Happy Hour News Briefs
It’s really hard to tell what actually happened, but it appears that the mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn, told a little joke:
TAMPA — At a time when journalists are under fire both literally and figuratively, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s “joke” this week at a military conference about pointing twin 50 caliber machine guns at journalists and watching them “cry like little girls” rankled several reporters in the room.
…At the conference, Buckhorn told a crowd of more than 1,000 commando and defense industry leaders about his experience as a “hostage” during a demonstration of special ops rescue tactics. The highlight, he said, was when he was aboard a Navy special warfare boat, firing blanks from 50-caliber machine guns.
“And so the first place I point that gun is at the media,” he told the crowd. “I’ve never seen grown men cry like little girls, for when that gun goes off those media folks just hit the deck like no one’s business. It’s great payback. I love it.”
I’m still not sure that this anecdote actually happened, but whatevs! Funny man, amiright?
So of course, this agitated Lee Duigon writing at Barbwire, to opine about shooting journalists:
Looks like the journalists’ habit of taking sides with left-wing statist big shots against the rest of us has kind of alienated them from our affections. And then they act surprised about it. We catch them colluding with Democrats, spreading fake news about conservatives, lying and cheating, shilling for fictitious Global Warming–and boo-hoo, those ungrateful peasants don’t love us anymore?
I do not actually advocate machine-gunning crowds of journalists. But letting them know we wouldn’t trust ’em anymore as far as we could throw ’em, and that we deeply resent their trying to do a fundamental transformation of America into a coast-to-coast Democrat hellhole like Detroit, only bigger, much bigger–
Good to know that he doesn’t actually advocate machine-gunning crowds of journalists, so please do not point fingers at him when one of his loose screws readers, you know, does mow down journalists. What’s that, you say?
Until you jokers clean up your act, we’re not listening. And if you learn something from the little scare that Mayor Buckhorn gave you, good for you.
It would be a shame to Fake News him with complicity.