I happened upon Citizen Free Press a while back when looking for an alternative to Drudge when he went full Trump Derangement Syndrome (never go full Trump Derangement Syndrome).
I’ve actually linked to their content several times and I’ve been pretty happy with their content; the only real complaint I’ve had is that they insist on embedding youtube videos into their content even when the videos are available on alternative sites. Providing support to the enemy isn’t really a good way to fight a battle.
But then the other day all that changed.
They posted an article about the 65 year old woman in Texas who was “tackled and arrested for not wearing a mask in a bank”.
It really annoys me when I see outlets on the right engaging in exactly the kind of subterfuge that the left engages in and projects onto us. We really don’t need to prove them right, but that’s exactly what this incident did.
The fact is, the woman was not “tackled” and she was not arrested for refusing to wear a mask.
She entered a private establishment that required masks. They asked her to put on a mask, she refused. They then asked her to leave, she again refused. As soon as they asked her to leave and she refused she was trespassing.
The cops weren’t called because she wasn’t wearing a mask, the cops were called because she was trespassing.
The cop arrived. I’ll grant you that he was not exactly nice or kind to her and could have handled the situation with a bit more professionalism, but she didn’t handle the situation calmly and reasonably either. She was belligerent and combative and he was well within his authority for everything he did. She was breaking the law. He was enforcing it.
He first asked her to leave. She refused. He then tried to reason with her. She argued with him and still refused to leave. After trying for several minutes to convince her to leave, and her becoming more and more belligerent, he finally started basically herding her toward the door. At one point she put her hands on him. It’s hard to tell because her hands left the frame of the camera when she reached out…she may have just pushed him, or she may have been reaching for his equipment belt, it’s hard to tell, but either way, as soon as she put her hands on him, she was guilty of assaulting a police officer.
That’s when the cop placed her under arrest. Then she struggled and resisted about as aggressively as any 65 year old woman could be expected to, so he took her to the ground in order to get the cuffs on her. There was no tackle.
So, she wasn’t arrested for not wearing a mask and the officer was very clear about the fact that he wasn’t there because of a mask violation. She was arrested for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and trespassing.
If she hadn’t laid hands on the cop, there’s a very good chance he would have let her go on her way after getting her out of the bank.
The claim that she was arrested for not wearing a mask is fake news and it annoys the crap out of me to see the right wing media engaging in it. That’s what the left does. When our side does it, we give them cover for their claim that it’s actually our side that does this rather than theirs.
If you were being attacked and the bad guy said “hey, I didn’t bring any bullets” would you give him some of yours? How stupid is it for us to give them ammunition to use against us?
At any rate, I posted a comment on CFP calling them out for this.
Granted, pretty much all the right wing outlets at which I found this story treated it in the same way and with the same false spin, so I would have let it go at that.
I got the expected indignant replies from other readers who were determined to make this about the mask rather than the trespassing. Most of them were pretty civil (which is definitely not what I would expect on a left-wing site, so there’s that) but disagreed with me vehemently.
I have no complaint with that. I expected people to disagree with me, that’s kind of the nature of political arguments. What happened next, though, I didn’t expect:
I replied to several of the comments clarifying my position and providing more detail.
When I went back today to see if anyone had further replied to me, I found that all but one of my replies had been deleted.
I can handle CFP spinning the story the same way pretty much every other right wing outlet did, even if it was a false spin. Most people are sheep and just go along with the crowd and I can hardly fault them for being human.
But deleting comments, some of which took me a good while to put together, explaining and detailing my position in a civil, respectful and reasonable way, was a bridge too far.
You won’t be seeing me posting links to any Citizen Free Press content in the future as I won’t be visiting their site. I’m done with them.