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"She's not a doctor, but she plays one at town hall meetings" — Hannity

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Posted on August 17 2009 10:00 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Last week’s notorious health-care town hall hosted by Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee is the gift that keeps on giving.

It’s bad enough that Jackson-Lee interrupted a question from a cancer-survivor constituent to take a cell phone call — then denied having done so, and hinted on CNN that video of the incident had been “doctored.”

But the word “doctored” takes on a whole new meaning, thanks to the latest revelations about what else happened at that embarrassing town hall.

On Friday night, Sean Hannity picked up a story that first broke on conservative websites, all because a lowly blogger dared to ask questions that the mainstream media couldn’t be bothered to raise.

At that town hall meeting, a young woman who described herself as a “general practitioner” stood up to praise Obamacare, and was rewarded with a hug from Jackson-Lee. A photo of that hug accompanied a Houston Chronicle story on the event.

But as Hannity reported, the blogger behind “Patterico’s Pontifications” dug through some readily available Internet data bases, and discovered that “Dr. Roxana Mayer,” wasn’t a doctor at all, but a graduate student in social work at the University of Houston — and a Texas Obama delegate during the 2008 election.

Worse, according to “Patterico”:

“The reporter who wrote the Houston Chronicle story apparently knew that Mayer was an Obama delegate, but didn’t include that detail in her story.” (The paper later edited the caption to the photo, but didn’t issue a formal correction.)

And the story doesn’t end there. “Patterico” thought a woman pictured sitting next to “Dr. Mayer” at the town hall looked familiar. Sure enough, that woman was Maria Isabel. Mayer admitted she’d been invited to attend the town hall by Isabel, whose previous claim to fame had been her appearance in this widely-mocked photo of a 2008 Obama campaign office, where a photo of Che Guevara, the onetime chief executioner for the Fidel Castro regime in Cuba, was prominently displayed:

Maria Isabel: Che fan, Obama campaign worker and town hall attendee

Maria Isabel: Che fan, Obama campaign worker and town hall attendee

But remember, everyone: “astroturfing” is what those sinister right-wing “tea baggers” are doing at town halls. Democrat events are always completely spontaneous and authentic, and everyone who attends is an honest, ordinary American citizen.

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