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This horse is almost dead, but I will beat on it anyway.  As we all know, there is an uproar over an incident at a town hall somewhere in the Houston area.  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee supposedly took out her cellphone in the middle of a citizen's question, thus proving all sorts of horrible things about liberals.  Here is the shortest version of the video:

I think the video is probably faked: take a close look at the part from 0:15 to 0:45.  And even if real the interpretatioon is dubious

A woman whose name appears to be "Tracy" (according to a subtitle on the video) was supposedly asking Rep. Lee a serious question about insurance when the Congresswoman arrogantly whipped out a cellphone and ignored her.  Tracy is a cancer survivor who managed to get her insurance to pay for her care and she was worried that she wouldn't have gotten as good care under ObamaCare.

We never actually see Tracy and Lee in the same frame.  We see two head shots of Tracy for about 14 seconds and  male voices says "She's not listening to you!"  The male voices could have been dubbed in later: they sound a little different from the other sounds on the video (but maybe they were just closer to the camera than Tracy was.)  There is a jump cut (the video was made with multiple cameras) to Lee, who is indeed on the phone.  This is a pretty obvious point, but that video could have been taken at a different time.  For about 30 seconds, people shout at Lee, who does put her phone away.  We never see Tracy during this time.

She puts her phone away just as someone's head blocks the view, which could be a sign of fakery.  Around 0:46 the camera pans from Lee to Tracy, which is harder to fake, but not unfakeable.  I think the pan was faked: I beleive two pans were matched to each other.  (It is even possible that the footage of Lee in the middle of the piece was reversed: i.e., she only took out her phone after Tracy spoke and we are seeing that footage backwards.)

Even if this is a real video, and even if Tracy was real (she could be a phony), this is a dumb scene:  Tracy was looking right at Lee, who was either on the phone already or took it out in the middle of the question.  (Like I said, we only see Tracy, even though there was more than one camera used to make the video.)  Yes, it is not polite to pull out your phone while someone is talking to you--- but it is also impolite not to wait for the other person to get off the phone.  Tracy was not exactly going out of her way to be polite.

Originally posted to TimothyHorrigan on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 12:30 PM PDT.

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    •  Since you've been proven wrong, you should delete (0+ / 0-)

      See below. SJL copped to using the phone during the meeting.

      "I'm waiting to see the electoral map that leads my opponent to the 270 delegate number." -- HRC 5/2008

      by td on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 02:37:54 PM PDT

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      •  my theory is: (0+ / 0-)

        Jackson-Lee did use the phone but the video was doctored to make her action look much worse than they were. And SJL's admissions were made with the knowledge that the right wing (which includes 2 of the 3 cable news channels) was not going to let her off the hook, no way no how, no matter what.

  •  with SJL (0+ / 0-)

    she just might be talking on a cell phone.

    the easiest thing to do is just ask her and see how or if she responds.

  •  Not a Fake (4+ / 0-)

    Rep Jackson Lee was on television last night (I forget which show), and she claims she was calling a hotline to get an answer to the question she was asked.  (Although she did mention its possible the video was faked, but Im not sure how she can justify that statement after saying she made a phone call lol).

    •  The act itself and the video of the act... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...are two separate things.  The John Edwards photos with the Rielle Hunter baby, for example, might have been faked, while his gratuitous hubris was certainly real.

      But I see no reason to assume this video isn't genuine, nor any reason to doubt her explanation.

      "When those windmills start to chop people up, tilting at them may not only be rational, but may become a necessity." -arodb

      by JR on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 12:48:25 PM PDT

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  •  Good Lord (1+ / 0-)
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    Why would anyone have to fake a video of SJL?  She has enough footage of her being dubious without resorting to fakery.  

    Nice try.

  •  The horse is dead, slaughtered, & turned into (0+ / 0-)


    Don't give a damn a/t each & every politician currently alive in the US. Last time i voted for the top part of the ballot was 1972. Never missed SB election

    by Mutual Assured Destruction on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 01:19:38 PM PDT

  •  She WAS on the phone, BUT (3+ / 0-)

    says she was calling a hot line that is available to Congress and Senate to ask questions about what is in the bills.

    The lady who was talking knew she was making the call, ms. jackson asked her to hang on, the lady said it was alright and kept talking.

    ms. jackson and the lady spent a long time talking after the meeting.

    Please Note:  this lady who was talking was against HCR, but due to pre-existing conditions will be unable to obtain new insurance following her pending divorce.

    If you want to know the real answer: Just ask a Mom.

    by tacklelady on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 01:51:18 PM PDT

  •  one thing is certain faked or not. (0+ / 0-)

    SJL is a drooler. why do we get saddled with the bottom feeders? i know this particular congresswoman must have her defenders but what about reid and pelosi? they are simply stupid. and at this point isolated. reid will lose his seat next year and why? because he is stupid and feckless. pelosi will endure but not as speaker. not after all this.

    rahm is evil our president disappoints but these people are tools. where would we be with right now with congressional leadership with triple digit IQ? single payer? cap and trade? moving on to the next accomplishment?

    la stupidez - siempre a la luz.

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