Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Schmuck Watch: McKinney's Goons

File this one under Sore Losers. Minutes after being summarily drummed out of office, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and her aides made their way through a crowded press pack. When a boom microphone struck a of member McKinney’s entourage on the head, one of them went all Kenny Rogers on 11Alive News photojournalist Gary Stillwell, punching at him and pushing his totally tricked-out Hi-Def TV camera to the ground. That, ain’t cool. After the initial incident was caught on tape, WXIA staffers had to call 911 when one of McKinney’s goons followed them to their satellite truck outside to continue his rebuke. Security guard Steve Muhammad, who has a history of entangling himself with the press, claims photog Stillwell ’threw the camera at him’. The aforementioned fancy-cam - whose worth probably rivals either man’s yearly income. Yeah, those things get tossed around all the time. In the end, equipment was damaged, contusions were bandaged and a couple of new viral videos were born.

I wasn’t there, of course. But I’ve wrestled with the body politic a time or ten and I can tell you it ain’t always pretty. When telegenic newcomer John Edwards drove Launch Faircloth out of office, I spent the evening at the defeated Republican’s campaign headquarters. It started out a gala event, but as the precinct results poured in, it became obvious the grandfatherly incumbent was being swiftly trounced. A pall fell over the dance floor. As the vote margins widened, I began to feel most unwelcome. Old ladies who’d flirted with my lens all night picked through their hundred dollar plates and eyed my lens with open disdain. A few red-eyed fat cats, dizzy on cocktails, rubber chicken and fresh defeat, blocked my camera as Faircloth was wheeled out to the ‘concession stand’. No one took a swing that night, but the buzzkill of the event was palpable and it gave me one more reason to abhor politics.

As for former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, she escaped last night’s melee unharmed. No stranger to bellicosity herself, the defeated politician took to the podium with her usual delusional bent, proving to all that her maniacal ego and false sense of entitlement remained intact. Schmucks!

5 comments:

Bruce Burch said...

Yes she was nearly as maniacal as Joe Lieberman.

steve kiggins said...

Why did I come to Atlanta??

Hey Stew!

I wasn't working on Tuesday, but HA! It was SO not surprising to see Cynthia and her wannabies go crazy.
See ya folks! Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

It is a shame though.. Because deep down I really want to experience some self-important, ass-clown try to call me out and physically push me around.

BRING
IT
ON

Keep up the great work!

newshutr said...

I wouldn't say she came out of it unharmed. What little credibility she had left was pretty much laid to waste.

in-gun-ear said...

Oh Stew, I had FORGOTTEN that night in 1998! At least no one tried to run you down!

The rest of the story you might not know. After Faircloth conceded defeat and all of the NC Republican Who's Who's headed for the door, I had to run from the building to the live truck for an upcoming shot and as I am crossing the parking lot, a Caddy comes roaring down the lane NOT staying within the painted lines. Just as I jumped out of the way (really), I heard a rather older gentleman shouting out the window directly at me as if I could have stopped all of this, "It is because of you God damn bastards we lost." ("Hey, fellow, when I get that kind of power, you better talk nicer to me than that, OK??!!)

I had never been accosted in such a way and second, I didn't know this gentleman had been running for "we" to loose.

Just goes to show you that being a sore loser doesn't always resided with an "angry back woman" (wasn't there a movie by that name?) from Georgia but also with "angry white men" with money from North Carolina.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the Ass-ette will resurface some day; they always do.BB