There was some drama up on the Hill yesterday. Speaker Williams collapsed at the podium. Turns out he’s fine. However, while he was on the ground, the reporter for the AP, Erik Schelzig, attempted to report on the story in a way that upset Legislators.
I’m with Michael Silence here.
Memo to Joe and Stacey: What’s “despicable” is the arrogance of government displayed once again today and the pathetic political pandering lawmakers have engaged in, especially in the last two sessions. Dudes, that chamber ain’t yours. It belongs to all Tennesseans.
Don’t pretend now like you have decorum.
Anyway, so Joe Towns rushes to score political points by introducing a resolution to urge “the chair of the Capitol Hill Press Corps to restrict access to the House Floor by a certain member of the press corps.” Yes, they’d like to abridge the freedom of the Press. Good luck with that lawsuit should you pass this nonsense.
But even worse, in the resolution, it says, “a member of the Capitol Hill Press Corps acted without thought and good judgment in attempting to take photographs and thereby needlessly hindering emergency medical personnel from providing necessary medical care.”
The emphasis is mine, because this is a lie. Just a flat out lie. And Channel 4 has the video to prove it. Even if you don’t like what Schelzig did, you have to be taken aback by the bold-face lying on the part of Towns in order to score political points. Towns, we can all see what happened. Appropriate behavior or not (and obviously, I am on the side of appropriate), Schelzig did not hinder medical care.
This is really creepy behavior, I have to tell you–to watch a politician just so blatantly change the truth and try to instill his lie into the public record instead. I mean, I’m sure it goes on all the time, but to see it happen? To be able to see with your own eyes what went down and then to see what Towns puts forward as the truth to be voted on?
Gives me the willies.
But let’s not end on a down note. Instead, let’s end with the funny. As JR points out:
Rep. Joe Towns has introduced a resolution (HR0371 – info here, download here) to urge the “chair of the Capitol Hill Press Corps” to revoke Erik Schelzig’s designation as a member of the press pursuant to House rules.
Of course, Schelzig himself is the chairman of the press corps.