Did CBS Falsify Rally Footage to Favor Union Protesters?

The Freeper community caught something interesting in CBS’s footage of Madison’s tea party rally which featured Sarah Palin.

First, check out this commentary:

MADISON, Wis. – After weeks of relative quiet following the bruising battle over an anti-union collective bargaining bill, the state Capitol was again the scene of protests and counter-protests.

Hundreds of pro-union labor supporters are surrounding smaller groups of conservative Tea Party members attending a rally featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Speaking at the tax day rally outside the Wisconsin Capitol, Palin called the crowd in Madison courageous for having stood up to “death threats and thug tactics” of those who opposed Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining bill.

They put “death threats and thug tactics” in quotes. Of course they would. This is a network that helped perpetuate the ‘Blame Palin’ narrative in the wake of the Tucson tragedy.

CBS doesn’t need to use quotations to question the validity of the death threats on which they refused to report. We reported on it for them at Big Journalism. I suggest CBS remove the quotes.

CBS also doesn’t need to Ratherize edit past rally footage of union protesters with footage of Palin speaking to promote the narrative that the tea party was outnumbered.

Now the interesting part.

From the Freepers:

Why would someone come to a rally on April 16th with a sign for an election that has already been held (and lost by the libs)? Because the footage isn’t from today…it’s from earlier this year.

The man in the screencap above holds a sign to encourage voters to vote Klopenburg (who lost to Prosser in a “this is what democracy looks like” election). It was couched between footage of Palin’s Saturday afternoon speech and presented as footage taken from the same day.

CBS ironically says that the tea party is one of the “most polarizing and powerful political force in decades” despite reporting on the union protests during the first half of this piece. Because SEIU or the AFL-CIO with their bosses’ documented weekly visits to visit the Obama White House, their campaign stumping for him, their Democrat donations, and the bully tactics they employ aren’t polarizing at all.

Was this just a sloppy edit from a professional mainstream media network? Surely with all of the previous footage of union protests, CBS could have used a less suspect excerpt to edit into their piece on Saturday’s rally. Or, to play devil’s advocate, was this protester just a dim bulb who brought the wrong sign? Thoughts?

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