7. Census Worker Found Hanging, Left Blames Tea Party
A census worker in Kentucky was found hanging with the word “fed” written on his chest and immediately the lefty media leapt to the conclusion that an angry anti-government Tea Partier was involved. They threw in some South-bashing for extra fun.
‘I told him on more than one occasion, based on my years in the state police, ‘Mr. Sparkman, when you go into those counties, be careful because people are going to perceive you different than they do elsewhere,’ Acciardo said.
Even as illustrated in town hall meetings today, there is a distinct hostility in a large segment of the population toward people who work for their government,”
Writers at the Huffington Post took this opportunity to embarrass themselves, writing articles called The Hanged Census Worker: Why Appalachia Hates Feds, and Discussion of Dead Census Worker Highlights Right-Wing Paranoia. Gail McGowan claimed,
Binding him with duct tape and gagging him, a person or persons had taped his federal census ID to his head and shoulder and with a felt tip pen had scrawled FED on his chest.
Too bad that person turned out to be Bill Sparkman, the victim trying to defraud his insurance company. Allison Kilkenny, author of the latter article on the Huff Post wrote this retraction.
It appears this story has a major update that broke over the Thanksgiving holidays that I managed to completely miss. Bill Sparkman’s death has been ruled a suicide. Sincere apologies all around to jumping the gun on this one. However, I’m afraid numerous other examples of vandalism, violence, and threats shows that the extreme right-wing fringe are far from a peaceful bunch.