Attack of the food product

One of Fox News’s favorite food products made an appearance during the shopping frenzy known as Black Friday (from TPM):

The usual Black Friday shenanigans across the country were marked by the emergence of a new trend: pepper spraying people at Wal-Mart. On both coasts, shoppers scrambling for video games at the discount retailer were met with a face full of burning as clouds of Megyn Kelly’s “food product” were blasted into the unruly hordes.

In the first case, police report a shopper attempted to gain a competitive advantage over her fellow patrons at a Wal-Mart store in Porter Ranch, Calif., at about 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day….

The second Wal-Mart spraying (so far) was more in line with what we’ve come to expect when it comes to pepper spray and crowds: an off-duty police officer working store security used the weapon in the midst of a mass of unarmed shoppers. This time it was Kinston, N.C., where the painful spray wafted through a Wal-Mart.

In Fox News terms, this wasn’t separate instances of assault. It was just a couple of people adding some spice to holiday shopping.

Fox News says pepper spray is a food product

In the alternate reality that is right wing media, the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib was nothing more than a fraternity prank, waterboarding is a plot device in a Demi Moore movie, and pepper spray …

Well, read it for yourself:

On Monday night, O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly and Fox News host Megyn Kelly sat down to discuss what really happened at UC Davis on Friday and whether campus police acted appropriately in showering a group of sitting students with pepper spray. Their conclusion? No big deal.

“Pepper spray, that just burns your eyes, right?” O’Reilly asked Kelly.

“Right,” Kelly said. “I mean, its like a derivative of actual pepper. It’s a food product, essentially.”

That’s right, just have a little pepper spray on your Thanksgiving turkey. Brings out the full flavor.

Speaking of sociopaths

There have been demonstrations against Wall Street for more than a week now. Some people have been arrested. But this cop was really out of line.

Oh, you didn’t catch what happened? Let’s slow things down for you.

The women are penned off. They are not providing any resistance. They present absolutely no threat or danger. They’re just yelling. And the cop in the white shirt (a white shirt signifies a supervising officer) pepper sprays them.

What does the NYPD say about this? Here’s the New York Times:

The Police Department’s chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said the police had used the pepper spray “appropriately.”

Pepper spray was used once,” he added, “after individuals confronted officers and tried to prevent them from deploying a mesh barrier — something that was edited out or otherwise not captured in the video.

Well, there’s the video. What the spokesman is saying about them trying to prevent the police from deploying a mesh barrier just isn’t true. As is the case in many news stories these days, you have to go to another source to check out if any relevant details are missing. Here’s the Guardian of London.

A senior New York police officer accused of pepper-spraying young women on the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations is the subject of a pending legal action over his conduct at another protest in the city.

The Guardian has learned that the officer, named by activists as deputy inspector Anthony Bologna, stands accused of false arrest and civil rights violations in a claim brought by a protester involved in the 2004 demonstrations at the Republican national convention.

Police departments across the country are arresting people who videotape them in action. That’s unconstitutional (at least until the U.S. Supreme Court says it isn’t). Using pepper spray on the defenseless is the reason videotaping should remain legal. But the arrests continue.

Arrested for filming

You can disagree. Maybe you think the demonstrators got what they deserved. This will probably be the audience cheering moment at the next GOP debate. But you’ll sing a different tune when you get stopped and this happens to you.