Over the weekend, the usual pack of Sorosbloggers and Trotskytweeps came out with a “story” – that recently-re-elected Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge David Prosser had “choked” one of his fellow justices. The “progressives” were in high dudgeon, which is about the only kind of dudgeon any of them can do.
Having read a lot of lefty alt-media, I thought I’d defer my judgment, based on two key rules one must follow when appraising the leftymedia:
- Everything they say is a crock of s**t until proven otherwise, and it is rarely proven otherwise. I know – that sounds harsh. But on “story” after “story” after “story”, it’s proven true. If a leftyblogger writes it, distrust and then verify. You will almost invariably end up distrusting some more.
- Remember Berg’s Seventh Law, which for those of you who don’t remember, reads “When a Liberal issues a group defamation or assault on conservatives’ ethics, character or respect for liberty, they are at best projecting, and at worst drawing attention away from their own misdeeds”.
So what about the allegations against Prosser?
What do you think?
To be fair, there are competing stories; Justice Bradley (one of the court’s stable of liberals) claimes Prosser attacked her; other witnesses disagree (emphasis added):
…the justices were arguing over the timing of the release of the opinion, which legislative leaders had insisted they needed by June 14 because of their work on the state budget. As the justices discussed the case, Abrahamson said she didn’t know whether the decision would come out this month, the source said.
At that point, Prosser said he’d lost all confidence in her leadership. Bradley then came across the room “with fists up,” the source said. Prosser put up his hands to push her back.
Bradley then said she had been choked, according to the source. Another justice – the source wouldn’t say who – responded, “You were not choked.”
In an interview, Bradley said: “You can try to spin those facts and try to make it sound like I ran up to him and threw my neck into his hands, but that’s only spin.
“Matters of abusive behavior in the workplace aren’t resolved by competing press releases. I’m confident the appropriate authorities will conduct a thorough investigation of this incident involving abusive behavior in the workplace.”
Ann Althouse owns this story among the blogs so far. She says:
I’m reading the Journal Sentinel’s account as referring to 3 — not 2 — sources, with 2 of the 3 versions portraying Bradley as the aggressor: “the source… another source… [a]nother source….”
I want to know not only what really happened at the time of the physical contact (if any) between the 2 justices, but also who gave the original story to the press. If Prosser really tried to choke a nonviolent Bradley, he should resign. But if the original account is a trumped-up charge intended to destroy Prosser and obstruct the democratic processes of government in Wisconsin, then whoever sent the report out in that form should be held responsible for what should be recognized as a truly evil attack.
So far, if I had to speculate (and that’s what I’m doing), it looks like Bradley threw a shrieking fit and hauled off on Prosser, then dried to engineer a press hit against Prosser, and cry “abuse!” like some feckless Jerry Springer guest when busted.
I could be wrong.
But I’m feeling pretty comfy with that interpretation of the events so far.