Buzzfeed Buries Story of Obama Supporter Punching Romney/Ryan Volunteer

-By Warner Todd Huston

Now, if you had a story about GOP veep candidate Paul Ryan’s first Iowa rally and an Obama supporter rushed the stage after punching a Romney/Ryan volunteer, would your headline read, “Ryan Heckled At First Solo Event“? Or would you maybe want to rather highlight the whole punching thing?

Well, to Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller “heckling” is far more newsworthy than punching, I guess. In fact, it was so low on the list of important points that Buzzfeed threw it away a few paragraphs into the story, with a lone line, effectively giving it little notice.

It seems that some wild-eyed, violent Obama supporter rushed onto the stage upon which Ryan was speaking on August 13 and was snared by the police who were on hand as security. As she charged the stage, police are reported as having yelled, “She just punched a volunteer.”

One might think that an Obama supporter violent enough to punch people on the way to rushing the stage where an opponent of the President is speaking would be the focused aspect of this story of Ryan’s fist visit to Iowa. But, no, the headline goes for “hecklers” instead.

Now, imagine if this was an Obama rally. Imagine how Buzzfeed and the rest of the lefty media establishment would have reported this story.

Headlines would scream Romney Supporter Punches Obama Aide, and the first line of every story would have the words “violent,” or “punched,” or “attacked” in every one of them.

Still, Ryan did a great job dealing with the attacker. When she tried to interrupt him and then tried to rush the stage, he said, “You know what? You know it’s funny, it’s funny because Iowans and Wisconsinites we like to be respectful of one another, and peaceful with one another, and listen to each other, these ladies must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin!”

Excellent response.

Does Buzzfeed give Ryan his due for a great comeback to this violent “heckler”? Nope. Buzzfeed shortens his response down to, “she must not be from Iowa.”
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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