When I saw this video–claiming that a “violent mob” destroyed the tent the Koch brothers had paid for in front of the Michigan Capitol–I knew right away it was likely a false flag. After all, Stranahan, James O’Keefe’s buddy, first posted it. Within minutes it was up at Drudge.
Just as this whole narrative was rolling out, Dick DeVos’ paid hack was calling for RICCO [sic] charges against union leaders.
All this, in spite of the fact that witnesses say the Americans for Prosperity people were trying to provoke union members to violence, and witnesses reportedly saw AFP people loosening the ropes on the tents so they would come down. And in spite of the fact the place was crawling with cops (shipped in from around the state) who didn’t do see anything amiss. (Cops are as we speak arresting people engaging in civil disobedience at the Romney Building, where the Governor’s office is.)
Sadly, many of MI’s local journalists don’t know enough to distrust anything a Breitbart affiliate says and have repeated the violence narrative, based on such discredited sources.
This is developing (and I’m home sick, so working remotely). But it appears the KochBots just staged a false flag.
Update: And now Fox is going with the narrative.
And all this is happening just as Michigan State Police begin to mace those peaceful protestors at the Romney building.
So literally coinciding with the roll-out of actual police violence we’re seeing this narrative of violence.
Apparently according to Gongwer, a news service in MI, “State Police downplayed the incident and said no one was arrested.”