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Oregon State Senator’s Double Standards on Citizen Journalists

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:36 am - March 11, 2013.
Filed under: Democratic demagoguery,Democratic Scandals

A new story is up this morning at WatchDogWire – Oregon.

Senator Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) has been in the news this week for claiming that acitizen journalist’s video shot near her home is creepy and intended to intimidate her. The irony in this claim is that her legislative chief of staff is the former paid director of opposition research for the Democratic Party of Oregon.

Jeff Fisher has been very open about his tracking and opposition research activities as a paid Democrat operative.

Read the whole thing at WatchDogWire – Oregon!

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)



  1. Thanks Bruce!

    Comment by Jeff Reynolds — March 11, 2013 @ 9:37 am - March 11, 2013

  2. Living, as I do, across the river from the People’s Republic of Oregon, I really appreciate that link, Bruce. I signed up to be a citizen journalist with WatchDog Wire!

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — March 11, 2013 @ 12:06 pm - March 11, 2013

  3. It’s different when *I* do it.

    Just plug that phrase in any time you hear the Dems complaining about something being done to them that they have happily done (or are still doing) to others.

    Raise of the debt ceiling unpatriotic under Bush? It’s different when Obama does it!

    GITMO, Patriot Act, and wars abroad terrible? It’s different when Obama does it!

    See how well that works? Now you know — and knowing is half the battle!

    Comment by Acethepug — March 11, 2013 @ 12:57 pm - March 11, 2013

  4. Where was the “irony” there, exactly? There certainly wasn’t any in the proper definition of the word, and not in the way the word is generally used these days.
    Did the aforementioned Democrat opposition researcher also videotape political opponents in their homes and post the video on the net in a clear attempt to suggest that they were physically vulnerable to assassination? Tell me.

    Comment by rich — March 11, 2013 @ 8:22 pm - March 11, 2013

  5. 4.Where was the “irony” there, exactly? There certainly wasn’t any in the proper definition of the word, and not in the way the word is generally used these days.

    The use of ‘irony’ could be a stretch; however, a key element of opposition research is to keep tabs on the target or at least scope out their natural habitat. So the video surveillance of the target’s home is not an unheard-of tactic.

    The real question is, has Senator Burdick’s legislative chief of staff ever done video surveillance of a target’s domicile? He might deny that he has, and could very well be correct in that statement. But I would wager that someone close to him in his former occupation has, and perhaps even has done so under his direction. If that be the case, then his current boss whining about the same type of activity that her current staffer used to engage in is, indeed, ironic.

    Comment by RSG — March 11, 2013 @ 11:14 pm - March 11, 2013

  6. I should add that simply doing video surveillance of a domicile or physical location isn’t itself evidence of intimidation (unless it is done to a restricted facility, and even then the legal issues are cloudy).

    How the video is used is another manner altogether; and whether it is used to suggest vulnerability to attack or propensity to harbor illegal activity is not much different in my view.

    Comment by RSG — March 11, 2013 @ 11:21 pm - March 11, 2013

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