Salon: Fox reporter in Wisconsin victim of yet another “union thug” attack

A violent assault or a slight jostling? Fox reports, and decides

March 1, 2011- Most Americans have decided that they support the collecting bargaining rights of public employees, and the peaceful demonstrations in Wisconsin have inspired liberals across the nation. Which means, of course, that Fox — the official communications arm of the conservative movement — has been desperate to paint the entire protest as violent and hateful. (This is the general Rovian principle of political messaging in action: Claim your opponents are the ones truly guilty of whatever they accuse you of being or doing.)

Thus far their best effort was video of a guy in Washington DC shoving a camera. But one intrepid Fox reporter is spending his every minute of airtime crafting and expanding on an alternate narrative of the Wisconsin protests themselves. In Mike Tobin's reports from Madison, union thugs and their allies have threatened to break his neck, and even already physically attacked him. Tobin can see the "hate in their eyes." Here's the thrilling neck-threatening incident:

But Raw Story has non-Fox footage from LiveLeak of the actual "punch" that Tobin claims to have suffered. He got jostled, basically:


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