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November 11, 2004
Minnesota Teen Democrats Take 'Moonbat' Label Seriously

Two days after John Kerry lost to George Bush, three of his teen supporters got into a dispute with a Bush-supporting schoolmate at their Minnesota Zoo School of Environmental Studies, and after some juvenile taunting, the budding Democrats beat the other teen with a baseball bat:

Three high school students, one allegedly armed with a bat, were charged with attacking a pro-President Bush classmate after he reportedly said only gays would support Sen. John Kerry. ...

The alleged assailants have all been charged: one with felony assault because he allegedly went to his car to get a bat during the assault, prosecutors said one with misdemeanor assault and one with disorderly conduct.

In fact, both sides called the other "gay" for their political views, which still managed to outstrip the maturity level in some of the public debate from this election. Perhaps Lawrence O'Donnell counseled these young Democrats.

Oddly enough, however, when i turned to my trusty hometown newspaper for more extended coverage than the AP provided, I discovered that the Star Tribune wrote more words but provided less coverage. Here's the lead from the Strib:

Three teens are accused of attacking two classmates in an election-related assault near the school they attended at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.

The Nov. 4 fight started in a computer room at the School of Environmental Studies with students calling each other "gay" for supporting either President Bush or Sen. John Kerry, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said.

Missing from the entire article is any mention of which side attacked whom, while the AP made the fact that the three assailants supported John Kerry. Now obviously this doesn't reflect on Democrats in general -- no one's attacked me with a baseball bat, at least not yet -- but why would the Strib deliberately hide that fact from its readers when the AP found it interesting enough to make it into the lead for the story?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 11, 2004 5:21 AM

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