After posting signs all over campus at Portland State University inviting students to attend a meeting sponsored by the International Socialist Organization, a group of left-leaning students tried to kick out a right-wing blogger who was hoping to video record the meeting.
They even called the cops, which as we know, can be unpredictable as far as their knowledge of the law goes, especially when one of the students accused him of “acting very aggressively.”
And another woman told the cop that there was “underage people” in the meeting as if that would make a difference.
But fortunately, the Portland State University cop who did arrive, Sergeant Robert McCleary, did not have to be educated about the right to record a public meeting at a public university.
All he asked was for Dan Sandini not to verbally disrupt the meeting, which was also posted online as you can see in the screenshot below.
So that led to the socialists trying to conduct their meeting in a tight circle as if that would somehow soundproof their meeting.
When they realized that wasn’t going to work, one student began sticking his hand in front of Sandini’s lens, coming close to physically touching him, prompting a warning from the cop to back off.
Eventually, McCleary shut the meeting down when he realized they were not going to get over the fact that Sandini wasn’t going anywhere, ultimately disrupting their own meeting.
But public means public and surely a group of socialist students should understand that.
Sandini prides himself as being inspired by Andrew Breitbart and James O’Keefe, so it’s clear he is on the complete opposite political spectrum as the students.
But O’Keefe is not the most credible person to list as an inspiration, considering his history of misrepresenting himself and selectively editing videos he recorded with hidden cameras.
O’Keefe even had to dish out a $100,000 settlement last year for secretly recording an ACORN worker in California who had an expectation of privacy, editing the video to make it seem as if the worker had conspired with him to smuggle underage girls across the Mexican border when the worker actually called police after O’Keefe had left the office.
According to the Atlantic:
Juan Carlos Vera worked at an ACORN office in San Diego. One day, O’Keefe and Hannah Giles walked in with a hidden video camera and pretended to be a pimp and prostitute as part of a sting meant to prove that some of ACORN’s employees were depraved leftists.
They asked Vera for help smuggling underage girls across the Mexican border so that they could work in a brothel. Confronted with what appeared to be a sex-trafficking plot, you’d hope that someone in Vera’s position would play along, get as much information as possible, and call the police.
And guess what?
That’s exactly what Vera did.
Unbeknownst to O’Keefe or Giles, he called his cousin, a police officer, shortly after they left his office. Perhaps you know what happened next. Internet entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart published the ACORN hidden videos, which exposed some actual instances of bad behavior at the organization, but also turned out to be egregiously misleading to the millions who watched them.
This is true of a lot of the ACORN videos.
But the San Diego ACORN video was particularly misleading. O’Keefe produced, and Breitbart published and publicized, videos that made an innocent man look as if he was complicit in a would-be plot to traffic underage girls across the border. They didn’t do this on purpose. Still, it happened.
And it cost the guy his job:
But Sandini seems to operate with a degree of transparency, even if there is a McCarthyesque element to his videos, identifying and outing students and professors as evil socialists with his captions.
At least one student started video recording him in the time-honored aberration we have come to know as vertical video syndrome. But so far, it doesn’t appear as if they have posted any videos.
If their fear was that he was going to selectively edit, then their best defense would be to just record the entire meeting and post it online before he edits his video.
Either way, Sandini’s readership will eat up anything he posts. Especially when the students resort to this type of behavior.
If anybody came out shining in this video, it is Sergeant McCleary, who did an excellent job of maintaining the peace and law without resorting to intimidation tactics and threats.
Here’s a list of emails and phone numbers to McCleary and his chief if you want to thank them.