“Protesters Scuffle with Lobbyists” reads the extremely misleading headline in the Albuquerque Journal. At least the New Mexican acknowledged that many of the attendees at ALEC’s recent dinner in Santa Fe were indeed lawmakers and thus deserving of more respect than reviled lobbyists.
But what if a group of right-wing goons (or heaven-forbid Tea Partiers) had forcibly disrupted a peaceful meeting of the ACLU or Friends of the Earth? Straight out of Germany in the 1930’s, right?
Of course, we already know that the “Occupy” movement is not keen on the first amendment. See here and here. So, what would a more descriptive headline have been? How about “Anti-free speech protesters forcibly disrupt peaceful, private meeting.”
Personally, I hope the “Occupy” folks continue their “brown-shirt”‘ tactics as it only further discredits their so-called movement.