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Children As Political Pawns

Over 11 years ago, when this blog was in its infancy, I posted a strongly worded opinion post about anti-war protestors invading the residential space of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.    When you have a basic principle that an action is wrong, it’s wrong regardless of who the victims or who the perpetrators are on the political spectrum.   It was wrong then and it’s wrong now although in retrospect the protestors 11 year ago were mild compared to what is happening today.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson was at his desk Wednesday evening, less than two hours before his 8 p.m. live show, when he suddenly started receiving multiple text messages.

There was some sort of commotion happening outside his home in Northwest D.C.

“I called my wife,” Carlson told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. … Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door.”

His wife, thinking it was a home invasion, locked herself in the pantry and called 911, Carlson said. The couple have four children, but none were home at the time.


Antifa thugs chanted “Tucker Carlson, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night”, the oak front door of the house was cracked after being pounded on and the security camera caught someone mentioning a “mail bomb”.     These thugs had blocked off both ends of the neighborhood street and posted online the addresses of not just Carlson but also the addresses of his brother and his best friend.

The timing of this home attack wasn’t a coincidence. Carlson was not home but at work meaning that the assault on the house was meant to terrorize the Carlson children and Carlson’s wife.   Miserable cowards drag the innocent into their dramas, children particularly, using them as shields and soft targets.   Vile.  The neighbors on that street are collateral damage as their safety and their freedom to move freely with an expectation of not being in the midst of a melee that appears to be on the verge of violence has been diminished.

You have a beef with a politician or political pundit? Get a permit and protest at their office.

UPDATE 01/24/2019: Several commenters have referred to the published testimony of one protester to downplay the severity of the situation. However, the witness ends his statement with this:

The point, in other words, is to unsettle and frighten — and I certainly would have been frightened had it been me in that house.

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  • M November 12, 2018, 6:22 am

    I see what you’re saying, Miss Jeanne, and in a normal world I would be right up there with you, BUT:

    – those children being separated from their parents at the border by the Trump administration for whom Carlson is a spokesperson, sure would like to feel safe and unafraid, but will not be afforded the luxury;

    – the women who were assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, whose number one fan is Carlson, sure would like to sleep at night, but can’t. Neither will most other women because when you name an alleged rapist to the highest office in the country you signal thay everything goes;

    – black men and women aren’t safe in their homes, cars, public spaces and Carlson is key at normalizing that.

    So why should he be afforded more consideration than anyone else. Civility is owed to white men, but not to their victims. I say no more.

    • admin November 16, 2018, 12:12 pm

      You have made stateents that have rational, factual rebuttals…

      1. The Obama administration started the separation and detainment of children upon attempting to enter the US illegally. Recently resurfaced images from a 2014 Arizona Republic report on an immigrant holding facility for juveniles in Nogales, Arizona were taken by the Associated Press in 2014, and were shared by some online as if they were current — including by Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Barack Obama. The photo of the crying small boy in a cage is also not what appears to be. https://www.factcheck.org/2018/06/qa-on-border-detention-of-children/ as well as https://www.businessinsider.com/migrant-children-in-cages-2014-photos-explained-2018-5

      If an adult commits a crime in the US, that adult’s child(ren) will be removed from their custody and placed in state foster care. It is reasonable and rational to expect that adults who break the law by entering the US illegally will have their children taken from them. That is what happens in a country with a rule of law. If you smuggle a child across the US border illegally, that is human trafficking.

      2. Cristina King Miranda, Jeffrey Catalan and Julie Munro-Leighton have recanted/retracted their accusations. The fourth accuser sent an anonymous letter with no return address citing anonymous sources regarding a supposed assault on an anonymous woman who wishes to remain anonymous. The accuser/author of the letter isn’t talking about herself. She’s not even talking about her supposed daughter. She’s speaking on behalf of her alleged daughter’s alleged friend who is the alleged victim of an event the accuser did not herself witness. Julie Swetnick has backpeddled her accusations and her claim that she filed a police report with Montgomery County Police is not true . Women should be livid at these liars whose deceit destroys women’s credibility to be believed when they have been legitimately assaulted.

      3. According to FBI statistics as recent as 2015, most homicides in the United States are intraracial—the perpetrator and victim are of the same race. Depending on the data year, 89 to 93% of black murders were committed by black people and similarly 85% of murders committed against white victims are perpetuated by white murderers. Statistically, a person is far more likely to be murdered by someone they know and is of the same race than by some random, racial bigot. Considering that these statistics by the FBI have been fairly consistent since 1980, it is highly unlikely Carlson, who was 11 in 1980, had any influence in normalizing the decades old problem of black on black crime.

  • psyche November 12, 2018, 8:29 am

    Protests, I feel, are like rap battles: it’s bad form to get personal with your opponent, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a punch in the face.

  • Michelle November 12, 2018, 9:13 am

    When you threaten a person, their family, home and safety because you don’t like their opinion (or news story or whatever) then you should be arrested and prosecuted.

    As is stated in the story, Carlson was at the studio prepping for his show and these protestors knew it. They wanted to terrorize his family and threaten their safety and that is illegal, criminal behavior.

    I disagree with some things that are said by politicians, journalists, celebrities, activists, co-workers, etc. But what I DON’T do is go to their home and threaten and terrorize them and their families and shame on anyone who does or thinks it’s ok .

  • staceyizme November 12, 2018, 9:47 am

    This is not a matter of etiquette but a matter of law. Protest that is coupled with violence has historically been called by far uglier terms than those commonly employed today.

  • jilofalltrades87 November 12, 2018, 11:34 am

    I have very strong unfavorable opinions about Fox News, but that doesn’t remotely make me sympathize with the perpetrators of this despicable act. This is not a protest, this is violence, and no ideology makes it acceptable.

  • Lauren November 12, 2018, 12:33 pm

    I don’t know. This is Tucker Carlson. Isn’t there a HUGE possibility that he is exaggerating this to get press?
    If what TC claimed happened really did happen, then I think what the protesters did was wrong, but is this really an etiquette question, or a legal question? I think it’s really the latter, and I also think that Mr. Carlson would defend to his death the right to the protesters voicing their opinions if they were protesting people with opinions differing from his own.
    There is such a thing as reaping what you sow. It doesn’t make either side “right.”

    • admin January 5, 2019, 5:18 am

      When a person claiming to have been at the scene as an activist writes, “The point, in other words, is to unsettle and frighten — and I certainly would have been frightened had it been me in that house”, I’m going to assume that the intention was to frighten the wife and children.

  • kingsrings November 12, 2018, 12:39 pm

    These protesters are scum. Their whole rationale is that they’re just justified in doing this for one reason or another. There’s no excuse at all for terrorizing people when protesting, I don’t care what.

  • BellyJean November 12, 2018, 1:04 pm

    I am not a fan at all of Mr. Carlson, but that is horrific and terrifying. There is no excuse, none whatsoever, no rationalization, to permit such abusive actions. I have to question any tie to any particular party, and whether it was just @$$****s being complete and utter horrible human beings.
    Shame on every single person involved – whether directly or indirectly.

  • Harry's Mom November 12, 2018, 1:09 pm

    For a society in the 21st century, that is advancing in technology, medicine, space, etc., in great strides, we are failing miserably as human beings. You are not allowed to have an opinion on anything less you offend someone, and it’s no longer safe to go to school, the movies, a concert, even church without fear of being harmed or worse. And now this. While we may be evolving in some ways, we are regressing in others and in my humble opinion, it’s a sorry state of affairs, and I am worried for the future.

  • Opal Glow November 12, 2018, 1:38 pm

    The hypocrisy of some of the “protesters” was amazing. They covered their faces so they wouldn’t be doxxed, but they doxxed Carlson’s home and family. I just watched The Circle last night and the demand to access someone’s personal space in order to control them is too real.

  • JD November 12, 2018, 2:20 pm

    These people have become the “rabble;” that fickle, dangerous, unstable crowd of people who demand their own version of “give me what I want or someone gets hurt.” They encourage and embolden each other, like a pack of domesticated dogs will sometimes attack livestock, when as individuals, the dogs would never attempt such a thing. When these people attack a home’s door, they are invaders and intruders, and deserve to be treated as such, with arrests and jail time. When they utter threats against lives and property, they deserve to be treated as the criminals they are. If one has a passionate belief, write a letter to the editor, to one’s representative or senator, or to the company that employs the person one is protesting. Protest peacefully and lawfully with signs and speech, but not hate speech. Email, but respectfully. But under no circumstances should one ever do this.

    • Kettle November 12, 2018, 4:32 pm

      Awesome. When will Trump be impeached for calling the press the enemy of the people, inspiring at least one person to send pipe bombs to CNN?

      • admin November 16, 2018, 12:54 pm

        You do realize that Larry Sabato and Bernard Goldberg have been writing for years and warning of the increasing bias in media reporting that will eventually cripple the news media’s credibility?


        Larry Sabato wrote “Feeding Frenzy: How Attack Journalism Has Transformed American Politics,” 25 years ago and noted the growing media trend in which a critical mass of biased journalists cover an embarrassing or scandalous event with the intensity and abandon of piranhas attacking cornered prey. He argues that the consequences of this phenomenon could be dire for the electorate and the political system at large.

        Robert Nova and Evans Rowls were writing WAAAY back in 1992 about biased media feeding frenzies: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1992/01/29/media-feeding-frenzy/3a406a4f-4085-45f2-9473-2add769d2ba4/?utm_term=.b8756d193dc8

  • Buggurl November 12, 2018, 3:17 pm

    Not saying that this was right in any form, but Tucker Carlson is guilty of the same thing. He posted private/personal information about Matt Rivitz of Sleeping Giant on Carlson’s website, the Daily Caller, why ch resulted in harassment and death threats to his children, and that info was not removed for several days after the removal request. According to several websites, the events that Carlson has been reporting, the cracked door, etc., did not actually happen. It was a peaceful protest with a small act of vandalism on the driveway. The real problem is the lack of respect that people have for anyone having a dissenting opinion. We are an extremely polarized society in th US, and it feels like etiquette, manners, and any form of common sense or decency towards other people is practically nonexistent.

    • admin November 13, 2018, 1:15 am

      I had to google to research your allegations because I’m unfamiliar with the usual political web sites and I don’t use Twitter.

      Matt Rivitz himself only claims his name was revealed by the Daily Caller, and he specifically named Peter Hasson, not Carlson, as the doxxer. The Daily Caller gleaned that information from public tweets as well as interviews Rivitz had done with reporters. However, many people viewed the doxxing of Sleeping Giant founder Matt Rivitiz’s name as justified considering that SG had outed names, addresses, contributions, etc of CEO’s, Board Members, and others and done so anonymously.

      Revealing Rivitz’s name is considerably different than Smash Racism D’C’.s tweets of Carlson’s address and those of his brother, who, as far as I know, is not a public figure. The antifa group’s tweets specifically stated,

      “Tonight you’re reminded that we have a voice,” a now-deleted tweet read. “Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either.”
      “Fascists are vulnerable. Confront them at their homes!”

  • NougatCat November 12, 2018, 6:13 pm

    I feel a little awkward here, since I’m not sure I’ve ever commented (maybe once or twice), just enjoyed reading this site (and the rest of you) for food for thought and tips on manners for years. However, as with so many protests and shows of hate lately, I find it frustrating knowing what’s accurate, and a little uncomfortable this post doesn’t have the whole story.

    Now don’t get me wrong – I don’t agree with their tactics either! (you want to protest a public figure? Go to their office, like admin said). But I also hardly believe a word Tucker Carlson says, since he so often lies and incites hate himself. But don’t take their word for it – maybe listen to someone who read the police report or was there:

    The main points being that they did _not_ in fact break the door, or threaten him with a bomb (the words in the video were “Pipe bombs! Synagogue victims!”), so aside from their VERY poor choice in words and location, it wasn’t nearly as exaggerated as Carlson says. Also, if his wife had actually called 911 with terrified reports of an actual break-in, wouldn’t arrests have been made? There weren’t (yet), except for them stopping one guy who did graffiti. I find it interesting this incident is mentioned, but what about, for example, what happened to poor Dr. Blasey Ford, who received death threats and still can’t even _return_ home. Protesters should leave private homes and children off limits, I agree. Too bad decency goes out the window when hate is strong enough.

    (Now that I’ve _hopefully_ not spurred too many flames, thanks for listening, and to admin for always giving us thought-provoking posts)

  • Cheryl AC November 12, 2018, 6:25 pm

    Did police catch the scum that did this? They remind me of the KKK–cover your face and terrorize anyone and everyone until they get their way.

  • AS November 12, 2018, 8:52 pm

    Jeez – these guys are the end of the humanity! What happened to (the figurative) not firing the first bullet? I do not support Trump, or the Republicans. I am, and always have been, a liberal. And I definitely don’t agree with Tucker Carlson. But bullying him, and holding his family hostage is UNACCEPTABLE!

    Violence is not going to help your protest. If anything, it is going to be a set back. I am not even sure these violence-mongers want some real thing, or just violence!

  • Lara November 13, 2018, 12:06 am

    Nothing is more fascist, more bigoted, or more intolerant than threatening and harassing people you don’t agree with ideologically. I don’t care how evil you think they are, when you behave like this, you become the evil.

  • Kitty November 13, 2018, 12:16 pm

    This story did not go where I thought the title suggested it went, to me. I generally am not one to condone civilians to have guns, but if you attempt to break into my home, I would feel it’s absolutely alright to use a gun or any other means of weapons to defend yourself and get them to go away.

    As for posting the information online, I hope screenshots get taken, and legal repercussions will occur because I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to post such personal information, especially with the intent of causing (physical/psychological) harm.

    • admin November 13, 2018, 2:25 pm

      It is not illegal to publish public information. However, publish that information in the context of organizing a protest, vandalism, bullying or harassment and you’ve just escalated into criminal behavior. Trespassing into the property, pounding on the door and using a bullhorn to threaten the safety of the inhabitants is criminal and it’s genesis is the snowflake belief that the protestors are entitled to terrorize children who are guilty by association.

  • Lisa November 13, 2018, 7:31 pm

    It has since come out that Carlson exaggerated many of the details of the protest. One person did spray paint a swatiska on Carlson’s driveway, and police are investigating that. But there’s no evidence in the police report that the street was blocked or that anyone approached the door, let alone hit it so hard that it cracked.

    I’m not necessarily agreeing with the idea of protesting at someone’s home, but it’s also important to consider the source before spreading sensational stories.

    • admin November 14, 2018, 6:59 am

      So,you’ve seen the actual police report? Fascinating considering it’s not online. CBS News acquired a copy:

      “About 20 protesters gathered in front of Carlson’s home Wednesday night, chanting loudly and using a bullhorn, according to a police report obtained by CBS News…Carlson’s wife said she heard “loud banging and pounding on her front door,” the police report says. When officers arrived, they found politically-charged signs left on cars in the driveway, a sign on the front door and the anarchy symbol spray painted on the driveway….The police report describes the protest as “anti-political” and a “suspected hate crime.” Police are investigating an offense of defacing public property…” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tucker-carlson-home-protest-criminal-investigation-today-2018-11-08/

      You cannot get the facts correct either…it was a antifa symbol,not a swastika and your assertion that no one “approached the door” is factually in error since clearly antifa’s own video shows someone walking away from the front door, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6AjryoMVUQ, and the police report states that Carlson’s heard loud banging on the door and signs were left on the door as well as the cars in the driveway. If Carlson is guilty of sensationalizing the story as you claim, you seek to minimize the illegality of what happened.

      I’m sure you will have a very definite opinion if it were your home, your spouse, your children.

  • robin November 14, 2018, 10:14 am

    We live in unsettling times. Christine Ford still can’t go home. As for Carlson, even if you read the most benign version of the incident, it’s still inappropriate.

    • admin November 16, 2018, 12:43 pm

      Which home can she not go home to? She and her husband own two homes…the second is a Santa Clara beach house.

      Kavanaugh also received death threats but being a supreme court justice, he now has a security detail assigned to him. Ford is the beneficiary of several GoFundMe accounts totaling $840K, supposedly to pay for her security needs. I stand with The Atlantic (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/christine-blasey-ford-and-brett-kavanaugh-threats/571843/) that anyone making threats against either Kavanaugh or Ford should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

      Christina Cauterucci, writing for Slate, had some interesting comments about the use of GoFundMe fundraising for Ford: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/christine-blasey-ford-gofundme-campaign.html Cauterucci commented that, “…it does make me a little uncomfortable to watch more than 13,000 people give money to an already-wealthy woman for unspecified expenses related to a sexual assault accusation when so many other survivors are trying to get by with far greater need and far less social, institutional, and financial support.”

      • JS November 16, 2018, 6:03 pm

        If Dr. Ford’s wealth is relevant, then so is Mr. Carlson’s. By this argument, I would say that Mr. Carlson could simply decamp to a hotel.

        • admin January 5, 2019, 5:14 am

          First, it is not proper etiquette to refer to Ford as “Dr.. She has a PhD. and is not a licensed clinical psychologist. Out of the context of academia, it is inappropriate to refer to PhD.s as “Doctor”.

          Second, her real estate assets total 4.2 million dollars and earlier in 2000’s she sold a B&B for 1.5 million dollars. Carlson, in contrast, has real estate assets at 2 million dollars. If she needed funds for security, sell the beach house (which does not have a second front door btw) instead of exploiting people’s compassion to give money.

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