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It sure sounds like the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel condones enhanced interrogation techniques

At least those are the noises he’s making today on his blog, Right Now (get it?). In a post titled, “So, who were the young men hassled by Bob Etheridge?”, he writes:

Politicians can expect journalists or political operatives, some armed with cameras, to occasionally lie in wait for them outside fundraisers. Sometimes they strike gold, as when Republican trackers captured video of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley exiting a lobbyist fundraiser (damaging enough on its own) and one of the then-Senate candidate’s aides accidentally pushing reporter John McCormack over a railing. (The aide apologized to McCormack.) But it’s something else to ask the people with the cameras who they are and get nonanswers about “students” and “projects.” This is why I originally asked who “TMZ’d” Etheridge, as that gossip site often posts videos from people who identify themselves, to celebrities, as “fans,” without revealing their names or their plans to post the videos they take.

Despite Weigel’s demurrals that he doesn’t condone what Etheridge did, he still seems to think these kids were under some sort of obligation to comply with Etheridge’s demands during the assault. When Etheridge “asked” the people with the cameras who they were, he didn’t get an answer until after he’d walked up to them, hit the camera, stolen the kid’s phone, and grabbed the kid’s wrist, all the while snarling “Who are you?” in his face over and over. The young man, instead of responding with equal force, told the Congressman he was a student working on a project. He called the Congressman “Sir.”

This isn’t enough for Weigel, apparently. When somebody asks you a question and uses force to make you comply, well, you’re just supposed to comply.

Sounds kinda wingnutty to me, Dave!

P.S. Reason‘s Michael Moynihan: Hating the Ideology, Not the Methodology.

P.P.S. As Pablo notes in the comments, the claim that John McCormack was accidentally pushed is maybe not so true. Although as I’m sure Weigel would point out, the video is “grainy.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeanne-Patterson/1557095836 Jeanne Patterson

    It’s been fun to watch Weigel & that other loser over Mediaite getting all defensive about their defense of the Congresscritter in the comments section of Reason & Mediaite (respectively). It only makes them look even more pathetic than they are, if that’s possible.

  • pablo

    …video of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley exiting a lobbyist fundraiser (damaging enough on its own) and one of the then-Senate candidate’s aides accidentally pushing reporter John McCormack over a railing.

    Accidentally? YOU LIE, BOY!

  • thesauce

    There is nothing that excuses this unwanted touching. There are bubbles of personal space that must be observed. These bubbles were violated, with an arm grab and a weird… creepy hug-like manuever. This is the most viscerally disturbing news story since Larry Craig. THERE ARE BUBBLES!

  • killtruck

    All he had to do was walk away (or answer the question).

    • csrighthook

      It wasn’t exactly a question asking explanations on quantum pysics, was it? But.. if the interviewer had used that offensive term ‘Obamacare’ instead of ‘The Obama Agenda,’ then the congressman would’ve been justified.