Why? Well, Joe of JoeMyGod explains that :
"All of Teabagistan went into an uproar last night after a handful of pro-choice activists allegedly chanted "Hail Satan" as a group of anti-abortion activists sang Amazing Grace in the rotunda of the Texas Capitol. I've watched the video several times and as far as I can tell only one woman says it to the camera"
I watched the video too and saw the same thing. I had to watch it multiple times, in fact, because the people singing Amazing Grace drowned everything else out.
Though if you read LifeSiteNews, the "abortionists" were the ones drowning people out.
"...pro-life activists gathered in the rotunda and started singing a rendition of "Amazing Grace," only to be drowned out by an angry crowd of pro-abortion counter protesters, some of whom repeatedly shouted “Hail Satan!”
The bizarre and chilling episode was captured on camera."
So this is business as usual. Two groups are screaming at each other so loud that each has turned the other into something monstrous. We have the irrational wingnut Teabagistanners versus the godless Satanist Abortionists.
Matt Barber certainly isn't going to be having a rational discussion with anyone pro-choice any time soon.
Neither is this guy. He just learned once and for all that Abortionists are Satanists. They have declared their "their team."
These two twits sound pretty full of themselves, feeling far superior to the crazy conspiratorial wingnuts who just made up this whole controversy.
Oh wait. One of them is me.
I totally watched that video, missed the girl in it who does, in fact, say "Hail Satan" and then went into a public forum to talk about how the whole occurrence is clearly just a crazy made-up conspiracy.
But let's be very fair to Kilgore - ever since he tweeted back at me, I really like the guy.  Ed Kilgore isn't interested in debating the truth of what really happened. He is simply distressed to be labeled a satanist for being pro-choice. Just like me.
And, really, Kilgore is actually being pretty fair - it isn't all pro-lifers who will "[take] their joke very seriously" - just the "wingnuts." Which, when you've only got a small number of characters to work with, is a pretty good shorthand for "right wing conservatives who aren't good at reading things in context."
And as you see below, well, Kilgore's defensive crouch against people who misrepresent news is pretty valid.
Them's pretty strong words. But I disagree - It would be malpractice TO report this occurrence, because it i is neither a) newsworthy nor b) something you can report on fairly.
I'll let the following tweet start filling you in on why:
The girl in the video clearly seems to be a teenager. She sticks her tongue out at the cameraman in that "I'm sooo damn young and rebellious!" sort of way only teenagers can.
When a group of teenagers make a catcall at some protesters, it isn't newsworthy unless it also is newsworthy if those teenagers key a car or sneak into a movie theater. They aren't representatives of anyone but themselves, their harassment, while obnoxious, unwarranted, and irritating, isn't really something that is out of the ordinary for teenagers.
Remember high school? I do. I remember a kid giving the finger to a teacher while her back was turned. Not for any reason, either: he liked the teacher, he liked her class, but he just felt full of unexpressed rage and didn't have much self control or an outlet for his crazy pent up feelings. Now, I'm inclined to think teenagers act like crazy assholes perhaps partly because we lock them in high schools and restrict their choices and not solely because of their raging hormones, but that is a topic for another time.
The thing I find distressing about this entire controversy is that neither side can effectively communicate with the other. And yeah, let's be fair here: I am on the pro-choice side. I'm one of these people who can't effectively communicate with the people across the aisle.
We're working from two completely separate sets of facts. The information age is the misinformation age.
But what's really distressing is the impulse that caused me to immediately dismiss the evidence I was presented with before I even looked at it carefully. I made a wisecrack about playing records backwards, in essence saying "those crazy people hear 'hail satan' everywhere!" before I had to tuck my tail between my legs and admit, "Okay, well, someone DID say 'hail satan' but that doesn't make me or other pro-choicers devil-worshipers."
And across the hall, this twitterer has perhaps done the same thing: equating the small group with the larger whole.
So what do we do? We're all human - we're all worthwhile as individuals - and yet politics in America has become so insanely divisive that we're all constantly trying to score points against each other.
It's always the same basic story.
"Oh look! A single individual who disagrees with me has done something dumb! Ha-HA! That just goes to show that all people who disagree with me are dumb!"
Maybe that is the thing we need to scale back.
We need to do a better job of debating arguments instead of individuals. And of representing the opinions of those who disagree with us more fairly.
Let's slow things down. Be more fair.
Otherwise we'll just embarrass ourselves.
For example, you might be embarrassed by following someone without actually reading their tweets.