RUSH: Here’s Victoria in Riverton, Illinois. Head back to the phones. Great to have you, Victoria. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush.
CALLER: Can you hear me?
RUSH: Yeah. Do you hear me?
CALLER: Yes, yes, yes. I’m a first-time caller, but I just got this question. I mean, I know Eric Holder was in Ferguson, Missouri, yesterday, and I know he met with Michael Brown’s family, the protesters, and the FBI law enforcement. What I want to know is, is Officer Wilson and is his family, were they given equal treatment with the visit also, of reassurance of, you know, innocent ’til proven guilty?
RUSH: I don’t believe so. I don’t think the attorney general, I just don’t think he could squeeze it in his busy schedule, but I don’t think he met with the family of officer Darren Wilson, no, don’t believe he did.
CALLER: I knew I hadn’t heard anything like that.
RUSH: If he did, they’re keeping it under wraps so as not to incite the mob.
CALLER: Right. Well, I didn’t know if the media was slighting, you know, Eric’s visit. Maybe he did meet with the officer and their families —
RUSH: Oh, no, no, no, no, no. In fact, one of the most popular video audio excerpts of Holder’s trip is he’s walking through the crowd and a woman almost faints, shouting at him how sexy he is. We have that. I might play that in the next hour. We still have an hour to go, so, yeah, he was a rock star in town, with the mob. The crowd, sorry.
RUSH: Well, looks like Governor Nixon has ordered the National Guard to scram. National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson, Missouri. So I guess the militarized police presence is no longer necessary. … A story from St. Louis from Ferguson. Missouri Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson, who was placed in charge of security in Ferguson by the governor last week when the governor decided that the county police just couldn’t do the job. So he kicked them out, he brought in Captain Johnson, the state police, the highway patrol, and he drew rave reviews on Thursday night.
And then the rave reviews gave way to questionable reviews on Friday because the looting began and Ron Johnson told the cops to back off and let the looting happen. It was judged the least provocative way to handle the situation. Let the looters get it out of their system, rather than confront them, which would be provocative. And some people said, “Wait a minute, now. That’s kind of giving up.” So he went from being the governor-elect to just getting his own reality show down the road.
But, anyway, he’s still in a leadership position, being sought out by the media. And he said the other day that journalists are being arrested due to safety concerns stemming from the abounding protests. Captain Johnson blamed unrest and chaos for the detainments of some journalists. He’s not yet explained if the arrests of media members will continue or cease. And he said (paraphrasing), “We can’t tell anymore who’s a journalist and who isn’t. We don’t know when we’re looking at the mob who is a journalist and who isn’t a journalist. All somebody’s gotta do is have a camera on their shoulder and walk around. If it’s a $50,000 camera, I’m pretty sure it’s a journalist, but there are some journalists walking around here using their cell phone cameras and we can’t tell if they’re journalists or not.”
And, of course, members of the public are getting into press conferences and passing themselves off as journalists. Get this. This is a this is a story from Selma. Oh, yeah. Teacher suspended after a lesson on the shooting in St. Louis. “A sixth grade Brantley Elementary teacher was put on paid administrative leave Wednesday after a Facebook post revealed the teacher allegedly instructed the students Tuesday to reenact a Ferguson, Mo. shooting known nationwide.
“Jessica Baughn, the mother of Brantley sixth grade student Jimmy Griffin, posted a complaint Tuesday on the Sound Off Selma Facebook page. In the post, Guaghn expressed her shock after learning a teacher had told the class to reenact the shooting in which an unarmed Mike Brown was shot by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.”
Apparently Ms. Baughn is a racist. I mean, after all, this pivotal moment in American history will probably be reenacted down through the ages. This may be reenacted as much as the first Thanksgiving before they’re finished with it.
“Students were reportedly asked to research the shooting online, finding out such details as to how many times Brown was shot and where,” and then to reenact it. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Now I know the problem. Now I know the problem. If the students were asked to research this, then they would learn details that the gentle giant was shot from the front, which is contrary to what his defenders claimed. So maybe the real problem here is that the reenactment will cause the students to research it and find things out that the civil rights coalition doesn’t want people to know.
You know how many witnesses there are that have supposedly talked to the DA’s office about the version of events that support the cop’s version? There are competing eyewitness accounts. A new witness has come forward today, a brand-new witness, claimed to see the shooting, and of course his version is the gentle giant was running away and put his hands up. And of course the autopsy evidence doesn’t show how that can be because he wasn’t shot from the rear. But this guy’s all over CNN today as a brand-new eyewitness.
But Jessica Baughn, the mother in Selma, said, “I don’t think that it needs to be talked about at school at all, let alone reenacted. It scares me as a parent, because any one of those children could have picked up their aunt, uncle, grandma or whoever’s gun and pointed it at another child and it went off accidentally.” Wow, look at the tantamount admission of how many family members there have a gun. Could have picked up their aunt, their uncle, their grandma or whoever’s gun. (laughing) Oh, yeah, how many opportunities does this student have to get a gun for the reenactment? Anyway, that’s one little issue.
The New York Times, ladies and gentlemen, has buried news of Officer Wilson’s injury. Officer Wilson got hurt. It happened somehow in this conflict. It happened in this confrontation. The New York Times has big news on the biggest story in the country today, but they buried the news 26 paragraphs deep. Let me read it to you. Twenty-six paragraphs in, from the New York Times’ own police sources. “Law enforcement officials say witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the car.”
What struggle in the car? Why was there a struggle in the car? If there was a struggle in the car, how the hell does that happen? The cop’s the only one in the car, how does a struggle in the car happen? Somebody explain this to me. And how does the cop end up with his eye socket blown out sitting in the car? If the gentle giant is running away, what, did the cop beat himself up with his hand-held microphone and the two-way radio? No, seriously, how did this happen? Here’s what the Times says.
“Law enforcement officials say witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the car.” Twenty-six paragraphs in they say this. And then they [from a Breitbart story], “Obviously, the news that Wilson was injured during his struggle with 18-year-old Michael Brown is highly relevant to the ongoing investigation.” Well, it’s not to the mob. “If Wilson was indeed injured,” says Breitbart, “it doesn’t automatically make the fatal shooting of Brown appropriate, but it does help to fill a yawning fact-vacuum with a piece of relevant information.”
What yawning fact vacuum? There isn’t any yawning fact vacuum. What we have here is a myth versus facts. And the battle is between the myth and facts and which one is going to triumph. That’s all that’s going on here. The myth is white cops are shooting dead innocent black kids all the time, in St. Louis and the country. That’s the myth. That is what is propelling all of this. That is how this has to end up for those pushing the myth, because if it doesn’t, if the myth is totally obliterated and blown to smithereens, the results of that are just incomprehensible, from the standpoint of the myth makers.
They have got to triumph here. They have got to win this. But now there’s a problem, the cop has an orbital eye socket bloodied and broken to the point he almost lost consciousness, from what I hear. His vision was impaired. That’s why there are six shots. He’s sitting in the cop car. How does this happen when the gentle giant is surrendering and running away? The myth is up against some powerful facts that Breitbart calls a fact vacuum.
Now, I think the fact that the Times hid its own scoop and that no other media outlets are reporting this is also very informative, and it’s completely unsurprising. The Times masthead is not “All the news that’s fit to print” anymore. It’s “All the news that fits our agenda.”
And here is the story from Fox News: “Missouri Cop Was Badly Beaten Before Shooting Michael Brown, Says Source — Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told FoxNews.com. ‘The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,’ said the insider. ‘He was beaten very severely.'”
Hey, if they took him to the hospital there are people there that know. If he was treated at the hospital, there are people there who know. All he’s gotta do is waive his medical privacy. If all of this happened — he was driven to the hospital, he was treated — people know. Easily discoverable here. So the question once again is: Why was this information withheld? Why was the video withheld?
We know the video was withheld ’cause the DOJ demanded it. Are they leaning on ’em on this? Are the mythmakers, the ones in power doing it? Are the mythmakers intimidating law enforcement there on the ground in Ferguson to keep this quiet, so that a myth can take root? You suppress all of this about the officer’s injuries while seated in the cop car.
You suppress that while the myth and its roots grow deep and deep and plant themselves and begin to blossom. And then when the myth finally takes hold and everybody in St. Louis believes the myth, then you release the information about the cop to immediately make it suspect, rather than affirmative. It’s the Trayvon Martin case all over again. You’ve gotta remember.
The extent of George Zimmerman’s injuries were never reported for weeks; 911 calls were doctored because the myth was in full form in the Trayvon Martin case. The facts only came to light after everybody’d already made up their minds, after the myth had taken root with the assistance of people like Spike Lee and Reverend Sharpton or Reverend Jackson and all the others who are planting and bigger and planting and digging the myth.
“According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic,” in the middle of the road. “However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said.” The gentle giant and his buddy “ignored” the cop. “‘[T]he officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move,’ the source said.
“‘They shoved him right back in'” the car as he attempted to get out of the car, and “‘that’s when [the gentle giant] leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face.’ … At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6-foot-4, 292-pound [gentle giant] charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown’s skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown’s family.”
I have a sound bite. Is it a sound bite or a story? Somebody has really, really ticked ’em off there. I guess it’s a story. Yeah, it’s a story. Let me take a break and find this. I don’t want to get it summarized. There’s a… (muttering) Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s an online column. “[A] veteran police officer has catapulted himself into the national debate over the death of” the gentle giant.
He wrote an op-ed, I guess, on CNN. No, I don’t know where he wrote it. Let me find this in the in the in the break. Apparently it’s an ex-cop who wrote a column (paraphrased), “Look, when the cop tells you to do anything, you do it! Whatever it is, you do it. If there’s a problem, deal with it later,” and apparently everybody’s outraged over this.
RUSH: (interruption) Snerdley, what was that? There was a…? (interruption) Oh, I remember. The Washington Post had a story saying that marijuana was found in the gentle giant’s system in the autopsy. I reported this. The next day, TheHill.com had a piece accusing me of “character assassination,” and Drudge — me and Drudge — because we reported what was in the Washington Post.
So now I read what’s in the New York Times and on Fox News. I’ll be accused of character assassination again for deigning to repeat what I read in the New York Times and on Fox News. Now, the Washington Post is back at it. They have another column, and it’s written by a cop, and CNN is so mad about it, they have posted a piece on this column in the Washington Post! Get this.
“In a single column, a veteran police officer has catapulted himself into the national debate over the death of unarmed teen [gentle giant] in Ferguson, Missouri. ‘I’m a Cop. If You Don’t Want to Get Hurt, Don’t Challenge Me,’ the Washington Post headline blares. The piece was written by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department.
“‘Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line,'” writes this LAPD cop: “‘If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you,’ he wrote. Dutta cautions against arguing, insulting, or screaming at officers, ‘and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?’
“If you believe an officer is violating your rights or bullying you,’ Dutta says, ‘don’t challenge him then — save that for lodging a complaint later. ‘Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you.’ It took no time for the anger over his message to explode,” and no wonder! Have you ever heard anything so outrageous? When a policeman tells you to do something…? Everybody up ’til now, I guess, thought it was a suggestion.
You’re under no obligation to obey the guy!
You don’t have to do a damn thing!
When an officer tells you to lay down, you don’t have to. You can rush the guy. What are people thinking? There literally there is outrage over what this LAPD cop wrote in the Washington Post, and it’s this line, right here: “Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you.”
Oh, no! No way, pal! No way! No way.
That doesn’t happen in America anymore. Nobody gets to tell anybody nothing. Nobody gets to tell anybody what to do. That’s what America 2014 is. Nobody gets to tell anybody anything! Nobody gets to order anybody around anymore. What about their feelings, Cop? What about their sensitivity? What about their race? Don’t you take any of that into account?
He doesn’t, no.
If you want to get out of this safe, you do what I tell you and shut up — and if you do, we’ll be finished here in a few minutes, and then you go on your way.
“The outrageous thing is not that he says it. The outrageous thing is that we accept it,’ writes Ken White…”