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CNN Says Gun-Toting Protest Is ‘Staged’

From an outraged CNN:

Interview with gun-toting protester at Obama rally was staged

PHOENIX, Arizona (CNN) — He was to demonstrating his right to bear arms — and he wanted you to know it.

Video of the unidentified man toting an assault rifle outside President Obama’s speech to veterans Monday was aired all over the country, causing a buzz about weapons popping up — legally — around recent presidential events.

The protester, who refused to give his name, was interviewed by a man carrying a microphone and said, "I am almost always armed."

The interview, done by Libertarian radio talk show host Ernest Hancock, was staged.

"Absolutely," Hancock told CNN’s Rick Sanchez Tuesday. "You guys are so easy. What we wanted to do was make sure that people around the country knew that law enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona, protects our rights."

The Phoenix-based host of "Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock" identified the bespectacled man with the AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle as "Chris," saying he’s known him for two years as part of a younger generation of Libertarians.

"We are up against a tyrannical government that will rob the next generation as long as they can get away with it," Hancock said…

And while Hancock admitted the interview was staged, he insisted the protester’s message was not.

"I come from another state where ‘open carry’ is legal, but no one does it, so the police don’t really know about it and they harass people, arrest people falsely," the protester identified as Chris told Hancock in an interview aired by CNN affiliate KNXV. "I think that people need to get out and do it more so that they get kind of conditioned to it."

Video from KNXV shows the man standing with other protesters, with the rifle slung over his right shoulder, a handgun in a holster on his left hip, and a bullet clip in his back pocket.

The same protester told KNXV separately, "I’m exercising my rights as an American in Arizona."

The protester was among a dozen other demonstrators carrying unconcealed guns outside the Obama event.

Hancock, who said he was packing a 9-millimeter Beretta pistol, added that Phoenix police had known about the group’s intent to protest while carrying guns…

Arizona law has nothing in the books regulating assault rifles, and only requires permits for carrying concealed weapons. So despite the man’s proximity to the president, there were no charges or arrests to be made, according to Phoenix police

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill on Monday said officers explained the law to some people who were upset about the presence of weapons at the protest

Hill told CNN on Tuesday that the widely broadcast protest was no different than any other for law enforcement, in that investigators with the "community response unit" had communicated with the group ahead of time…

He added that because of Arizona’s open carry law, it’s not uncommon for protesters to pack heat at demonstrations.

Gun-toting protesters have demonstrated around the president before. Last week, a man protesting outside Obama’s town hall meeting in New Hampshire had a gun strapped to his thigh. That state also doesn’t require a license for open carry…

Asked whether the individuals carrying weapons jeopardized the safety of the president, Donovan said, "Of course not." …

Of course CNN is being just a little disingenuous here. This wasn’t "staged" in the sense that it was pretending to be something it was not. 

The "bespectacled" protester is a real libertarian who believes in our Second Amendment rights and brought his gun to protest Mr. Obama’s anti-gun policies. 

The only thing that could be conceivably considered "staged" is that the libertarian radio talk show host knew about him, and knew he was going to interview him about the gun. That is, the radio host didn’t just happen to bump into a total stranger at the protest. 

That is not "staged" in the sense we usually mean when talking about such things.

Fortunately for us, our media never stages such things.

Though for some odd reason CNN and the rest of our watchdog media seemed determined not to give us a full look of ‘Chris’ the protester in any of their still photographs.

(The photo at the top, for instance, is from our screen grab from the local station’s interview.)

A dozen people carrying guns, including at least two with assault rifles, were seen mingling among protesters outside a convention centre where President Barack Obama was speaking.

Instead, in every still photograph our media masters seemed to prefer just to show the rifle, while artfully cropping the man’s face.

You would never know the protester was a clean cut (and articulate) black man.

That’s what we call “staged.”

(Thanks to Ann for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “CNN Says Gun-Toting Protest Is ‘Staged’”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The headline is a little misleading:

    Group armed with rifles seen among protesters at Barack Obama speech

    A dozen people carrying guns, including at least two with assault rifles, have been spotted mingling among protesters outside a convention centre in Arizona where President Barack Obama was speaking.

    By Alex Spillius in Washington
    Published: 6:51AM BST 18 Aug 2009

    Phoenix police said the men carrying guns at Monday’s event did not need permits, as the state of Arizona has an “open carry” law. No crimes were committed, and no one was arrested.

    One of the men carrying a rifle declined to be identified but told The Arizona Republic that he was carrying the assault weapon because he could. “In Arizona, I still have some freedoms,” he said.

    Phoenix police Detective J. Oliver, who was monitoring the man at the downtown protest, said police also wanted to make sure no one decided to harm him.

    Rest of Article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6046721/Group-armed-with-rifles-seen-among-protesters-at-Barack-Obama-speech.html


    And …..no one got hurt. No “right wing extremist” went nutso and fired their weapon at anyone or anything.

    This is our nation….and this stands as an example of how freedom can be expressed.

    And this excerpt seems (to me) to be very telling:

    “The other rifle-carrier, a smartly dressed black man who appeared to be in his late 20s, had an AR-15 slung over his shoulder.”

    • canary says:

      I posted some video’s on this. The man was an African-American with loaded M-15 and pistol, marching on side for health reform. Amazing the police were more concerned the anti-health care might attack him. He would have shot in self-defense. If he’d been white, he’d have been arrested.

  2. canary says:

    I was thinking of the growing shootings in churches and all, and how the media though this was so bad. The bill to allow students on campus to carry guns was shot down.
    I’ll bet you most in the media proffession own and carry guns. Papers get threats all the time from ticked off people.

  3. catie says:

    I was thinking this probably was staged.

  4. Sharps Rifle says:

    Reminds me of a saying from the days of the old Soviet Union: “Pravda is not Isvestia, and Isvestia is not Pravda.” “The Truth is not The News, and The News is not The Truth.” CNN hasn’t had a scintilla of truth in decades, and this is just more proof of their Goebbels-esque propagandizing for Dear Leader Chairman Maobama.

  5. Right of the People says:

    I’m looking forward to another “staged” event with a few hundred thousand of the black gentleman pictured above joining me and some friends in DC in the not too distant future. Do you think we could get Barry’s attention if we showed up outside the White House?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Not likely ……. He may be on vacation, water skiing with Putin in Georgia (non USA). But the Secret Service will!!

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    This one has the media stumped because it’s not just an angry white man. Maybe they’ll accuse the man of being a brainwashed Uncle Tom and selling out because he’s dressed nicely. Instead of looking all gangsta’. BTW, very nice AR.

    • proreason says:

      Nah. They just crop the pics to show the weapon, but not his skin. Then they imply he’s a racist madmen.

      That’s how “journalism” works nowadays. The key class in J-school is “creative writing”.

  7. mathews says:

    most of the clips also blanked out the protest signs of the group the rifleman was stand amongst, they were pro-healthcare pro-NObama signs, very fish.

  8. canary says:

    MSNBC edits clip of man with gun at Obama rally to support racism August 19, 2009 by Allahpundit
    Never will you see a starker example of MSNBC getting away with the sort of deception for which Fox News would be pilloried, especially in the context of race. If you missed Monday’s post about this, go watch the footage (or look at this photo) and see if you can deduce why they wouldn’t want to show the guy with the rifle from the neck up during this particular segment. For all the well-deserved heat that MSNBC’s primetime line-up has taken for its demagoguery — Maddow has been notably egregious during the health-care blowup — this proves that they’re not above pulling this crap during their daytime “hard news” segments either.
    When you’re done with the clip, scroll through the new photo gallery Zombie’s put together of the many, many, many “Kill Bush” signs at leftist protests over the past eight years.


    Saw the clip and insane interview. MSNBC ( Marxist Socialist Network Bringing Communism) out did themselves.

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