissed out of civil court.

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    kindness says:

    Would I be considered cruel to hope that Ashley DID go to a Steelers game wearing the away team colors? I do.

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    Fluke bucket says:

    I bet she wishes now that she would have taken her Bob Jones degree and become a Sunday school teacher. Her parents probably worry about her being down on Ocean Avenue among a crowd that is at least 1% black. Now I know why Cokie Roberts thought Obama should have gone to Mrytle Beach for vacation instead of home.

  65. 65
    Rob in Buffalo says:

    How perfect is it that her name is Ashley Taylor?

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    Oscarbob says:

    Her Facebook post “After being assaulted during my live shot last night along Ocean Boulevard…I’m thankful that I’m ok today. Thanks everyone for your concern! Be sure to watch WMBF News starting at 4 pm to hear the whole story.” Doesn’t that look like what you would expect if you asked this commentariot for snarky, yet serious predictions as to her reaction? Can’t decide whether to laugh or cry.

  67. 67
    Yevgraf says:

    Am trying to engage her over Facebook pm. She probably won’t be interested in defending herself after the first message.

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    kth says:

    If only the prankster had had the presence of mind to utter “Imma let you finish”, this silly woman would not have been able to portray the incident as a violent attack with a straight face.

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    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    @Mike Goetz:

    The dude appeared to be a standard-issue idiot who wanted his face on tv. That everyone, with a straight face, thinks she was the “victim” of a “crime” is surreal.

    But, Mike, don’t you see? He was bl- different. Very, very bl- different. She might have been afraid for her life, as you do whenever there’s someone so bl- different around.

    Why, he’s lucky she wasn’t carrying a concealed weapon, lest she’d righteously blown his head off and been congratulated for her coverage by her Fox peers.

  70. 70
    Hewer of Wood, Drawer of Water says:

    @kindness: Hell she should go to the Black Hole in Oakland.

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    Gopher2b says:

    @Rita R.: She’s too ugly to go big time at Fox.

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    @Steve in DC:

    I understand what you’re saying, but I still think you’re wrong. If this guy had been some white kid who ran before the camera to say howdy to his friends, I don’t think she would have called the police. She would have been pissed off, and she might have yelled something at the guy, but I don’t think she would have had that feeling that something was about to go “terribly wrong” or whatever it was she said.

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    Reggie Mantle says:

    Well, I AM a lawyer, and I’ve seen men banned from their own houses, barred from seeing their children, and end up with criminal records for less contact with a female “victim” than this.

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    swordofdoom says:

    She’s not going to be a talking head on Fox until she spends a lot a money on a dialect coach and ditches that horrible nasal twang.

    And I’m glad to know that if a teevee news reporter and crew set up on a parcel of public sidewalk, they attain exclusive domain to that parcel of public sidewalk.

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    Jack Carter says:

    If/when she gets laughed out of her current job, I’m sure she has a great future at Fox “News.” They love race-baiting white women who can make all black men sound like rampaging animals.

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    The Tragically Flip says:

    I enjoyed the Victim’s Advocate stumbling over her words at the end as she suggests victims can use the notification of the release of the accused to “protect” themselves. She can’t quite say that without the absurdity of the case overwhelming her.

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    Brian R. says:

    Jesus Christ. She’s a “victim”? For real? Call the waaaaaahmbulance.

    At least the Youtube voting is 2300 votes down, 22 votes up.

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    Less Popular Tim says:

    @Schlemizel:
    Technically, the touching is battery. Common law-wise, assault is making somebody fear you are going to touch them unlawfully (“batter” them). The battery is the unlawful touching.

    Assault (the fear of the touching) typically immediately precedes the battery (the touching), so you get “assault and battery,” which is why the two concepts are conflated now.

    But traditionally it is possible (under common law) to assault someone without touching them.

    Hennepin County! Just moved from there, miss it.

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    danielx says:

    Forget the Steelers or Ravens, god help her if she ever attends an Iggles game. And she wouldn’t even have to be wearing an opposing team jersey.

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    […] balloon juice, this alleged assault on a live tv reporter should be embarrassing for all involved. Ashley […]

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    Woodrowfan says:

    there is a difference between standing somewhere peacefully minding your own business and being shoved by some jerk, and being jostled in a crowd at a public event where you presumably entered voluntarily knowing that you were likely to be jostled. Context, people context. Standing pressed up against somebody in a crowded subway car during rush hour is different than some creep pressing up against you when it’s not crowded. And “assault” is a very, very broad charge that covers a lot of territory.

    That said, yeah, she’s a drama queen, of course race is part of it, and the guy should have been chewed out by the cop and told to get lost.

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    Nemesis says:

    After watching for almsot the entire segment, I had to turn away. Its was far too graphic…

    What that poor, white, innocent, talented little girl reporter endured was akin to a mosh pit of black-on-white violence, anger, hate and its the New Black Panther Party and I blame Obama.

    If you watch closely at the 1:15 minute mark, the young black radical quickly, without being noticed, carves a letter “O” into the poor childs left cheek.

    How can this level of hate be tolerated in a civil society? Gotta take the country back! Way back!

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    gogol's wife says:

    This is the funniest thing I have ever seen on Balloon Juice. You’re sure this isn’t Onion TV?

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    Steve says:

    I guess I’m the dissenter in this group. This happened live on the news, so it’s perfectly normal that the same station would do a followup the next night and tell their viewers how things turned out. And contrary to what I would have thought from reading the post and comments, I didn’t see any melodrama in the presentation, nor did I see any sign that she was terrified of the “scary black man.” The anchors and the reporter pretty much smiled their way through the whole thing just like TV people do.

    The only part that was a bit incongruous was the “victim’s advocate” business, but I took that as the TV station taking an opportunity to educate. It’s not like the reporter was going on and on about how OMG she’s a crime victim, which is what I totally would have assumed from these overwrought reactions.

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    Svensker says:

    @Urza: The Egyptian necrophilia story is made up

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Steve:

    You’re kidding me. “Something was about to go TERRIBLY WRONG.” You don’t see incongruity between that intro and what actually happened? This probably happens to New York stand-up reporters about twelve times a day.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Egg Berry: I bet if you saw how much she makes, you’d start crying.

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    Ripley says:

    Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa would have laughed this off and called for a second take. But she’s a professional.

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    shep says:

    Trust me, we’ve created an entire system of female victim protection on overdrive. All you need is for woman to swear that she merely feels threatened, even by her own husband (especially to a female judge), and the full weight of the local justice system will fall on him. It’s completely understandable that we have created this system, given the epidemic of domestic violence, mostly by men on women, but it’s being abused by some women.

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    henrythefifth says:

    Get out the smelling salts, someone’s having a fit of the vapors.

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    muddy says:

    I would have termed it “barging in” rather than assault.

    Remember those old Taco Bell commercials, where the giant bell comes barging in everywhere? Haven’t seen it in years, probably the bell got charged with assault and then deported.

    I went to Myrtle Beach once, and felt that I was assaulted by tee shirt stores, of which there are at least 3 in every block, and had hawkers outside trying to force passers-by into their shops.

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    Tone In DC says:

    @blueintheface:

    LULz. Gotta like that.

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    Tone In DC says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:

    LULz.

    If General Sherman had known in 1864 what we know now…

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    Egg Berry says:

    @Paul in KY: Well, that’s true. Whatever she’s making it’s way more than she’s worth.

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    Pee Cee says:

    Why am I not surprised this is WMBF, Myrtle Beach’s “new” news station. These guys make the older stations down here look professional, and that’s not saying much.

    (During a previous hurricane, one of ’em had a “reporter” throwing trash cans down the street – apparently to make us think it was windier than it actually was…)

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    mythago says:

    It’s hilarious to see the hypocrisy here. If you changed the facts to “MSNBC reporter” you could see exactly the same hit-her-harder, I’ll-show-her-assault, suck-it-up-bitch wankery on a Free Republic thread.

    Is Fox making a dramafest out of it? Yup. Does that excuse Cole reaching for the misogyny, like you do? No. But hey, we’re liberals, so it doesn’t count and shit.

    Pathetic.

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    BobS says:

    I think the reporter is creating somewhat of a ‘mountain out of a molehill’, but I do think the guy who grabbed the mike should feel some sting- I’d be pretty pissed if my wife had something grabbed out of her hand while being shoved aside and the person who did it just walked away unpunished. While I understand this meets the legal definition of a battery, that’s overkill- it seems like disorderly conduct might be a more appropriate charge, since by watching the video it becomes obvious this was just some asshole who’s probably in the habit of playing the fool wanting to get his face on camera. Of course, the reporter and the tv station are just as bigger assholes for treating this like it was an assassination attempt.

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    Cecilia says:

    In about a month, hundreds of recent UVA graduates (my son included) will descend on Myrtle Beach. Poor, delicate, Ashley might want to take a vacation because this (what the kid who grabbed her mike did) is exactly the kind of boneheaded move one might expect from any number of the drunken kids who will be celebrating “just got out of college” at Myrtle. But since only about 25% of UVA class of 2012 are “minorities”, if such behavior occurred it would most likely be a white kid. But on second thought, Ashley might want to stick around to do the funny, cutesy, “college kids do the darnedest things,” story that you know this would have been had the dodo head who grabbed her mike been white.

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    slag says:

    @shep:

    Trust me, we’ve created an entire system of female victim protection on overdrive. All you need is for woman to swear that she merely feels threatened, even by her own husband (especially to a female judge), and the full weight of the local justice system will fall on him. It’s completely understandable that we have created this system, given the epidemic of domestic violence, mostly by men on women, but it’s being abused by some women.

    How did I know this type of comment was inevitable in this thread?

    Tell you what…You have a thing against “female victim protection”? Move to Kansas: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....06203.html.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Egg Berry: I thought she was a foxbot when I wrote that (thinking she was pulling down 500 g’s).

    Looks like she is local, so as you said still not worth anything, but not getting uber-dollars (God, I hope).

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    kc says:

    I live just south of Myrtle Beach. Last I heard the kid was still in jail. I’m tempted to contribute to his bond, because I don’t think he should sit in jail forever for a dumb stunt that didn’t hurt anyone, and also because “I am that nigger!” cracked me up.

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    shortstop says:

    Oh, please let her become a national laughingstock.

    I said that in the sharply singsong voice bad reporters, for example Ashley Taylor, always use.

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    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    @mythago:

    It’s hilarious to see the hypocrisy here. If you changed the facts to “MSNBC reporter” you could see exactly the same hit-her-harder, I’ll-show-her-assault, suck-it-up-bitch wankery on a Free Republic thread.

    Uh-huh. To which comment are you referring with regards “hit her harder” or “I’ll show her assault”, mythago?

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    Linda says:

    What an insult to real crime victims, She needs to be notified when that horrible criminal gets out of jail?!!? What a joke, maybe we need to make it a crime to be such a cry baby. She needs to put on her big girl panties if she is going to be a reporter. It is stupid people like her that are ruining this country by putting people in jail for such trivial stuff while real criminals go free because they don’t have room for them.

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