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Jon Stewart has upset some folks here the last couple nights with his focus on the media in the Trayvon Martin case, and he may upset some people here again for this, but he's spot on in calling out Spike Lee for tweeting the wrong address of George Zimmerman, which led to threats being made against an innocent elderly couple, who had to move to a motel temporarily out of fear for their lives.

The problem, as John Cole noted, is that this is the bullshit Michelle Malkin does, giving out home addresses and phone numbers of people she doesn't like, specifically for the purpose of her psychotic fan base terrorizing those people, whether they're UC Santa Cruz students or Graeme Frost.  And just watch, Malkin WILL use this as her defense in a "both sides do it" argument the next time she posts private information about a private citizen.

Oh, and looks like Spike Lee followed Jon's advice and called the McClains to apologize personally, and DID offer to pay the costs.

Lee apologized on Twitter to the couple and asked people to leave them in peace, and on Thursday, Elaine McClain said, Lee called her and gave a sincere apology.

Lee also told her he would pay the couple's cost of having to leave their home, Elaine McClain said.

The family's attorney, Matt Morgan, said Lee reached an agreement with the couple.

"The McClains are relieved that this matter is now behind them," Morgan said. "We had a very sincere and heartfelt conversation with Mr. Lee today. His apology was genuine and our clients were grateful. We asked Mr. Lee to do the right thing and he did."

Still, just watch.  The right-wing WILL use Spike Lee in their "both sides do it" the next time they hunt down an innocent citizen who dares to speak out.

Video and transcript below the fold.

Next up is a flashpoint social issue gaffe, concerning the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.
MARTHA MACCALLUM (3/28/2012): The Florida couple says that they are living in fear after someone tweeted their address as the home of George Zimmerman.
What?!  Who would do something that asinine?  Hopefully, it's one of these fringe Twitter crackpots with like 12 followers, and the damage is mitigated.
3/28/2012:

MARTHA MACCALLUM: Matters got much worse when Spike Lee reportedly retweeted to all of his followers that address.  He has 250,000 followers. ... And now you've got Spike Lee retweeting somebody's home address without verifying whose it is.

BILL HEMMER: That's a bad mistake.

MARTHA MACCALLUM: It certainly is.

Yes, sending a lynch mob to the wrong address is a bad mistake.  But I gotta say, even if it was the right address, that's still a bad fucking mistake.  Sending a lynch mob to anybody's address is a bad mistake.  Right address, wrong address, lynch mob.....  (Jon makes squealing noises while waving hands "no")

And Spike, you're a 55-year-old man.  Leave the cyber-bullying to teenagers.  You know, it's as immature as stealing Sally Jessy Raphael's glasses.

Seriously, Spike, did you steal Sally Jessy Raphael's glasses?

How could this get any worse?

3/29/2012:

ELAINE MCCLAIN: My husband said we don't have a George that lives here, and don't know anyone, and then the next day we got hate mail.

DAVID MCCLAIN: It was an envelope addressed with a black Magic Marker to George Zimmerman.  It said, "Taste the Rainbow".  I guess that's the Skittles catchphrase.

The people whose address you tweeted are the most adorable people ever!
ELAINE MCCLAIN (3/29/2012): It's been really, really hard.  Really hard.  I have a heart condition and high blood pressure, and this has just skyrocketed it.
Oh, of course you do, I'm so sorry.  You moved to Florida so you could finally relax and enjoy these years, and you suddenly find yourself living on the corner of Bullseye Street and Angry Mob Avenue.

Spike, tell me you've made this right.

CHRIS JANSING (3/28/2012): Spike Lee's tweet has since been removed.
Oh good.  We all know once something's removed from Twitter, it's gone forever.

Like it never happened, damage fixed.  C'mon Spike!

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN (3/29/2012): Spike wrote on Twitter last night, "I deeply apologize to the McClain family for retweeting their address.  It was a mistake.  Please leave the McClain's in peace.  Justice in court."
All right, well, that's actually a nice heartfelt apology.  Although, call me crazy, something tells me, a tweet isn't the ideal medium for apologizing to 71-year-olds.
ELAINE MCCLAIN (3/29/2012): I've never tweeted.  I don't even text.
Of course you don't, you're too busy baking cookies for the neighborhood kids, and sewing your granddaughter a quilt... you're adorable!

Seriously, Spike, apologize to these people in a way they can comprehend.  Tape a note to their grandkids.  Hold up a sign at a Knicks game.

Or call them.  That's what they really want.  That's all any Florida retiree really wants.  Pick up the phone and call them.  And then, help them move.

Jon also covered the Supreme Court case on "Obamacare" using Taiwanese animation since cameras aren't allowed inside.
Meanwhile, Stephen covered the craze of Mega Millions fever sweeping the nation, and revealed which numbers he picked.  He then had an amazing update on his Colbert Super PAC having gotten MORE donors from Texas than Mitt Romney's Super PAC got!  He then announced he's expanding to college campuses!  And for $99, you too can start a chapter on your campus!  It's all perfectly semi-legal.  Probably.  The key is Stephen is perfectly non-liable in whatever may happen at a college campus.
Stephen then looked at Mitt Romney's gaffe laughing about how his father shipping jobs out of Michigan to Wisconsin.
Jon talked with Rachel Maddow, and Stephen talked with Peter Beinart.

Originally posted to BruinKid on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Apparently, both sides do it now (8+ / 0-)

    Well, Malkin will be right.  If Democrats (embodied by Spike Lee) are going to slop around in the filth, they get painted with the same brush.  

    Would it have mattered to people here if Spike Lee has tweeted the correct address??  Either way, it's horrible and wrong, whether Lee or Malkin does it, and it just needs to stop.

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 05:41:44 AM PDT

  •  Have to say it, that was SO STUPID and WRONG for (2+ / 0-)
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    rcnewton, charliehall2

    Spike Lee to do that.

    And I swear to the Lard, if I hear one person defending what he did, I will negate any future statement that person makes because they will lose every ounce of credibility for eternity.

    And if you use Spike's RACE to defend his action, you are even sicker.

    And if you call me a racist for saying that, you can kiss my fat white ass because you are ignorant.

    I hate to sound like this as a "progressive" but this shit has gone circusville.

    •  Did anyone defend Spike Lee (0+ / 0-)

      or use his race as an excuse? It sounds like you are the one who's injecting race into this equation! And invoking your own race to attack whoever you feel does not satisfy your level of anger against Spike Lee.

       I agree that was stupid and wrong for Spike Lee to do what he did, but this has nothing to do with George Zimmerman and what he did.

  •  Both sides are human (3+ / 0-)

    and make mistakes. What differentiates the people involved is the depth and sincerity of their apologies.

    Spike's? Good.
    Cal Thomas'? Good.
    Rush's? Bad.
    Geraldo's? Bad.
    Michelle M's? Non-existent.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    "The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is — and I mean this seriously — the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been." ~ Fidel Castro, 2012

    by MKSinSA on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 06:12:12 AM PDT

  •  How about when Glenn Beck (2+ / 0-)
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    frankzappatista, The Swimmer

    gave out the info on the guy from the Tides Foundation??  Or Sarah Palin with the targets.  Did we get apologies then??

  •  You can't say "Both side do it. Neither "side"... (1+ / 0-)
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    does it.  

    Malkin does, and Lee did it.  Last I checked these were individuals not "sides".

    Both of these individuals are wrong for doing it, both need to apologize for doing it and both need to stop.  

    ONE has - Lee.  

    It is the REACTION (yes, I am shouting) that is the difference.  How do each of these people's supporters and fans react to this?  

    Well, we see the reaction Lee got.  How about Malkin?

    “Tax and Spend” I can understand. I can even understand “Borrow and Spend”. But “Borrow and Give Tax Cuts to Billionaires”? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 07:22:20 AM PDT

  •  Spike Lee (0+ / 0-)

    tweeted out addresses, carelessly assuming that it was Zimmerman's address - which was completely his fault. However, he has since apologized and has settled the situation with the elderly couple. Spike lee bears full responsibility for his actions - which by the way have nothing to do with Zimmerman's culpability in the Trayvon murder.

    Zimmerman is still out there defending himself with lies, while Trayvon is dead. Spike Lee's tweet has absolutely no bearing on the evidence surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

    To equate Spike Lee's actions with Zimmerman's is ridiculous at best. To try to conflate the two events  is BS, and is nothing but an attempt to deflect from Zimmerman's horrendous crime of murder.

  •  I disagree with Jon Stewart (0+ / 0-)

    He's trying to conflate Spike Lee's disgusting behavior with Zimmerman's murder.

    Spike Lee's tweet did not make things worse in the Trayvon Martin case. It did not contaminate or destroy key evidence; it did not destroy witnesses credibility, or cast doubt on the Martin family.

    I'm not sure where Jon Stewart is going with this - seems like he's looking for a distraction from the fact that the evidence against Zimmerman is mounting, and mounting FAST. Spike Lee is fully at fault for his own behavior...has nothing to do with the Trayvon case.

    •  No, he's not. I disagree with you. (1+ / 0-)
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      puakev

      I don't know where YOU're going with this - seems like you're looking to excuse Spike Lee's rotten choice of actions.

      It has everything to do with the idiocy surrounding the case.

      It made EVERYONE look worse.

    •  & to suggest Stewart is LOOKING for a distraction (0+ / 0-)

      proves how much you do not understand Stewart's point.

    •  The "THINGS made worse" by Mr Lee's twitness (0+ / 0-)

      ...is the division and anger among the public, not the case of Trayvon's wrongful death.

      It gives the racist mouf-breathers an excuse to scream "SEE? See how THEY are?  THEY are the racists, not us honest freedom-loving REAL AMURCANS"

      I don't want folks who are supposed to be on the side of justice for Trayvon Martin to distract and undermine the effort to insure that justice is done, and "Twitiocy" on the part of peace and justice supporting folks like Spike Lee doesn't help at all.

      I can't say what I REALLY think about Zimmerman, not without damaging DKos' credibility and severely damaging my Mojo, so I keep it on a leash.

      Spike Lee should do likewise.

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 11:02:32 AM PDT

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