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Bob Etheridge, North Carolina and Camera Crew FraudTim King Salem-News.com
A similar 'fake' camera crew changed the course of the entire world in September 2001.
(SALEM) - There is one state in the United States where politicians stick up for the right things, and that is the state U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge calls home, North Carolina.
It is also the place the Marines call home, specifically Camp Lejeune, where men and women have been stationed for many years, drinking water that is just simply deadly.
The N.C. politicians I am most familiar with are U.S. Senator Richard Burr, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and U.S. Rep. Brad Miller. They came out swinging once they realized the Marine Corps was lying through the back of its teeth over the reality of the base's toxic water.
Unfortunately, Etheridge isn't in any of our stories about Camp Lejeune, so I guess it is possible that he had reasons; none that could be good, possible 'conflicts of interest' are likely it, though that is only a guess.
Now this Congressman is at the center of a controversy over manhandling a young man claiming to be 'student' who is alleged to be associated with the hard right wing Andrew Vyborg's Website BigGovernment.org, known for the famous ACORN video, during which a couple misrepresented themselves to Senator Mary Landrieu, in an attempt to befall a group that historically helps minorities.
Ultimately the stunt led to a reduction in the group's funding.
Misrepresentation is a really bad thing. Our rule as American news photographers is 'It is better to seek forgiveness than permission', but we all know we are in bad form when we have an agenda and lie about it.
And even then, if we lie in order to save a life, expose a product that is killing people, etc., we are perhaps within our rights, at least on a human level. But representing the Republicans is to advocate for the top 2% of wealthy Americans who literally possess 98% of the money in this country. It doesn't resemble a noble deed or goal. Just one more punch from a well to do white kid intent on bringing down those whose party typically represents the poor, and minorities, like Pres. Barack Obama.
In that ACORN video, James O'Keefe dressed as a pimp which he was not, and intentionally created a wild story to explain his presence.
He was arrested by the FBI and later convicted of "Entering a Federal Building Under False Pretenses" and sentenced to three years' probation.
After several years of divisive politics via Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Bill O'Reilly, the GOP appears to be shifting toward more specific policy of direct misrepresentation and character assassination via deceit.
None of these actions lend themselves toward credibility, and they are just the latest manifestation of 'TV cameraman' misrepresentation; a similar bogus camera crew approach was taken in order to assassinate the best possible leader to emerge from Afghanistan in recent history; the man who fought Taliban for years and tried to warn the world about a pending terrorist attack, (احمد شاه مسعود- Aḥmad Šāh Mas‘ūd; the 'Lion of Panjshir'.
He was killed 9 Sept. 2001, seem like a memorable time period? Massoud stood in opposition to the Taliban, the GOP of Afghanistan; the ones who use religion to justify the slaughter of their enemies. Like the warring Republicans, Taliban are the totalitarian religious whacko fundamentalists who have scarcely a clue about the faith they kill in the name of.
Taliban kill with religious motivation to rid themselves of 'infidels' - another description of 'political enemy'. Protestants modified the Bible to change 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' to 'Thou Shall Not Murder'.
Modify religious doctrine in order to justify the slaughter of other human beings.
Unlike the bulk of American political leaders, Massoud was incredible, I admire him as much as I despise people misrepresenting themselves in my line of work.
U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) released the following statement on the viral video which appeared on the internet today:
“I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse.”
Rep. Bob Etheridge, I can compliment your fellow legislators and I can understand why you would have viewed this crew with suspicion, I just wish I could laud you as a hero of the Marines at Camp Lejeune, and if I have this wrong, please, someone add it as a comment. I looked and looked and can't find a connection. Still, I like it when people react to their personal radar. It is something people are often afraid to do. Looks like the ACORN video left an indelible impression.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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