I'm sure most of you are (by now) aware of what happened to Joe Killian at the Palin Rally the other day, where he was kicked to the ground by an irate Palin supporter. Not only was this an attack on the 1st Amendment, it was an attack on a fellow blogger. You would think this would generate some sympathy, solidarity and possibly a modicum of outrage from all local bloggers (imagine how we would react if this happened to Justin or BJ or Ray), but unfortunately that's not the case. Some Greensboro bloggers have chosen the very low road on this, and I hope this stink follows them for a long time.
Here are a few examples of Republican compassion and understanding:
Jeffrey Sykes: "It made my day to read about Joe getting kicked in the leg at a Sarah Palin rally."
Sam Spagnola: "Sorry that Joe got kicked. I wasn't there to determine whether it was deserved."
While these comments are pretty disgusting, the behavior of Guilford County GOP Media Chair Tony Wilkins, who also blogs at Busy Being Born is by far the worst. I first caught a whiff of this particular stink when reading Mark Binker's account of the assault on Joe Killian:
Tony Wilkins: "There were at least four angry confrontations there today. Those four all involved what appeared to be college age kids. Much cursing. Much anger.
One group of young black students? were confrontational to the crowd leaving. The only part of what they were saying that I understood was "you white folks". I'm wondering if the Dems aren't in some respect giving their supporters license for this sort of crap.
I talked to the guy that dropped Killian to the ground. He said he didn't like the Pail porn post."
Okay, aside from trying to throw this back on "black students", Wilkins claims (bolding mine) to have spoken to the assailant after the attack and attributing a motive for said attack. Which generated this response from me at Ed Cone's place:
The Steve: "So...this wasn't a random event? The guy knew who he was assaulting, and did so because of something Joe had written in the past? And you didn't even consider turning this guy in to the police?
As a matter of fact...did you point Joe out to this guy? Sort of help this thing along a little bit there?"
Which earned me this:
Mick: "SCH - Pretty nasty accusation. Any facts? Or just bein a turd.
El Stevo: "By my reckoning, one of two things happened here: either Tony made up the part about talking to the guy, or he actually did talk to the guy.
As to the first possibility, that means he lied on Mark Binker's blog in an effort to draw attention to Joe Killian's Palin Porn post. I'm hoping that's what happened, frankly, because it makes Tony merely a jackass for trying to use someone else's plight for his own ends.
As to the second possibility, considering Tony's aggressive approach in trying to get Joe reprimanded/fired for the Palin Porn thing, I find it way too much of a coincidence that Tony would just happen to meet somebody at a rally who had just attacked someone that Tony has been crusading against recently, especially considering the relative obscurity of the source of Tony's anger.
It ain't rocket science."
See, apparently Tony Wilkins has been on a crusade to get Joe Killian fired from the N&R because he had the audacity to write a blog about an upcoming Larry Flynt production in which an actress portrays the Republican Vice Presidential nominee in a, um, "less than tasteful" light.
This outrage sent Tony Wilkins and a few others into a self-righteous tizzy, prompting him to complain to Killian's boss (in a blog comment, of course), and when that didn't result in the immediate dismissal of the apostate Killian, Wilkins decided to advise N&R advertisers of this moral degradation:
I’m going on the assumption that John Robinson approves of this post. I’m going to see if advertisers know their name is being associated with such. Advertisers or companies associated with advertisers reached from the post were Wesleyan Christian Academy, Time Warner Cable, Yost & Little, Leblon Steakhouse, Triad Internnet, Action Greensboro, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, NC Biotechnology Center, Moses Cone Health Center, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, and the Weaver Foundation to name a few. If they’re okay with it I guess I’ll just shut up. I’ll post their responses or non responses.
Which finally explains why he would lie about meeting Killian's attacker, just so he could try to further his crusade against Killian about the porn post. After several people demanded Wilkins testify to the police about the man he supposedly met, he finally came out of hiding and made this weak statement:
I never assumed anyone would seriously think that I had witnessed the alleged assault and not assisted Joe.
Although we recently had a disagreement over one of his posts I certainly would have aided him if I had actually witnessed the alleged attack.
I didn't even see Joe Killian at the event.
Sorry, Tony. A lie is a lie, and no amount of weaseling will get you out of this one. If this is the way the Guilford County GOP operates, we need to really watch the polls this election season.