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Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:14 AM

Thom Hartmann: Something is happening in Anaheim - Why the Media Blackout?



Amber Lyon, award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker, joins Thom Hartmann. Something is happening in Anaheim, California - despite a complete blackout from the mainstreem media. Take a look at some of these pictures by award-winning investigative journalist Amber Lyons from Anaheim over the weekend. When we hear terms like militarized police - this is what comes to mind. Officers decked out in full military gear as though they're about to be deployed to Afghanistan. So what's behind this? Why are militarized police on patrol in Anaheim? Well - Sunday marked the ninth straight day that local citizens took to the streets to protest police brutality. Nine days after police shot an unarmed man - 25-year-old Manuel Diaz - in the back of the head killing him. Since that shooting...the streets of Anaheim have been the scene of mostly peaceful protests that have at times turned violent in response to heavy handed police crackdowns. Last week - this was the scene in Anaheim - as police in riot gear fired less lethal projectiles like bean bags and pepper balls indiscriminately into crowds of people. 24 people were arrested that night - storefront windows were smashed, and fires were started. And last night - as hundreds poured into the streets for a peaceful march and ceremony for Manuel Diaz - they were once again met with Anaheim police equipped with full military gear. Nine people were arrested on Sunday.

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Reply Thom Hartmann: Something is happening in Anaheim - Why the Media Blackout? (Original post)
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leveymg Jul 2012 #1
lostnote12 Jul 2012 #2
dixiegrrrrl Jul 2012 #3
Spitfire of ATJ Jul 2012 #5
SunSeeker Jul 2012 #7
dixiegrrrrl Jul 2012 #15
kimbutgar Jul 2012 #4
nichomachus Jul 2012 #6
HopeHoops Jul 2012 #11
ieoeja Jul 2012 #12
bupkus Jul 2012 #13
starroute Jul 2012 #8
Iliyah Jul 2012 #9
bayareaboy Jul 2012 #10
benld74 Jul 2012 #14
Quantess Jul 2012 #16
Fire Walk With Me Jul 2012 #17
limpyhobbler Jul 2012 #18
anaheim dj Dec 2012 #19

Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:19 AM

1. Riot gear becomes full combat armor. Now hush, back to platform diving where the USA is . . .

. . .

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:24 AM

2. Full Military Gear Protecting Disneyland???....If that doesn't illustrate the absurdity of a class

.....struggle nothing can!!!

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:54 AM

3. Not sure I understand the statement "media blackout"

since it appears I am seeing a video of it.
anyone here from the area? Is it being covered on local news?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 12:43 PM

5. "anyone here from the area?"

 

Yup. I'll tell you what calmed people down the most.

When the FBI announced it would look into the shooting.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 12:51 PM

7. This is happening in very red Orange County. The local (right wing) paper has not spotlighted it.

The local paper, a right wing rag called the Orange County Register, has carried articles about it, but generally buried, and with a spin about how the protests are the work of outside troublemakers.

http://www.ocregister.com/news/anaheim-366230-suspicion-police.html

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 02:43 PM

15. thanks for indentifying that paper

I saw it on the web, and was taken aback by how it emphasized "outside agitators".
that same phrase was used for many demonstrations and strikes over the years, going back to the
Wobblies strikes in my hometown on the West Coast. ( "outside agitators" were then identified as Communists)
Thus the point of the demonstration is removed as a focus and instead the dangers of "outside demonstrators" is emphasized.
More recently, remember that NYC and Oakland both pointed to "outside agitators".

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 12:36 PM

4. Cenk on Current for the Young Turks has also been covering this.

Very disturbing to see this. Is it being covered on the local media in LA? Maybe they are ignoring it so more people don't get involved. After what they did to the occupy movement they don't want to stir up the hornets nest again maybe?

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 12:47 PM

6. I'm sure that the NRA is on its way to help the people

against this rogue government. After all, isn't that why they have the guns?

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Response to nichomachus (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 01:53 PM

11. (cough) Um, yeah. I'm just waiting for that one. Where are those well-regulated militias?

 

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Response to nichomachus (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 01:56 PM

12. Once upon a time ... the NRA did exactly that.

 


The NRA likes to brag about training African-Americans in the old South during the civil rights struggle in regions where the sheriff's department was packed with KKK members.

But that was then, and this is now. Not entirely certain how the NRA came to be so rightwing, but they did. So, no, you are not going to see the NRA helping "those people".

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 01:06 PM

8. I've started seeing claims that Anaheim is in a "de facto state of emergency"

I think that's highly overstated and hysterical at this point -- but that admitted, there are certainly some strange things going on out there.

One key to the situation may be that Anaheim combines Disneyland, wealthy suburbs, and a population that is more than 50% Hispanic and moderately impoverished. Not only is that a volatile mixture, but we've seen that the tendency towards repression is particularly strong when tourism is threatened.

Also, the media are definitely less interested when there are no cute white girls being teargassed.

This is definitely one to keep an eye on.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 01:33 PM

9. The local media is covering it, a little bit

but my understanding is that it may blow-up into a full riot on the scale of the LA riots if the police and community don't try and have a civil discussion.

I was a teenager when the LA riots happened and many family members lived thru both riots (Watts). I pray that this one won't go that far.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 01:53 PM

10. Any State want a County ...


We have one cheap.

You do have to take it all with you, and there is no warentty.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 02:07 PM

14. Are they certain its not in the contract Pujols signed with the Angels?

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 04:58 PM

16. Disturbing.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 07:57 PM

17. I have been watching this situation as closely as possible and what she said is true.

 

Thanks Thom, Amber, RT.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 09:13 PM

18. I think there is a media blackout of sorts.

The channels like fox , abc, nbc, cbs, cnn, are not covering it enough.

And when they do, they are rather one sided, protecting the police I think.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:45 PM

19. Scary!

 

This is frightening. Thanks for exposing it! I lived in that area for years and have never seen anything like this.
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