Right-Wingers Deny Ties Between Corporate Lobbyists and Town Hall Thuggery
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Over at the Weekly Standard the always hilarious Mary Katherine Ham chides the Liebrul media for fabricating this whole thing about corporate lobbyists -- in the bag for the insurance industry -- feeding right-wingers outrageous bullshit and so turning them into angry mobs bent on running roughshod over democracy at town hall meetings across the country:
When the "manufactured" outrage the Left is trying to demonize lines up so inconveniently with public polling, it's sometimes necessary to create evidence for the "manufactured" storyline.
Enter Think Progress, which unearthed this shocking, secret memo from the leader of a small grassroots conservative organization in Connecticut, which allegedly instructs members on "infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress."
Right Principles PAC was formed by Bob MacGuffie and four friends in 2008, and has taken in a whopping $5,017 and disbursed $1,777, according to its FEC filing.
"We're just trying to shake this state up and make a difference up here," MacGuffie told me during a telephone interview. He's surprised at his elevation to national rabble-rouser by the Left.
Right Principles has a Facebook group with 23 members and a Twitter account with five followers. MacGuffie describes himself as an " opponent of leftist thinking in America," and told me he's "never pulled a lever" for a Republican or Democrat on a federal level. Yet this Connecticut libertarian's influence over a national, orchestrated Republican health-care push-back is strong, indeed, if you listen to liberal pundits and the Democratic National Committee, who have crafted a nefarious web out of refutable evidence.
Think Progress ... falsely connected MacGuffie to the national conservative group FreedomWorks through the most tenuous of threads. The Think Progress link that purports to establish MacGuffie as a FreedomWorks "volunteer" leads to his one blog posting on a Tea Party website (on the free social networking site, ning.com). Think Progress calls Tea Party Patriots a "FreedomWorks website."
The problem is it's not a FreedomWorks site, according to FreedomWorks spokesman Adam Brandon. FreedomWorks is a "coalition partner" of TeaPartyPatriots.org, but does not fund the site in any way.
And whenever a wing-nut like Ham gets his or her proverbial panties in a twist over some outrageous distortion of the liberal media, just wait a beat. Reality will inevitably intrude.
FreedomWorks, the main group behind the townhall teabag mob scenes, has now released a new " August Recess Action Kit".
Joshua Holland is an editor and senior writer at AlterNet.