by Eric Boehlert
And why are Beck and BigGovernment, as well as the rest of the right-wing brigade, now clearly suggesting that Missouri law enforcement officials are covering up a crime? The fact-free crowd is impugning the integrity of Missouri prosecutors because they have the nerve to not go along with the right-wing fantasy that SEIU "thugs" savagely beat a man (nearly to death, according to some breathless reports) outside of a health care town hall forum in August. And yes, Andrew Breitbart claimed the thugs were sent directly from the White House.
That’s a pretty serious accusation to make against the defenders of the law. So on what basis do Beck and BigGovernment make the claim? What facts do they present to suggest that Missouri law enforcement is covering up a crime? Um, did I mention it’s Glenn Beck and BigGovernment?
Answer: Zero facts.
The right-wing’s beloved tale of Kenneth Gladney has been dubious from the get-go. (See here, here, here, here, and here.) But now that it’s been nearly three months and no formal charges have been filed in a case that was supposed to be an open-and-shut case of a brutal beating (it was caught on tape!), Beck and company have fallen back to their predictable Plan B: conspiracy theory!! i.e. The cops are in on it, too!!
"Why haven’t charges been filed?" Beck demanded this week. "I would like to know what game is being played."
Specifically, the far-right, anti-law enforcement crowd suggests that because Buffy Wicks was part of Barack Obama’s campaign in Missouri, and because Buffy Wicks now works in the White House, and because Buffy Wicks is kinda/sorta associated with the NEA, and because the Obama Missouri campaign once had a press conference where law enforcement officials were supposedly in attendance (Beck’s still searching for the tape), that means Missouri law enforcement is now covering up the Gladney beating as a favor to Buffy Wicks. (Talk about a Superwoman!)
Conspiracy stenographer Matthew Vadum types up the nonsense for David Horowitz’s Newsreal.
For the record, I have no idea if any charges will ever be filed. It’s completely possible law enforcement authorities will ignore Gladney’s rather odd tale for the simple reason that no provable crime was committed. But even if charges are filed some day, that means SEIU defendants will, of course, have a chance to clear their names, regardless of how Glenn Beck and BigGovernment wished our justice system worked.
What I do know is that the right-wing’s selfish, and often comical, attempt to turn Kenneth Gladney into a political martyr continues to be a sad spectacle to watch.
Source: Media Matters for America