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Mixed reports of Town Hall scuffle

Post by Melissa Santos / The Olympian on Aug. 31, 2009 at 1:10 pm with No Comments »
August 31, 2009 1:10 pm

It’s been brought to my attention by two faithful News Tribune readers that I may have incorrectly reported the details of a brouhaha at Adam Smith’s town hall meeting last week in Lakewood.

I reported that a man holding a sign depicting President Obama with a Hitler mustache was taken to the ground by bystanders, who crumpled up the sign and threw it away.

That’s what I saw and a few witnesses said they saw. But two people now have called me to say it was actually the man with the Obama-Hitler sign that pushed another man to the ground — not the other way around.

I’m trying to confirm what actually happened.

A spokesman from Adam Smith’s office couldn’t confirm it one way or another because he said Smith’s staffers had a poor view of the scuffle, too. I scoured the Web briefly last Wednesday trying to find another account of the fight, but didn’t find another news outlet that mentioned it. Today I’m starting my search anew.

I have our news partners at KIRO-TV in Seattle checking to see if they have any video feed of the incident that could clarify what happened once and for all. I’m planning to call the local police department and see what they know.

I’m wondering: was anyone there that could tell me what went down? I’m very interested if anyone has video or a picture that could help me write an accurate correction if it happened differently than I reported.

E-mail me at melissa.santos@thenewstribune.com.

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