Earlier this morning Dakota Voice published an opinion piece speculating about reports that Allee Bautsch, a fundraiser for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and her boyfriend Joe Brown were brutally attacked leaving a fundraising event because they were wearing Sarah Palin buttons. At the time the op/ed was published, no definitive information was available regarding the veracity of the allegation about the Sara Palin buttons.
Shortly after the piece was published, Gov. Jindal’s Press Secretary Kyle Plotkin contacted Dakota Voice and stated that it has been confirmed that Bautsch and Brown were not wearing Sarah Palin pins at the time of the attack. Plotkin provided a a copy of his recently issued statement on the matter:
Friday night, the Governor’s campaign fundraiser, Allee Bautsch, and her boyfriend were involved in an altercation in the French Quarter with a group of people.
While there were protestors around at that time, we are not aware of any evidence that the individuals involved in the altercation were protestors.
Allee’s leg was badly broken in the incident, she has had surgery, and she is facing a recovery time of two to three months. Her boyfriend had a concussion, and also a fractured nose and jaw. They are both expected to fully recover.
NOPD is investigating the incident and we are refraining from further comment to allow them to fully investigate and ensure justice is done. Our prayers are with Allee. She is a strong person and we are sure she will make a speedy recovery.
Plotkin confirmed verbally that the motive for the attack and other details remain under investigation by the police. The previous op/ed has been pulled until such time as more information is available regarding the motive and other specifics of the case.
One of the key points in the op/ed remains as relevant as ever:
When there were allegations of racist comments, spitting and other deplorable behavior against conservatives, the “mainstream” media wasted no time in breathlessly airing the charges. No time could be spared for verification of the accusation; the MSM just rolled with the charges. Yet that same breathless rush to judgment is oddly absent in this case. To be sure, journalists should take the time to verify facts as best as possible before running with a story, but the difference here is striking.
This incident illustrates both the need for greater responsibility on the part of the “mainstream” media, and how a blatant double-standard continues to be applied: if the allegations are against conservatives, they must be true; if the allegations are against liberals, we must hold off on press coverage until sworn statements are taken and official reports are released. (Even then, it may not see the light of day)
Isn’t it time the media started earning their advertised claims of “objectivity”?