Hillary aide blatantly lies on the radio about Ray McGovern's silent protest.

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Yesterday WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show had on Alec Ross, who's "Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton." He has 327,000 followers on Twitter. And here he is on Facebook.

The subject of the show was "Internet Freedom and U.S. Diplomacy," and dealt in part with Hillary Clinton's speech a week ago—the speech from which Ray McGovern was forcibly ejected and bloodied for engaging in a silent protest. (He stood up and turned his back on Clinton.)

Someone called in and asked Ross to comment on this. Starting about 28:30 there was this exchange:

KOJO NNAMDI: On the case of Ray McGovern, that was brought up by several people...Ray McGovern of course was a protester, a silent protester, at a George Washington speech delivered by Secretary Clinton. Video showed him being escorted out—or in the eyes of some, being brutally roughed up.

ALEC ROSS: Yes, so, he was a handful of rows away from me, and he wasn't silent. [Chuckles] You know, Hillary Clinton was trying to give a speech, and he was yelling. So, look, you know, he was a guest, and if you're going to stand there and make a lot of noise when the Secretary of State is trying to give a speech, then, you know, you're probably going to be an unwelcome guest. I will say that I didn't see him being "roughed up." I mean, I didn't see until the end there, but my point of view was that cops did exactly what they ought to do. That's their job.

Of course, what Alec Ross says was inaccurate. Ray McGovern was not "yelling"—he was engaging in a silent protest when the security roughly grabbed him. Now, it's true that (by my count) seven seconds after he was grabbed he did shout, "So this is America!" But the fact that you say something when you're seized by cops does not make a silent protest retroactively un-silent, and it therefore legitimate for them to haul you out.

The Republicans aren't the only ones who've cornered the fascist market.

matmar83's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


I am a member of Veterens for Peace. I find silent protest to be a civil conduct that does not hurt anyone. If the people behind or seated around Ray McGovern had complained then to be asked to leave would be ok. But, to be grabbed and tusseled by two men and thorown out of a speaking hall is a teerible act of violence on the part of those two men.

Being in the martial arts, they would have been in for a big problem if they attacked me cause they thought I did somethin wrong.

mrrcash's picture
Feb. 21, 2011 11:04 am

This is part of why I could never get excited about her as a presidential candidate. The other is Bill.

DRC's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

"Being in the martial arts, they would have been in for a big problem if they attacked me cause they thought I did somethin wrong." mrrcash

Then they would have won.

I'm a member of Veterans for Peace as well....I would submit that having them abuse me in front of others (hopefully recorded) while I remain peaceful would serve the cause much better.

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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

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